ENG vs SA Test series - all hail President Root 🦗



super alex davies obvs.

nick browne & tom westley are probably the other ones in with a shout, less likely now cook isn’t captain but he’s pushed for them both before and they’ve carried form into div 1.


essex are fairly spoiled at the top of the order thinking about it - those two; former england captain cook; future england captain lawrence; former future england captain chopra…


Pretty well judged, sir…


Oh, Moeen…


Dismal stuff. Poor old Dawson stranded on 5*.


How very England…

Last time I checked they were still 5 down. Did some work for 25-30 minutes and it’s all over.


Just in, the_excession’s report live from the ground:



That was an absolute travesty of a day’s play.

Morkel and Morris bowled fast, menacing spells.
Sunshine was nice.

Couldn’t even bat until 3 pm.
Jennings and balance
No-one managed a swashbuckling 30, never mind 50 or 100.
YJB burping one horribly to mid on.
Ridiculously over the top rendition of Jerusalem complete with gigantic England flag waving, just before breathtakingly feeble defeat.
All the other stuff.


Thought Moeen was going to provide some sort of resistance when he notched three fours off consecutive Maharaj balls, but his dismissal was so lame. Almost as lame as Bairstow’s. Cook’s wasn’t great either.

So much work is needed on the top order it’s pretty terrifying, even if the Ashes don’t go ahead in the autumn.


Toby Bollinger-Tatty to make his debut tomorrow then replacing Wood.

Westley in at number 3 with some pretty impressive stats at Essex - 478 runs, 2 centuries in there and averaging 53.11.

Rabada’s back which is great for SA, less so for England after that last performance :grimacing:


What do we reckon then? Toss won, pitch looks quite green, sun’s poking through.


Here’s the weather forecast. Looks a bit iffy.




I’m going on Saturday. Hopefully the rain holds off…


Noice. Looks like you’ll be reet in the morning.


Jennings :expressionless:


Uh, wickey wild wild
Wicky wicky wild
Wickey wild, wicky wicky wild wild wild Tom Westley.


Don’t want to put the mockers on him but he looks quite patient and assured here. Good on the leg side.


Corbz on TMS :heart_eyes:


Well done.