BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Lord’s Prices Are Obscene, Number Of Ratings Allowed Should Be Reduced … And Joe Root’s Sleigh To Dinesh Chandimal Is The Best Since Andrew Flintoff
- Prices for the test between England and India in August make cricket business
- Peak Shane Warne would have a field day if plans for reviews came out
- England must make sure they are electric in the outfield for the Chennai test
- Joe Root sled Dinesh Chandima before the skipper was fired from Sri Lanka
I see tickets to the Lord’s Test with India in August are £ 115- £ 175. This is obscene. It makes it a business game.
There must be a significant area suitable for families. A lot of people on social media say they would love to go there, but it is priced. MCC is seriously wrong about this.
David Lloyd believes that the prices for India’s visit to Lord’s in August are significantly overpriced
OK, but stop with the reviews
On the DRS debate, many people seem to argue that if the ball hits the stumps, it should be out. A word of caution: tests should only take three days.
Bumble’s caveat would be to only give each team one review per innings instead of the current three.
If you’d given all the balls to cut the stumps like in the days of Shane Warne (right), he’d be done with 1,000 test wickets!
Dom misses a trick
Dom Sibley survived several lbw calls through DRS and played back on the off spinners. My question is: why does he keep missing it?
Just whip it in the leg side for a single. This is something he will be looking at, and will have to do with the impending tour of India.
You have to watch the ball for as long as possible. See Joe Root.
Dom Sibley must quickly change his tactics in time for the upcoming tour of India
Sharpen the needlework
England created opportunities and has to work hard on their fieldwork for Chennai. You have to be mustard around the bat and electric in the outfield.
Ben Stokes will improve slip fielding to run. England had three different briefs: Sibley, Bairstow and Root, whose pair of missed opportunities on Monday must be due to fatigue.
Heat over Indian referees
With Covid, there are now only home referees in international cricket. India has only one in the elite panel of 12 – Nitin Menon, who has just three matches referee.
On the downside will be one of their up and coming umps. India was always putting pressure on field officials.
Normally, the best two or three referees in the world would be appointed for such a big run.
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal (right) was towed by Joe Root before being fired
Chandi fell for Joe’s jibe
Finally Joe Root squeaks to Dinesh Chandimal – “Come on Chandi, throw your wicket away!” – has to be the best sled of slip since Andrew Flintoff’s ‘Mind the windows’ to Tino Best at Lord’s in 2004.
Thanks to Jimmy Anderson’s fine catch, Sri Lankan captain Chandimal suffered the same fate as the West Indian tailor: the next ball out.