Seasoned England watchers know that England losing warm-up matches is just an unpleasant fact of life.
It’s like that gnawing sense that something’s very, very wrong when you wake up in the morning. Just reach for your bottle of supermarket brand gin that you keep on the bedside table and it’ll all seem to matter so much less of a problem in a bit.
We used to think that England needed to win all of their warm-up matches and look strong going into the main series, but over time, we’ve just come to accept it.
Paul Collingwood’s comments were good though:
“We’re not going to win many games losing seven for 20. That’s an area we need to look at.”
Yeah, the losing seven wickets for 20 runs side of the game probably does need a bit of honing.