This is a brave and willing team. I salute them for looking down the barrel of the gun and shooting themselves in the face again.
Sharp, prepared, earnest, energetic and capable. They’re like a well performing New Zealand side with talent.
Who’s in front
England, but an Australian style fuck up could make this a far more interesting and shorter game of cricket.
Play of the day
Alastair Cook cut a six. Even with all his runs and his current form, you just don’t expect Alastair Cook to cut a six. You don’t really expect him to dream about cutting a six. I don’t even think he dreams.
Testicular moment of the day
In the media people are far too worried about getting in trouble to call Tremlett a giant soft cock. That is essentially what they always did, just without the word cock and more flowery language. I didn’t see him looking all that more fired up today than I had seen him before, he just took wickets today. I think you can get away with being soft if you take wickets.
Working class moment of the day
Mitchell Johnson went beyond a joke so long ago I think he still had a tongue piercing at the time. His famous net sessions in Adelaide involved him trying to get a ball stuck in the nets down and kicking a bottle of water around. No one was expecting too much from him with the ball, let alone the bat. In a weird way it could end up being his last test 50 and not helping Australia at all. Classic, Mitch.
Weird factoid of the day
Andrew Strauss is still the lowest scorer in each of England’s four innings so far.