13 December 2013
Will Geoffrey Boycott's sporting similes be enough to save England's batsmen?
After Adelaide, England are two test matches down and Australia only have to win the third match in Perth to win back the Ashes.
At the close of play on the first day, our bowlers haven't left us in a very promising position and we still have to wait to see whether or not our batsmen take any notice of Geoffrey Boycott's profound advice after the second test match (above).
I was rather less impressed by his statements of the obvious - such as "You can't win a test match if you can't bat"- than by his use of sporting similes:
"We're playing cricket like a 50 over game: crash, bang, wallop - and out."
"It's like climbing a mountain without any shoes and socks on"
"it's like playing chess: you can't win a chess game in the first few moves; you can sure as hell lose it."
My fear, alas, is that the question at the top of today's blog will turn out to be what Twitter followers of @johnrentoul will recognise as a #QTWTAIN...