Friday, 10 January 2020

Second test

England won the second test late on the fifth day and so tied the series at one each.  This was a tough match that was made harder by losing our rising star Rory Burns the day before and the great James Anderson towards the end.

All eleven of England's players contributed to this win.  Ben Stokes was man of the match with an awesome all round performance, there were good contributions from Anderson, Root and Broad.  Most pleasing however was the success of relative newcomers to the team; Ollie Pope (aged 22) with a half century in the first innings and Dom Sibley's (aged 24) epic ton in the second.  Curran (21) took useful wickets, Bess (22) was brilliant as the controlling bowler and Zak Crawley (21) got a few runs second time around.  The future is starting to look a bit brighter.

With Burns and Anderson out of the tour we'll hopefully field a settled side for the next test with Archer coming in to replace Jimmy.  If England equal the standards set in the second test then we should win.

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