If you turned on the television on Sunday afternoon you would have been treated to a blue-clad batsman flaying five red-wearing bowlers around a picturesque outfield.
“Embarrassing and shambolic – a total mess.
I was a little bit surprised when Sam Curran got the call-up for England’s second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, but he deserved it.
As Joe Root clung onto the catch in the slip cordon which sealed England’s resounding win over Pakistan on Sunday, there were smiles all round.
After a bruising winter of discontent there was a new school year feel at Lord’s with the opportunity for England’s underperforming pupils to absolve themselves within the seminary grounds of Lord’s.
Former England skipper Alastair Cook is reluctant to accept the writing is on the wall for his side despite a limp batting performance on day one of the Test summer’s curtain-raiser against Pakistan.
England skipper Joe Root has championed the impressive demeanour of Somerset spinner Dom Bess after confirming that the rookie twirler will make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday.
It's a big summer for England as they look to put a hugely disappointing winter behind them and I hope there might be time for experimentation as the seven Tests against Pakistan and India unfold.
Recalled batsman Jos Buttler accepts his call up to England’s squad for this week’s first Test against Pakistan will divide opinion but is determined to make the most of his “second debut”.
National selector Ed Smith has defended the decision to recall Jos Buttler after the destructive wicketkeeper-batsman earned a shock recall for England’s opening Test of the summer against Pakistan next week.