...actually managed to do it. The Burnley Bumpkin actually managed to rock up to a cricket ground where everything was in his favour and not blow it. A somewhat green and undercooked Sri Lanka side helped.
...another Yorkshire legend gone. The youngest and probably hardest and bravest man to play test cricket has died aged 84. “The start of the cricket season was the sound of leather on Brian Close”
...series? England have convincingly won the first test match of their last two series only to roll over and capitulate, after their 169 run victory in the Ashes opener can they stop the Aussies at Lord's?
...bowling. Ex-Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath knows a bit or too about cricket, about bowling, about being damn good at it and about having a little dig at England before an Ashes, sledging for want of a better word.
...Bell, Broad and Anderson. The cricket fan who stumped up what was probably a decent whack might have actually got their money's worth in the one day series between England and New Zealand.
...New Zealand. The recent two Test match “series” between England and New Zealand finished all-square with both sides getting what they deserved but the punters missing out on what should have been a deciding third game.
..."It's the way I play". This has been some top trolling by Graves, Strauss and the rest at the ECB, which all should be glad about, never mind the gnashing of the teeth of those that don't have to put up with Kevin Pietersen.
...marvellous. Former Australian cricket captain and superstar cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died aged 84.
...runs. How bad are India at Test cricket? They had England one nil down, down and out, and walk away with a 3-1 series defeat with the most miserable displays you've seen.
...pitch. England were handed the ideal Headingley pitch for them to wrap up the two match series against Sri Lanka, it may have come down to the last over again but they blew it.
...they have to learn from this. So Peter Moores is reinstalled as the England cricket coach and Kevin Pietersen as had his say, though don't know if he quite gets it.
...departure. And excuse me if I'm not shocked at it either, it seems a surprise to some that history has repeated itself and Kevin Pietersen has been told to sling his hook.
...he's the problem. OK so he's not the only problem with the current England set-up that led to the 5-0 whitewash thumping handed out to them by Australia in this Ashes series. But he's the start of it all.
...troubles. The media have been all out over the last 24 hours looking for someone to blame over Jonathan Trott's decision to come home from the Ashes tour with stress/depression related issues.
...chips. We were told what a courageous and innovative captain Australia had in Michael Clarke when he made his declaration at tea on Sunday. Courage was lost when England were about to win and was replaced by a hissy fit.