BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Anderson taking Kohli's wicket was pure theatre

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jimmy Anderson taking gladiator Virat Kohli’s wicket was pure theatre… while Ollie Robinson isn’t fast but will have a great career as a bowler

  • England were back in the ascendancy against India slumped to 125 for four  
  • India’s openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were calmness personified 
  • Ollie Robinson looks like a great bowler even though he isn’t the fastest
  • James Anderson catching Virat Kohli was pure theatre with contrast of emotions 

England bounced back against India with James Anderson securing two wickets at Trent Bridge – including a Virat Kohli for a Golden Duck. 

The weather spoiled all the fun as rain curtailed the second day of the first Test after Johnny Bairstow had run out Ajinkya Rahane – with England gaining momentum before play was called off. 

Sportsmail‘s DAVID LLOYD offers his views and insights with Chris Silverwood’s men back in the ascendancy after a sobering first day. 

England bounced back against India on the second day of the first Test as James Anderson secured two wickets – including Virat Kohli


What a top drawer, diverse bunch of commentators we have got here for this Test. There’s Mel Jones from Australia, Dinesh Karthik from India, Michael Holding of the West Indies and Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka. Together with a few locals, including Sir Andrew Strauss. It doesn’t get more multi-cultural than that and I think it’s fabulous. 


The performance of India’s openers on the first evening and Wednesday morning was calmness personified. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stood there properly, picked the bat up properly and addressed the ball properly. What a contrast to England’s. They were abysmal. Again!

KL Rahul (L) and Rohit Sharma were calmness personified as India’s openers on Thursday


This is the curry capital of the circuit and I am attempting, for the first time in a while, the Grand Slam of Naan, including MemSaab on Maid Marian Way and the family-run favourite Laguna. 

Mr Laguna Snr was at the door as I drove past on my arrival in town and shouted: ‘Hello Mr Lloyd! See you later in the week.’ I’ll be there.


Ollie Robinson is just starting out on his Test career but he looks a really good bowler to me. He’s not quick, hovering around the low 80s, but he’s tall and will get a lot of wickets if he carries on bowling that line and length. 

He reminds me of Australia’s Josh Hazlewood in his approach and good action. He’s at the batsmen all the time and he’s going to have a good career.

Ollie Robinson is going to have a good career as a bowler despite not being the fastest


The Hundred is providing opportunity not just for players but umpires too. One to watch out for is Anna Harris, just 22, who I saw officiate in a women’s match. She had a great game and was assured in her decision-making. 

Not only that but she is from the excellent Ickenham Ladies Club in Middlesex. All I can say to that is: ‘Come on you Ickers.’ 


What a moment of theatre when Jimmy Anderson got Virat Kohli first ball. The India captain’s entrance was like a gladiator’s but the old warhorse produced the ball of the game. 

The elation and emotion of Anderson contrasted with the despair of Kohli, who stood there motionless but had to go. A great piece of Test cricket and one not to miss.

The contrast of emotions of Anderson and Kohli after the latter’s dismissal was pure theatre


Wonderful to see Ravi Shastri, one of the great men of cricket, here as India coach. We used to love having him in the commentary box, where he had his favourite phrases like ‘cock-a-hoop’ and ‘tracer bullet’. 

And there he was on the balcony here with his earpiece in listening to us. Ravi gave the thumbs up to us and we give the thumbs up to him. 

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