Nothing to add since 29th December posting of this blog – in case you missed it …
Team England has a strong sense of identity. It has been built that way by Andy Flower and by Duncan Fletcher before him.
The expience of the last year and especially of the last 38 excruciating days begs the question as to whether this identity is not just the wrong one, but whether the construction of any such strong group identity can itself be the worst kind of organisation for nurturing the best kind of cricket.
Each year a thousand flowers bloom on the cricket grounds of England. Too few survive the long season of their potential. And too often the best are ground into the dust.
The Gang operating in Cricket England for at least twenty years has been free (and even encouraged) to act this way by weak and ill-judged leadership at the very top of the game.
The booty that the Gang delivered for its community, even…
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