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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jason Holder is off the mark and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jason Holder is off the mark and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel who delivers the X factor … and whispers gently, but these are perfect conditions for Stuart Broad

  • The West Indies have a top quality attack and took advantage of the circumstances
  • Jason Holder found the perfect length and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel
  • It was a rough day for the two referees after they destroyed five decisions
  • And Stuart Broad could be the man to help stabilize the ship under these conditions

England slumped to another disappointing day on Thursday when Jason Holder and Co searched the host’s batting order to see they scored a score of 204.

The West Indian skipper Holder himself took six wickets, before the visitors on the second day of the first test were stopped by poor light with a score of 57-1.

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

On the second day, the West Indian captain Jason Holder tore through the English batting order

On the second day, the West Indian captain Jason Holder tore through the English batting order

JASON IS ON THE MARKET

The West Indies have a top quality attack and took advantage of the circumstances on Thursday by bowling with great discipline. It was very hard work for English batsmen and especially Jason Holder found the perfect length and was a great foil for Shannon Gabriel.

GABRIEL’S X-FACTOR

I am not surprised that there are those who think this is the best attack in the West Indies since its heyday. Kemar Roach groped away. Holder is long and gets a little bounce, but it gets a lot of weight and bowling because it scales full. And Gabriel takes care of the X factor. He is quick …

SO STRONG FOR THE Umpires

Two of the very best referees are there, but Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth had five decisions overturned! It was difficult. I am 250 miles away and heard two sounds when Zak Crawley was hit by Holder.

So Kettleborough thought the batsman touched him. It turned out he hadn’t and DRS worked perfectly, but that doesn’t make it a bad decision.

Two of the very best referees had a difficult day after destroying five decisions

Two of the very best referees had a difficult day after destroying five decisions

Two of the very best referees had a difficult day after destroying five decisions

NEW DEPTH

There is always something. Thursday I was distracted by leaky faucets in the bathroom. The IV, IV, IV kept me awake all night! I turned off the water and cleaned everything up, but it’s still not right. I have to go to a plumber’s dealer now – and to think that I was offered a job as an apprentice plumber by Accrington Council when I was 16. I should have taken it!

SWEDEN, CARROT, LIME, DA DA DA

Maybe I have a future as a drink mixer. I mixed some of those smoothies that all fit people like. And of course I tried to give it a cricket flavor. How about a for Twenty20 final day? A Neil Diamond – Swede, carrot, lime! Thanks to Joe Worsley, aka Sheephead from Sky’s Soccer Am, for that gem.

LOOKS LIKE STU!

Whisper it but these are more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad. He hinted when he tweeted from his balcony overlooking the ground about ‘perfect English bowling conditions’. That caused the strange rumble! There were encouraging signs for England early on, but there is little margin of error with only 204 on the board.

Whisper it but these are more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad

Whisper it but these are more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad

Whisper it but these are more and more like the perfect conditions for Stuart Broad

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