Wednesday, May 30, 2007

When laziness was a bad word

Another West Indies podcast is up: click here.

This week, I'm on the case of former greats of the game to discuss the great Caribbean tradition of churning out brilliant fielders. Now, you wouldn't have thought that fielding is a West Indies trademark by looking at the current West Indies lot, but there have been some fine fielders in the past. Panther, stealth and electric have been just some of the words to describe the likes of Lloyd, Richards, Logie and Harper.

And in the 1930s, Lord Constantine, perhaps the pioneer of Caribbean fielding, even made crowds turn up before the game had even started after they heard of his ability to knock stumps down from 30 yards and catch balls behind his back.