A hundred from Alastair Cook, a fifty from Ravi Bopara and four wickets for Steven Finn. As templates go, it’s quite specific.
It’ll never last. Templates get worn out. Give us a bottle of Tab Clear, some prawn crackers and a copy of Sensible Soccer and we would NOT have the perfect evening any more. Those days are long gone. We would need an entirely different beverage, an entirely different salty Chinese food and an entirely different computer game.
It’s also a weird sort of template that seems to rely on Kevin Pietersen dead-batting his way through the first few overs. Watching KP bat these days makes us feel sad and old. In many ways, watching cricket is about embracing the fact that you’re sad and old, but this is different – this is the bad kind of sad and old.