BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Who saw that coming from England? Jimmy Anderson was imperious while Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns looked good… but Virat Kohli should stop questioning umpires all the time
- India won the toss and chose to bat on day one of the third Test at Headingley
- But a blistering morning session of the England bowlers saw them take control
- Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns then sent England to 120-0 at punches
- Virat Kohli is one of the great players, but he constantly doubts the referees’ decisions
It was a brilliant first day of the third Test for England against India at Headingley.
A masterclass from Jimmy Anderson paved the way for England’s bowling attack to sack India, who won the toss, for just 78. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns went unbeaten for the hosts for half a century, sending Joe Root’s side to 120-0 at stump.
David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd rules on an exciting first day of play for Sports post.
Jimmy Anderson played for England again on a simply brilliant day against India
CAPTURED IN THE WAY OF THINGS
I must confess, I didn’t see that morning session coming.
It looked simple: win the toss, take a trick. The field is a belter, and all India’s problems have been in the air. The ball swung from the start and Anderson wouldn’t miss that opportunity.
When it got to 50 to five I wonder if the bowlers of India started to think they should have been there with the ball in their hands instead of England. But 78 all the way out? It was hard to fathom.
OPENING FROM HEAVEN
Hats off to Haseeb Hameed, who played as well as I’ve ever seen him for England.
There have been concerns that he may go into his shell, but he got his pace just right on what turned out to be a great day for his side.
Rory Burns is still not everyone’s cup of tea technically, but he also looked good. And we ended up with that rarest thing: a hundred partnerships between two English openers!
Haseeb Hameed looked confident for England as he finished the day unbeaten at 60
FULL ENGLISH ON A BIN LID!
I took our Indian co-commentator Dinesh Karthik across the road from Headingley to Ugly Mugs cafe. Have I ever mentioned it before? It’s not to be missed!
The Full English is so big, they put it on a garbage can lid, with a pint of construction tea. It never ceases to surprise. You pick up your bacon and there’s everything: black pudding, hash browns, a fat piece of pork I haven’t dipped yet, a hug, a mug… Or is that The Generation Game?
I’ve decided to educate Dinesh on all things Yorkshire. As I told him, the people are so kind, so generous. They always have a smile on their face and cannot do enough for you. It is important that he learn the local expressions, such as ‘ay oop!’, ‘I’ll si you’ and ‘nah then’. Most crucially: ‘Wow much?’ He seems quite bewildered by all this.
GIVE WATTS A BEAUTIFUL SHIPPING
One of cricket’s best friends has passed away: Charlie Watts. I hope we can play a Rolling Stones song every day. We started Wednesday with an absolute belter on Sky: Gimme Shelter.
Charlie was one of the greatest rock and roll drummers and loved nothing more than to show up to cricket and just sit and watch.
My memory of him is at that great game when Scotland beat England in Edinburgh. He just stood in the crowd in a collar, tie and suit. A sweet guy.
BEEFY GIG A CANNY MOVE
It was the talk of the town that our former colleague Lord Botham is now Britain’s trade envoy to Australia.
I note that the Australian government has responded by making Ian Chappell their trade envoy to Britain. What a smart move that is!
In the past, Australia has given us Sir Les Patterson. We now have a return favor with Lord Botham.
THROW BOOK AT VIRAT, UMPS
Virat Kohli is one of the great players, but I find it so disappointing that he is constantly questioning referees’ decisions.
Ishant Sharma overshot his first twice, then threw an offside wide, which was correctly called by Alex Wharf. From the first slip, Kohli was clearly unhappy and made his feelings known.
At the end of the over, he picked it up again. It’s just a wide one! The umpires should have the power to punish what in my book is dissent.
Indian captain Virat Kohli’s constant arguments with the umpires are quite disappointing