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I’m getting some more emails coming in, but can I really keep going after the brilliance below? I feel like this is the natural place to let this lovely rain-soaked day come to rest. Inspection: the dream within the dream.
Here’s the Guardian interactive World Cup standings, on your way out.
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And I’ve got to give points for competing to Brendan Large, who also gets points for having a name like a British sketch comedy character.
@GeoffLemonSport Here ya go pic.twitter.com/6vYuG2q6uI
Now this is a bold new foray into Erasmus Land. One of the lesser-known Faraway Tree destinations. Neeraj just casually knocking it out in five minutes. Star.
Here you go @GeoffLemonSport. The best I could come up with in 5 mins. 'Inspection'. #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/duSNIwKEz7
Oooooh. Sharad has really upped the game with this alternate poster use.
#ICCWorldCup2019 #IndvsNZ here you go! pic.twitter.com/OA6V7fHpE2
Oh yes. This is exactly what was called for. Aditya is first cab off the rank.
@GeoffLemonSport Here you go. pic.twitter.com/JOGuUEtseD
To go back to Jack’s question from earlier, this abandonment isn’t really worth anything to the Kiwis at all. It gets them one point, which can be handy for teams that need a tie-breaker to qualify for a semi-final. But New Zealand already have a vastly better net run rate than anyone in the tournament, so if they do end up level on points then it’s a win for the Land of the Long White Cloud.
As for India, they miss out on a chance to go three from three, and slot in right behind En Zed at the head of the table. For now the Indians have five points, sitting third behind Australian and ahead of England. It’s a handy point for them, but they would have backed themselves to beat New Zealand, and they would have enjoyed the workout against another strong team after knocking off the Aussies in London last weekend.
David Malcom emails in some classic journo war stories.
“I go way back to the days of uncovered wickets. All the old guys used to talk about how it produced exciting cricket. But it also meant hanging around for hours waiting for the pitch to dry out. I remember covering as a young reporter Northants v the New Zealand tourists in the early 1970s when it was a lovely sunny day from early morning and there was no play until 3pm because of fussy umpires. Gave me time for a good interview with Richard Hadlee but really pissed off spectators.
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Our Club Captain went to the city of Querétaro last night. He had a cricket meeting with interested parties at 7pm. By 8pm he had gotten us 100 players and a cricket ground that we had had down the back of the sofa all along and didn't know about.
The inevitable announcement comes through, and the match has been abandoned. New Zealand and India will share points.
Jack Jorgensen is an Australian living in southwest England, and writes in with some sensible meteorology. “The average rainfall figures are misleading. You want to consider average days of rain > 1mm. This is more useful as Australian rain in March is likely more intense, leading to less time actually raining. By my reckoning Sydney has 9.9 such days in March on average, and London 7.4. So whilst London has half as much average rainfall in volume, it’s likely spread out across more days, and hence the chance of rain affecting the play is not all that different. PS: thoughts on how happy this washout might make the Kiwis?”
Quite so. But if the chance of rain is not all that different, it still derails the rather silly argument that we shouldn’t play cricket in England, the place where it was invented, in June, the month where more of it has been played than any other.
And a couple more ticket price emails, which have some very useful detail. Thanks everyone. Starting with Andrew Cosgrove.
“Prices for tickets were in line with perceived demand, so the most expensive matches were those involving England, India and Pakistan. On the other hand, I don’t think Ind vs Pak was any more expensive than Eng vs Anyone. There were about four bands of prices, with the lower one being cheap - tickets for £18 were available, mostly for games involving Afghanistan or Bangladesh. It doesn’t seem that unreasonable. India vs Pakistan was the most oversubscribed sporting event in this country since the 2012 Olympics, making the tickets cheaper just would have made it carnage.”
And that umpire inspection has led to an announcement of another umpire inspection, at 3pm. Layers within layers.
Wait, wasn’t Inspection that movie with di Caprio and Joseph Gordon Levitt?
Some ticket correspondence.
@GeoffLemonSport India matches are the most expensive. India vs Australia - Gold Tickets on official website was £150 while West Indies vs Sri Lanka - Gold Tickets are priced at £40.
@GeoffLemonSport I paid £70 a ticket for England vs South Africa and £40 a ticket for England vs Bangladesh, both in the Bronze tier. It doesn't surprise me that Indian fans are getting done over
It’s time for another exciting episode of Umpire Walk, the show where umpires wander about and poke the ground with umbrellas. It’s all rather Lady Bracknell, prodding something with your brolly tip to see if it’s working or express your displeasure. Now they’re meeting with a delegation of ground staff to discuss the terms of their surrender. We’ve shifted narratives, now Tyrion Lannister may be involved.
