India v England, Second Test Preview – Being Outside Cricket

I don’t think I’ll be making any predictions in this post.

England went into the last match against possibly the best team in the world with a debutant spinner, another spinner with one Test under his belt, an injury-prone bowler as their main spin option plus a single fast bowler who could only be expected to offer very short, sharp spells. Oh, and Joe Root who is apparently an allrounder now. To top it all off, they conceded a first innings lead of 190.

And then they won.

What does anything mean now? Experience, form, preparation, home advantage. They’re all lies, I guess. England’s trio of specialist spinners will have 3 Tests, 41 first class matches and 85 first class wickets between them, and they’re facing India. A week ago I’d have been worried. Now? I’m mainly confused, although not quite a believer to the extent some people appear to be in suggesting England are favourites. There’s literally nothing in the history of cricket which can explain what’s happening in front of our eyes. The closest I can get to expressing it is this picture:

I memed. That is what this team has driven me to.

Feel free to leave your comments below. I’m just setting my alarm clock for 3.55am…

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