PUBLISHED: 15:35 31 December 2010
Ashes success 'warms the heart'
England’s Ashes-clinching win in Melbourne this week was great to see.
While we have shivered in arctic temperatures this month, the performances of our boys have been enough to warm the heart.
Seeing off the old enemy Down Under, for the first time since the 1986/87 series, has been a superb effort by Andrew Strauss and his merry men.
And success on the national stage can only be good for the sport at grass-roots level.
Sport is never far from the headlines, even Her Majesty felt the need to extol its virtues during her Christmas Day speech, following on from the u-turn on spending cuts for school sport.
And if England - the World Twenty20 champions - can now follow their Ashes triumph with more success at the ICC World Cup in the spring, cricket could be set for a boom period.
The number of junior players has been on the increase at some of our local clubs and cricket is a sport where the young and not as young can play alongside one another in a team environment.
I have had teammates ranging in age from 12 to 50-plus at my own village club and I dare say that is fairly normal.
So let us hope England can continue the feel-good factor heading into 2011 - and some of us can rediscover some form from their younger days to make an impact at their own level of the game.
Happy New Year to all!