4.34pm Here is the news we have all been bracing for. Play’s been called off for the day. We’ll attempt and match ninety eight overs in tomorrow and day just after, with close of engage in pushed back to 6.thirty (furthermore the fifty percent-hour extension, if essential). Common 11am begin.
It can be been a irritating day, but 1 tremendously enhanced by the energetic discussions that you – of course, you – have contributed so tremendously to. Do sign up for us bright and early for the begin of engage in tomorrow, when we will hopefully be greeted by bright blue skies and a pristine outfield. Right until then, goodbye!
4.30pm A different update from Alan: “Umpires have had a very good look around the ground – brollies even now quite significantly in proof – and are now in conversation with some officers about by the pavilion. Groundstaff trooping off, far too. Stand by.”
Prinesh Govende: “I assume what actually separates India from all other groups as a top Take a look at group, residence and away, is their spinners. Most/all of the top groups, have a top tempo attack. But not all have a top spinner/spinners. Lyon is very good, but he has nothing at all on Ash and Jadeja. That can make the Windies dominance even far more incredible – they did it with an “incomplete” attack. Envision if they bought pushed to the third new ball with only 4 seamers.”
— Kartikeya Date wrote a piece on that a few years ago, noting how a lot of moments groups drew Exams versus that West Indies facet in contrast to the most effective Waugh/Ponting Australia sides, which, of course, featured Warne and/or MacGill.
Alex: “this Take a look at has had it all so far. Good batting, very good bowling, and a chance for us to gripe about about premiums AND generating up time for rain! What a address.”
4.20pm Given that we have had very a little bit of Paddles chatter on here right now, here’s Jason Gillespie conversing about a spell from Sir Richard Hadlee that he’d adore to have bowled.
Alan states the groundstaff are coming out en masse. Which is an encouraging signal. No?
“Umpires out, far too,” he adds, “although they have umbrellas up.”
Ayush: “I assume this New Zealand group is like Indian group of late 2017 early 18 which was even now regarded a quite very good exam facet but even now Experienced to confirm a little bit far more in away ailments With new players coming through and previous ones increasing this NZ facet may well turn out to be a actually perilous facet in the following yr and a fifty percent “
Peter: “In Esher, a few miles SW of London, just stopped raining and brightening up here. Climate customarily normally takes about an hour to get from here to central London. Could be restricted, hope the fabled Lords drainage does its stuff.”
Rhys: “If you begin previously your temperature-enforced slice-off time can be later as you never shed the light-weight… why are unable to we go back to beginning at ten:30am? Indeed, why never we copy the County Championship: Tea is normally with 32 overs remaining and they engage in right up until as late as doable to get the overs in? Also, it shouldn’t be far too really hard to get ninety overs in 6.five hrs even with all the stoppages in engage in?”
Lasantha AB: “It can be normally not about the drainage method in SL grounds. It can be normally covering complete ground with effective and properly prepared ground workers. Not a bad method to comply with even with the grounds which has innovative drainage devices, I assume look at to the other international locations SL grounds’ drainage devices are bad, That can make them to invent this complete ground covering system.”
Rohit B: “Now that you have described the drainage method at Lord’s, it is a risk-free time to have the customary discussion about Sri Lanka’s great drainage method and the properly coordinated perform put in by the groundsmen.”
Nic: “Dezz, you’re unquestionably appropriate about balmy evening periods. Which is why it is so irritating when engage in stops at 6.thirty with 4 or 5 overs even now to be bowled!”
three.50pm “Just been outside the house,” states Alan. “Only raining lightly, but surely even now raining. Rather a few punters hanging on in hope of some motion, although.”
Thomas: “How rich would I be if I bought a fiver for each individual time you have read the Lord’s drainage referred to on Tv set/radio or in discussions about the day so far?” — For each individual time I have read it referred to? Richer by ten lbs ..
Prakash: “ok then enable me convice you on Alans behalf , It can be gotten a lot brighter out there in the center. The drizzle far too is actually light-weight. Woohoo!”
