Alastair Cook may have played a more abject shot in his Test career than the one that resulted in his first-innings dismissal on Friday, but it is hard to think of one off-hand.
For the second week running at England nets a bowl-off was held, with Jake Ball and Chris Woakes both steaming in at Durham’s blustery Riverside ground hoping to catch the eye of both captain and head coach before Friday’s second Test with Sri Lanka.
They’ve been the soundtrack to every one of Sri Lanka’s games at this Cricket World Cup, but back when their cricket heroes toured in 2002, Dihan Dewage’s Melbourne-based Papare Band weren’t even allowed to bring a trumpet into the MCG.
After several weeks of group matches, the 2015 cricket World Cup has finally reached the knockout stage.
Centuries from Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara meant that Sri Lanka easily chased down England's total of 309 for six in Wellington.
Australia are heading towards next month's Ashes series with "not a great deal of confidence" according to their stand-in ODI captain, George Bailey.
There is no room for schadenfreude now.
A blistering 151 from Kevin Pietersen off only 165 balls enabled England to end the third day of their final Test of the winter against Sri Lanka with a mighty lead of 181 runs.
There was no animated bat-waving in the direction of the press box, no release of pent-up fury at all the speculation about his position as England captain when Andrew Strauss acknowledged the applause for his half-century.
After another gruelling day in the Sri Lankan sun, England were still clinging on to their hopes of retaining their world No1 status on Tuesday, battling back late on the first day to give themselves a fighting chance of winning the second Test.
Eoin Morgan had told England to reconnect with their best of their one-day performances over the past 12 months and, despite a top-order implosion from the bad old days, they delivered on the order with a thrilling tie in their series opener with Sri Lanka.
Chris Woakes says he can hold no grudge with Jonny Bairstow for a third missed chance off his bowling in the past six months given the amount of work the England wicketkeeper puts into improving his game behind the stumps.