The thread of international goodwill and fellowship
As an anecdote to 30+ page long threads where we kick each others' countries down, I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we state what we like or admire about cricketing nations other than our own. The rule for the thread is that there's only positive comments - you can comment on one country, or as many as you like.
I'll start with a few:
India - I love the total passion the whole country seems to share for the game, the way in which Indian fans love and bleed with their team, and I admire the players in their team for by and large retaining very level heads in the face of at times insane levels of attention and worship.
England - I admire the class with which both the English team and the English fans deal with the ups and downs of their fortunes in the sport. I don't want to make what sounds like a back handed compliment, but if all fans dealt with disappointment in as mature and good-humoured fashion as the English, this game would be even closer to heaven. I love the tradition and spirit of the game in England, the beautiful old grounds and the kinship England shares with Australia derived from 100 years of hard, but generally affectionate competition.
West Indies - I just love how the Windies play the game - the way champs like Lara and Viv bat and the way quicks like Ambrose and Marshall charged in. The game always seems more exciting and fun when the guys from the Caribbean are doing their stuff - I hope the team continues its current upswing and becomes a major power on the field in the near future.
Zimbabwe - given all the stuff that's happening in their home, I admire these guys for persisting in the game we love and for turning up - full stop!