34th plus: New Zealand 87-3 (Latham 33, Taylor 6) England would love to have Taylor early as he is someone who can score quickly, as evidenced by excellent additional coverage for four later. Robinson pulls its length back as a result and rips one past the edge. Lovely answer.
“Has anyone seen a splitscreen of Ollie Robinson and Josh Hazlewood bowling?” says Gary Naylor. “The more I see the Sussex bully, the more I think of the Australian err … bully.”
Hazlewood is a little faster, right? But otherwise it’s an excellent comparison: forensic precision, sharp bounce, sewing motion, and a hint of malevolence.
34th plus: New Zealand 81-3 (Latham 32, Taylor 1) There is an urgency in New Zealand’s hitting that was not evident last night, so perhaps my assumption of a draw was premature. I can think of a particular precedent. But it’s really not easy to score quickly in this field. Broad beats Latham with a dazzling delivery and then has him dropped by crawley in midwicket, a strong two-handed opportunity to his right. Broad has had no luck at all in this game.
“I can live with the hitter,” says Adrian Goldman. “What I can’t live with is that in science, sulfate is now the expected spelling, not sulfate. Beyond the dismay: practically the end of civilization as we know it. “
I’ll see your sulfate and upload you T20 score cards that have point balls instead of maidens. It is cultural vandalism. What the hell is 2-4-12-1 supposed to mean?
33rd over: New Zealand 80-3 (Latham 32, Taylor 0) In the history of test cricket there have been 3,054 debuts, but none resemble Ollie Robinson’s: 42 runs, seven cheap wickets and a public embarrassment. He loses his line at the end of the lap, throwing a delivery down the side of the leg for four byes. James Bracey was pretty gutted because he wasn’t called wide.
SHUTTER! New Zealand 74-3 (Wagner c Bracey b Robinson 10)
A third wicket for Ollie Robinson. Wagner, hit by a couple of good short balls, threw a hook miles into the air and was quietly caught by James Bracey.
32nd plus: New Zealand 72-2 (Latham 31, Wagner 10) Stuart Broad has a chance to pitch Neil Wagner, who fired him yesterday and celebrated with a flushed flourish. Wide appeals for LBW’s first ball, but it was falling off the angle. Wagner then breaks two boundaries, a flash up and over the cordon and a majestic move across the middle of the street. I’d love to hear Broad’s internal monologue right now.
“This fuss comes up regularly,” says John Starbuck. “’Batter’ is, he agreed, both an Americanism (through the English invention of baseball) and a mixture of flour, milk and egg. But think about what could happen if we used ‘bowlsman’ as the standard. If we can do it with one essential element of cricket, we can do it with the other. Also, notice the ambiguities of ‘tone’ and ‘window’, which vary greatly depending on the context. Language is meant to be fluent. “
Final 31: New Zealand 62-2 (Latham 30, Wagner 2) Ollie Robinson will open the bowling alley, a reward for his forensic excellence last night. He switches over and over the wicket to Latham, giving him precisely no chance to score. Therefore, it is a maiden.
“The OED has instances of ‘batter’ that is used In relation to cricket, it goes back about 200 years, so it is not unprecedented, ”says Andrew Cosgrove. “Besides, you don’t talk about a ‘bowlsman’, are you? Anyway, do you think England is capable of hitting two sessions for a draw? ”
I do i do. A collapse would not surprise me, but I think it is unlikely, especially as there is likely to be one of the two rain outages.
This is a majestic piece by Andy Bull, with a particularly brilliant introduction.
“I am more and more dismayed for the use of the term ‘batter’ in cricket, ”says Ben Carter. “All the commentators are doing it. The term is BATSMAN. Are they all coordinated by someone telling them what to say? “
Yes, last month, Mother Cricket gave her 475 children a collective attack for our sexist terminology. Seriously though, with everything else going on in the world right now, is a language change designed to increase inclusion really worthy of dismay? I can understand thinking it’s a bit clumsy, not that I necessarily agree, but consternation, I can’t allow it.
The draws are back in town. Today, all other things being equal, England will draw their third consecutive Test at home for the first time since the late 1980s. And while that’s mostly due to the weather, it also reflects a different approach and increased endurance under Chris Silverwood. Bayliss-era England could have thrown in the towel when they slipped to 140-for-six; instead, Rory Burns and Ollie Robinson (with bat and ball) stopped New Zealand’s momentum to such an extent that they ended the day by dragging two over the top.
New Zealand will resume with 62 for two, a 165 lead. With a maximum of 98 overs to the bowl, they could still force victory on an increasingly uneven pitch. But with a forecast of rain, meteorological type rather than medium order, that seems unlikely. Madame de Stael said that you have to choose in life between boredom and suffering. England politely requests a dull last day.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism