For a form of the game supposedly in decline (why this is thought to be so has never been adequately explained. Prevailing explanations do not stand up to serious scrutiny), it has been a very good week.
There appears to be a new racism in Cricket, practiced in the main by a few sub-continental commentators - where the dusty wicket is the colored counterpart of the antipodean and european 'fast bouncy' wicket . Of course, these commentators conveniently overlook the fact that the last time India played in Australia, the wickets were very flat, as they were in New Zealand. But then again, facts have never gotten in the way of stereotypes.
We have seen four good Test Matches in the last 3 weeks - runs, wickets, centuries, results. But more importantly, we may have witnessed the emergence of worthy heirs to the legacy of Inzamam Ul Haq and Brian Lara. I have not heard so much discussion about the quality of a new player's batsmanship from commentators in this decade, with the possible exception of JP Duminy and Kevin Pietersen. Very few batsmen have seemed as well prepared so early in their cricketing lives.
I hope they both go on to have memorable careers, just as i hope that Shane Bond stays injury free and Mohammad Asif stays Shoaib-free.