BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England will need a big push to beat Pakistan

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England will need a big push to win with World Test Championship points at stake… and how I got priced out of my attempt to buy an Aston Martin DB5!

  • Jos Buttler’s chance off James Anderson was a drop even if the ball wobbled 
  • They face an examination of the bowlers after Joe Root enforced the follow-on 
  • Michael Gough has had to wait his turn but you can see why he was rated highly
  • Mark Ramprakash is very engaging and knowledgable on Test Match Special

James Anderson moved to within one of reaching 600 Test wickets on day four of England’s third Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.

The 38-year-old claimed trapped opener Abid Ali to move on to 599 Test wickets, but further rain and bad light ensured he would have to wait another day to reach the landmark after Jos Buttler dropped Shan Masood early on.

Pakistan also put up some resistance through captain Azhar Ali as the visitors finished on 100 for two, still some 210 runs behind England’s first-innings total of 583 for eight declared after being bowled out for 273 in their first innings.

Sportsmail’s David Lloyd picks out the best of the action in Southampton…

Joe Root and James Anderson will be key if England are to pull off a victory against Pakistan

There was some chat about how much the ball wobbled before Jos Buttler dropped that chance off Jimmy Anderson. 

Of course, it wobbles, it’s got a seam. I’m afraid, Jos, that very much goes down as a drop. 

He pulled off a couple of blinders on Sunday, in fairness to the lad.

I’m afraid to say Jos Buttler’s chance off James Anderson was a drop even if the ball wobbled

Prizes mean points 

England will need a big push on Tuesday, especially with World Test Championship points at stake. 

It’s 40 for a win, only 13 for a draw. It’ll be an examination of the bowlers, after Joe Root enforced the follow-on, and of his captaincy — he’ll need to get his combinations right. 

Weather permitting, it’ll also be a big test of Dom Bess.

Weather permitting, it will be a big test for England spinner Dom Bess on day five of the Test

Gough is the right man 

Having been on the ICC’s umpires’ committee, I know that Michael Gough was on the radar for a while. 

But because England already had four officials on the elite panel, he had to wait. 

But you can see why he was rated so highly: his percentage of correct decisions this summer has been over 90, which is extraordinary.

Michael Gough (right) has had to wait his turn but you can see why he was rated so highly

Ramps has all the moves 

I’ve been listening to Test Match Special while driving around in my car and I have to say Mark Ramprakash is excellent. 

What a find! He was a splendid batsman, then he won that dancing jobbie and now he’s a damn good coach. 

On the radio, he has a terrific voice and he’s very engaging and knowledgable. He’s good-looking as well. Some guys have all the luck…

Former batsman Mark Ramprakash is very engaging and knowledgable on Test Match Special

Boy’s toy out of range 

I’ve not mentioned the car I told readers I was going to bid for over the weekend. Well, I’m sorry to say I got priced out of my attempt to buy an Aston Martin DB5. 

As soon as the bidding got to £20,000, I pulled out. Vipers was very relieved, but I have to say I was a disappointed. 

It would have been a great boy’s toy. The name’s Bond. Basildon Bond.

Merry cricket everybody!

I was staggered to learn during the coaching discussion between Rob Key and Nasser Hussain that young England players now to go ‘Noddy’ Holder — the highly regarded Australian coach — for advice on how to improve their batting skills. 

They will be telling us next that Ozzy Osbourne is a Level 3 coach and looks after the top-order line-up for Warwickshire…

And that Val Doonican was the first coach of Cricket Ireland!

Rob Key and Nasser Hussain (above) said young players now to go Noddy Holder for advice




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