I love cricket. You can be one of the least naturally talented batsman in the side, look dreadful for two sessions, yet get by on determination and will. Strauss was wonderful for 50, Trott played lovely shots for 18, Pietersen “dumbslog millionaire” (see When Freddie Became Jesus) was great for 30, yet Cook made the hundred and looks to be batting England into a good position. Cricket, like life, takes all sorts, and I’m really pleased for Cook that he has made some runs.

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