It never rains but it poursÖ or thatís the way it seems for the English and West Indies cricketers these days. And the great irony is that the current one-day series is being played over there, not here where we are always likely to get the odd black cloud.
Now Michael Vaughanís young and emerging side has been kicking its heels for the last nine days and valuable matches are being lost to the deluges which have become all too common in the Caribbean. When I say valuable, I am not talking about the amounts of money the two washed-out games would have generated, but what the inexperienced England cricketers would have gained through actually playing matches. Of the current 15-man squad, which is being shaped with the 2007 World Cup in mind, six have played fewer than 20 one-day internationals. In contrast to other countries, this is quite a large percentage. But nobody can do anything about the weather and unfortunately it looks like we might be in for more of the same. Showers are predicted when action is due to resume in Grenada on Wednesday and the forecast isnít too clever for the back-to-back games in St. Lucia at the weekend. And people talk about the weather in Manchester!