From Vienna, Christian Cummins, asks the question:
I do understand why it has to rain up north. How else would that appealing green and mossy countryside be maintained? What would the sheep drink? But why couldn’t you organize that live-giving moisture to come during the many months when there was no cricket? It seems like poor planning and a lack of co-ordination; and I fear you are going to have a long shift.
Christian, for SIX WEEKS during the spring lockdown there was no rain. It was like living in southern France. No slugs turned up in the kitchen, we had breakfast outside. It was wonderful. But we were only allowed to leave the house once a day. Then lockdown lifted, cricket started to appear on the horizon and…. it started raining.
Sky are reporting from the ground where the rain is hammering/bucketing/sheeting down on the covers. Michael Holding muses that the West Indies started the Test with the wrong attitude, that all they had to do was draw the Test match to take the Wisden Trophy back to the Caribbean.
Then they move on to Stuart Broad. Holding, “He has bene able to adjust his game. For the first few years, 33 percent of his wickets were bowled or lbw, averaging 27, now 59 percent, averaging 21, he is bowling fuller.”
And Nasser Hussain: “If it wasn’t for Jimmy Anderson, he would be England’s greatest ever fast bowler.” I could live with that.
Quite the elite club for Jason Holder and Imran Khan.
An email arrives unperturbed by the weather.
Morning Andy Bradshaw!
Looking at the forecast, it’ll dry up at about lunchtime for a couple of hours, but there won’t be any play because they’ll be having the lunch break. Because cricket
Because cricket. Because Test cricket to be fair – T20 operates at more of a trot.
From a drier area of the country, a lovely piece by Tumaini Carayol on watching cricket at The Oval yesterday.
Good morning from Manchester where weather is dark, wet, grey and miserable. The pavements are puddle-wet, the sodden buddleia bows low, hoods are zipped, velcroed, pulled tight. In short, play will not be starting on time.
Which is a shame for England, surely only a session or two from regaining the Wisden Trophy, and who from a stolid start yesterday afternoon thumped to an unassailable lead of 398 before West Indies slumped to 10 for 2 as the evening slipped away. For West Indies, temporary relief, and a glimmer of a chance of holding on for a draw.
Should the clouds part, all eyes will turn to Stuart Broad, who is one wicket away from the magic 500 where he will join the elite club of Courtney Walsh, James Anderson, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. Does, my son asked me as I typed out this list over breakfast, that make Broad the third best fast bowler of all time?
While we wait, two legends from the vintage vault: