Most of us find that part of the joy of cricket is that there’s always something to talk about. When a match is in the balance, you can pick it apart for hours trying to work out which team’s more likely to win.
In the past, we’ve also found it easier to write about England losses. Again, there’s always something to say. England wins are what we want to see, but tight games and losses make life easier for us.
That was until we hit upon the ‘what are Australia doing wrong?‘ approach. Suddenly we could revel in England wins AND have something to say. What’s more, if England bowl the opposition out for 100 and then make 600-0, it’s better still.
All of which is our way is saying that even though England will be happier with the score in the fifth Test, we’d prefer it if they were already 200 ahead and yet to lose a wicket. Which is pretty obvious. Yes, we want to have our cake and eat it. What else are you supposed to do with cake?
We generally mention our hatred of cake at this point, openly inviting ridicule in the hope that the comments will save what is after all a fairly workmanlike update.