50 years in the making! A shame England could not make it over the line, and as Tuffers said it was a match that would’ve enjoyed (and warranted) seeing Woakes and Root there after Tea on Day 5 for the run chase, but it wasn’t to be. After 13 sessions it really was Shakin’ Even Stevens. However, Mr Boom Boom Howl Howl turned the pitter patter dripping tap into a frenzied waterfall returning a Wimbledon-worthy ‘speediest of the series’ spell of 6-3-6-2.
From that there was no coming back.
It was a truly superb Test, with no side out of sight until the hour before Tea on the final day. Capitulating on the final day has become de riguer at London venues. England came back strong at Headingley and fingers crossed the same can happen in Manchester on Friday.