Cricket: ...And here are the headlines for 1999
Independent writers play the prediction game
Friday 01 January 1999
After the World Cup, New Zealand tour here, while, later in the year, England travel to South Africa for a five-Test series.
Predicting what might happen, particularly where England are concerned, is always a hazardous business, but here goes.
Alec Stewart sees the millennium out as England captain. Michael Atherton is dropped from the team, then comes back to open the batting against Allan Donald for the Johannesburg Test. Selectors cite "horses for courses" as the reason for his comeback.
England's run in the World Cup is ended by South Africa, who lose to Australia in the final. Kenya manage to beat two Test-playing countries in the opening rounds.
Lord MacLaurin opens the first supermarket on a ground formerly used for first-class cricket. Meanwhile, Bryan Young, New Zealand's opening batsman, ensures the first over of the summer's Test series is a maiden.
Leicestershire win their third Championship in four years. In the headlong rush to finish in the top division, 12 counties are docked 25 points each for sub-standard pitches. Harry Brind, the England and Wales Cricket Board's pitch inspector, learns to pilot his own helicopter, such is his workload.
In a bid to make lady members feel at home, the MCC brings in a bulk consignment of pink toilet paper. Unfortunately, no loos have been built to accommodate it, and the surplus is used by groundstaff to mop up the ground after the hover-cover runs amok down St John's Wood High Street.
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