At least it wasn’t like that other time at The Wanderers when England were 2-4

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Atherton 0, Hussain 0, Butcher 1 and Stewart 0. Now that’s a bad start.

Morne Morkel is mint, by the way; a big gallumphing lankatron of genial ferociousness.


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  1. It is commonly said in cricket that you should consider the score with either two wickets added, or with fifty runs added, because this will give you a good picture of how good or bad a score really is.

    There is a similar trick you can do with the time. Take the score (England all out for 180 at tea on the first day), and simply add four days on, using the reasonable proposition that this current rain break will last for four full days.

    England, 180 all out, South Africa needing 400 or so more runs plus ten wickets in the last session to win.

    See. Much better.

  2. Good old England, always able to find new depths to sink to when it really matters. It’s karma for dropping Onions for that low-rent Hoggard impersonator, I reckon.

  3. At the oval test in 2008 we were sitting right in front of morne morkel when he tried to walk off the wrong way (ignoring our cries, which were of course nothing but helpful), aiming for the groundsman’s exit instead of the pavilion. He had to step over the hoarding and then walk right past everyone who had been abusing, I mean helping, him. Later when the saffers were bowling they made him field right in front of us. He gave a wry wave, if such a thing exists. I sort of love him.

  4. Marginally less awful than the same venue in 1999 (we woz thrashed) and the Ashes test last year at Headingley (we woz thrashed).

    In fact, less awful than Boxing Day 2004 at Durban, the upshot of which was one of those nailbiting drawn matches with the Saffers on the wrong side of the draw for once.

    I’ll keep dreaming, but some suitable medication might help keep the dreams vivid, positive and Spiderman-free.

  5. Strauss is just setting himself up for a Punteresque ‘I was right to bat first’ interview after winning this match.

  6. I like the idea of a Punteresque interview.

    Contrast with a Pinteresque one where he simply stares angrily and looks menacing while pausing.

  7. I’d love to see Strauss trying to look menacing.

    “Now look here chaps, I’m really very cross!”

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