Twilight of the Gods

A memory as clear to Colin Croft as any of the 100-plus wickets he took as a West Indian speedster is a dressing-room visit in 1982 by the Australian captain. His side having just lost a Test match in Adelaide, the regal Greg Chappell strolled in with a message for his conquerors. "Gentleman, I'm going to be honest: you're better than us," Croft remembers Chappell saying. "But we are going to put plans in place so that, within 15 years, we're going to be not only world champions but world champions continuously." Though he'd later become a critic of player development...

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