BUMBLE AT THE TEST: England crossed the line between positive and reckless… and when you’re in Sri Lanka, go easy on the arrack
- England had debutant Ben Foakes to thank for putting them in a good position
- Having been five down at lunch, they were guided to 321 for eight at the close
- Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD takes us through his own perspective on the action
England had debutant Ben Foakes to thank for putting them in a good position on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Having been five down at lunch, England were guided to 321 for eight at the close thanks to some clever and patient batting by wicket keeper Foakes.
Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD takes us through his own perspective on the action…
England had debutant Ben Foakes to thank for putting them in a good position on day one
That was a frenetic first session. There’s a difference between being positive and reckless and when you’re five down at lunch I’d say you’d been a bit reckless.
There was nothing wrong with the day one pitch either, and the England captain had said at the toss that it was a bit sticky and they’d have to be a bit careful! Then they went at more than five an over while wickets clattered…
This is one of the great grounds on the cricket circuit. From a high vantage point you can see the ocean all around while there were around 2,000 people up on the fort.What it needed was Andrew Flintoff with that mobile chip van of his. He would have cleaned up. He’s wasting his time mucking around with cars…
Galle is one of the great grounds on the cricket circuit – there were 2,000 people up on the fort
I’m staying half an hour from the ground at a lovely hotel called the Fortress, but that means the drive-in is like being at Silverstone.
The number of times I said to the driver ‘don’t do it’ as a bus came hurtling towards us on the wrong side of the road. It just seems to work here.
Tests tend not to last the distance here. At least that would save me five journeys to the ground…
I didn’t really have any issues with the England team. They could have gone about five different ways. I just wonder whether Adil Rashid was the right man.
Accurate finger spin is the way to go here because the more it goes on the more runs will be at a premium. And they tried to temper Stuart Broad’s absence by saying it was a tactical decision. Bottom line, he was dropped….
Adil Rashid came in for Stuart Broad for his spin, although he proved adept with the bat
I have traveled the world and been to New Zealand and Australia that many times but I’ve never had jet lag. This time, for some reason, it has really hit me. I was bolt upright at 1am and there was no way I was getting back to sleep.
I had a tablet and that didn’t work – until the game started. By that time I was almost fast asleep so it was a good job there was plenty to talk about…
If you go to Taunton you’ll have a glass of cider and if you’re in Ireland you’ll have a Guinness. Venture to Scotland meanwhile and it’s a nice glass of whisky.
Come to Sri Lanka and it’s arrack. How can I describe it? It’s like a mixture of terps and paraffin.
If you’re making your first trip to this beautiful island dear reader I can only advise you to have it in small quantities. Otherwise you will feel like you want to march on Poland. It’s one to avoid….
Foakes was not in England’s thoughts for this first Test but the Surrey man has taken his chance
It’s all about taking your opportunity. I think we can safely say this time last week Ben Foakes was not in England’s thoughts for this first Test. Everybody talks about his keeping – and Alec Stewart says he’s the best there is – but nobody mentions his batting.
Just look at his record. He’s a very accomplished batter at Surrey and here he played a proper Test match innings. Good on him.
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