Does anyone else feel like it’s the Nineties?

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It says it all that we uploaded this in the 'Australia' folder without thinkingTotally 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)
England few-2


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  1. I hope it’s not the nineties, otherwise I’m not old enough to get served in a bar. Also, it means that everyone thinks Meanswear are a cool band. I’m not sure which is worse.

  2. More or less exactly what I’ve been thinking the past few days. Great editorial.

    But in the late 90s, when we really were the worst team in the world, the umpires took pity on us in 1998 and helped England to an unlikely series win over the Saffers.

    What are the odds on a repeat of that 10 years on?

  3. Though if it is the 1990s, it’s a good thing the Zimbabwe tour is cancelled or we’d probably lose to them.

    I can’t see Peter Moores saying “we flippin’ murdered ’em!” though, which is a shame.

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