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An emotional day in a lot of ways.  Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months.  He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.

But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form.  Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs.  After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be.  I wish had been there.

An imperious bowling performance and an innings and 6 runs win for South Africa.  This is the kind of Test match and Test match bowling I like.  I like Dale Steyn – you might have guessed. But I like him because he tends to be good at what he does – Teutonic even.  And yes, I have always thought of him as looking like the synth operator in a Germanic electronic band.  [Yep I like electronic music].  Yes he does not smile much and yes he often looks like he is sucking a lemon.  But I kinda like that.

But he cannot do all this without backup.  So a well tuned performance from the Saffer bowling attack. [one is tempted to say Durhamesque!]   So if Dale is the Synth player – this could be the rest of the line up.  Kallis the solid drummer, Morkle the suicidal looking bass player, Harris the silly haired guitarist, and Parnell the rebellious singer.  [Duminy comes on and does occasional procession and the odd bit of back up singing.]   So not quite a German electopop outfit then, but they make a good noise.   What they are called? You can think up the name.

And of course  an excuse for a Paul Harris picture.  Harris; a tall man who does not spin the ball much, but who does what he does very well.  I like that.

But the super efficient Steyn is not a tall man.  Not for a fast bowler.  Do you think anyone else has noticed this?

So two cricketers who perform much better than you would expect from looking at them.  Anyone in the England squad development noticed this too do you think?