First of all you have to thank. There may not have been much cricket in Southampton on Wednesday, just 17.4 overs, but little was played due to the willingness of the tourists.
Present; look past the headlines when Britain was the sick man in Europe; to take a personal risk; to see a bigger picture and the wider good of the game.
What needs to be said, but not, is a pity. For the way international cricket has turned out; for the way three nations have come to rule it at the expense of others; to let the rest wither; for all the little betrayal and sale that has reduced the West Indies to the bad relationships of the test game.
The players who command the best grip on England’s highest order on Wednesday did not look like the second level of cricket, the left brain.
Kemar Roach’s opening run of six overs for two runs was the most economical in ten years to bowl in England. Shannon Gabriel took Dom Sibley’s wicket with a ball that swung so viciously that he had no arms left. Joe Denly went almost the same shortly after.