...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”
..."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.
...seen? The only way to improve this Aussie touring side is to get all the old blokes in the crowd and media boxes to don the baggy green cap and get back out on the pitch.
...gone in tests. England go into today's one day international against South Africa trying to hang onto their top place in the rankings for the 50 over game but the one that really matters is gone.
...he don't get no respect! Thirteen games, thirteen England victories, most wickets in both innings and the match, third top scorer what more does Tim Bresnan have to do?
...to blow it. But they couldn't just manage it because as with 11 previous Test matches when they have Tim Bresnan in the side they just win even if he doesn't do that much.
...mistake. They don't win World Cup finals at cricket, they got there years back and then were just pipped at the post but recently they've been embarrassed early on but not now. And the Aussies look less and less invincible.
...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.
...a game of numbers. But I do wish England would stop playing by the numbers, it's just far too predictable but they teased me into bothering about this whole knockabout stuff.
...England's man-of-the-match in the Six Nations opener. If it wasn't for the Italy coaches odd choice to keep playing Mauro Bergamasco as scrum half, England might not have picked up a win in this years competition.
I don't know if compulsary helemets should be brought in after the tragic death of AA Tulsa Drillers 1st base coach Mike Coolbaugh at the weekend, it's amazing it doesn't happen more often and it brought to mind Michael Holding v Brian Close in 1976.
England's cricket team almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they beat the West Indies to take the series with a 2-0 lead.
The West Indies could come up with a better test cricket side by taking all the old guys out of the commentators boxes getting their whites on and getting them out in the middle.