(2) It certainly enlivened yesterday's drive down the M1.
(3) If England don't play more positively, they won't win in Australia. They didn't play badly, and overall during the series they played better than the Australians. But we've repeatedly seen them be defensive when they needed to attack (as the best form of defence), and I really can't see this working in a concrete bowl on Boxing Day. The non-performance by top order batsmen is also getting tedious, and I don't feel that Cook is an imaginative captain.
(4) I am in the same school year (just) as Chris Rogers, elderly debutant* opener. Yes! I am not yet totally past my physical prime!