Monday, August 26, 2019


Once upon a time, we know, an English batsman would have eaten a partridge and drunk a bottle of claret before going out to face the Old Enemy in a vital Test Match.

We also know that times have changed and that every serious cricket team now  has a nutritionist and more.  So it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that Ben Stokes - our new cricketing god - ate, according to his own account, 'a knock-off Nando’s and a couple of Yorkie bars' the night before he continued the best innings of his, and pretty much anybody else’s, life (unless possibly you happen to be Brian Lara).

         Well, it worked, obviously.  

         But are there any words in the British culinary lexicon more depressing than ‘knock-off Nando’s’?  Possibly but they’ll do for now.

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