2-1 with 1 to play. England have been surprisingly good in this ODI series. Anderson’s bowling in the last match was excellent indeed. He is a superb, polished performer these days and far better than the 21st place he currently occupies in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship Bowling Rankings.

It was fellow Northerner Paul Collingwood that has been catching the headlines.

A hundred in a winning cause (plus 80-odd in a losing one), a hundred ODI wickets and a hundred ODI catches. Add to that a record number of ODI appearances and it adds up to a phenomenal effort from the great Northern Ed Craig-alike.

The Saffas should love him. His simple way of playing the game is right at home there, and it is great to see him back on form again. Before this series he looked the most likely to step aside for Pietersen in the coming Test series. He must be inked in now.

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