We had suggested that a few away Tests would see Vernon Philander’s bowling average swell like a space hopper at altitude. What we hadn’t considered was that Philander’s first away Tests would be in New Zealand.
You get some good Test matches in New Zealand. The home side have secured a first innings lead even though none of their batsmen got past the forties. We mean ‘the forties’ and not ‘the Forties’ there. No-one’s having to combine Test cricket with a role in the Home Guard.