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What makes a cricketer? This week we focus on language skills, parental influence and - as always - diet. We also weigh the importance of dog size versus competitive spirit to no great effect.
Graeme Swann enjoyed watching his team-mates salvage a draw from back home in England.
Swann eventually appeared to conclude that Broad's bat handle to the neck was his personal high point, even going so far as to accuse the fast bowler of calling for a review even while he was on his way down to the turf.
The run of form
Matt Prior's week wasn't all positive, however. He has been picking up the tab for dinner more often than not.
"Think it's time to quit credit card roulette!! #8from9"
That's astonishingly poor luck.
That's even more astonishingly poor luck.
The job application
Saqlain Mushtaq appears to be angling for a job as a greetings card poet.
"Life is test do always best"
We've a few more people to see. We'll get back to you.
Chris Gayle has a feeling he wishes to express.
Language allows us to express so much.
Life with Kemar Roach
How's Kemar this week?
"Keeping It Presidential!"
No idea what that means, but it sounds positive.
What's your philosophy?
South Africa's Colin Ingram sees himself as a bit of a terrier.
Sounds catchy, but does that actually stand up to scrutiny? Surely there comes a point at which the amount of fight cannot make up for a shortfall in size. A Chihuahua puppy can't possibly fancy its chances in a dispute with a full-grown Doberman.
Not in my hypothetical Doberman v Chihuahua scenario.
South Africa's David Miller is living the life.
It is well-known that cricketers smash their food. Do they get this from their mothers?
"Mum smashed her swim leg now for the bike. Go mum. #melbironman"
No. According to John Hastings, cricketers' mothers only smash the swimming legs of triathlons.
The above conclusion assumes that John Hastings is the average cricketer, eating at Nando's and smashing what he's presented with there.
"Black caviar unbelievably freakish."
But perhaps he's not representative of the majority.
Or perhaps times are changing. Perhaps the food is now more upmarket while the eating approach remains the same. Worcestershire's Alan Richardson appears to back that up.
Smash it. Smash the oshizushi. Smash the nigirizushi. Smash all of it.
Alex Bowden blogs at King CricketFeeds: Alex Bowden
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