Don't let the younger generation watch, they may be scarred for life. With the WI quicks back in the day you could appreciate the existential threat behind the frequent collapses, much harder to swallow when it's spin.Like a rabbit in the headlights, I can’t look away.
I suspect most in NZ would be pleased we are facing India. NZ just has this mental struggle when playing against Australia in the big games, although we did beat them today.Overall, and given the mis-handling of selections, I'm not especially down about a 3-1 defeat, though that is also softened by the knock on impact that it's India and not Australia that face NZ in the new test match final.
Ideally for the test final, neither side gets rolled in their first innings. India's last experience at Lords was great for me in the Mound Stand and Jimmy Anderson but none of the Indian batsmen will want to relive that experience and Trent Boult et al could have a field day. As could Jaspit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma to be fair. A close day 5 finish would be wonderful - how do they decide if it is a draw/tie? Super over? Black caps will not relish that!I think that as long as the weather stays fine, India vs New Zealand at lords should be a belter.
just returning to the last test, had England got selection right, they had every chance to win that. Even with the team they picked, they could have run it much closer. They were not good enough mentally. Too many straight balls getting wickets
Plenty of good points there Chris but nothing specific about where selection went wrong (particularly as the seeming aberration in T4 went right).
Ian S, an astute commentator on cricket, also was negative on selections so would like to hear his views too
I am normally quite a grumbler but on this occasion I don't feel that selections were to blame
Yes - it did surprise me when I was offered tickets, with very little mention of the fact that a full crowd was unlikely. I confess that I didn’t buy any, based largely on the assumption that disappointment beckoned, but also because my son’s treat was already booked in for the India test. Not well-handled by the MCC.Lords have seriously pissed me off. When they released the tickets for the New Zealand test I naturally assumed they were following the govt guidelines on crowd size which were published at the time. I was surprised to be able to buy tickets as I thought that at 25% capacity they would be hard to get. I also thought that they might have been smart enough to only make available those seats that could actually be filled. No. What they have done instead is take my money, keep it for weeks and only now apparently realised that they have a full stadium but only a quarter of those sold seats can actually be filled with people. My son has worked incredibly hard during lockdown and brought his predicted gcse grades up to being very high indeed. After all he’s had to put up with I was looking forward to surprising him with a day at the test (he loves cricket). To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.
Hampshire: top of the table. Just imagine if the season was cancelled now.