IanS: “For a Kiwi KITMOM, you require look no even more than JR Reid. Captain, batsman, bowler, each rapid-medium and off-breaks and holding wicket, if important. Holder of the planet history for sixes in a 1st-class match for a lot of years. And a truly pleasant bloke…I satisfied him a few moments at his squash club in Wellington.”
three.40pm And that will be tea. Alan states a few customers of the groundstaff are out executing a little bit of mopping. “May have bought a little brighter – although I am not confident.”
Dezz: “@JayaS – on the contrary, there is one thing glorious about viewing Take a look at cricket in England at 6.thirty-7pm less than a cloudless sky. Some of my most effective memories are from last periods played in all those hrs – commonly with a quite inebriated group (assume WC last, but with players in whites)!!”
John: “For the most portion, you actually never require to begin previously in England (apart from when it moves to September). Peak summer months you could engage in right up until absent 8pm with a crimson ball.”
three.20pm “However raining,” states Alan, “possibly a touch lighter… but the men and women at this time mooching throughout from the pavilion are executing so less than an umbrella.”
JayaS: “A different curious query to English supporters — recalling the glorious sunshine at 10am on each Days 1 and two — exactly where is the prevalent exasperation at the ECB’s refusal to begin Exams just before eleven? It can be as if Take a look at cricket in England prioritises hungover 20 somethings unable to get outta bed just before midday!! Any individual else find it unusual that ECB want to radically innovate The Hundred on the 1 hand, but are unable to even make a slight frequent-sense adjust to boost the crown jewel of Take a look at cricket?” — Effectively, what about times when it rains from 8am to 3pm, and you would have gotten far more cricket in if engage in had been scheduled to get started later?
Benjamin: “So irritating: no rain to communicate of in Oxford all day, and now SUNNY. We’re only an hour away. Let’s hope it is transferring east.”
Stefan: “Why you do me like that?! I was expecting that Aravinda innings to conclude in an incredible, unlikely victory for the chasing group… Who remembers getting rid of hundreds?” — On the contrary, I would say you will find a unique sort of heroism about a hundred in a getting rid of result in.
two.56pm Many thanks, Matt, and hello once again, everyone else.
Even though we wait around for the temperature to apparent, here’s Nagraj Gollapudi’s interview of Hanuma Vihari, which seems to be in advance to his tour of England but also seems to be back at the reduction perform the center-purchase batter organised for the duration of the brutal 2nd wave of Covid-19 that swept throughout India not too long ago.
Kishan: “Is it far too early to connect with this match a attract or is there a shock element even now still left presuming temperature will hold very good for following two times. Anything at all doable in this modern-day day cricket if Ind vs Aus2021 exam match sequence is the benchmark.” — I assume the up-and-down bounce we have witnessed could get far more pronounced, so we may well even now have time still left for a end result.
Shane: “My nomination for KITMOM would be Aravinda de Silva. He was 1 of a quite compact quantity of 90s Sri Lankan batsmen who averaged about forty, and I never bear in mind how Kent did when he was there, but I bear in mind him scoring a hatful of operates.” — I did not realise that discussion was even now on, but wow, what a participant. And I am guaranteed a lot of Kent supporters even now talk about this innings with a tear in the eye.
two.53pm: The recommendation is that the rain may well prevent in the following hour or so, and that it would then just take another hour – or probably a little for a longer time – for the clear-up procedure to leave the ground in a match state for a resumption. But as you can see here, it is even now going for the time becoming… With that, here’s KK for a stint.
two.29pm: Aayush: “How is the rain now, Matt?!” — Alan Gardner at Lord’s tells me that it is “even now rather continual… very a few players now trudging throughout for an indoor session.”
Dezz: “@Ahsan – was not Imad Wasim born in Wales far too?” — Swansea’s greatest export.
Ahsan: “@TimF: I satisfied a Welsh man in 2018, considering the fact that then I am next Glam. Given that I am from Pakistan, he was practically thankful to me for Waqar’s overall performance in their championship gain in 1997. He reported “we adore Waqar far more than Pakistanis do”, also reported, “We say it often, ‘Waqar is a Welshman'””
two.06pm: Here is some far more wet-day reading for you, this time on Kyle Jamieson and his transformation from top-purchase batter to top-excellent seamer. He was a huge of a mixed bag yesterday, getting a little bit of time to find his rhythm and probably striving far too really hard at moments – possibly he could have been a little bit far more affected individual in location batters up.
