BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jimmy Anderson taking the wicket of gladiator Virat Kohli was pure theatre

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Jimmy Anderson taking gladiator Virat Kohli’s wicket was pure theatre… while Ollie Robinson is not fast but will have a great career as a bowler

  • England were back in the ascendancy against India dropped to 125 for four
  • India’s openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were calm personified
  • Ollie Robinson looks like a great bowler even though he’s not the fastest
  • James Anderson who caught Virat Kohli was pure theater with a contrast of emotions

England bounced back against India with James Anderson securing two wickets at Trent Bridge – including a Virat Kohli for a Golden Duck.

The weather ruined all the fun as rain curtailed the second day of the first Test after Johnny Bairstow knocked out Ajinkya Rahane – with England gaining momentum before the game was cancelled.

Sports post‘s DAVID LLOYD offers his vision and insights with Chris Silverwood’s men back in control after a sobering first day.

England bounced back against India on the second day of the first Test as James Anderson secured two wickets - including Virat Kohli

England bounced back against India on the second day of the first Test as James Anderson secured two wickets – including Virat Kohli

OUR FANTASTIC MIX

What a great, diverse group of commentators we have here for this test. There are Mel Jones from Australia, Dinesh Karthik from India, Michael Holding from the West Indies and Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka. Along with a few locals including Sir Andrew Strauss. It doesn’t get more multicultural than that and I think it’s fantastic.

HAVE THE OPENERS OF INDIA

The performance of India’s openers on the first evening and Wednesday morning was the personification of the calm. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stood there neatly, picked up the bat well and aimed the ball well. What a contrast to England. They were terrible. Again!

KL Rahul (L) and Rohit Sharma were personified as the opening lines of India on Thursday

KL Rahul (L) and Rohit Sharma were personified as the opening lines of India on Thursday

KL Rahul (L) and Rohit Sharma were personified as the opening lines of India on Thursday

MY GRAND SLAM OF NAAN

This is the curry capital of the circuit and I am trying, for the first time in a while, the Grand Slam of Naan including MemSaab on Maid Marian Way and the family run favorite Laguna.

Mr Laguna Snr was on the doorstep as I drove past on my arrival in town and shouted, ‘Hello Mr Lloyd! See you later in the week.’ I’ll be there.

WATCH OUT FOR OLLIE

Ollie Robinson has just started his testing career, but he looks like a really good bowler to me. He’s not fast, he’s hovering around the low 80’s, but he’s tall and will get a lot of wickets if he keeps bowling that line and length.

He reminds me of Australian Josh Hazlewood in his approach and good action. He’s with the batsmen all the time and he’s going to have a good career.

Ollie Robinson is going to have a good career as a bowler, despite not being the fastest

Ollie Robinson is going to have a good career as a bowler, despite not being the fastest

Ollie Robinson is going to have a good career as a bowler, despite not being the fastest

HAT FOR REFEREE ANNA

The Hundred offers opportunities not only for players, but also for umpires. One to watch out for is Anna Harris, just 22, who I saw perform in a women’s competition. She played a great game and was assured of her decision making.

Not only that, she also hails from the excellent Ickenham Ladies Club in Middlesex. All I can say to that is, “Come on, Ickers.”

PURE THEATER BY JIMMY

What a theater moment when Jimmy Anderson got the first ball from Virat Kohli. The Indian captain’s entrance was like that of a gladiator, but the old warhorse brought the ball out of play.

Anderson’s elation and emotion contrasted with Kohli’s despair, who stood motionless but had to go. A great piece of Test cricket and one not to be missed.

The contrast of Anderson and Kohli's emotions after the latter's resignation was pure theatre

The contrast of Anderson and Kohli's emotions after the latter's resignation was pure theatre

The contrast of Anderson and Kohli’s emotions after the latter’s resignation was pure theatre

THUMBS UP FOR RAVI

Wonderful to see Ravi Shastri, one of the great men of cricket, here as India coach. We always liked him in the comment box, where he had his favorite phrases like ‘cock-a-hoop’ and ‘tracer bullet’.

And there he was sitting here on the balcony with his earpiece listening to us. Ravi gave us the thumbs up and we him.

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