Saturday, July 13, 2024

England v West Indies: first cricket Test, day two – live

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The players are making their way out on to the field with their red caps on as part of Red for Ruth day.

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Ian Palmer writes in:

I grew up watching the West Indies, Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams (nicest man on the planet), Walsh, Ambrose etc, and I always thought watching cricket there looked like my idea of heaven, the atmosphere in the stands, pools, the rum….. so I vowed to go and watch a test there some day, but I only wanted to go and watch when there were 2 really competitive sides playing a ding dong of a test series. That would be the best. I really want this side to come good and be competitive. Please come good. I have dreams to fulfill.

To be fair, Ian, England haven’t won a Test series in the Caribbean since 2004; it’s usually quite an even contest when the two teams meet there. Get yourself over! Also worth remembering that West Indies have won a Test on each of their last two tours here, so they shouldn’t be written off so easily.

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Understandable disagreement from Katie here.

@tahahash have to disagree with you on the OBO preamble – I really hope that there are double tons all the way down the order, plus a load of rain too. This may or may not be linked to the fact that I have tickets for Saturday.

— Katie (@katie_allen) July 11, 2024

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Only just clocked that Atkinson’s display yesterday was only his second five-wicket haul in professional cricket. Despite being 26 he’s still quite fresh to this whole thing, this just his 20th first-class match.

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Would be great to see him bat with it on.

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Here’s all of our coverage from day one.

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Preamble

Morning! I’m at Lord’s where, I’m pleased to report, the sun is out and about. Yesterday was about two quicks: the one leaving and the one just getting started. James Anderson remains the focus but it was Gus Atkinson who tore through the West Indies lineup, finishing with astonishing figures of seven for 45. We’ll be seeing plenty more of him.

England are in a very good spot, leading by 68, with the two Yorkshiremen, Brook and Root, out in the middle. Batting conditions appear glorious. But for the sake of the Test match, it would be quite helpful if they didn’t stick around; should they go somewhat big, it’s hard to see the visitors coming back from it.

I’m here for the first half of the day. Please drop me a line with all your thoughts, queries, concerns, life advice, convoluted connections to cricketers, song requests, whatever makes you happy.

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