You’ll never dismiss Jonny Bairst- oh…

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Jonny Bairstow had made 104 runs off 59 balls when this happened.

Jonny Bairstow (via Sky Sports)

Two things to note.

One, the bail is illuminated. Two, the position of Bairstow’s back foot.

Pondering the former with reference to the latter, you might like to consider the path his bat took.

Still, the job was done by this point. Bairstow had helped England secure a breathtakingly impressive 3-2 series triumph and so averted a woeful 3-2 series catastrophe.

Recalibrate your forecasts. England should now attain overconfidence at some point this summer, meaning the traditional World Cup self-immolation will most likely occur at some point the following winter rather than during the tournament itself.

Having missed this final match, Ross Taylor took his own private series 2-1.


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  1. Daisy and I watched the first couple of hours of the last match and both thought that England bowled incredibly well.

    I realise that our inability to stay up past midnight is proof positive that we are old and part-timers, but there’s no point pretending otherwise.

    I’m not sure Ross Taylor would have been able to make the difference this match – just as he was unable to make the difference in the other match in which England was able to bowl first…

    …not that we saw Ross Taylor’s batting in that match, which would have been in those wee small hours.

    Away matches against New Zealand would draw far more attention in England if New Zealand were to relocate itself to somewhere with a more sensible time zone. South Africa, for example…

    …or better yet, Tristan da Cunha:,-48.1433515,3z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x25a3b1a1af6dc9b:0x69ee2d95dc98aedb!8m2!3d-37.1052489!4d-12.2776838

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