TimF: “What on earth is happening at Cardiff?” — Wickets tumbling! A little bit of juice in the pitch, by the seems to be of it… Glamorgan require a gain to hold their Div 1 hopes alive.
1.48pm: Alan Gardner at Lord’s: “Drizzle, fo shizzle… I essentially assume it is just bought even worse once again.”
Proudfoot: “I look to be hearing a lot about Robinson getting the axe for the following exam thanks to his Twitter fiasco – a lot of it look to be speculations. Do we have any good news on that entrance?” — There is certainly nothing at all company as but, but it would not be a huge shock for him to miss out. England were eager to give Craig Overton a chance at some phase, even just before all those tweets came to light-weight.
GaryC: “Do we have present-day menu from The Lord’s Bistro?” — Right here it is, just for you, Gary:
Shaurya: “When getting the batting stance, why does it look that Rory Burns is striving to look at the bowler from the facet of his eyeballs?” — Right here is his clarification, from an previous interview with the Telegraph: “When I was younger I had a challenge of slipping about to the off facet. I was not absolutely turning my head. When I was about 16 or 17 I was actively playing a match at Wimbledon Cricket Club for Banstead. There was a sports optometrist there and he reported I was still left-eye dominant and that I require to get my head appropriate around so I am struggling with the ball and line it up with my most effective-observing eye. That look to midwicket is just my way of generating guaranteed I am surely on line and monitoring the ball generally with that eye.”
1.38pm: However raining carefully I am concerned, so no imminent prospect of a restart. My most effective guess is that we will get a comprehensive evening session in, but which is just a hunch.
Prinesh Govende: “Curious query to English supporters – is there any sentiment to which includes Darren Stevens in the group?” — It can be tongue-in-cheek (he is 45, just after all), although a lot would inform you that he would do a work of sorts on a typical English residence pitch if called upon… he’s pinned Labuschagne two times by now this period, bear in mind!
Mayank Rasu: “How can anyone other than Sachin be regarded KITMOM. Inquire any 90s youngsters from India and you will realize.”
Some wet-day reading for you: an interview with Simon Harmer, the Essex offspinner, on his period so far, his intercontinental ambitions, his assessment on the most effective young spinners in county cricket and his verdict on England’s conclusion to leave Jack Leach out this week…
1.20pm: Afternoon all, Matt changing Karthik guiding the keys. Don’t forget you can comply with scores from the County Championship, Netherlands vs Eire, South Africa A vs Zimbabwe A and far more, here. Meanwhile, Darren Stevens reacts to another England snub:
1.00pm And that is lunch. We’ll be back shortly, and hopefully we will have some very good news to provide.
I will leave you with this update from Alan: “Pope is walking back… and he’s not bought his umbrella up this time #promising”
12.37pm “Ollie Pope (I assume) has just trooped throughout the outfield to go for a strike in the indoor centre,” Alan states. “I say I assume, because it was sort of really hard to see past his umbrella.”
Ayush: “Never know who Boult will swap in the coming Exams, Will he swap Colin De Grandhomme or Jamieson, or will the spinner be still left out” — It will all rely on the ailments, I guess. It can be rather unlikely Boult will engage in the 2nd Take a look at (from what Gary Stead has reported) but he’ll be available for the Take a look at Championship last, and that will be very a headache for New Zealand. If ailments in Southampton are what they usually are like, a spinner may well be necessary.
Chris Brant: “All time NZ group: Dempster/Sutcliffe, Turner, Kane, M Crowe,Taylor, Primary John Reid,BMac, R Hadlee,Vettori, Bond, Boult.”
Josh W: “My XI: Latham, Turner, KW, Crowe, Taylor, Watling, Vettori, Hadlee, Southee, Boult, Bond.”
Slim Shady: “All time NZ exam XI – Glenn Turner, John Wright, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Crowe, Brendon McCullum (c and wk), Chris Cairns, Daniel Vettori, Sir RJ Hadlee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult. Ideas?”
Liam: “A different fascinating ‘did they actually engage in with every single other’ Chris Silverwood played his last T20 match with Dawid Malan! “
12.17pm An update from the ECB: “Thanks to the ongoing rain and the present forecast lunch will be taken at usual time, 1pm.”
