Totally unpredictable team selection, a batting line-up that’s five-out all-out and a bowling attack that seems to spend its time waiting for the clouds to roll in and which is utterly ineffective otherwise.
But it can’t be the Nineties, because the worry lines caused by English cricket of that era are already etched deep into our leathery visage.
In other news, ex-England players revelled in not being in Leeds. Steve Harmison took four wickets in the carefree manner of someone with ready access to Darren Pattinson‘s bowling figures and Matt Prior thumped a hundred, clearly fancying himself as a number six batsman if not a wicketkeeper. Paul Collingwood didn’t have time to make a hundred, but was well on the way when Durham won.
England v South Africa second Test at Headingley, day three
England not-a-lot all out
South Africa loads (Ashwell Prince another hundred, A B de Villiers a few more than Ashwell Prince)