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67th over: England 194-5 (Stokes 34, Bairstow 2) Morkel drops short to Stokes, who cuffs a swaggering pull through midwicket for four. The next ball is rifled straight down the ground for two, and it would have been four more but for a touch from Morkel in his follow-through. You invariably need to use the phrase “so far” during a Stokes innings, but so far his judgement of when to attack and when to defend has been almost perfect.
“Re Angus King. Surely Broad is an adjective, not a noun,” says Martin Brady, who has clearly never seen The Sopranos. “Though I’m reminded of the heyday of 2009, when Cook Swann and Onions appeared both on the England team sheet and in the Queen’s breakfast order.”
66th over: England 186-5 (Stokes 28, Bairstow 2) Philander returns to the field to continue his spell. There is still some orthodox swing, even though the ball is 66 overs old, and Bairstow is sensibly content to defend.
“The great Chris Ryan wrote the following some time ago about Thommo, bowling fast, feeling rough and feeling a great injustice,” says Jamesy. “I like the sound of this Sylvester character though.”