It comes every year. That’s right, the end of September. The point in time when the cricket season is over and there’s neither County Cricket to watch nor Club Cricket to play. It’s a low point in the year. The time when summer is at an end.
But this year, is it actually made worse by the international cricket schedule for the next twelve months? Under normal circumstances we’d be looking at a nice winter tour of somewhere warm with plenty of cricket to watch and support England. And best of all, it would be test matches. But not this year. This year we have something rather different.
17+ ODIs and no test matches thanks to the ODI World Cup, and the warm up series. Our next test match doesn’t start until April in Antigua. more than six months without test match cricket.
For the first time in a long time, the Gap feels a long one. Even the September to November gap is starting to stretch, and I can’t say I’m enamoured with the idea that Captain Cook will lead the one day side throughout the period either. It’s not that he’s a bad cricketer, just that the one day team is somewhat stuck in the nineties in its approach to playing the game, as observed by many far more qualified commentators than me.
Ah well, it is what it is. There’s plenty of cricket on TV if I’m missing it, but it’s just not the same without being able to watch England play, however bad they may be at the time. So the gap will continue. But the gap into what?