Eng v Ind Lords 2021

When historians scan an eye over the bottom line it won’t make for pretty reading, a loss by 151 runs. As usual, the real story is so much deeper. The first day’s play was tough viewing. India grinding out a superb platform, which they failed to capitalise on during Day 2. Day 3 belonged to Joe Root. It was joyous to see him play so well.

Day 4 was again a grind. Viewing this kind of Test Cricket isn’t for the faint hearted. A couple more wickets in the evening session when the Umpires took the players off 8 overs early would have made all the difference. It wasn’t to be. Day 5 started well with two quick wickets but the tail was allowed to wag and then England were bowled out in just under two sessions. So disappointing. England will have to come back stronger, I believe we can.