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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England’s return may have been hindered by rain, but series will be fascinating

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England’s return may have been stunted by the rain, but it’s going to be a fascinating series … and no, I’m not back in the pub yet – I’m too busy growing tomatoes and peppers!

  • The West Indies deserve praise for traveling to England in the current circumstances
  • Thanks to Jimmy Adams and Phil Simmons, they are building a strong team again
  • The English Stuart Broad will rightly feel difficult if he is not in the first test
  • After waiting so long for cricket’s comeback, it was inevitable that it would return

Test Cricket returned Wednesday when England entered the West Indies in the Ageas Bowl in the first of a three-test summer series.

The tourists got off to a flying start on the first day and sent Dom Sibley away with the fourth ball of the day, but continued rain stopped their progress.

David Lloyd of Sportsmail watched from the comfort of his living room to give us his opinion on the procedure …

The return of international cricket got off to a frustrating start as the rain disrupted the game

The return of international cricket got off to a frustrating start as the rain disrupted the game

Cricket is back! And of course the weather would always change the worst. But it’s fantastic from the West Indies to agree to it, because that must have been a far from easy decision for their players. There is no doubt about it now – England owes them one! So expect a reciprocal tour soon. That’s the least we can do.

This will be a fascinating series because the West Indies seem to be an emerging team again. They have been in the doldrums too long, both on and off the pitch, but have now been given stability by Jimmy Adams and Phil Simmons. And an excellent captain in Jason Holder. And for the health of cricket, a strong West Indies is fantastic to watch.

It happened earlier when England left Stuart Broad against the West Indies in Barbados last year, but I didn’t expect it to happen again! Broad will be desperately disappointed and angry and, forgetting the conversation about rotation, he will feel hard done. If you have two bowlers with nearly 1100 test tickets in between, you usually don’t leave one.

Dom Sibley (center left), who made his England debut, was fired very early o

Dom Sibley (center left), who made his England debut, was fired very early o

Dom Sibley (center left), who made his England debut, was fired very early

English Stuart Broad will be angry and desperately frustrated by the omission of Southampton

English Stuart Broad will be angry and desperately frustrated by the omission of Southampton

English Stuart Broad will be angry and desperately frustrated by the omission of Southampton

All that free time made sure that my greenhouse came through nicely and that I was back in it on Wednesday before returning to service in Old Trafford next week. I have a wide range of tomatoes – cherries, cooking and golden harvest. I also grow my own peppers and turn them into pasta. I also mention them all. There’s “butt in the bathtub,” “don’t mess with it,” and “be on your head.” And I’m going to have a great crop of cucumbers. I just have to keep this pesky fox out there. He is always around.

I know what you are thinking, dear reader. Bumble ran back to the pub after opening. Despite many invitations, I can tell you that I haven’t entered one yet. I resisted because I just don’t think it’s worth it. I even avoided ‘Super Saturday’, as our intrepid Prime Minister called it. Speaking of Boris, has anyone seen his father interview in Greece? Give me a pint of what he uses. He was Rowley Birkin QC of the Fast Show!

There is always intrigue around the toss and usually when it’s cloudy with a little rain around your bowl. So I was surprised that England hit. For the first test in these extraordinary circumstances, you want everyone to come into play quickly. I’m sure Jason Holder, with his tempo attack, wouldn’t have minded bowling. There are times in Test cricket that you would rather lose the toss. Maybe yesterday was one of them.

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