So, as you mental cricket fas are watching our lads get the living crap kicked out of them by Ricky Ponting in the Ashes, it would seem that our England boys could do with an eagle-eyed fielder to throw down his stumps.
Sadly, Gary Pratt, the bloke who achieved cult hero status in 2005 by running out the Aussie captain at Trent Bridge, was snoring away at his home in Durham as England got their Ashes campaign off to a wobbly start.
You’d think that he’d be up and awake, cheering the lads on, but Pratt was cream crackered after playing for Crook Town FC against Seaham Red Star in Thursday evening’s Arngrove Northern League Division Two game.
Pratt has turned to football to keep in shape after he was released by county side Durham in August.
"I didn’t really fancy running so I thought I’d go and train with the local football team – then I ended up playing," he told BBC Sport.
"I’m a striker usually but I’ve played in midfield recently. We won the first three games but we’ve had a bit of a, um, dry patch recently and lost the last four."
Pratt was a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday in his teens, but at 16 decided to focus on cricket and he remains hopeful that he will sign for another county before the season starts in March. [Mof Gimmers]