The third day at Perth. It’s quite simple for England: take 9 wickets for about 50 and knock off 200 runs. It’s possible, too; all they need is for Steve Harmison to find some bounce and Monty Panesar some turn. Fortunately, Harmison is finally looking like a bowler in this series and not a stray from the Barmy Army. And Monty, well – we all know about the Montster.
Blind optimism is well and truly the way to go. It’s the 1990s all over again. Also: if you have any Russian friends, here’s how to say Happy Christmas: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom.