Best wishes for 2011 to all my regular readers and anyone else who's dropping by.
Having enjoyed The Old Batsman's take on the year's best innings, I've been mulling over what I've seen.
The innings I can't get out of my head is Jonathan Trott's 184 in the final Test against Pakistan, which I watched from the Warner Stand. Deliberate no-balls or not, he came in on as difficult a batting morning as you'll ever see at Lord's with more than a few people still wondering if he was the best England could do at number three. Hours later he left the field with Stuart Broad to a standing ovation. Just before he went up the pavilion steps he raised his bat and looked back towards the Grandstand with a broad smile on his face. He belonged.
This is what I wrote at the time.
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