James Forsyth

Cricket needs a strong Windies

Cricket needs a strong Windies
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I always feel slightly ambivalent before the start of an England West Indies Test series. I, obviously, support England but I desperately want West Indies cricket to revive itself. The West Indies are the Yorkshire of world cricket: when the West Indies is strong, world cricket is strong. There are also few finer sights in sport than a West Indies team on form.

So, how will England fare in the four match series that starts today? I expect they’ll win and that Kevin Pietersen, who has been in fine form in the warm up games, will score an absolute sack-full of runs and show everyone that while he might not be captain any more he is, by some distance, the best player in the team. At this point, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the cracking bet that Alex flagged up the other day: Shivarine Chanderpaul at 7-4 to be the leading West Indies run scorer in the series.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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