52nd place: England 136-1 (Hamid 67, Malan 0). Kohli tries to increase the pressure, and sets a ridiculous middle ground for Shami. Hamid remains calm and balanced. He’s not only wearing a black Ted Dexter armband – he’s playing the way Ted used to defend.
51st place: England 136-1 (Hamid 67, Malan 0) Late entrance to Pomera, the human catapult. He immediately hit the spot and made Hamid leave the ball near the bail. The last ball is more obligatory, as it is placed in the middle and the leg, and Hamid takes one, so Dawid Malan can continue to return to Test cricket from the non-attacker end.
50th place: England 135-1 (Hamid 66, Malan 0). The ball hits the top of the game – the classic Headingley ejection. The partnership was the highest in England of the series, with 121 wins from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow at Lord’s.
The wicket! Burns B Shami 61 (England 135-1)
breakthrough! Shami first knocks Burns out of play with a bat twisted outside, then blasts through the gate with the booster. Is this the moment the game changes?
Late 49th: England 135-0 (Burns 61, Hamid 66). Kohli doesn’t go so far as to make a bowling change, but he brought a leg slip to Ishant, and bowling to Hamid. And perhaps it has an effect where Hamid plays at first and misses, then gets a thick, low edge on slips. He brings up one song, which leads Dinesh Karthik – usually pretty sharp – to say you’re making your luck. This is another saying that I do not understand. Isn’t luck, by definition, something you don’t make?
“Nice to see you sitting on the bench,” says Bill Hargreaves, and his kind, trusted words are part of our good fortune at OBO. “Sexy! Thanks for the great service. This is TMS external link In case it was required.” Thank you Bill.
48th place: England 133-0 (Burns 60, Hamid 65). Shami turns away, picks up a virgin, but does not disturb the outer edge. Kohli needs to do something quick.
47th place: England 133-0 (Burns 60, Hamid 65). Another finished from Ishant, and another freebie on the Burns platforms. We need a camera on R Ashwin, who has to tear his hair out.
46th place: England 130-0 (Burns 57, Hamid 65). Hamid sees that clip of four by Burns and thinks he’ll get one too, away from Shami. Michael Holding believed that the Indian tailors were too short. They were also a lot on the pads. Headingley is all about getting to the top, which may explain why Yorkshiremen sometimes make commentators boring – they always make the same point. Jeffrey Boycott’s motto was “As I’ve been saying.”
45th place: England 126-0 (Burns 57, Hamid 61). Burns hits the first four days of the day while Ishant hands him a birthday present on napkins. Before that, Hamid goes off the mark in the morning with a brisk, push-and-go motion. He does it well in these roles – simple but effective. Not that I’ve ever seen the point of that “but”: simplicity always works, right?
44th place: England 121-0 (Burns 53, Hamid 60). From the other end it’s Mohammed Al Shami, so Kohli keeps his boomer dry. Shami turns and heads toward Burns, who is celebrating not only a return to his level but his 31st birthday. He knows that this fifty will turn into a hundred if he can stay there, and he plays the firstborn.
43rd place: England 121-0 (Burns 53, Hamid 60) Kohli hands the ball to Ishant Sharma, a show of faith after setting the wrong tune by starting these innings with a nine-ball header. Now he swerved too, giving Burns a nice dent on the pads, folded away from one ball, and his first ball to Hamid was just too wide. But with the fourth ball, Ishant was in the groove, finding enough movement to beat Hamid’s flick. Headingley is shrouded in clouds, which all shooters must lick their lips at.
The first email of the day arrived. “Good morning, Tim,” Kim Thonger says. “Love your introduction this morning.” Thanks! “I’ve been watching test cricket for five and a half decades. In that time the situation is more volatile than ever. Despite a great day yesterday, I have no idea which English team they will play this morning. I don’t think there is an algorithm in existence. She can predict the outcome of this game.I see an Indian win being priced by the bookmakers at 22/1 and frankly I’ll get a tener at least because if India gets three quick wickets, England could explode from the inside like anything that explodes impressively.No one will convince me That they have a clear path to victory or insurmountable leadership. Their minds are as fragile as a very thin layer of ice on a shallow pond. I look forward very much to this day, no matter who takes the upper hand, it is magical. Note: Your email address is wrong on the link By the way 🙂 It’s bouncing back.” Ah sorry, it will fit. It should mention email@example.com.
Preamble: A believer in daydreams
On Monday, Joe Root was talking about his childhood dream. Yesterday he was living it: the England captain on the field as the wicket fell like autumn leaves, then watching his teammates advance without having to run a single one of him. Today he should be tempted to take a vacation, go to Sheffield to see the family, and leave the rest of the batsmen to her.
In fact, though, he expects India to come back again. Virat Kohli was shocked yesterday, making the wrong call at the draw, hitting poorly, then failing to inspire his attack. This was a show from the old Indian playbook, not the new. But teams that have a bad day usually show some fighting at the next opportunity, as England did yesterday. There is nothing wrong with India’s position, which cannot be fixed by taking seven quick wickets.
For England, the challenge is to keep going, while fighting any feelings of disbelief. Haseeb Hamid needs 40 more in the first century of testing. Rory Burns might be looking forward to one of them too, and if either of them falls, the stage will be set for David Malan. All Root has to do is tell him to treat the occasion like a T20, and he should be good to run fifty rounds without a fuss.
The last time England were in such a strong position on the morning of the second day of testing, they went to Make 500 and win from spins. But then, as every one of their supporters knows, they always fall apart. Join me at 11am UK time to see which direction they’re going.