And welcome to coverage of day two’s play from North Sound. I think, given the pitch yesterday, that England batted about as well as could be expected, the two openers’ complicity in their dismissals notwithstanding and that the failure to take a wicket in 21 overs at the end is the greater handicap to their chances of levelling the series.
But all hope has not been lost – England simply have to find the length ao put the West Indies batsmen in as much discomfort as their own were. Both Stokes and Broad bowled too short, the former too wide as well, but the indentations and cratering in this pitch are baked in and there is plenty to exploit if they can achieve some consistency. Economically pretty figures do not win Test matches even ones as low-scoring as this could well be.
The ball is still hard enough to be a threat and although there were no signs of swing for Anderson on Thursday there might be some reverse later on, particularly for Stokes, who needs to attack the right-handers with those type of deliveries that repeatedly did for Rahane last summer. It should be a fascinating day.
Incidentally in the Sky Studio Nick Knight, Paul Collingwood and Rob Key are engaged in some menswear oneupmanship, inspired, no doubt, by Knight’s new job as a fashionista. Which one is Mr Grainger, which Mr Lucas and who is Mr Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries?