England players and those following them out to the Caribbean have the right idea by getting out of this cold country over the next couple of days. How I’d love to be joining them and staying out there until they depart back for England on the 4th April, but following England isn’t a cheap hobby! Things have quietened down after all the fuss that was created when KP and Moores left their respective positions – and with Andy Flower as an interim appointment lets hope that the senior players get behind the new captain and perform well whilst out there. No doubt the tv and press will bring up the shortcomings of the ECB over the “row” surrounding KP, but it shouldn’t distract the players from doing the business.
Losing your coach isn’t ideal before a series but in all reality it shouldn’t be that difficult for them to adapt to the situation in the West Indies. The squad is generally the same, the back room staff are generally the same, and they are playing a side that is beatable when we play well. So there should be a postive vibe, especially as this series could set the tone for the year – a year we know is vitally important if you are an England cricket fan or player.
I’m hoping for a test series win, a win in the twenty20 game (to banish the horrible memories of the Stanford Twenty20 final), and of the ODI’s – who cares as long as we see some entertaining cricket!