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4th place: England 3-1 (Burns 2, Denly 1) Denly has an average of 30 in his brief test career, which was good enough in the late 1980s, but will not be long term in 2020. He plays Gabriel unconvincingly the other way. Then Gabriel makes a slice of the field with such force that the goalkeeper struggles to catch it with his left hand. Denly’s stump was exposed to the nude. There is a battle between the top four to see who paves the way for Joe Root on his return.
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We’re back. Gabriel stands at the top of his mark and looks at Burns.
9.38am EDT09: 38
Thanks to TMS for this horrible statistic: England’s average for the opening partnership last year was 16. What was the second worst average in a summer of three tests or more since 1999. Today, the partnership was 0. Make it you want.
09h09 EDT09: 29
The Rose Bowl is so far without the valance and bedspread. But the suspended cover remains.
Ian Forth has been watching the shelves. “I just watched some highlights from the lockdown era at the cricket show. I was slightly surprised to find that Nasser had Bill Bryson and Captain Corelli’s mandolin quite prominent on his shelf. I imagined that he would be more of a man in military history, for some reason. All I could see on Rob Key was Freddy’s autobiography, facing the camera like a choice of employees in a bookstore. No sign of any book behind Warney, but unfortunately there is no sign of his infamous mural.
I looked at it quickly and wondered if Nasser had color-coded his books? My interior designer friend suggested that, much to my husband’s dismay, I tried. Quite satisfied with that, actually.
Updated at 9:30 am EDT
9h45 EDT09: 24
Unfortunately, Sibley: 115 days of waiting since England’s warm-up game in Colombo was suspended. We’ve all been there. Condolences.
Meanwhile, Brian Withington is doing some math: “At Mark Wood’s 142 km / hour, my calculation of cigarette packs suggests that the batter is just under half a second from the launch of the ball to the finish. I don’t know how much is needed to calculate the time required for the impact of a finger-crushing yorker to register on the brain, but I met referees who would have lifted a finger beforehand. “
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The rain comes back
3rd point: England 1-1 (Burns 1, Denly 0) Roach slides the ball completely and towards Burns’ boot, the ball hits and England is off the mark in a completely convincing way. Denly swings Roach’s last ball and then, curse, the rain starts to fall. The floating cover floats in place and players return to the pavilion once again.
Charles Shenrick’s message is already out of date: “Too bad the rain stopped…. I was enjoying it until we started hitting …
Updated at 9:20 am EDT
9h14 EDT09: 14
2nd place: England 0-1 (Burns 0, Denly 0) Holder threw the ball to Shannon Gabriel, against the advice of Brathwaite, who on the radio previously thought Gabriel had no control. Hey ho. And the score is set in a familiar reassuring tone.
Updated at 9:15 am EDT
9h11 EDT09: 11
Wicket! Sibley b Gabriel 0
No one on Sibley’s scrapbook. Gabriel casts another bolt, Sibley, by mistake, grabs his arms, his torso disappears and he needs to return to the bubble.
Sibley, pulled by Gabriel by a duck. Photograph: Mike Hewitt / AFP / Getty Images
Updated at 9:18 am EDT
09:00 EDT09: 07
1st over: England 0-0 (Burns 0, Sibley 0) Kemar Roach takes the new ball and roars, all two and a half meters away, clearing the ball. His third strokes back and Burns does not play any strokes and the ball cuts the kick. There is close. The holder decides to review and the decision is of the referee. No stress.
In fact, we have referees at home for the first time since 2002, and players receive an extra review because of that.
09:00 EDT09: 02
The players are out and are organized in a perfect socially distant semi-circle. A minute of silence follows in memory of the victims of Covid-19 and Sir Everton Weekes. Pungency hangs on the floor.
And now everyone on the field takes the knee. West Indian players raise their fists. Beyond the border, so does the support team.
England and West Indies players are on their knees. Photo: Stu Forster / Getty Images for the ECB
Updated at 9:01 am EDT
8.56am EDT08: 56
Jerusalem is channeled through the Rose Bowl. Damn, there’s no one there to go through the actions. Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough walk to the middle, followed by the players.
8.52am EDT08: 52
The players are walking together on the steps of the Ageas. Everyone is wearing black armbands. Rory Burns is sitting alone on a white seat.
