With all the frenetic activity associated with the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 my attention has been diverted to the pleasures of Test match cricket. Yes, pleasures for as a bit of an old timer, as a traditionalist who grew up on a staple diet of five day matches that sometimes did not produce a result even after 30 hours of play I have really enjoyed the fare served out at the Providence stadium in Guyana.
What a fiercely competitive match it has been between West Indies and Pakistan! Three and a half days of gripping cricket, fluctuating fortunes, some excellent batting and bowling and a keen contest between two evenly matched sides (incidentally Pakistan are ranked No 6 and West Indies No 7) produced the kind of thriller that only Test cricket can produce no matter what the younger generation might say about Twenty20. The comparatively leisurely proceedings, two innings a side instead of one, players in white, day cricket and the red ball have provided a refreshinglyRead More »from Test cricket is alive and kicking