(I like putting the !-mark at the end of that; makes it seem a bit like a west end musical)

So, if anyone needs an open thread in this ghost town of a blog, do please let this be it. But, mostly, here is where I plan on finally figuring out how to read this sport.

So as of tonight, England is 215 all out (215 runs, 0 wickets, but 59 of something called overs). Australia is 75 for 4 (75 runs, 4 wickets; 21 overs).

For future research, the scoreboard splits the players’ progress up into balls, fours, and sixes. I know from Twitter than when Tom Holland hit “a six” it meant posting the photo every other day all year, so at least that I’ve heard of.

Further updates as events warrant.

Update (7.15):

I’ve been trying to read up on the news, thinking maybe I’ll absorb some things along the way, but you know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of the little Bridge games they’d have next to the comics in the newspaper back in the day, with a description of what Mrs East played and how Mr North responded and none of it made any sense but my grandmother always thought it was hilarious.

Meantime, the P-G sends help via the comments.

Update II (moments later):

I mean really, just read this:

106th over: DROPPED! Haddin goes for another slog sweep and Finn, running round from backward square leg, puts in the dive and reaches the ball but he can’t cling on! Four runs the result. Swann has his head in his hands. So do millions of spectators around the country. Oh! And then nearly sneaking the ball through Haddin’s forward press. Six minutes until the delayed lunch break.

It’s hilarious! The !-marks! It’s all so dramatic! None of it makes any sense! Then: lunch break. <3

Update III (7.18):

“What playing cricket looks like to Americans:”