I have recently become lost down a rabbit hole of extended remixes.
I don’t properly remember the 1985 Ashes, so feel comfortable saying Bell’s batting in the 2013 Ashes – Bell’s Ashes – is the best I’ve ever seen from and England player, across a series. Absolute, total mastery.
A question: has any sports team ever had the strength in depth that England now have in limited-overs cricket? Australia in the 90s perhaps have a claim, likewise the current France football team, but I can’t think of many times management could pick two XIs, two XIIIs or two XVs and expect either of them to beat any opposition.
But we can nevertheless assume that Eoin Morgan will pick what he deems the best side available to him. Partly because it’s rare a team get to paste Australia to nil, but mainly because whoever wins will finish the series top of the world rankings.
So the likelihood is that England will make just one change – Tom Banton for Jos Buttler, celebrating his birthday
by unbubbling with his family. Which brings us back to where we started, except Australia have a habit of ruining England’s hopes and OBO preambles alike.
with a trough of WKD
Play: 6pm BST