Letter: Hit our batsmen in the pocket

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The Independent Online
Sir: Surely someone must have noticed that all the countries that have better cricket teams than ours - that is, every other cricketing nation - also have better weather conditions: hot and sunny!

The only place where we get anywhere near to parity is on the green, green, grass of home. Witness the fortunate win last "summer" against the South Africans.

The solution is either to base our team in a place where the weather allows them to play 365 days a year, or to build English cricket grounds within a controlled weather environment - a sort of Center Parks of cricket!

Dour, inclement weather breeds a dour, under-performing team.

J B SHEAD

Boston, Lincs

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