BUMBLE ON THE TEST: The West Indies are back after an impressive first test victory … and did England-based skipper Ben Stokes make the right decision by hitting first?
The return of Test cricket came to a dramatic final on Sunday, as the West Indies won the first Test against England with four wickets in the Ageas Bowl.
After winning 200, the tourists claimed victory with a guaranteed performance in the second inning on day five, after Jermaine led Blackwood’s stunning 95 Indies to victory.
Sports emails David Lloyd watched from the comfort of his living room to give us his opinion on the procedure …
Jermaine Blackwood guided the tourists to victory with a brilliant second inning fly of 95
John Campbell and captain Jason Holder celebrate in the middle after victory is secured
THE WEST INDIA ARE BACK
What a test!
It slowly boiled as players felt their way back. Then it brightened up on day four before the West Indies struck back impressively.
There have been times recently when they would have folded on Sunday at 27:00, but we’ll get back to the lead of the right people in Jimmy Adams and Phil Simmons.
West Indies is back!
It was an impressive victory for Jason Holder’s team, who recovered from 27-3 on the last day
THE DRINKS ARE ON DAVE
I went to the pub! It was about time I went out – Saturday night with Howard, Mick and Dave, socially aloof around a table at the Carlton Inn.
It was wonderful to be back until I realized that I showed up without money. Dave saved me by reminding me that I had won £ 20 from him in an indoor horse race.
So he paid the drinks with my £ 20 and I ended up with £ 9.20 credit behind the bar.
WE ALL FALL FOR THEM …
When Mike Atherton and Rob Key asked club cricketers for scores on Saturday, I thought we were going to get a fake, and indeed it was Hugh Jardon and Cockermouth.
It reminded me of the time when Jonathan Agnew and I stopped Henry Blofeld.
We told him we were trying to reach Edward Cornthwaite known as Shy Ted. Sure, Blowers says in the air “We know you’re there Shy Ted …”
Michael Atherton was at the end of the world’s oldest joke while commenting
His colleagues in the comment field – including Rob Key – were left hysterically by the joke
BAG HAS THE DEXTER-ITY
There’s a Kentish shootout between Zak Crawley and Joe Denly for a place in Old Trafford, and it’s Crawley, 22, who is at the top.
He played with certainty and is a real discovery for England, he is a great player again.
There was a bit of Ted Dexter about the way this tall guy played his beautiful offside shots. Crawley is a very attentive, likeable young guy and he just pushed his mate aside.
ZaK Crawley knocked out his Kent teammate Joe Denly for a spot in the second test match
DO NOT TAKE THE TOSS
Ben Stokes always set a good example and gave it all in his only Test who was in charge.
You can’t fault his achievements, but the only question anyone will ask is – and it would have been a group decision – why did England hit when they won the toss?
Most importantly, it lasted five days and there was a winner. That’s what the cricket restart needed.
Now I’m going to Old Trafford for what I’m sure it will be two more crackers.
English stand-in skipper Ben Stokes lost his first captaincy test in the last session on Sunday
RAIN WEATHER WIDE STORM
Now England must return all firearms to Manchester. People think the field will be faster, but I live on the Old Trafford road and it’s been raining heavily for two weeks.
So I’m not sure there will be a great pace. So will the ball spin as it usually does there? Is Stuart Broad coming back?
That’s the riddle they face now, but runs in the first inning are key. Otherwise, they’ll chase the game like they did here.
Will bowler Stuart Broad return to the team for the second test at Old Trafford?