Friday, July 10, 2020

amidst Covid 19 ruins, Test Cricket is back ! ~ Jason Holder takes 6 for !!


Strange are the ways of people !

The UK government missed its target of returning all covid-19 tests in England within 24 hours by the end of June, according to data published today. UK Prime minister Boris Johnson set the target in parliament on 3 June, saying that all covid-19 tests would be returned within 24 hours by the end of the month. But the latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show that only 54.9 per cent of people who were tested for covid-19 within communities in the week ending 1 July received their test results within 24 hours, although the number meeting the 24-hour time limit did rise from 41.3 per cent in the previous week. The figures include home tests, as well as those performed at regional testing sites, mobile testing units and satellite testing centres across England.

The number of coronavirus infections outside of hospitals and care homes in England has fallen slightly, according to the latest provisional results from a random swab testing survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Yet the numbers are no small – total no. of Coronavirus Cases: 287,621p; Deaths: 44,602

And at this crucial juncture, England is keen on ensuring flow of money through sports – yes, football and now Cricket is happening.  A Cricket Test being played after India New Zealand test in Mar 2020 – now on at Southampton from July 8, 2020 between touring West Indies and England.   Usually, when we think fast bowling, we think speed. More so when we think Caribbean fast bowling. Holder is the tallest fast bowler in Test cricket. He is strong. Yet he is not quick. And so the perception builds about him, that he's somehow lesser.

Southampton is a city in Hampshire, South East England, 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London.   A major port, and close to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water, at the confluence of the River Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south.   The Port of Southampton is a passenger and cargo port in the central part of the south coast of England. The modern era in the history of the Port of Southampton began when the first dock was inaugurated in 1843. The port has been owned and operated by Associated British Ports since 1982, and is the busiest cruise terminal and second largest container port in the UK.

Southampton ticked the boxes on the ECB’s list of criteria, which required venues to have the ability to turn into ‘island sites’ during matches. There is perimeter and access control; it is a custom-built standalone venue away from the main city. There is plenty of space for medical screening and testing facilities, isolation areas and car parking. It also packs in indoor and outdoor practice facilities. In short, players can be ‘locked down’ inside the complex with almost all their needs met, apart from the urge to step out, that is. Of course, it was not  easy for Hampshire to put everything together.   But it was very important for cricket in England that they started  playing again.

The West Indies cricket squad landed in England,  completed its 14-day isolation period in England on 22.6.2020.  The tourists have been in quarantine at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground and adjoining hotel since arriving in Britain on 9 June. They started their  first warmup game on Tuesday, as England’s 30-man training group too started  at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and were  tested for COVID-19 on arrival along with the management team.

Old Trafford is England’s second oldest test venue and one of the most renowned.  It was the venue for the first ever Ashes test to be held in England in July 1884. In 1956, the first 10-wicket haul in a single innings was achieved by England bowler Jim Laker who achieved bowling figures of 19 wickets for 90 run.

Now the action began and the scorecard reads : West Indies 57 for 1 (Brathwaite 20*, Hope 3*) trail England 204 (Stokes 43, Holder 6-42, Gabriel 4-62) by 147 runs

West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best haul of 6 for 42 to roll England for 204 at the Ageas Bowl, before their top order saw them through to the close one wicket down.  While it would prove to be Holder's day, it was Gabriel who made the early breakthroughs after Rory Burns and Joe Denly had come through the first half hour. Denly was the first to go, his stumps splattered as a vicious nip-backer burst through a hefty gap between bat and pad and crashed into the top of off. Then, after hanging the ball outside Burns' off stump from round the wicket, Gabriel fired one in full at his pads, striking him in front of leg stump. Richard Kettleborough concluded it was missing leg stump, but Holder disagreed and was vindicated by a successful review.

In reply, England bowled with good pace but failed to make as many breakthroughs as they would have hoped. Anderson was the most threatening bowler. Three times he wrapped John Campbell on the pad and had him given lbw; on the first two occasions, Richard Illingworth's decision was overturned as the ball had pitched outside the leg stump, but on the third, the on-field call was upheld.

With so many decisions going for a review, Umpiring is either poor or biased ! – the interesting fact is amidst all ruins of Covid 19, Test Cricket is now on.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
10.7.2020


No comments:

Post a Comment