An Englishman, an Irishman and a South African walk into a pub.
“Aren’t you an England Twenty20 middle-order that inspires a surprising amount of confidence in supporters?” asks the barman.
“No,” says the Englishman. “We’re three entirely different people who just happen to be of the same nationalities as the people of which you speak. Professional cricketers don’t walk into pubs in the middle of international cricket tournaments because they’re overseas. At a push, they might walk into a bar or a beach shack, but not a pub. We’re in Urmston, for Christ’s sake. How the hell would we have got here after playing a match in Bridgetown a couple of hours ago?”
“Get out,” instructs the barman.
It’s going to take a while before we really accept it fully, but England’s Twenty20 batting line-up is really not bad at all.
Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter are doing a job and may eventually do more; Luke Wright’s gusto is never going to desert him; but it’s those three in the middle order who inspire confidence: Pietersen, Collingwood and Morgan.