West Indies cricket. Wow!
They would play England and thrash them at their own game. We would listen to the games, ears glued to the steam-powered radio.
Representing England you had names like Hicks, Lamb, Greig and Smith who sound OK, except they were all born in South Africa. Then you had Tavare, de Freitas, Ramprakash, D’Oliviera and Hussain. All Englishmen.
In the other team you had posh and correct names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wesley Hall, Charlie Griffith, Sir Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Malcolm Marshal, Courtney Walsh, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop.
So Uncle Hec – always quick to spot an anomaly – would refer to them as . . .
“The English Team”.