Cricket: Trinidad's exotic panorama of cricket classics

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Over the last fortnight the picturesque panorama of the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, has provided the backdrop to two of the most compelling Test matches of modern times, which more than made up for the fiasco in Kingston.

From the enthralled observers of the President's Box (bottom) to a noisy crowd where the umbrella was the ultimate accoutrement - being useful against both sun and rain - the atmosphere was always good- humoured despite the tension of both games. Even the toss seemed to be fun and there could be no more appropriate antidote for the anxious appetite than hot roti - a fantastic farrago of fried meat or vegetables and potato wrapped in bread.

One of England's most memorable moments in the second Test was the dismissal of the West Indies captain, Brian Lara, caught by Michael Atherton (right) off Angus Fraser in the first innings. England's most successful bowler in the Caribbean now seems to be universally known as "the old warhorse" and his stock in trade, apart from accuracy, is a peculiar hangdog expression which is best seen when runs are being scored off him (left).

When the dust settled, the series was level at 1-1, with all to play for as the Caribbean carnival moves on to Georgetown, Guyana, for the fourth Test, which starts on Friday 27 February.

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