England are eight up with 12 points still available

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Is that the score in the Super Series? Cricinfo helpfully – and somewhat surprisingly – provides a points table for Sri Lanka’s current tour, but you then have to check the fixture list and guess at each match’s value to work out what’s still to come.

We’ve said that a format-spanning points system can only work if people buy into it. This most definitely hasn’t happened yet, but we suppose nothing much has been on the line in that regard yet. Maybe people will start to notice it as the one-dayers wear on.

Considering it’s near enough the longest day, it feels rather like cricket’s in a bit of a lull at the minute. Or is it us?


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    1. The question is about the best places to sit for a Lord’s test match – in particular for the forthcoming England v Pakistan Day One. Answer placed on that thread and replicated here:

      “Thank you for your question, DruckB. There are “in theory” and “in practice” answers to your question.

      In practice, I believe that Day One is a sellout, so you will struggle to get seats together if at all. There might be some returns available – I got a couple of amazing seats for me and Charley the Gent last year at the front of the Mound Stand that way:


      …but it helped that I actually showed up in the ticket office in person at a county match to grab those. You could always try phoning. I have just checked the on-line system and there are no pairs of seats available, not even restricted view. Not sure if returns get put back onto the on-line system – probably not.

      They do sometimes get debenture returns for the upper grandstand – those are amazing seats – some distance from the action but a great panorama of the whole ground. You might ask if there are by chance a pair of those – you’d sound like someone who knows what he is talking about.

      I wouldn’t recommend restricted view seats but anything else is well worth having. Make sure you know whether you are exposed or under cover. If exposed, be prepared with sun screen as it can occasionally be sunny all day and exposed means exposed. Even if it is sunny, especially if under cover, you might find it a bit chilly; even in the English summer players from the subcontinent tend to play in jerseys on all but the very hottest days.

      I do hope you find a way to secure a pair of tickets and are able to attend Lord’s that day. If you do get seats, do let me know. Charley the Gent and I shall be there that day and it would be great to meet you, if only briefly during one of the intervals.”

  1. There’s now what seems like an eternal break until the next Test; in the meanwhile there’s an ODI tri-series (which, as you’ve said before, doesn’t matter), and county cricket (rained off at the moment).

    As for the Super Series, I think we both agree that the Tests need to come later for it to mean anything: that’s when sides might try to win where otherwise they might have tried to draw. For me the five ODIs and one T20 (I still don’t understand this balance) stretch out almost interminably.

    Seriously, when do they end?

    1. July 5, since you asked.

      Starting on June 21. That’s 15 days inclusive to play 6 LO matches. Why does it have to be so drawn out? They often squeeze back-to-back tests into a shorter time window. I’ve never understood why there needs to be a two-day gap between these games – no wonder the international fixture list is so congested. I’d also advocate a max of 3 each of any LO format – none of these ridiculous 7-match ODI series :S

      Nothing to do with the fact we usually end up getting a doing in them…

  2. I’m going to Trent Bridge today. Normally we go to the test matches, but there isn’t one in Nottingham this year, so pyjama cricket it has to be.

    Do people still call it pyjama cricket? In fact, do people still wear pyjamas? I mean when sleeping, not when playing cricket. I know I don’t. I sleep completely naked, nothing on, not a stitch, not even any boxer shorts. You can literally see every single part of my body, from my toes, my lower leg, then my knees, my well-developed thighs, and of course, my

    1. Oh, sorry. I pressed the comment button too soon. Where was I?

      Oh yes, that’s right. Do people still call it pyjama cricket?

    2. There are some people who will always call it pyjama cricket. Usually with a huff.

      We sleep in our whites.

    3. I’m glad I stayed away from here until well after breakfast today.

      I gave up pyjamas for skinny-napping after about one term at Uni, if I remember correctly. My diary is silent on the exact timing of my pyjama-shedding decision.

      Unlike KC, I don’t sleep in my whites. But I have been caught napping while wearing them, not least when grazing in the outfield on a glorious, sunny day. Especially if it is a skier. Or one that bobbles inconveniently on approach.

      Frankly, just the rude interruption of the ball coming my way might be enough to produce an unsightly error, in whites, on my part.

      1. Identify the country of source of this apocryphal saying:

        “He who sleeps without pjs, has the heating turned up unnecessarily high.”

  3. Thank goodness the cricketings are back.
    I can’t take much more of these footballings.

    1. The footballings appears to have gone the way of cricketeering tournaments of the past with near-meaningless group matches and the majority of teams qualifying for the next round. That and we’re rubbish as usual. You won’t see many nil-nil bore draws in the cricket!

      1. We do when it rains. Although those are more ‘0-0 and 0-0 no results’ than ‘0-0 draws’.

      2. Are you including innings forfeits in this? They are usually only made when it finally stops raining, and both teams are trying to force a result. Of course I have absolutely no problem with this concept *cough Glen Chapple Notts 2010 cough*

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