Over on Cricket With Balls (I still can’t hyperlink so you’ll have to find your own way there), the estimable J-Rod (copyright: the worst cricket captain in the world apparently!) quotes Robin Martin-Jenkins’ disappointment at the lack of sledging from the Aussies during the recent tour match against Sussex.
I feel this could be the start of a worrying trend. For over at Barnes on Monday, in the Blogging Ashes (which, I’m sure you’ve read elsewhere, was won by England) it was much the same. They all seemed remarkably pleasant chaps, there was no snarling, and one or two even chipped in “Good shot, sir” when we managed to make reasonable contact.
I think it was the Poms who were the more mouthy in the field and, having been out of club cricket for so long, I was quite pleased to learn some new phrases like “control the controllables” (and bugger the uncontrollables, I guess).
We were even so ruthless as to catch all our catches – and there were some mighty difficult ones to catch as well.
So perhaps that’s what the summer proffers. The Ugly Englanders getting stuck in to the old foe – and of course, with Matt Prior skipping around behind the stumps, that is how it should be.
I wonder what Ian Chappell will make of it.