England v Windies: Watch pick of first day's action at Lord's

Ruben Hill
September 8, 2017

When bad light eventually ended play, England had slumped to 46 for four in reply to West Indies' seemingly mediocre 123 all out - a deficit of 77 runs - with the three-match series all square at 1-1.

Delivering the MCC Spirit of cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord's on Tuesday, Lara said the team "played the game in a way it should never, ever be played", and cited an example when Holding kicked over the stumps during a series against New Zealand in 1980. Yet within a couple of years, Anderson had been relegated to the role of a "net bowler" with England, delivering countless balls at cones in practice sessions.

Ben Stokes went for a record £1.7m in the Indian Premier League auction earlier this year but his latest star turn for England is further evidence he is rapidly becoming a priceless commodity for his country.

"The way he [Woakes] has played over the previous year or so and [being] such a focal point of our team it is hard to look past that", he said.

Instead, they will stick to the approach which served them so well as they bounced back in Leeds from their first-Test trouncing at Edgbaston.

"We've been building a great camaraderie in the dressing room. players are happy for each other's success".

Even after the fourth day of a match of fluctuating fortunes, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain - a former Essex team-mate of West Indies coach Stuart Law - said the tourists were flagging because the physical demands of a Test match were greater than that of Twenty20 cricket.

England skipper Joe Root feels that Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones' knowledge of Lord's gives him the edge over Chris Woakes for the third Test. "There's plenty of cricket to be played over the rest of the summer".

A long-feared stress fracture sidelined him for most of 2006 but come the end of 2007, with the 2005 attack all sidelined, Anderson was the leader of England's bowling unit.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes on TMS: "We've still got to score runs to try to get ahead of them but I think it is going to be one of those wickets where there is going to be periods of playing and missing and not being able to score too much".

In contrast, Essex batsman Tom Westley has struggled since a successful debut in the same match, scoring just 19 in his last three innings at No3.

Root added: "Nobody knows his game as well as he does". He's a smart young man and he'll be desperate to prove a point and put some big runs on the board this week'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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