I dreamt last week that I was bowling with Allan Donald, with a dream’s usual frustration of not finding my boots and having to bowl uphill into the wind; a subconscious reference to opening the bowling with Mike Procter.

Cricket is not just a game. It is a way of life. It is an all-consuming love affair. Once you have tasted joy and despair as a player or fan, and remain devoted to it, cricket never leaves you.

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