Sachin failing to get his hundredth international hundred at Lords. As any civil servant will tell you, that makes today a good day to bury bad news.

The bad news being we lost the test. Quite heavily.

Dispatched MS to press conference with list of reasons for defeat: injury problems, pitch uneven during our innings only, opposition hitting ball too hard, latest Corrie plotline upsetting VVS, unexpected spike in Stuart Broad’s midichlorian levels.

Yet we still picked up a lot of negativity about today’s defeat. Erm, excuse me people. What about the bigger picture?

India suffered an innings defeat in the opening game of the South African tour last winter. In fact they only took 4 wickets in the match and that was with bowlers who were fit. Now look at this game. I think you can see the team’s on a definite upwards trajectory.

When we start picking bowlers who can walk, we’ll be right back in the mix.

I expect us to be ultra competitive in time for the ODI’s.

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Have reminded our batsmen of the three lines of defence: bat, pad, Billy Bowden. Try to use the first two, because you can’t always rely on the third.

Question of the day: Has Billy become overly reliant on DRS? Is he refusing to give lbw’s if he’s standing more than 2.5 metres away?

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Very quiet on coach to Nottingham. Squad reflective. Some sleepy. Some reading.

Evening sun low to the west; illuminating the coach with a warm red hue.

Sreesanth and Munaf waving at drivers from rear window.

They’re lovely at that age aren’t they?

28 & 27.

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