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2nd November 2010

Panic over. Cricket’s most talked about thumb is out of cotton wool and back in its familiar position – nestling gently alongside Swanny’s jaw line whilst his forefinger disappears up his nostrils like he’s searching for trapped Chilean miners. It’s a relief for us all, particularly Graeme’s ‘batting buddy’, Paul Collingwood. Colly’s the batting pro in the pairing. On current form that’s a borderline call, I know.

Pre news-conference lunch with coaching staff. Managed to persuade them out of using ‘Camp England’ as team sobriquet.

Afternoon nets. Theme: how to play Australian spin. General consensus: try not to laugh, puts you off your stroke. Sad that Jason Krejza has proved to be a gateway spinner, a soft introduction that led Australia inexorably towards the darker horrors of Nathan Hauritz, Steven Smith and, lest we forget, Bryce McGain.

Team trip to see Paranormal Activity 2. Tremlett stayed at hotel to watch Midsummer Murders. Hope it’s not a scary episode.