Wed. Jan 26th, 2022








04:10

WICKET! Cummins c Crawley b Wood 2








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03:58








03:53








03:50

WICKET! Starc c Burns b Wood 3 (Australia 246/7)








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03:23








03:15

Preamble

Morning, afternoon, evening all. Well, we were treated to a whirlwind yesterday, right? From 12-3 and urges Bellerive to be stripped of test status, to a run-a-ball hundred from Head, to further delivery of The Cam Green Promise, and the incessant wonder of what James Anderson could and would have done with it all .

All in all, Australia finished with 241-6 – a scoreline most people would be happy with after a full day of play, only that this was achieved in 59.3 overs. Maybe this is not quite the CEO Wicket predicted prior to the match.

Nevertheless, both teams will hope to push things forward today. For Australia, fast runs and a shot against England under light, and for England, fingers crossed that the Bellerive wicket flattens out, as the local promise is.

How do you see things from your point of view? Tell me about it via email at sam.perry.freelance@guardian.co.uk or at Twitters @sjjperry.

The weather and other preliminary material will come next time …

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