As mentioned previously, one of my prezzies was the Ashes DVDs and I’ve watched all but the last one so far. It’s a superstition thing I suppose, thinking that it might work out differently. A bit like that awful stage performance of the Anne Franks Diaries when the Germans stormed in demanding to know where she was and the audience shouted back, “She’s in the attic!”
But back to the DVDs, I’ve gone back over that second test, all those marvellous moments of joy and tension, but I swear that ultimate scene of sportsmanship when Freddie Flintoff’s first thought at victory was to console the excellent Brett Lee. Why? Has this incident got some special copyright?
Still, they do record my old vicar. Look to day three of the Old Trafford test, after the rain and just after the late start of play. That’s Rev Thomas in close-up with the glass of red wine. Lucky bugger, but then God makes His own luck!