Well, why not.. have to blame someone…
England’s cricketers may think twice about receiving any more awards from the BBC. Only a few hours after their triumphs in Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year show, they embarked upon their darkest day of this whole disheartening tour.
Yesterday’s thumping seven-wicket defeat by Pakistan would have been bad enough were it not for the additional news that Kevin Pietersen is battling a cracked rib, and, worst of all, that the team’s much-loved bowling coach, Troy Cooley, has defected to Australia.
With the exception of another fine innings from Liam Plunkett, England were as insipid yesterday as they had been inspired on Saturday. No one can say for sure whether they had been affected by the previous night’s festivities, but the fact is that their three highest scorers had all gone to bed early, rather than staying up with the rest of the team for the BBC awards.
It really was a much better performance by Pakistan and I think normal service will resume for the rest of the series.