In other cricketing news, England’s women are taking on the West Indies down at Chelmsford. So there’s no rain (at the moment) out Essex way. Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones are off to a good start, they’re 40 without loss in the 10th over. But it looks like it might rain there soon, too.
Beaumont has made 61 and 32 so far in this series, and Jones 18 and 91. So they’ll both be keen to stay out there as long as possible.
“Welcome Geoff,” writes Sreekanth Nandakumar, who is very kind to do so. “Am I the only Indian fan who hope the India-Pakistan match is abandoned due to rain ? The ICC has been charging exorbitant prices for all the India matches, especially the Pakistan one. If it is abandoned, they will be at least three quarters out of pocket which will give me absolute happiness. The UK government have even increased the visa price to the UK from Europe to around 230 Euros from 100 Euros two years back, which is insane. It is only around 20 euros to fly from Brussels/Cologne to London. Normal fans have been abandoned and I see that the rain gods are not happy with that.”
This is an interesting point. I didn’t realise that the ticket prices had spiked for specific games at this tournament. If anyone else has experience of this, let me know about it. What have you paid for tickets, officially? How did it vary by match? What have you paid for tickets from scalpers / touts? Drop me an email or a tweet.
For context on rainy venues, here are Ric Finlay’s numbers referring to Australia’s most recent World Cup.
Aver June rain for #WorldCup2019 venues (mm):71 Manchester66 Taunton64 Cardiff60 Bristol59 Birmingham54 Leeds52 Nottingham, Chester-le-Street50 Southampton, London
Aver March rain for #WorldCup2015 venues (mm):110 Brisbane109 Sydney 87 Auckland 85 Wellington 79 Hamilton 71 Nelson 67 Napier 64 Dunedin 51 Canberra 41 Melbourne 39 Hobart 27 Adelaide 20 Perth
“Afternoon Geoff,” writes Simon McMahon. “In the absence of any actual cricket, I’m getting my summer reading list in order, and so have just ordered a copy of ‘Steve Smith’s Men’, written coincidentally by someone with the same name as your good self. Any idea if it’s any good?”
Simon, all I can tell say is that the man in a charlatan of the highest order. I don’t know him but I don’t trust him. I certainly don’t trust a word he wrote. Also I believe that e-book sales give him a better royalty than paper copies, but also that giving physical books as gifts is a fine way to express love or friendship.
What has particularly interested me over the last week or so is how angry some people are at the fact that it’s raining. Lots of comments about how this is all the ICC’s fault or England’s fault or someone’s fault, and that the World Cup should never have been staged here, or should have been at a different time of year, or something. The interesting part is that every cricket country has rain, and washouts, and abandonments. I seem to recall sitting through a lot of rained out Tests over Boxing Day and the New Year’s week in Melbourne and Sydney. A lot of two-session days in Sri Lanka. The 2016 World T20 in India, where they played that blockbuster against Pakistan at what felt like midnight after delaying and delaying a rain-affected start in Kolkata. That was after a decision a week or so earlier to move the match from Dharamsala, where I was stationed, and where I can attest that we saw more than our share of Himalayan rain, deluges, and a massive hailstorm that blocked the roads in and out of town for a night.
So, yes. Rain. It happens. Sometimes more and sometimes less than others. Maybe English grounds could look at covering their whole outfields though, so we could have got some play during the reprieves on a day like this. The rain seems to have stopped, incidentally. But even if we had full ground covers today, I can’t see that we could have got more than about 20 overs in so far.
It’s testament to the hardy types that cricket attracts that there are any people still at the ground. Surely this is going to be a washout. The umpires had two hour-long delays to try to give the ground time to dry while it wasn’t raining. Now it’s raining all over that ground again. And yet the stands are a good portion full of optimistic souls in outdoor wear, wandering about with hoods up, chatting and eating their snacks and listening to a playlist that has obviously been lifted from a mid-popularity fast fashion store. Bless your dreams, all of you.
Hello all. Today, we are all Virat Kohli in a beanie, leaning out of a window looking sad and cold. Who would want Virat to be sad? Monsters. But one cannot reason with weather. We drove up from Taunton to Nottingham last night through hours of teeming motorway rain, a real Douglas Adams sequence of different types of downpour. And here we are, with Type 72 (misting persistent drizzle that makes you much wetter than it has any right to by volume) causing a mushrooming of umbrellas all through the stands.
