England batsmen score runs

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It warrants a headline. Even if Jonathan Trott got a ton in the last match, this time it’s plural. More than one England batsman has scored some runs. One of them was even Andrew Strauss.

It’s remarkably easy to catch up with a match that’s going badly. Last week, we switched on the TV early in the morning, expecting to see Strauss and Cook; Jonathan Trott at a push. Instead, we saw Matt Prior and within eight seconds, he was out. There was no way that match was going well.

By contrast, this morning we switched on half-expecting to see Matt Prior again and were instead greeted with the sight of Strauss and Cook in partnership. We were starting to disbelieve that ever happened. One of them was even into double figures.

It’s like the good old batting of the last year or so where you don’t have to watch because nothing ever really happens.


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  1. Don’t have to watch or your sanity wont allow you to watch?
    Cook 77 off 227
    Trott 15 off 44
    They are boring Sri Lanka into submission, same as they did during the ashes.

    1. in fairness, the calypso capitulation style employed by Australia in the ashes was far more entertaining and enjoyable…

    2. Jayawardene got his 105 off a sprightly 216 balls. That’s a bad example to set his team. Angelo Mathews had the right idea, with 57 from 157 balls. That’s almost Boycott-level.

    3. John that was at 3 runs an over, Cook and Trott were going at 2.
      I notice that once KP came to the crease the batsmen seemed to remember that they held a chunk of wood in their hands which could be used for something other than blocking with the odd push out to midwicket. I applaud this innovative initiative.

  2. One of the “CricinfoConversations” commenters predicted a “collapse of Eiffel Toweresque proportions”.

    Maybe I missed a nuance, but I suspect he missed the flaw in that metaphor.

    1. Maybe he didn’t. Maybe he’s every confidence in the solidity of the England batsmen.

    2. On second thought, that comment shifts from amusingly flawed to unnervingly suspicious.

  3. Watching Cook & Trott bat is giving me that feeling that just one wicket now and it will be all out in an hour. You know, the 1990’s feel.

  4. “It’s like the good old batting of the last year or so where you don’t have to watch because nothing ever really happens.”

    This is handy when the matches start at 0030 in your time zone and you want to half-doze while they’re on overnight on the bedside laptop. Wickets tend to wake one up.

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