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.