And that, my friends, is me done. Thank you for making the last five hours fly by with your emails. Sure, we haven’t seen a ball bowled. And yes, we’re all very frustrated. But I hope we’ve learned a thing or two about drones along the way. What more could one want? For the next stint, I wish Geoff Lemon, to my right, good health and dry weather. Talk to you all again over the weekend. Bye!
“A genuine query,” in from Avitaj Mitra. “With the washouts so far (and the potential for more in future), I’d say it’s not beyond the realms of impossibility to assume that two teams might end up with identical records. (Even the NRR might be same). Say this is the case for the 4th spot. Which team progresses in that case? (Before you say head to head result, what if the match between those two teams was also washed out?) A pretty little dilemma for the ICC, eh?”
If my decade in politics taught me one thing, whenever you go through a process like this, eventually, at some stage, you end up drawing lots. This might be that.
This is a pretty cool radar type thing. Thanks to John Morrissey, who emailed it through earlier. It reads: “Light rain stopping in 20 min., starting again 25 min. later.” Rinse and repeat.
Some pot pouri, shall we.
“By the time England and Wales’s turn comes around again for the CWC,” begins John Starnuck, “meteorologists might have got even better at long-term forecasts. Not that this would necessarily be taken into account; after all, who would schedule a tour of Sri Lanka during the monsoon season? Oh. Still, built-in reserve days, plus possible extensions to a day’s play to 10pm would still be worth it.”
Semi-heavily. Actually, upgrade that to quite heavily. We aren’t far away from Geoff Lemon taking the baton at Trent Bridge, would you believe. I’ll get through as many emails as I can before that special ceremony takes place.
“Thanks for your perseverance!” Thanks for being part of it, William Stenhouse. “I just saw that the women’s one day is at The CloudFM County Ground, so that seems apt. Still, you can multitask and OBO both of them.”
Like playing two pianos, it can be done but I wouldn’t advise it. Whenver I think of the CloudFM, I wonder whether one day we can get the HatFM County Ground.
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I said that we were moving on from roof chat, and we are. But I can’t resist this from Tom Carver. “Tor Turner is on the right track but not quite there. What they need is a stadium sized one of these. Apparently Harrow school in Beijing has one over its sports fields (to keep the air pollution out), so they must come in fairly large sizes.”
Hold on. You’re telling me the answer might be... a BIODOME?! Pauly Shore, at last it is your time to shine again.
The big covers are off again. Yep. You better believe it.
A lot of angry emails about rain and England and so on. Evidently last year was the outlier and it is normally very wet in June here. I suppose they could have played this in August and the Ashes in June? Alternatively, they might ban England from hosting it in 20 years from now when it is next their turn. Given broadcasters are now likely to miss an Indian fixture, you couldn’t rule that out.
“Following the Guarding OBO for quite some time now, have to say its really entertaining especially when the weather is like this.” Thanks, Kshitij Sikawar in Delhi. We’re giving it our best. “We want reserve days!”
A good time to return to drones and tarps, then. Ian Forth is with me but doesn’t want to “enter the Beefy phase of my life and grumble to anyone who’ll listen.” Lucky, then, that we have solutions.
Tor Turner has just travelled from Manchester to London and “can confirm it was raining every place the train passed through,” which is far from ideal. It’s given him time to think, though. “In terms of roofs, inflatable ones would be the way to go. I know it sounds weird but stay with me.” Oh, don’t worry, I’m with you.
Of course it is. Within five minutes of the inspection announcement, all the covers are on again. This is the heaviest it has been since 10:15am, I’m afraid.
I’m not even going to say it this time. And guess what: it’s dark again, too.
I must say, your emails today are outstanding. There are a lot of them, so please don’t be angry with me if they don’t all get the attention they deserve.
“Any mathematicians out there?” asks Ian Forth. “Is a compressed game likely to have a disproportionate effect on a net run rate?”
More grounds that rock your world that aren’t talked about so often. Garry Sharp loves Adelaiade for the nocturnal reasons - don’t we all. Great night out, especially since they liberalised their laneways. He’s also fond of Sophia Gardens. “Just the perfect sized stadium. And that Welsh warmth.” Also the scene of Shane Watson’s final Test Match, let’s not forget. The place was heaving that day.
Back in the middle, all the big covers are off and only the hovercraft is left. More importantly: the darkest clouds seem to have lifted. It’s still overcast but no longer deathly. No formal word quite yet on when the inspection will be, however.
