BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Who’s running this game, the referees or India?


BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Who’s running this game, the referees or India? A shower and they refuse to fight! But England’s first order needs attention because apparently Dom Sibley “isn’t even the best opener in Warwickshire”

  • England closed Matchday 2 of Test 1 against India on the 25th unbeaten
  • Umpires must have a firmer grip on the game after India refuses to strike
  • England’s Dominic Sibley is apparently not even Warwickshire’s best opener

Rain brought play to a halt early on a see-saw day at Trent Bridge as England’s opening games ended 25-0 on Matchday 2 of Test 1 against India.

Ollie Robinson bagged his first five-wicket transport to England and, with James Anderson’s four scalps, ended India’s first innings for 278, but not before some late fireworks from the tail of the visitor, who put 73 for the last four wickets.

Sportsmail‘s DAVID LLOYD offers his thoughts and ideas on what has been a better cricket test day for England thanks to the superb performances of two bowlers.

England forerunners Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley led the team to 25-0 on day two

Get tough umpires!

Who runs this game? The referees or the players? We had a gusty downpour over Trent Bridge that clearly wasn’t going to last long, but India refused to beat. Michael Gough would just let them go until Jimmy Anderson stepped in and they continued. It’s not his job! The referees have to be much, much more firm.

Anguish Towel

Another delay when, after 55 overs of the Indian innings, the game came to a complete standstill. Two men from the 12th ran out onto the field with towels and it was a good two or three minutes before anything happened. My solution would be for the field captain to show how ridiculous this all is by saying “ok, let’s all have a drink”. Then the people who paid a hundred pounds to be here can watch the grass grow.

James Anderson had to intervene to prevent India from refusing to strike due to light downpour

James Anderson had to intervene to prevent India from refusing to strike due to light downpour

Is Yates the answer?

There will be a debate on the higher order of England and we’ve looked at what’s going on around the county circuit. A distinguished person in cricket told me that Dom Sibley is not even the best opener in Warwickshire. Step forward Rob Yates. And closer to the team, Haseeb Hameed emerges from the most powerful doldrums. He will have his chance again.

London call

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of the Royal London 50-over Cup being overshadowed by the Hundred, but I see it as a fabulous opportunity for young players to step into the county’s top teams and show what they can. do. It must be better than playing the second XI and club games. And there is also a chance of a centerpiece finale at the end.

Sorry Cloughie!

It’s really great to work with Dinesh Karthik who is an absolute legend in India and who is quickly becoming one here. I have the job of driving him to the ground every morning, so I instructed him to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis. We drove past Notts County and he said, ‘I know there are two football teams here. The other is Nottingham Foresters. Cloughie is going to turn in his grave.

Dom Sibley isn't even Warwickshire's best opener, distinguished cricketer says

Dom Sibley isn’t even Warwickshire’s best opener, distinguished cricketer says

Ward’s New Waze

Remember the palaver we have to walk each morning the short distance from Nottingham city center to Trent Bridge due to road works just off Maid Marian Way. It’s completely fox my SatNav so Sir Ian Ward recommended that I use an app called Waze. Now a nice American lady tells me where to go.

Swing party atmosphere

It was an old-fashioned tail stick from India. Most players can at least beat a bit these days, but here we had three guys in Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj who were having a bit of fun and didn’t really have a clue what They did. There was more swing than a 60s suburban party! Incredibly frustrating for England as the lead grew.



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