No-one in particular, it’s just ‘generic England cricketer’.
“It’s going to be tough in the Ashes, but we’re all looking forward to it. We’re going to enjoy the tour and we’re going to enjoy the experience. The great thing about this group of players is that we’re all really, really close.
“We’re going to cop some abuse, but we’re not scared. As I say, we’re looking forward to it. We’re all looking forward to contributing.
“Kevin Pietersen’s not been in great form, but he’ll come good for the Ashes, I’m sure of it. He’s really looking forward to it, same as we all are. That’s one thing we’ve been saying to each other as a group. We’re all really looking forward to it.”
To a certain extent, the interviews that we’ve paraphrased here are essentially just propaganda, emphasising that England aren’t scared of Australia. On the other hand, to repeatedly read this banal positivity from various players is dispiriting, like no-one’s got a mind of their own.
We can’t blame the England players and staff who know they’ve got to present a united, positive front, because what’s the alternative? We’re a bit disappointed with the various newspapers who’ve run this pap though.
Bland interviews with current players or bland predictions from ex-players? Is that the best that can be done at this stage?