This time next week I'll be at one of the largest cricket grounds in England watching England defeat the West Indies and making it a three-nil series whitewash. (Caveat: It may rain)
I was there last year and spent two days watching something awesome: Alistair Cook's 294 against India. We watched him bat for two days, as England amassed a massive total and defeated India by an innings to become the #1 ranked test team in the world.
Last year was not exciting cricket. It was a contest where the English were totally dominant against a side with some of the greatest players in the world, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Dhoni. The West Indies don't have anything in their team half as good currently with the exception of Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who's indomitable will gives the Windies a glimmer of hope. But that's all it is - this English side is arguably one of the best teams in the sport's history - not maybe yet of the calibre of the great West Indian team that dominated the 70s and 80s, nor the Australian team of the 90s and early "noughties" - but for sure, far better than anything England have put out in the field before, even allowing for greats such as Sir Geoffrey, Trueman, Botham & Willis, Sutcliffe & Hobbs. Any player from this England team would get into any Test team in the world. I've never been able to say that before.
Fantastic! Forget the Jubilee, forget the Olympics... it's cricket all the way.