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Friday March 21 2008

You park your car in Russia, to go fishing, and the car park melts under it:

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Meanwhile, something similar is happening to the England batting out there in New Zealand.  Collingwood was saying that soon the England top six would open the floodgates.  Results so far: Vaughan out for 2, Strauss out for 0, Cook out for 2.  At one point England were 4-3, the teenage debutant Southee having got the first two.  At drinks, half way through the first morning, England had crawled to 16-3 after 14 overs.

They can’t just keep on picking the same guys if they keep on failing.  Cook looks safe for now, but Vaughan looks dodgy, and Strauss is doomed, if only because they have to bring in new guys after this shambles and he is now bottom of the heep.  Pietersen has made yet another start, and now might be a good time for him to get past fifty.  He’s now twelve.  Bell has faced half as many balls again as Pietersen but is becalmed on 2.  So much for the floodgates.  Next in: Collingwood.

While I was fixing the links to that, England have progressed to 30-3 off 20 overs.  Not exactly 20-20 is it?  Pietersen 17, Bell 8, Bell having hit a four.

LATER: Bell out for 9. 36-4 in the 24th over.

LATER: Lunch.  England 58-4 after 30 overs.  Pietersen, who clobbered Vettori for two fours in two balls, is seven short of what would be his first fifty in eleven innings.  (I never seem to know whether to do cricket numbers in text as figures or words.) After 4-3, England would probably settle for this.

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