It’s okay. Panic over. England are once again the greatest team in history. That whole ‘going for five an over’ bowling performance is over and the England batting machine is running perfectly.
The second day’s play saw England intimidate the Western Australia Chairman’s XI into declaring at 451-5, batsmen eight, nine, 10 and 11 quaking in their boots. The openers then saw off none other than Burt Cockley, who is now injured after delivering just 15 balls at the impenetrable defences of Root and Carberry.
While both Root’s and Carberry’s defences were later penetrated, it was only because they wanted to allow Trott and Bell to hit fifties.
Fifties, you hear – fifties! Carberry got one too and he isn’t even in England’s Test team. Root didn’t get one. Among the bowlers was Test quality Michael Beer who was plundered for 58 runs in 20 overs – a rate of almost three an over.
This is definitely not a case of ropey bowling all round on an unhelpful pitch.