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The déja vu
A close finish to the first Test, but Brett Lee had been there before.
"Where's Freddie ? I need a hug #ashes"
The first-Test preparation
Graeme Swann's baby daughter apparently got him into the right spirit ahead of the game.
The hash tag
Pat Cummins demanded social media acknowledgement of an impressive debut.
"#Ashtag should be trending. #Agar"
Tino Best's modesty corner
But whose record did Agar break?
That was very magnanimous of him.
That's more like it.
Indian spinners seemed particularly taken with the nature of some of the action. Ravi Ashwin enjoyed the dot balls.
"Maiden over applauded by the crowd,totally refreshing."
And so did Murali Kartik.
Clearly these are men who pride themselves on their miserliness.
The second-Test preparation
Graham Onions was economising on breakfast ahead of the Lord's Test.
It pays to be organised in your preparations
Jesse Ryder wanted to know:
No, but to be fair, it's the economy. There's just not much money to be made in hating these days. It's not like the glory days of the 1970s when a career in hating was a viable option, with a huge untapped market for it.
Rob Key was full of admiration.
"Whoever invented the biscuit was a genius."
The other question
Vernon Philander asked:
To minimise the impact on commuter traffic.
Ramnaresh Sarwan found himself at a loose end.
Have you tried withholding your number?
Life with Kemar Roach
Kemar's tweets are generally pretty self-explanatory.
"Slept All Day And Now I Can't Sleep!"
And sometimes they are not.
What's your philosophy?
One characteristic of all the great thinkers is that they don't generally have to flag their deepest thoughts as such.
Presumably, the next one isn't quite so deep.
Pretty sure it's possible to do both.
Technically Andrew Flintoff is no longer a cricketer, so is this acceptable?
Oh, thank goodness. That's a relief. The world hasn't been knocked off its axis.
As for the next generation? Thankfully, Joe Root knows the drill.
Alex Bowden blogs at King CricketFeeds: Alex Bowden
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