It was good to see some good Test cricket finally. Sadly it happened far away from our soil. I was upset on Day 2. Sky Sports decided to show the Royal London One Day match on the main event and cricket channel. On Sky Sports Mix they were showing a pre recorded Red Bull race. This attitude from Sky seems to reflect the lethargic attitude that ECB has towards Test matches.
The frailty of the Windies and Sri Lankan sides have been exposed. 22 wickets have fallen so far. Dowrich was the only person who crossed 50 in the first innings and Kieran Powell ended the day with 64 not out. Dowrich batted for a mammoth 468 minutes. At least it feels huge considering the amount of time batsmen spend batting nowadays. The other person who I think deserves an applause is Devendra Bishoo. Both of them ground the bowlers into submission. We saw how West Indies played when they visited England. I wonder how the current crop of English bowlers will fare against Windies in Windies.
I am experimenting with the way I present the data and analysis graphically. In this match I am incorporating the end of day’s play into the results of I may end up using this style as it produces more movement in the graphs even though the results for that will be meaningless. It will have a negative impact from the second match onwards. I have a solution in mind but will use it in the next match. Below is the results of my Index. Windies are already higher than the score that England had after their first test. According to WinViz; Windies have an 87% chance of winning. I think that the number may be higher. They may declare once Powell gets to his century or gets out. Sri Lanka may end up needing 400 odd runs off possibly 160 overs. The run rate of 2.5 runs seems achievable. Will they be able to survive two days though,
The graph below is the performance of the Windies and Sri Lanka within the context of the game.
If the trend of this test match continues then in two days time my Test XI will change completely. I am reasonably sure that Dowrich will make it to the team but at whose expense? I have been using Buttler as a Wicket Keeper because neither Baristow or Sarfaraz were good enough. Speaking of Wicket Keeping; The standards have been high.
I am looking forward to the matches in the Caribbean. Then again it is not that those of us who love Test matches have a choice. I have to stress that I do not consider white ball cricket as the evil incarnate. My issue is that there is too much of limited overs cricket and this has made batsmen less patient and bowlers less attacking. As for me I will be putting my Pimms away and taking my Angostura rum out and getting a nice supply of Coke. Diet of course as I do not want to pay the extra sugar tax.