Thursday, 24 January 2019

Barbados Day two

The start of play is still a couple of hours away, 264-8...  How good a score is this?  Par for first innings in recent times is 255 but this wicket looks better than that.  After the new ball burst last night it looked like it was England's day but West Indies have runs on the board and a decent pace attack...

At last play starts and Hetmyer looks solid, marshaling the tail and smacking the odd boundary.  The total is building, it's becoming annoying and a little bit worrying.  But Jimmy strikes to take his wicket tally to five.  Shortly afterwards Stokes removes Hetmyer for 81 to finish with 4-59 while Anderson ended up with 5-46.  West Indies have made 289 which is a decent total but not as much as it looked like being at tea on day one.

England bat, Burns and Jennings start slowly, picking off the odd single while Windies bowl tight.  Jennings starts to look comfortable and hits a couple of fours but relaxes and edges Holder into the slip cordon.  A repeat of so many Jennings dismissals from the last couple of years...  England reach lunch 30-1.  The afternoon session will be very interesting!

Burns falls unluckily, straight after lunch, 35-2 and its starting to look ominous...  Bairstow follows too soon 44-3  And then Root 44-4!!!  I actually feel angry at this point, the tall fast bowler Holder has two of the wickets and our tall fast bowler with over 400 wickets is not even in the side.  I say it again.  Arrogant selection!

Buttler hits a four, Stokes gets out 48-5.  Can Foakes save us like he did in Sri Lanka?  Ali is in before that...  Out first ball, caught on the boundary, dreadful cricket, For Fuck Sake!!!  Foakes has to face a hat trick ball...  Which he survives but then Buttler gets a snorter 49-7.  This is mostly down to excellent bowling, England's batsmen haven't done much wrong, well played West Indies but I'm still seething about the selection...

Curran comes in and tries to counter attack slapping a couple of boundaries.  Foakes gets a good ball from Joseph 61-8.  England are out of their misery before tea, all out for 77.  

West Indies second innings started but I had prearranged trip to the cinema with my son.  This came as a bit of a relief to be honest, even though the film wasn't really my cup of tea.  On the way home I had an altercation with a cyclist.  If the silly cunt had some lights on his bike I might have missed him by a greater distance.  When we got home West Indies were 127-6 at close which is a lead of 339.  They will bat on tomorrow and England will be chasing 400 on a wearing pitch. There is little hope of England avoiding defeat from here and in a way they deserve to lose for the arrogant selection.

Following England playing test cricket is always emotional but it's rare for that emotion to be anger at my own team...

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