In scoring at 77.33 runs per hundred balls, Jonathan Trott careered out of control, like a giant rubber ball belting down Snowdon. That’s the only reason we can come up with as to why he might have got himself out for 58.
Or maybe he’s got a weakness against left-arm spin – that old chestnut. Maybe everyone’s got a weakness against left-arm spin. Maybe a weakness against left-arm spin is to 2011 what painting yourself orange and deafening people with a two-handed slap was to 1991.
Whatever the reason, we’re not happy. In the next Test, we want to see Jonathan Trott blank-faced and scuffing at the turf for at least 14 hours and we don’t want him to score any more than 72 runs in that time.