Walking through south Manchester last night, we felt very aware of the fact that this World Twenty20 final isn’t particularly registering with the nation. There are England flags on cars and houses, but they’re for the other England World Cup bid.
It’s understandable really. This is the more frequent of two different cricket world cups and it’s only being shown on pay TV. But England are in the final and it’s disappointing that media coverage is pretty minimal unless you go looking for it. It makes it feel like less of an event.
We’ve followed the tournament and clearly we want England to win, but until now we haven’t had the level of expectation that we expected (‘expected expectation’?). However, this morning, we’ve read a couple of match previews and suddenly we’re starting to get a bit excited.
This is how matches used to feel before England started playing every other day. This is an event. It’s not best of seven. There’s a cricket match tonight and England will either win the World Twenty20 or they’ll win nothing.