BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jason Holder is off the mark and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel who provides the X-Factor… and whisper it quietly but these are perfect conditions for Stuart Broad
- West Indies have a top-quality attack and they took advantage of conditions
- Jason Holder found the perfect length and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel
- It was a tough day for the two umpires after they had five decisions overturned
- And Stuart Broad could be the man to help steady the ship in these conditions
England slumped to another disappointing day at the crease on Thursday as Jason Holder and Co ripped through the host’s batting order to see them put up a score of 204.
West Indies skipper Holder took six wickets himself, before the visitors were stopped by bad light with a score of 57-1 on the second day of the first Test.
Sportsmail’s David Lloyd was watching on from the comfort of his living room to give us his take on proceedings…
West Indies captain Jason Holder ripped through England’s batting order on the second day
JASON’S ON THE MARK
West Indies have a top-quality attack and they took advantage of conditions on Thursday by bowling with great discipline. It was very hard work for England’s batsmen and Jason Holder in particular found the perfect length and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel.
I’m not surprised there are those who think this is the best West Indies attack since the glory days. Kemar Roach probed away. Holder is tall and gets a bit of bounce, but he gets a lot of lbws and bowled because he bowls full. And Gabriel provides the X-factor. He is quick…
SO TOUGH FOR THE UMPIRES
Two of the very best umpires are out there but Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth had five decisions overturned! It was difficult. I’m 250 miles away yet heard two noises when Zak Crawley was struck by Holder.
So Kettleborough thought the batsman touched it. As it turned out, he hadn’t and DRS worked perfectly, but it doesn’t make it a bad decision.
Two of the very best umpires had a difficult day after they had five decisions overturned
PLUMBING NEW DEPTHS
There’s always something. I was distracted on Thursday by leaking taps in the bathroom. The drip, drip, drip kept me up all night! I’ve turned the water off and cleaned everything up, but it’s still not right. I’ve got to go to a plumber’s merchant now — and to think I was offered a job by Accrington Council as an apprentice plumber when I was 16. I should have taken it!
SWEDE, CARROT, LIME, DA DA DA
Maybe I’ve got a future as a drinks mixer instead. I’ve been blending some of those smoothies all the fit people like. And, of course, I’ve tried to give it a cricket flavour. How about one for Twenty20 finals day? A Neil Diamond — Swede, Carrot, Lime! Thanks to Joe Worsley, aka Sheephead from Sky’s Soccer Am, for that little gem.
LOOKS LIKE IT SUITS STU!
Whisper it but these are looking more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad. He hinted at it when, from his balcony overlooking the ground, he tweeted about ‘perfect English bowling conditions’. That caused the odd rumble! There were encouraging signs for England early on, but there is little margin for error with only 204 on the board.
Whisper it but these are looking more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad
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