Being transported back to a 2017 Lord’s Test via mobile phone recordings was a reminder of how much cricket lovers have lost
I was idling through my smartphone one lockdown evening, when I randomly tapped on voice memos. There I found ancient recordings of my children singing adorably (to a mother’s ear), a hoarse Billy Bragg in Delaware Forest, and Anya Shrubsole talking modestly about her inclusion as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. But in between were numerous unnamed files.
I clicked and immediately floated back into a different world, with different shadows. To 2017, and a happy September day spent watching England play West Indies at Lord’s with my family.