Carlos Brathwaite is reflecting on young Alzarri Joseph “He is also a much more mature person [than on his last tour of England]. He went through the loss of his mother, gained a little muscle. He was a little over the top before, he’s cooler and more calm than he was. I look forward to great things for him in this series. “
8h08 EDT08: 48
Nerves stir in that dressing room. As Rob mentioned earlier, this is England’s fourth least experienced team since their fifth test against Australia in 1989. Burns, Sibley, Denly, Crawley x Curtis, Moxon, Atherton, R. Smith.
1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Joe Denly, 4 Zak Crawley, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Jos Buttler (wkt), 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson.
They have made four changes since their last test in South Africa, bringing Burns, Bess, Anderson and Archer back.
1 John Campbell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Shamarh Brooks 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Shane Dowrich (wkt), 8 Jason Holder (capture), 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel.
8h08: EDT08: 38
Revised schedules for the day
Afternoon session: 14h to 16h30
Evening session: 4.50-7pm
70 overs to be played.
And that to reflect with 23 minutes to go …
CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst)
England gave its all, choosing Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
In the past five years, England’s fastest bowling performances in tests are:
Wood v SA, Johannesburg 2020 – 142kph
Archer x AUS, Lord’s 2019 – 141kph
Wood v WI, Saint Lucia 2019-140kph#ENGvWI
8.33am EDT08: 33
England won the draw and will hit
Ben Stokes: “We are trying to get the best conditions. The field looks pretty rough at the top and it won’t have much pace. We went with Woody, Jofra, Jimmy and me because we think that with the pace of Woody and Jofra, it adds a new dimension. The boys (Woakes and Broad) received the news as champions. “
Holder, “is not too disappointed to go bowling first.” They went with the quick four.
And Kim, some more to your list:
“Compact, close to the ground, notable snout, his athletic efforts are often hampered by lack of limbs, prone to barking and barking attacks … in my opinion, all Dachshunds should be called Nasser.” Oooh, this is tough Adam.
And from Howard: “After putting on a sweater for him, it has to be Umpy, after the poor referee wearing all those sweaters while the players are free.”
(I’m afraid to put the jumper on the little Furlough / ShortLeg, or rather, the Guardian’s photo library did.)
England wins the draw and counters first. Photo: Stu Forster / Getty Images for the ECB
Updated at 8.37am EDT
8h15 EDT08: 15
Copyright OBO 2020
For the new Farrow and Ball line, James Debens writes: “As a barometer of the public’s climate in 2020, this test match is exceeding all expectations. The shade of the Farrow & Ball paint would be Dank Schadenfreude (Pantone 666); the soundtrack, any Lenny Cohen laughing.
For Kim’s new dog, let’s go to John Starbuck: “Shortbread? Better yet: shortleg! “
AND THE COVERINGS ARE COMING!
Updated at 8:19 am EDT
8h06 EDT08: 06
Joe Root is not the only #cricketfamily member to have a new addition. OBO faithful Kim Thonger also has one, moreover, he wants your help with the name. Even you, Kim. “
Can you and OBO readers help us? We collected our new dachshund puppy on Saturday. He will join the well-established Dakkers opener on our canine team. I’m looking forward to calling it Furlough (skin, bass, geddit), but SWMBO is faltering. Is it a consensus that the name Furlough is a quick and unplayable Yorker on the stump of the leg? Or is it a medium, attractive slow jump off the trunk of your leg? And if not Furlough, what other names can readers suggest? Currently, the shortlist also includes Lofty, Underdog and Longfellow. In fact, I also really like a short list.
8.02am EDT08: 02
An excellent performance of the media broadcast this morning. Wonderful segments on Black Lives Matter on Sky and then on TMS with Isa Guha, Alison Mitchell and Carlos Brathwaite. Lots to think about.
And the covers start to be unrolled ….
07:00 EDT07: 56
Quick update: the referees are talking beside the covers, the spotlights are on, it’s not raining, the sky is dark.
An email arrives from Will Bowen: “Late Tanya – a quick search in the archives revealed that I last contributed to OBO 9 years ago, just before my wife’s“ delivery ”of twins, which explains the long hiatus. Young Thomas recently went through cricket indoctrination at Horsley & Send CC in Surrey – it would be great to get what I believe is still called a “shout out” to the club and show the young ace that his old man still has it when it comes of insane pranks.
I remember sending CC. My brothers used to play there years ago, as well as the Hollioakes, although I thought it was different territory then?
7.39am EDT07: 39