Sydney is not just Australia's oldest and largest city: it is also its grandest.
In its world-famous Opera House, the greatest tenors have been celebrated in all their untrammeled glory, while on its equally famous cricketing green, the mightiest willow-wielders have been inspired into giving their best.
Not surprising when you consider that Sydney was where the career of the late Victor Trumper, that beau ideal of a cricketer, took wings.
The very Trumper of whom Neville Cardus, the doyen of cricket writing, once wrote, 'God no doubt could create a better batsman than Victor Trumper, but so far he hasn't.'
Also the Trumper whom the sober MCC records would describe as capable of 'getting a yorker to the square-leg boundary and cutting a ball off the middle stump for four'...
Text: R Rajesh Kumar