Welcome everyone, it’s a glorious morning at Lord’s on Day 3. No threat of rain, at least for now. We can all move forward to talk about something we actually want to talk about – cricket. Yesterday’s play, how much ever it was, was quite something. It was swing bowling of the highest caliber.
James Anderson, who went up to 99 wickets at Lord’s with his five-for, claimed that England would’ve bowled most teams out under those conditions, that’s how good they were. Provided those conditions don’t change much, have India erred by picking two spinners? Not just that. They’ve not only picked two spinners, but they’ve dropped a proper seamer to get that extra spinner in. It leaves them with a two-man pace attack along with Hardik Pandya. If today is going to prove anything, it’s going to prove just how well Pandya can step up and whether he belongs as an all-rounder at this level.
Pitch Report: Few marks are present but there is not any devil in this pitch. There is enough dryness for Indian spinners to get some turn but it won’t be prodigious, opines Sanjay Manjrekar.
And if you’re the kind that likes to gee yourself up before the start of play (and are also in India), we have a lip-smacking collection of highlights. Watch the top 10 moments from yesterday, then the bloopers and perhaps even the entire day’s proceedings in only 90 seconds.
For the global audience, we have clips from James Anderson and Ajinkya Rahane’s press conferences and also our Match Day team comprising VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar and Toby Roland-Jones poring over various aspects of the game – one such topicbeing whether India has the bowling to exploit this Lord’s pitch.
Are India’s batsmen mugs abroad? Probably not. But at times in this Test, it did appear like they were underestimating the change bowlers – remember how Kohli kept trying to drive Chris Woakes on the up when he simply wouldn’t do that against Anderson? – and unsure of their plans for survival. The discipline to override their natural game based on the match situation has been lacking. As an example of someone who does that quite well: Hashim Amla averages 60.33 in England and he has only been dismissed twice by Anderson in 786 deliveries. That’s because he takes pains to play late and keep the bat face straight when he tours here, even though he is among the game’s greatest at flicking the ball through the leg side.