Another draw at Lords has got people thinking – why have there been six drawn Tests in a row there? Is it the new outfield and the heavy roller producing a flat pitch? Is it a part of a cynical London-centric moneymaking scheme? Is it because England are naturally conservative in their style (hardly a new criticism)?
It’s probably a combination of many factors. For those who hold to an ‘England are boring’ thesis, it’s worth noting that whilst England scored at a decent rate, South Africa’s batsmen contributed considerably to the general dullness of the 4th and 5th days by failing to set the world alight.