Gerald Clark: “Stewie Dempster was probably our most effective at any time batsman. In spite of the reality that my wonderful-uncle opened the batting with Bert Sutcliffe for Takapuna Grammar University, Dempster would be for me the opening batsman, that alongside with Hadlee, Vettori and certainly Martin Crowe would be the only players to be in an all-time NZ Take a look at facet not from the present crop.” — Latham higher than Turner? And no John R Reid?
Invoice: “Can I nominate Ashley Giles for the MITMOK (mediocrity in the midst of kings)?” — He was the King of Spain, although.
eleven.40am Here is an update from Alan at Lord’s: “Groundstaff going out with their brushes to drive the puddles around. Very guaranteed it is even now raining although.”
Would Henry Nicholls alternatively go back in time to bat together with Martin Crowe or facial area Sir Richard Hadlee? Obtain out here.
Matthew: “Bert Sutcliffe would be my choose for KITMOM. Performed forty two Exams for NZ” — Great shout! Stewie Dempster from back in the day would be a contender far too.
Liam: “Did you know Steve Tikolo played First Class Cricket versus Gary Ballance!?” — I have performed some digging, and uncovered it was Tikolo’s last 1st-class match!
Damian: “Pelirrojo – as a former Naenae Previous Boys cricketer myself, I truly feel like I have to just take umbrage on behalf of the Naenae Express, Ewen Chatfield, who reliably trundled in from the other conclude for significantly of Sir Richard’s heyday!”
Alan Hardy: “I did not say Root was the king of anything, just that he has batted brilliantly while other England batters are commonly mediocre. No other England batter has a forty common, and for a lot of years he’s come in at two down for nothing at all, Nor did I say other batters haven’t haven’t been in similar conditions. He’s a wonderful batsman who has often carried the group.” — Congratulations for unwittingly coining the term KITMOM.
Josh W: “KITMOM – Ryan 10 Doeschate?” — A different of our readers, The Expat, agrees with you, and throws Steve Tikolo’s title into the hat far too. What a participant!
Pelirrojo: “Richard Hadlee is the supreme KITMOM. The biggest bowler at any time manufactured by his region, 1 of the biggest rapid bowlers of all time, he discovered himself surrounded by the most mediocre of army medium pie chuckers for his whole Take a look at job.”
Daniel: “KITMOM will have to surely be Shakib al Hasan. Not only did he have to rating all his team’s operates, he had to just take all their wickets far too.” — Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim are all at least as very good as Shakib as Take a look at batsmen, although.
eleven.25am Many thanks, Matt. I have just realized it is 28 years to the day considering the fact that Shane Warne bowled Mike Gatting with a rather practical supply at Previous Trafford. A wonderful option then to plug our Balls of the (21st) Century sequence. Do you agree with our choices? Have we missed any notably flaming balls of wrath?
Sriram S Kumar: “@Will, That ball practically summarizes Sreesanth the cricketer, wild and normal. As a fan, I wanna inform everyone that he is back, and was amongst the highest wicket takers in the 2021 Vijay Hazare trophy.” — Indeed.
Edmund: “More candidates for KOM (King Of Mediocrity): AB de Villiers, Babar Azam, Steve Smith?” — I would advise we connect with it KITMOM (King In The Midst Of Mediocrity), to make guaranteed no 1 thinks we are calling the kings them selves mediocre. Also, AB batted with the likes of Smith, Amla, Kallis, Prince and du Plessis for most of his job, so he’s not a contender for me.
Will: “RE: Balls of the 21st century – you will find one thing quite animalistic and vicious which can make Sreesanth’s to Kallis incredibly persuasive and cinematic, I will have to have viewed it 50 moments”
Bryden: “Yesterday, an individual commented that Root is the king of “scoring operates while surrounded by mediocrity”. Firstly, that is a little bit unfair to England’s batters but far more so to Brian Lara and Shiv Chanderpaul. These two men carried the West Indian load in between them for a lot of years…” — What about Andy Flower then? Or George Headley?
eleven.20am: Doesn’t look like you will find any hazard of engage in whenever shortly… I will hand about to Karthik Krishnaswamy for a spell guiding the keys.
eleven.00am: In circumstance it was not evident by now… the begin has formally been delayed. There is certainly a lot going on elsewhere although, with 5 of the seven County Championship matches beginning on time and Netherlands’ ODI versus Eire progressing nicely. Observe it all here.
