We’ll be honest. We didn’t see a single ball of this match. We were drinking Belgian beers and playing Goldeneye when it began and we were getting over that experience when it ended. On balance, we made the right choice.
Seven one-day internationals between Australia and England a couple of months before a World Cup – it’s a bit of a netherworld, isn’t it? World Cups are pretty much all that counts when it comes to one-day cricket, so this is like a series of practice matches that are for some reason being played out in front of a paying public.
Yes, both teams want to win every one of them, but only in the same way that they’d want be the best at tiddlywinks or throwing a screwed-up piece of paper into a bin from a few metres away.