Are we going to get Soul Limbo? I guess not, but anyone with any sense would’ve commissioned a grime remix. In the meantime, we can make do with this.
Back to our format, I do wonder about the rationale behind prioritising T20. The World Cup was understandable – England were hosts, had a great team, and the format rewards that. In T20, on the other hand, it’s possible to lose to pretty much anyone, making it much less sensible to rely on quality coming through – especially given the timezone and pay-tv aspect. But here we are so here we are.
So New Zealand finally did it. What a moment that was, and kudos to both teams for playing in a way that facilitated a result. The format needs work, but hopefully the WTC is here to stay and will only get better. I’m beginning to think that all schools should have to bin lessons and show one Test per summer on a big screen in the hall, and use it to trigger history, geography, English, maths and art lessons. I’m not sure whether or not I’m joking.
Last evening, while New Zealand were busy beating India to enshrine themselves in history for eternity as inaugural world Test champions, England were busy thrashing Sri Lanka in a T20 international so revered that they’r playing another one just like it today. I believe they call this poetry.
But of course there’s a bit more to it than that. The point of these matches is to provide mass entertainment – which they do – and to prepare for a shot at glory – which they also do. The T20 World Cup is imminent and England are good enough to win it, so they’re pursuing that to the fullest extent and rightly so. Thing is, New Zealand and India are too, and look at them!
Those of us who grew up following England will never tire of the amazement and mirth – amazemirth? – we feel each time we remember they’re now good at limited overs. It’s a beautiful thing. But true beauty elevates what’s around it, and currently that is far from the case.
That said, what a joy it is to have live international cricket back on terrestrial telly. Let’s hope England are firing, Sri Lanka find their best form, and together they serve us a match which helps turn this thing of ours into this thing of everyone’s.
Play: 6.30pm BST