Jimmy Anderson will steam in once again in a few minutes, his 26th Test match here at Lord’s. Remarkable.
Imagine being him right now. Imagine…
Dean Kinsella has the first email to plop into the inbox and he’s feeling strange.
“The first morning of the first test of summer and that old flippity-flop feeling in my belly. A feeling of…. is it hope?”
It could well be Dean.
FYI it has gone a little bit cloudy at Lord’s, I’m saying no more than that. Other than that Broad (complete with headband) and Anderson are bowling some warm-up deliveries on the outfield.
Andy Bull gets stuck in:
There are about 15 minutes until the start of play. Time for you to get stuck into a bit of pre-match reading. Here’s Ali on the new dawn …
England will start with the ball in hand and we’ll get an early look at Test debutant and gun bowler of the early knockings of the County Championship – Matty Potts.
A nice touch from a blazer-less Stokes at the toss
England: Crawley, Lees, Pope, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Foakes, Potts, Leach, Broad, Anderson.
New Zealand: Latham, Young, Williamson, Conway, Mitchell, Blundell, de Grandhomme, Southee, Jamieson, Patel, Boult.
A New Dawn Has Broken Has it Not?
Things can only get better?!
Hello and welcome to Lord’s for the first day of the first Test of the summer. It’s a glorious day in north-west London, sun glinting off the orange-hued pavilion, light breeze rustling the inner city oaks. A perfect day to get cracking on a red-ball reset to end all red-ball resets.
It’s time for the Baz n’ Ben (and Bob) show to begin. It should be fun.
Jim here at HQ to take you through the first part of the day, I can currently see the England players going through their warm-ups in their muted-grey Squid-Game inspired tracksuits. Hopefully the next five days will be slightly less bloody than that. Their opponents, New Zealand, are good, very good; the current world Test champions, albeit they are currently a little undercooked. Still, England have only won once in the last 177 Test outings. But it’s a new dawn, a new day and I’m feeling … nervous, but optimistic.
On the way in to the ground this morning I passed Kane Williamson having a net and Sir Alastair Cook got into my lift up to the media centre. Make of that what you will – but I’m taking it as a sure sign it is a batting morning … from my elevated but idiot’s perspective, the pitch looks to be custard-coloured but flecked with a tinge of green.
I’ll bring news of the toss and teams (we already know England’s and their batting order) as soon as. Time to hit the coffee stand and tool up. Do get in touch on email or on the twitters, there’s plenty to discuss.