Gary Ballance bares his teeth

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A lot. It seems to be his default facial expression while batting. It’s a little disconcerting.

But on the plus side, we’ve already started thinking to ourself: “At least Ballance is still in,” as if he’s the most reliable of the England batsmen. Like Jonathan Trott, you don’t really feel the need to watch him. You just check in on his score every once in a while.

A Test hundred mere days after drinking a bit too much. You wouldn’t think it possible, would you?

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  1. You majesty, I am not a native English speaker but in my opinion, all mammals and reptiles unless punched by David Warner, BEAR teeth. Even bears, which are mammals, BEAR teeth. In the case of mammals, the female of the species also BEAR young ones. However, only a few species, like bears and cats, BARE their teeth in order to frighten.

    I thought Gary Ballance always bore teeth. Did he recently start to BARE them at the crease?

    1. Superb, Shalabh. The perfect combination of wit and pedantry that this site is based on. Please comment often.

    1. *raises hand*

      Of course, if I drop him, he’ll score a double hundred and that’ll be bad for England. So really I’m doing everyone a favor.

    2. He gets one more test after this, and then he’s out.

      I don’t think either the ECB or the BCCI would approve of my proactive method of selection.

    3. Ged Ladd sneakily ups his hand in the early hours of Sunday morning, hoping no-one notices at such an ungodly hour.

  2. Looks like Rahane dropped a mote of dust onto India’s floor. I wish them the best of luck clearing it up.

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