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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ben Stokes showed Dom Sibley how to put his foot down after a century of scoring

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ben Stokes showed Dom Sibley how to put his foot down after scoring a century … and I miss the hustle and human touch of Test match cricket

  • It was clear that the English opener Dom Sibley also had to work on his sweep
  • Everyone had to yell at each other at dinner to be heard at the hotel
  • Ben Stokes showed Sibley how he accelerated an innings after passing a hundred
  • I miss a short word with the players – well done here, a pat on the back there

After Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes played out of a difficult situation on day one of the second test at Old Trafford England, the duo wanted to take advantage of their efforts.

The pair then did just that, with opener Sibley putting his century forward before getting fired hitting Roston Chase for 120.

Stokes then scored his 10th Test match a hundred and after Joe Root declared England’s innings at 469, Sam Curran surprised opener John Campbell LBW. Here, Sports emails David Lloyd gives us his opinion on the procedure on day two …

The English duo Ben Stokes (left) and Dom Sibley scored centuries when England dominated day two

The English duo Ben Stokes (left) and Dom Sibley scored centuries when England dominated day two

Brush up on your sweep

That was an effective century for Dom Sibley. We’ve been complaining about the lack of first-inning runs from the English top order for a while now, so we can’t complain that it was on the slow side.

But now he has to learn to switch. It was clear here that he had to work on his sweep.

It was clear that England opener Sibley had to work on his sweepshot and gear shifting

It was clear that England opener Sibley had to work on his sweepshot and gear shifting

It was clear that England opener Sibley had to work on his sweepshot and gear shifting

That’s a shout out of order

I have to dine alone in the hotel, with two meters between tables. Looking around there was Steve Elworthy, the mastermind behind the biosecure games and Phil Tufnell.

But if you wanted to talk to someone, you had to shout. Suddenly everyone yelled at each other! I’ve had quieter dinners …

I have dinner at the hotel alone, but Phil Tufnell was one of the men who dined in the same room

I have dinner at the hotel alone, but Phil Tufnell was one of the men who dined in the same room

I have dinner at the hotel alone, but Phil Tufnell was one of the men who dined in the same room

Ben changes pace

Ben Stokes showed Sibley how to put his foot down. His first 50 came from 119 balls, his second from 136 and his third from just 46.

He has the ability to take the game away from the opposition and after the turn of the century you could see how the West Indian field players began to wither.

He really turned them around. A fantastic innings.

Stokes has the ability to take the game away and gave the West Indies a real runaround

Stokes has the ability to take the game away and gave the West Indies a real runaround

Stokes has the ability to take the game away and gave the West Indies a real runaround

I miss the human touch

The whole experience of a test behind closed doors is rather creepy. So what am I missing? First of all I miss you, the crowd. What else?

Catching up with the written press: it is always interesting to get different perspectives.

I also miss a short word with the players before I play – well done here, a pat on the back. It is the human side that you miss most.

First and foremost I miss you, the audience and I get the chance to chat with players before I play

First and foremost I miss you, the audience and I get the chance to chat with players before I play

First and foremost I miss you, the audience and I get the chance to chat with players before I play

Nicola’s mask advice

Some good advice on masks and hot glasses from The Guardian’s Ali Martin. He suggests placing the mask higher on the nose and placing the goggles on it so that the steam comes out from the side.

Ali thinks it’s what surgeons do … or were they sturgeon? Anyway, I replied, “I’ve never seen her in glasses before, but she certainly sorted Scotland.”

I got good advice on masks and hot glasses from The Guardian's Ali Martin

I got good advice on masks and hot glasses from The Guardian's Ali Martin

I got good advice on masks and hot glasses from The Guardian’s Ali Martin

A lot of Pugwash …

I contacted Michael Holding on Thursday, who had spoken about Nelson Mandela the previous day.

I aimed a little higher with my cultural references: we had Thomas the Tank Engine (including James, Edward and Percy), Trumpton (Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew) and Captain Pugwash (I think you know what characters I’m referring to … )

I aimed higher with my cultural references after Michael Holding talked about Nelson Mandela

I aimed higher with my cultural references after Michael Holding talked about Nelson Mandela

I aimed higher with my cultural references after Michael Holding talked about Nelson Mandela

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