Vic Lanser writes with news from THE OTHER PLACE. But as it is so good, I think we can quietly reprint it.
Tanya, I loved this comment on Cricinfo:
Chris Crighton: “So England won the toss, elected to bat, and eight hours later their openers were 0-0 at the close. All of Geoffrey Boycott’s dreams have finally come true.”
David Gower is wearing a panama! David Lloyd was not impressed by England yesterday. “England played in front of their bodies to a bowler who is deadly accurate and bowling at 78mph. The top three is still a huge problem.”
And thanks to James Hurle – here is the TMS link for overseas listeners.
With the mercury due to touch 39 degrees today at Lord’s – playing and watching is likely to be an extremely uncomfortable experience. The MCC have made contingency measures for spectators – air-conditioned rooms, plenty of water, no jackets for members. But for players, things are more unclear .
Joe Root was hospitalized during the last Ashes Test at Sydney, when the temperature reached 47.3C. Cricket Australia has strict guidelines on heat, and uses the Wet Bulb Global Temperature Index. The ECB do not, yet, as far as I can discover, but last year the MCC cricket committee agreed that umpires should be able to stop play because of heat.
This is the law umpires could use:
It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous o runreasonable for play to take place.Conditions shall not be regarded as either dangerous or unreasonable merely because they are not ideal.The fact that the grass and the ball are wet does not warrant the ground conditions being regarded as unreasonable or dangerous.
Good morning everyone and welcome to the morning after the day before after the week before. Twenty wickets fell in yesterday’s ding-dong day – with England out before lunch and batting again just before the close.
What craziness! Were England caught napping? Were their heads in a fifty-over space? Were they just caught out by the relentless accuracy of Tim Murtagh on an emerald green carpet? We shall see as the morning develops.
Here is Vic’s match report for starters: