According to Liam Plunkett, the England team will be seated in alphabetical order on the plane to Australia on Friday. This throws up a delicious image of contrasting characters forced to sit next to eachother – despite their “we’re all best buddies in the team England bubble” rubbish. They can’t all get on, can they?
Plunkett, then, is next to Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar; you couldn’t have three more contrasting cricketers. One is a fitness fanatic; one a fashion floozy and Monty’s in love with cricket of all things. As for the others…
Strauss could have a bit of a task…