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England v New Zealand: Hosts should have resisted the urge to bowl first, David Lloyd says

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: England should have resisted the urge to bowl first and perhaps should have bowed to the pressure to insert New Zealand…while transparency is good – this is cricket, not the Secret Service!

England endured a frustrating first day in their second Test against New Zealand, with Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell building a formidable fifth wicket stand.

Their partnership, good for 149 runs, put a dent in the hosts’ hopes of building on the momentum of their first showdown, with the tourists poised to build a big score.

Here, sports postDAVID LLOYD picks his talking points from Trent Bridge…

England endured a frustrating first day game in their second Test against New Zealand

England endured a frustrating first day game in their second Test against New Zealand

Resist the urge to COME FIRST

After a great field demonstration at Lord’s, I wonder if England felt the pressure to insert New Zealand – and if that pressure contributed to drops in the slips by Zak Crawley and Joe Root. It goes back to what Cyril Washbrook used to say in Lancashire, when he ran the club with an iron fist: if you think of bowling first, don’t do it.

The hosts should have resisted the urge to bowl first and could have felt the pressure

The hosts should have resisted the urge to bowl first and could have felt the pressure

STOKES GOES TO PLAN C

Cyril may have been a little dogmatic, to be honest. If you keep the opposition in there, you don’t always intend to knock them out for 120, although that’s a bonus of course. Instead, you may have calculated that the best time to bat will be on days two and three, so you’ll be pretty happy knocking them down for 280 or 300. Looks like England are headed for Plan C. ..

Ben Stokes looks set to head to Plan C with New Zealand on track to build big score

Ben Stokes looks set to head to Plan C with New Zealand on track to build big score

THIS IS NOT THE SECRET SERVICE!

I see England now announcing their teams in advance, which I am a big fan of. People say it gives more information for opponents to prepare for, but that’s bullshit: there aren’t that many players in a squad. The analyst wants to be fired if he hasn’t prepared them all anyway. Transparency is good. This is cricket – not the secret service!

Transparency on team news is good - this is cricket after all, not the Secret Service!

Transparency on team news is good – this is cricket after all, not the Secret Service!

BOB’S WORTH A DUKEDOM!

Did I mention how much I enjoyed the anniversary celebrations? I could swear I caught a glimpse among the royal entourage on our old friend Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan’s Buckingham Palace balcony. As we all know, he was a close friend of the Duke of Edinburgh at the time. I wonder if there will be a dukedom Bob’s way any time soon. I see it now: the Duke of Romney Marsh…

T20 REMAINS A BLAST

As a small tangent it was great to see another great Roses T20 match between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Headingley recently. The Blast is truly a top-notch match and the final day remains one of the must-attend events on the calendar. Don’t get me wrong, the Hundred has done wonders for the women’s game, but in men’s cricket it’s the T20 Blast for me, totally.

KANE HAS MORE THAN A COLD

I was sad to see that Kane Williamson missed this game due to Covid. But when I hear someone else say it’s just a cold, I punch them in the nose. Believe me, folks: it’s much worse than that. I speak from personal experience and I have been stung four times. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Get well soon, Kane.

Kane Williamson is missing due to Covid, which isn't just any cold;  it's much worse than that

Kane Williamson is missing due to Covid, which isn’t just any cold; it’s much worse than that

EYES ON LAGUNA LAMB

One of my regrets that I’m no longer on the track full-time is that I can’t complete Nottingham’s legendary Grand Slam of Naans – a late-night tribute to the city’s excellent curry houses. But I’ll be in town tomorrow night, and I’m already looking at the lamb jalfrezi at Laguna, washed down by a little Cobra. Job is a good person!

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