Alec Swann is a former Northants and Lancashire opener turned cricket writer. Newcastle United and golf generally occupy his other sporting interests but there's a bit of rugby league thrown in with the Warrington Wolves and a soft spot for the Newcastle Knights.
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So floodlit Test cricket is about to hit the schedules. Excited? Non-plussed? Curious? Apathetic?
As England have just played a meaningless Twenty20 international against New Zealand (tagged at the end of a tour, just what is the point?) and Australia are netting ahead of their tour opener, the Ashes phoney war will have to suffice for this week’s offering.
There are a few observations I have made from the recently concluded series in the Caribbean.
In the 1999 northern hemisphere season, a young and ambitious batsman wasn’t selected for the first few County Championship games of Northamptonshire’s season, with a more experienced player preferred.
Watching the final throes of the England versus New Zealand series, it is apparent there is something particularly unedifying about two-Test contests.
If the rumours carry any substance, it’s only a matter of time before Jason Gillespie becomes England’s new coach.