...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.
...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.
...marvellous. Former Australian cricket captain and superstar cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died aged 84.
...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.
...Root. Yet again another England bowler stood on the podium collecting the man of the match award after skittling New Zealand out when they would have been in that position if Joe root hadn't saved England from a batting collapse.
...touring Australia on the next Ashes. Or carrying the drinks round grounds in South Africa this winter, as the England selectors looked to have called time on Steve Harmison's disappointing England career.
...and think it was the team strategy? Nearly everything that Justin Langer put down in his assessment of the England players proved right in their humiliating innings defeat at Headingley.
...bat!! Everything points to batting doesn't it the overnight rain the humidity your choice to go in a batsmen down and with a bowler extra - all out 102 says great call lads.
...just one needed. After the rain had the biggest say on the draw in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, it's down to Headingley and the Oval, can England just get one more win and seal it or will this barbecue summer have the final say?
...as captain, it's not ideal. But it's happened before and had a reasonably good outcome when Botham quit before he was fired, like Pietersen, back during the Ashes in 1981.
...for courses. The loss to South Africa more resembled a donkey derby. Vaughan isn't the only one who is confused dot com.