Although I am as keen a supporter of our ‘summer game’ as anyone in the barmy army, before this month I had only twice seen an international match abroad: in 1989 at the Chidambaram Cricket Ground, Madras (where one of the Australian fieldsmen collapsed on account of the heat and had to be taken off on a stretcher); and at the WACA in Perth in 2008 (where I sat next to Dennis Lillee at lunch). Now two came in quick succession: the first at the Basin Reserve in Wellington for the opening session of the second test between Pakistan and New Zealand:
And, not much more than a week later, at the mighty Sydney Cricket Ground, where England lost a One Day International to Australia:
The difference between the two grounds couldn’t be greater. Before being turned into a megastadium, the SCG used to have a grassy mound just like the one pictured above in Wellington. It seems to have been buried.
Anyway here is Brett Lee bowling to Jonathan Trott (my picture):