Five wickets for Monty Panesar – there’s a sentence that’s been conspicuous by its absence of late. He only did it for England Lions though, who we’re going to start calling England Second XI, because that’s much more accurate.
If you’re going to name one of your national teams after an animal, at least name it after a native one, like the badger or the weasel or the mole.
Andrew Flintoff’s going to ‘link-up’ with the England Hedgehogs, although it will be in a non-playing capacity, which should get everyone good and excited.
The crowds will surely turn out in force. Wow at Flintoff’s relaxed demeanour. Marvel as he has ‘a bit of banter’ with his on-pitch team mates. Gasp as he reveals that his recuperation is coming along ‘quite well’.
This England Second XI squad that’s competing in the Duleep Trophy in India is one of the least interesting in years. Adil Rashid’s involved, which is good and we’ll be interested to see how Liam Plunkett gets on, but the move away from youth and towards being a second XI has taken away a lot of intrigue. These players are fairly well known.