January 6, 2019
January 5, 2019
Gary Naylor is in the home! Well, the pressbox
“Looking like extra off than on right here nowadays, even with the fabled drainage at Lord’s. If someone is up for whiling away the hours between inspections with slightly of study of what made the primary Test an excellent one (if now not relatively an all-time nice one), I scribbled lots of words here.”
Whiling away the hours? How many phrases did you write?
Hello. The addict is aware of all about guilt; about placing his grubby cravings prior to the welfare of others. Was it now not Trainspotting’s Mark Renton who mentioned, ‘I appreciate what you’re seeking to do, I in point of fact do, however I JUST NEED ONE MORE OVER OF ANDERSON TO KOHLI, YOU *!&*’?
No, it wasn’t, however had he accomplished so he’d have spoken for many people. With the imaginable exception of heroin, which I’ve but to check out, Test cricket is essentially the most moreish drug of all. Yes, we all know back-to-back Tests are a Bad Thing. Sure, burnout is one of cricket’s greatest issues. But by no means thoughts the our bodies, minds and souls of 22 weary cricketers: there’s any other Test fit for us to revel in!
The first Test at Edgbaston was once the most efficient on this nation since 2013. This fit must – must – be one thing totally other: a highish-scoring affair on a pitch that may take flip because the fit progresses. The heatwave approach the pitch is predicted to be very dry, even if that heatwave is not more. The forecast for nowadays is lovely deficient. Of all of the gin joints in all of the global, it needed to rain in this one.
Play begins at 11am, with the toss at 10.30am.