I went to watch this test match in New Zealand in March 1997. They were playing Sri Lanka and my lasting memory is how casual the whole thing was. I’d been to Lord’s and the Oval several times by then and this was so laid back by contrast. I remember some guys carrying in a full-size leather sofa to plonk on the grass, but in particular I enjoyed the easy acceptance that kids could carry on their own parallel game of cricket right next to the boundary. Once or twice the ball went onto the playing area, only for the test cricketer to happily toss it back.