🏏 :engerland: England (and :walesisntit: Wales) Cricket 2024

No Kohli for the first 2 tests either

ONE Seam bowler!
Three spinners + Root.
Stokes not fit to bowl

India v England: England name left-arm spinner Tom Hartley for first Test -

England making a lively start, 41-0 after 8 overs. Good to see Ben Foakes back in the England side.

First spin of the morning, Jadeja coming on. The ball is spinning sideways, Crawley failing to lay bat on ball, being beaten all ends up and lucky to survive. Maiden over.

Woken early by Mrs P_F saying goodbye as she begins the work then take Mum to sister in Wroclaw trip.
Takes flu meds
Remembered to checkbthe score.
70-3 after being 55-0

England 108-3 at lunch, which represents a significant recovery by England. After a decent start from Crawley and Duckett with an opening partnership of 55, we then lost 3 wickets for 5 runs to Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja who were getting some serious spin. Batting was very difficult, Bairstow and Root had to wait for the rare loose ball to score off but they did OK, Bairstow in particular played well. Let’s hope they can stay together after lunch and press on.

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Barstow falls to an absolutely unplayable beaut from Axar. Wow.


Pitch taking spin already…what a surprise.

This is not going well 154-7

There was somebiffing by Hartley
23 off 24 before being bowled.
Put on38 or so in 38 balls with Stokes
200 is talked about par score

246 a.o. Stokes made 70


India 73-0 from 11. Hmmmm

84/1 Rohit gone

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119-1 at close

Jaiswal 76 from 70 balls

Deluded Duckett??

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Well, that went well then.
148 runs behind 3 wickets to get ball keeping low

Batting collapse…

2 wickets is not a collapse minimum 5 before that term can be used. We may not lose by an innings here.

Well fuck me!

126 in front with 4 wickets remaining.