During Freddie’s last spell, not long after he fell over and got up like a 93-year-old corpse, he called Jimmy Anderson over from cover.
They chatted for about 20 seconds and then Anderson pointed to Strauss for Collingwood to come out of second slip.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, other than thinking Anderson was now well and truly a senior member of the side.
Then later on when Freddie was spelled, other seamers were on and Freddie wasn’t at second slip, Collingwood was.
If you had a gimpy physical basket case of an all rounder who always fields at second slip and had just fallen over almost tearing his ankle from his leg, why would you not have him at second slip?
Had Strauss not been at first slip, this would have meant nothing, but he was.
These are two pretty flimsy pieces of evidence, but I have a third far flimsier one.
In the press box there has been a few mumbled whispers that Flintoff has become a little larger than life in the change room.
Not sure how true these are, but all three pieces of flimsy evidence almost add up to one solid piece, if you squint your eyes and stand on one leg.
Right now Freddie is walking towards me like a man looking for a zimmer frame, yet he is fielding at long on…