BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England’s draw with New Zealand was a bad advertisement for Test cricket

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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England’s forgettable draw with New Zealand was a bad advertisement for Test cricket…roll on the Hundred!

  • England opted against a chase on the final day as they trekked with New Zealand at Lord’s
  • It’s two teams playing two tests with no impact on the World Test Championship
  • It was great to have fans back in the stadium after the yellow poncho man blunder

Test cricket failed to put on a show for the crowd as England and New Zealand played in Lord’s draw on the final day.

The home side decided not to chase 273 on the final day, but instead opted for a draw as the first game of the summer petered out.

Sportsmails DAVID LLOYD offers his thoughts and insights on the first Test.

England's hard draw with New Zealand at Lords was a bad advert for Test cricket

England’s hard draw with New Zealand at Lords was a bad advert for Test cricket

WHAT A WRONG ‘UN

Recently a chap came up to me in a pub in Notting Hill and told me he really enjoys our commentary.

He says he always looks forward to my coming.

What a nice guy, I thought. Until he called his mate and said ‘come and meet Aggers….’

SPEED IT UP, PLEASE

The amount of game still lost due to poor over-rates is laughable.

We were 21 overs behind what we should have been for on Sunday – and that’s by an extra half hour every night!

I keep talking about it, but no one listens. The authorities should give umpires the power to fix this….

WHERE IS THE AGGRESSION?

That was a good statement from Kane Williamson, but England went into ‘what if’ mode instead of ‘let’s go’.

England went into 'what-if' mode instead of 'let's go' after Kane Williamson pulled out early

England went into 'what-if' mode instead of 'let's go' after Kane Williamson pulled out early

England went into ‘what-if’ mode instead of ‘let’s go’ after Kane Williamson pulled out early

A more aggressive approach would certainly have sent a positive signal. They had neither the appetite nor the ambition to respond to Williamson’s challenge.

There was nothing to lose for England and everything to gain. Very disappointing.

THAT’S JUST NO FUN, DOM

This was just a terrible advertisement for Test cricket. Two teams playing two Tests that do not affect the World Test Championship.

Just have some fun! Ken Barrington and Geoff Boycott were dropped by England for scoring too slowly.

This from Dom Sibley was instantly forgettable. Roll on the Hundred!

DILEMMA WITHOUT STICKS

So, how can England get a spinner in the side for the second test? One solution would be to leave a batsman out and play James Bracey at six.

Craig Overton was able to get in with a nudge at seven, with three more seamen and Jack Leach forming the tail.

You can see the dilemma they face without Ben Stokes. It’s a lineup that would make me nervous…

Ben Stokes' absence leaves a bowling lineup that would make me nervous for the second test

Ben Stokes' absence leaves a bowling lineup that would make me nervous for the second test

Ben Stokes’ absence leaves a bowling lineup that would make me nervous for the second test

NO MASK MY NERVES

And so my first outing in London comes to an end, a day early to make room in the box for the return of the great Mikey Holding.

I must confess I was nervous to be here too! What do people not understand about wearing a face covering?

The fashion seems to be to wrap it around the chin. But full marks for the pubs I’ve visited. They were hit…

PONCHO MAN LOCK IT UP

How about that guy in the crowd in the yellow poncho? He just didn’t get it right when it rained for lunch – and his struggles made it onto the big screen!

He got a nice cheer from the crowd and even some applause from the players when he got it right.

It was real slapstick, like Mr Pastry trying to set up a recliner!

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