The door to the English locker room was barely closed when Haseeb Hameed was found walking through it, after a five-year absence when he returned to Test cricket, which ended spectacularly for a golden duck.
Mohammed Siraj Dom Sibley was fresh from the extinguishing with his second ball and while loading into the ship, the Lord’s 30,000 people breathed a sigh of relief as a former shocker who had rebuilt his career looked in bad shape on Friday the 13th, destined to strike.
It didn’t have to be that way, Hameed was advancing with a clear defense on the wrong line and listening to the sound of wood behind him. Why Siraj felt the need to put that finger to his lips after such a brief encounter is unbelievable, but there was plenty of time for Hameed to stew it all in the locker room security.
Clearly this was not a day for romantics, even though hearts were raised for £ 500,000 for the Ruth Strauss Foundation. And in the near future, England could be reflected in three compelling works, that is, for two people out of the usual 23, keeping their heads above water in 119 out of 45 in response to all 364 in India.
Jimmy Anderson was responsible for maintaining the relative cover for the tourists after showing on the first day that he was distinguishing five figures for 62, and 85 for bats with Rory Burns and Joe Root.
The burns fell before closing, with Mohammad Shami trapped around the wicket, but Root will start again in the morning on the 48th, with Jonny Bairstow in the company of six friends.
The England captain arrived in the middle after his 33rd duck in 2021 and, more worryingly, 14th place went to a member of the top three.
The latter is a record for a calendar year, but Root offered a safe defense to Siraj to deny his hat-trick and then threw out the form he saw at Trent Bridge.
The Indian bowlers, reminiscent of Ishant Sharma, conducted a rigorous examination on that slow surface, even though Siraj tested Virat Kohli’s patience when the two appeals against the lbwa against Root were burned in the reviews. The latter, sliding his leg down like the first, saw the first captain when the Indian captain came out of the knot, without even bothering to wait for the Hawk-Eye projection.
A penny for this last session of Anderson’s thoughts on this tense tension, with his feet in the locker room and his breath after his career 31. Five goalkeepers had previously taken England out of the canvas. Mike Selvey once wrote that Angus Fraser was “like Eeyore with no tendency to live” and it is suspected that Anderson let out a few sighs.
He believes that this root lies in a 39-year-old who, when he needed a late-season test to play, is an absentee crisis that has thinned the stability of the bowling alley. But even considering the loss of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad – the practical attack on the Test itself – it’s pretty worrisome.
That said, Anderson’s class lasts and even though he didn’t have 29 hard jobs, after his captain won the draw and got a candidacy for the ship, his reward came when he found himself walking for the seventh time in the Lord’s career. with the sound of warm applause with a high ball.
India started in a worrying position, with 276 for all three KL Rahul recovered in 127, but through Anderson’s cuts and three supports, England claimed seven wickets in 88 races. This represented one of the best cases, even though the two radars that went down and exhausted were still wrong.
By 11.07am England had the first two punches, with Rahul shaking Robinson’s second ball of the day with a short cover in 129 and Anderson leaving Ajinkaya Rahane out without adding his nightly score.
Sam Curran finished wicketless again – England are no closer to playing their role in Test cricket – but Mark Wood had two wickets, the dangerous Rishabh Pant first squeezing a catch in the 35th at a time when he was threatening to explode. and Ravindra Jadeja the last man to take off in the 40s.
In between Moeen Ali’s 190th Test wicket was introduced, Shami played midwicket and Anderson did light work for Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. Suddenly the situation in England was not nearly as serious as the prediction and when Burns and Sibley survived 14 times over tea they won two very successful sessions.
You can tell that Sibley is desperately trying to get more sides and follow orders to turn more strikes. Founded on the 11th after tea and immediately after Siraj threw a short half-wicket for the second time, it made sense that his second entry would be the opener’s time or break.
As for Hameed’s rise, Sibley would have to fail once again, but the only idea for the 24-year-old will be to see the ball more closely when he plays down the stairs. in his cushions.