If cricketers’ use of the word ‘momentum’ were given physical form, we’d like to meet it.
Even if it were an innocent-looking child holding a balloon, we’d still have no qualms about punching it square in the face with all our might. We’d watch the balloon floating skywards and think to ourselves that we’d made the world a better place.
After England’s largely inadequate performance in the first Test, Andrew Strauss said:
“Momentum is a massive thing and what happened today will give us a big lift for the rest of the Ashes.”
Teams can seemingly take momentum from just about any carefully selected moment during a five-day Test match.
Mitchell Johnson’s probably taken momentum from the rare deliveries where he didn’t miss the cut strip.