The first day of spring

wisden.jpg Spring can truly be said to arrive when the Book arrives.  Spring arrived this morning.  Archivist Minor is, it must be said, hogging it somewhat, but I go to bed later than him. 

 It’s not on sale until Wednesday, so too much comment is deprecated.  But Mike Atherton’s article on Shane Warne is exactly what one would look for, as is Gillian Reynolds’ on Test Match Special.  The Outgrounds section does not cover Portugal – again! – while redeeming itself by covering cricket in Iraq and Afghanistan, two countries where cricket is needed.  The Netherlands gets a page to itself!

 There are a few pages about events in the southern hemisphere as one might expect – I have not yet checked to see whether Cardinal Pell’s comments and our Captain’s rejoinder have been included.  There is an article about the “Barmy Army” which is “well balanced”.

The first skim suggests that this Book can fittingly join its predessors on Recusant Minor’s shelves: but only after Senior has had a decent read.

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