The official start to summer, i.e. the first day of the season’s first test match at Lords, and for a welcome change we had a dry, mostly bright day. I had the radio on all day but only managed to catch snatches through a busy shift at work. New Zealand bowled accurately to restrict England’s batsmen and when a shower finally curtailed the day the score was 160-4 with a run rate of just two. All of England’s top four made starts and three got passed 30 but none managed a 50 before losing their wickets.
On the face of things easily the Kiwi’s day and it will be fascinating to see the how Root and Bairstow get on in the morning. This is apparently the future of England’s batting and tomorrow will be a good test. I can remember two inexperienced players coming to the wicket in a perilous position at this ground in 1996. They were called Ganguly and Dravid, they made big scores and India avoided defeat. After the first day we’ve seen nothing from England that will worry the Aussies.