This is a story about cricket and government schools. You may not care much about cricket, but what it tells us about the latest developments in England's state funded schools may be of interest to all. My source for the following is an old friend called John Graham. He went to Eton and St. Paul's (private schools) and was once a promising young cricketer himself. We went to university at the same time. Then he worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times. He still lives in London, and he follows the international cricket news as keenly as he ever did. If something unusual happens, he is likely to send me an email.