Category Archives: England

The Wasting

Test 914 – India v. England at Delhi, December 23rd-28th 1981 To play cricket, to play for one’s country, The dreams they held as boys, When bat and ball took precedence, Above all other toys. And then to reach the … Continue reading

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708 Minutes

Test 912 – India v. England Second Test at Bengaluru, December 9th-14th 1981 Gavaskar bats and bats and bats, The men around support, Gavaskar bats and bats and bats, A master at his sport, Gavaskar bats and bats and bats, … Continue reading

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From Grasp

Test 911 – India v England First Test at Mumbai, November 27th-December 1st 1981 To hold it fast, to let it go, to feel it ebb away, Was England’s lot straight after lunch, on Day 2 at Bombay. India had … Continue reading

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Act 6: In Which The Sun Always Shines

Test 908: England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 27th-Sep 1st 1981. Match Drawn The sun always shines at the Oval,And The summer in golden repose, The evening still light, and the days are still bright, As expectation grows. The … Continue reading

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Act 5: In Which The Light Shines Brightly.

Test 907: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 13th-17th 1981 England won by 103 runs Crushed. Shattered. The cracks now splits, Weakness apparent, Division now riven, Australia down. Tormentor in chief Botham Has just one more card to play. And … Continue reading

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Act 4: In Which The Full Height of Heroism Is Revealed

Test 906 – England v. Australia, 4th Test, July 30-Aug 2 1981 England won by 29 runs They came to Leeds with desperate hope, The left Leeds in elation, A hero risen, decked in white, To represent the nation. In … Continue reading

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And Breathe

Test 905. England v. Australia at Leeds, 16th-21st July 1981. England won by 18 runs. 500/1 on the Saturday, England were down and were out. They were following on, and the Ashes were gone, To the bookies there was little … Continue reading

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