Tax presage

The newest resident in Vinson & Elkins’ swish City offices, American Jim Loftis, co-head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice, boasts something none of his other US colleagues have got. And no, it’s not an all-things-Enron indemnity. It’s an understanding of cricket.

“Oh yeah, I get cricket alright,” the big Texan drawled. “The way they teach us Americans to throw for baseball means I could never bowl properly, but the baseball training had me in good stead when batting.”

Well, with a couple of South Africans and even a Papua New Guinean all turning out for England’s national team in recent times, who says the Yanks can’t play cricket as well?