Andy: “If only this exam had been played in Manchester…” — #7NorthernTests
Gitanshu: “Each born on eight July. Left handed batsman, produced their intercontinental debut versus WI. Take a look at debut versus England in June. Scored generations at Lord’s on debut. Just one grew to become the most successful Indian captain (visualise jersey waving). How far will the other go?”
Abhishek Patel: “As envisioned, this sequence is executing its perform as a excellent preview for the WTC last.”
Agnel Pereira: “Before the exam commenced, I had tweeted as searching ahead to the ‘real’ cricket in English configurations, as we unwind on our monsoon evenings in Bangalore/South India. It can be been raining considering the fact that exam match Day1 here, but in no way assumed it would change the bright, sunny forecast for Lord’s London!”
Daniel: “Is this now formally the longest Nelson in cricket history?” — I have been stood on 1 leg for fifteen hrs and forty three minutes. Make sure you, what ever it normally takes, enable me rest.
ten.50am: Louise Lear of BBC Climate fame tells TMS: “It can be rain. I are unable to imagine it. I am searching at the radar for the complete of the British isles and it is dry and sunny all over the place apart from Oxfordshire and the London area, exactly where there is a huge blob of rain which is going to be with you for significantly of the day. I never want to be far too depressing about it. It will come and go and you will find a chance it will apparent but I suspect that significantly of the day is going to be disrupted, which is just unquestionably heartbreaking for all those that have tickets. The forecast for this weekend is unquestionably glorious once again. For the players, it is a circumstance of sit restricted and be affected individual.”
ten.40am: Tim Southee is in Sky’s Major Brother diary space, and has been speaking about the set-up of Zak Crawley, and a little bit about his newly-designed inswinger (or outswinger to the lefties):
“[Crawley wicket] I went a touch wider than I was hoping but that enticed him into actively playing the shot. I are unable to blast guys out with my tempo so it is about asking diverse issues from diverse angles. It was far more the size that enticed the shot. It can be one thing that all bowlers can engage in around with. The toughest point is figuring out when to use it and not about-applying it. That comes with the far more you engage in – you perform out how you’re going to set a batter up about a extended period of time.
“I have had an outswinger for my complete job, it is one thing I have had considering the fact that I was a young child. I have tried using to bowl an inswinger for a extended period of time but haven’t been in a position to do it. It came out Ok yesterday… significantly slower, but it is one thing I am surely searching to perform on. You look at Anderson who is phenomenal, and the issues he’s in a position to do are amazing, so it is about searching to insert issues to your match. We saw Broady come spherical the wicket in the Ashes and the issues he brought on. You’re normally searching at diverse techniques to problem batsmen. [Wobble seam] I have a moderately very good wrist. The wobble-ball is one thing I have had for a extended period of time and one thing I have worked on. I haven’t actually been in a position to bowl a legitimate inswinger so which is been my variation to provide the ball back into appropriate-handers.”
ten.10am: Rain update from Alan Gardner: “Just arrived in St John’s Wood… and can confirm it is raining.”
Here is a little bit of morning reading for you about your suffering aux raisins: George on Mark Wood’s spell yesterday, and what it implies for this winter’s Ashes sequence Alan’s report from Lord’s on a back-and-forth day Sampath on the stats and documents that Devon Conway broke and some ideas from Graham Thorpe on Ollie Robinson’s overall performance in the eye of a Twitterstorm.
nine.50am: George Dobell from a lodge near Lord’s: “It can be moist.”
Dezz: “Incredibly soggy in South London. Wanting like we may well get some engage in just after 3pm although!”
Peter Jorgensen: “Make sure you, it is batsman not batters. Batters engage in baseball or are a material well prepared by cooks.” — It can be a actually straightforward adjust to support make the match far more inclusive. And it isn’t going to value you a penny to do!
nine.45am: Sorry to provide you some bad news folks, but the most recent from my commute into ESPN HQ – approx 3 miles from Lord’s – is that we are in for a drizzly morning: a few spits of rain, and some muggy cloud far too. I will provide you the most recent from the ground as I get it.