England, as they say, are in a spot of bother this morning. India won the toss and elected to have a bowl, taking five early wickets. Strauss, Cook, Trott, Morgan, and Pieterson: all gone. It is now down to Prior and Bell to pull it out of the fire.
A 50 over partnership would take them through the rest of the day and would actually make it, maybe, England’s day. But the way that ball is seaming, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw India’s openers before close of play.
I was unable to watch any of the game this morning. The alarm went off at 4:45am and my brain was immediately in full defensive mode: that is not happening, it said, we are sleeping for another hour. And so I did. There will be plenty of time for cricket viewing over the weekend.
Well, down goes Prior. One run off of a four balls. England are no longer in a spot of bother, England are in whole heaps of mountains of real trouble.
The replacement Sreesanth has taken three today. It’s a pitch for the seamers, I guess.
And that’s that from this end. Hopefully my work day will go better than England’s has. Until Monday.