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A few more before we return. On Bob’s knees? Davy Given: “I would guess that Paris Bob was recovering at Belfast’s Musgrave Park hospital, which – for various reasons – housed the world’s foremost experts for knee reconstruction during the 1980s.” And Glen Hatrick: “My money’s on the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast – the

A few more before we return.

On Bob’s knees? Davy Given: “I would guess that Paris Bob was recovering at Belfast’s Musgrave Park hospital, which – for various reasons – housed the world’s foremost experts for knee reconstruction during the 1980s.”

And Glen Hatrick: “My money’s on the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast – the Venn diagram of joyriders and kneecapping victims would show a substantial degree of overlap. The fact that they all hated cricket was also a bit of a giveaway. On the plus side, Bob couldn’t have picked a better place to have a knee injury – due to the kneecappings, Belfast is the world leader for knee surgery. We’re very proud.”

We wait for Bob’s reply.

“I note that Ed Smith is wearing the same tie as yesterday,” Romeo reports. “Is this his lucky tie, or has he spilt his dinner down all his others?” Or he might have been out with Beefy (see much earlier today a note saying he is in the same shirt as yesterday)

This is a corker from Kanishk Srinivasan on the topic of misunderstood laws and quirks of cricket: “Dave Adams raised a great question about not understanding certain rules in cricket, and I couldn’t help but think of a friend (who shall remain anonymous) who used to think that the 30-yard circle was a mini-boundary, and that if you got the ball past it, you’d get 2 runs be default, and three if you got it past without a bounce. He used to explain the batsmen running between wickets as a sign of excitement or celebration.”

And on the same topic, Chris Thompson in Melbourne: Not quite a rule-based misunderstanding, but many years ago I was watching Steve Waugh’s final test when my ex-girlfriend wandered in just as they were giving speeches. The announcer described him as “one of those rare players who leaves the game in better shape than when he started”. A pause from the ex, then… ‘did he used to be really fat or something?’” Too good. Nothing but net.

Ben Mimmack is currently flying over Greenland and pondering. “I’m thinking about the reaction to Steve Smith’s century on day 1. All I’ve seen in the press is universal condemnation of the people who booed it. I would have applauded myself because it was such a special innings, but when all’s said and done, he blatantly cheated to try and win a match. How is the reaction of the crowd on Thursday different to those swimmers who refused to share a podium with Sun Yang? Reactions that were pretty favourably reported on from what I saw and the parallels seem pretty close to me.”

I respectfully disagree with your comparison but I’ll leave this be.

“After yet another failure for Bairstow and Ali,” notes Joe Cross. “I’m reminded of my view when the side was selected that their places shouldn’t be considered secure. May seem harsh but after the Ireland debacle I would have dropped both for this one. Would we really have been worse off with Foakes and Leach? Or Curran and Leach? The latter especially with Anderson’s fitness concern in mind.”

Remember that Moeen’s main job (at the moment) is what he does later today. But yes, this is far from a settled side.

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