I'd just like to issue a very loud and public thank you to the Indian Cricket team for making the 2003-4 season one of the most enjoyble in recent memory. This is the first time I can remember a team going home in better shape than when they arrived. They started the tour quite badly and were obviously lacking confidence in the warm-up games. But somewhere along the line, they found themselves believing they can win. The test series was tied but sheesh there ware some great games in there. Both teams had depleted bowling line-ups and the India's batsmen really made the most of it, in particular Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, and Ganguly. India get to keep the trophy because they are the current holders, so I guess it's a victory for them. Australia won the One-Day series. Unfortunately India faltered in the finals but that was the only blemish of the summer. The qualifying games were sensational. The average score per innings was something like 280 runs off 300 balls (50 overs). That's an amazing scoring rate and it was great to watch. India has a reputation of only playing at home against lowly teams on small fields to bolster their batsman's averages. Hopefully that's in the past now. They've shown they can compete with the best. The good part for India is that the team features some young players who showed great promise and improvement. The future is looking bright for Indian cricket. Watch out Pakistan - if India bring their form back to the sub-continent, they're going to give the Pakistani's a rude shock!