Beneath familiar ashen skies,
That gathered there to no surprise,
To any halfway pre-trained eyes,
Old Trafford played its part.
It may have been in days of rain,
As these two rivals drew again,
This summer, entertainment reigned,
And runs amassed despite.
With Botham at his burning best,
Shining bright throughout the test,
And fine support came from the rest,
Geoff Miller’s 98.
Yet India were not unskilled,
Their middle order had their fill,
The best came from Sandeep Patil,
Who made 129.
But in the end the weather won,
Its Manchester, it would have done,
Spectators saw 800 runs,
And now familiar skies.