Who was the winner here? Not England. Not West Indies. Not cricket. Not the crowd. After many calculations, we’ve deduced that the winner was, rather unexpectedly, Michael Flatley. Nobody wants that.
This match was like watching a dot matrix printer run off sheets and sheets of binary code. Something was happening and if you added up all the numbers, it looked impressive, but really nothing was of any consequence.
It’s often said that people want to see runs and boundaries, but that’s only true of one-day cricket. In the shorter formats, the aim of the game is to score more runs than the opposition and that’s it, so fair enough – runs are the commodity. In Test cricket the aim is to take 20 wickets.
There’s a general feeling that these flatter pitches are designed to guarantee five days of cricket and therefore five days of revenue, but surely crowds and viewers ultimately prefer a little of something to a lot of nothing. We owe it the world to ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
We mustn’t let Flatley win.