Butcher’s time is nigh

Quite a sad day – never been Butcher’s greatest fan, but he made some pleasing knocks over the years. He’s ruled himself out of Thursday’s Test and surely has made his last appearance for England. Key, his replacement in the last Test, urgently needs to make a hundred or a significant score and not one of his injudicious shots – Ian Bell is ready and waiting in the wings for the number 3 spot.