We’re a great fan of home advantage. It’s a key part of cricket. If matches between two teams were likely to have the same outcome both home and away then the sport would lose a significant quality.
It also means that away wins are even more significant. England’s victory in Australia this year and India’s in England in 2007 were both more admirable for the fact that not only did those tourists beat the opposition, but they also conquered foreign conditions. Australia were far and away the best team in every format of cricket for an age, but it still took them several attempts to win in India. You never have a full-house of succcess in cricket – there’s always another challenge.
So home victories are pretty much the norm. They should be expected. Great respect should therefore be given to any touring team that defies that expectation.
Does that mean that away defeats should be shrugged off? No, does it bollocks. We can state with some confidence that both England and India have utterly embarrassed themselves in the last few months. Their tours gained downwards momentum early on and neither side had the capacity to reverse that.
We’re no stranger to disappointment and only in that regard have both England and India delivered.