I’ve been at a wedding this weekend. We went into the church when the cricketers were at lunch, and when we came out SA were 46/7, and Stokes had just got Morris out. It was pretty much game over from that point, even though England managed to lose a trio of wickets when they got the target down to single figures.
Interesting game, from an England point of view. I don’t think we’ve sorted out our best batting order yet and, although I like Compton in at three with Hales opening, it hasn’t yet worked as well as I’d have hoped.
There’s hope in the bowling attack, though, although we still haven’t got a spin bowler worth picking for his bowling, there are Options for the pace bowling, and Stokes turning into a capable all-rounder gives the side a balance it’s missed since Flintoff retired.
Anderson’s been out of sorts this series, and I wonder if he’s actually fit and if he’s going to play in the final game. I expect him to, though. Broad himself has been out of sorts this series right up until he suddenly wasn’t.