BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ben Stokes takes a gamble with follow-on as it’s a breeze for Stuart Broad in Wellington… and do New Zealand lack the tools for ‘Bazball’?
- England were left frustrated on day three after enforcing the follow-on
- New Zealand forged a defiant comeback despite England’s hefty advantage
- The home side ended day three on 202-3 in their second innings, 24 behind
England encountered some stubborn New Zealand resistance after enforcing the follow-on in their series-deciding second Test in Wellington, and had Jack Leach to thank for two wickets in the final session.
Captain Ben Stokes sent the hosts straight back in after securing a 226-run first-innings lead on the third morning, but encountered real resolve in the form of an opening stand worth 149 from Tom Latham and Devon Conway.
It took 53 chanceless overs before they were finally parted by Leach, Ollie Pope hanging on to Conway at short-leg, as England rallied after tea to leave New Zealand 202 for three.
The Somerset spinner clean bowled Will Young in classic fashion and Joe Root snared Latham for a well-judged 83, but with the deficit at 24 and seven wickets in hand the Black Caps had fought their way back admirably
David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd casts his eye back over day three of the second Test.
England captain Ben Stokes enforced the follow-on in their series-deciding second Test
Ben’s big gamble
I was surprised that Ben Stokes enforced the follow-on as the modern way is to bat again, put the opposition out of the game on a wearing pitch, and then go at them again with the ball in the final innings.
With a bit of deterioration in the surface, the spinners come right into the game late on at the Basin Reserve
The Kiwi conundrum
There has been a lot of chat on social media about England’s methods and whether they could play in such gung-ho fashion against the great West Indies team of the 1980s. It triggered a thought.
Are New Zealand unable to emulate England’s style because they’re wary of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson?
Or do they just not have the tools?
Breeze for Broad
In windy Wellington, there is one end to bowl from. Generally, you don’t want the other one! Jimmy Anderson got first dibs, of course.
Some bowlers adapt to bowling into a breeze, though, and it can provide the ball with a bit more wobble, so Stuart Broad probably wasn’t too fussed.
The way he’s bowling, it doesn’t seem to matter which end you give him.
England paceman Stuart Broad (above) had to bowl into the breeze in Wellington
Enjoying my salad days
There’s nowt left in the shops apparently, so I am growing my own! I’ve got loads of lettuce on the go, cherry tomatoes and cucumber.
Only trouble is, like in Test cricket, you need time for things to develop in a greenhouse. I am also in the process of erecting a trough to get my strawberries in.
This contraption came in 82 parts. On the parcel was a nice-looking lady with a screwdriver, and a warning assembly would take half an hour.
Six hours later…
Family first for Pat
Australia have been in disarray in India but captain Pat Cummins got it right by leaving the tour to be with his sick mother.
Family comes first over a game of cricket every time. On the pitch, Australia have been found wanting against spin.
Things will be far more straightforward for them over here this summer. I can’t wait.
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