On that same theme, from Andrew Cosgrove. “I haven’t been to too many grounds, but I’d agree with you that the Basin is my favourite. And obvious. Aside from that, I love that Sophia Gardens is slap-bang in the middle of the city, and just a short walk along the River Taff from the railway station (and it’s a lovely walk). Hagley Oval is less convenient, but a great place to watch cricket; it feels like you’re watching a Test match on your local park.”
Yes and yes. Cardiff because they sing Bread of Heaven over and over, which really gets me fired up and wishing I tapped more into my Welsh family history. Hagley Oval for the reasons you state. Geoff and I were there in January 2016 when Brendon McCullum smashed his 54-ball ton, to break the record in his final Test Match. I was on radio commentary for 20 minutes when he moved from 40 to 82. He made the next 18 runs in the next five balls. Special city. Love Christchurch.
A nice note from Eoin in Dublin on an earlier topic. “Always love the OBO, especially when it’s raining...saves me from having to do some work. On the subject of favourite cricket grounds, there are so many beautiful ones around the world. Adelaide, Basin Reserve, Newlands, Eden Gardens etc. The Himachal Pradesh ground at Dharamasala is spectacular, but for all that, my favourite ground I’ve ever been to is the old Rec in Antigua. Full of noise and colour as you sat there in the sun with a gentle breeze, drinking a beer, looking out over the Caribbean and watching the Windies play a test match. Such a shame it’s gone. What a way to spend a few days.”
Great nomination. Both times I’ve toured Antigua have led to me spending hours there in repeat visits. Last November, this brought a lovely moment. Out the back, they still have the food stalls and so on. I pulled up at one to grab some lunch at the front bench. A couple of bites in I look up and who is sitting next to me but Sir Curtly Ambrose. “He always drops in when home,” the boss told me after he left.
I feel like we’re being gaslit by the covers. Which, sure enough, after coming off again. Just the big ones. Can’t wait to tell you in about 20 minutes that there is going to be an inspection at 1:30pm. Mark my words.
Back to my idea, [Ted Hastings] now we’re cooking with gas [/Ted Hastings].
Ben Finn to open the batting, from the many emails I’ll try and get through on the topic. “Here is my suggestion: in the event of washout-threateningly dreadful weather forecasts such as today, there could be an army of drones, tethered to the stadium, attached to some kind enormous tarpaulin. Arranged in a circle with one in the middle that would fly highest to allow runoff, these drones take flight and hoist the tarp above the entire ground. This could play havoc withlateral movement of the ball, so once in place, the roof would have to remain for the duration of the match, much like on Centre Court. What could possibly go wrong (provided the ground is not near an airport)? Thank you for your entertaining World Cup coverage in all conditions!”
“Morning Adam.” Brian Withington, always a pleasure. “I was intrigued to read about your motor home journey from Taunton to Nottingham last night. I have visions of you pluckily criss-crossing the country and ‘freedom parking’ in side roads by the grounds, eking out your frugal Guardian daily allowance with a bag of chips and reading a well worn Wisden by street light.”
It’s actually the bus of two colleagues doing pretty much as you suggest, Gav Joshi and Bharat Sundaresan, two of the very best people in all the cricket world.
Long day yesterday as @beastieboy07 and I were joined by @collinsadam and @GeoffLemonSport on #wcuponwheels. Plus we catch up with @CricketNSWBlues young gun Param Uppal at the #AUSvPAK game in Taunton. #CWC19https://t.co/DwK3WWPZzb
“Just reading your blog and notice you are recommending the Trent Bridge Inn to hunker down in while rain ruins play,” Chris Slade begins, with a reference to coffee in the subject line, which I’m looking forward to. “If it’s a little too early for some of your readers to be on the sauce then I can highly recommend the excellent coffee served by Okende in West Bridgford. It’s a great little speciality coffee shop that has recently opened up and is run by two young entrepreneurs.”
Consider it recommended. I’m going to send Ben Jones out to grab me a flattie.
@collinsadam different competition but Somerset and Lancs had their quarter final reserve day washed out in the T20 once. They had a bowl-out indoors.
Out come the big covers. You couldn’t make this up because WHY WOULD YOU? YOU WOULDN’T. There are only about six umbrellas up. Maybe ten. It can’t be more than a spinkle. But, once again, it’s enough to halt the process.
“I am Jeremy Flint enjoying your coverage in sunny and warm Manila.” Hello Jeremy. Don’t rub it in, man. “Perhaps you could share on the feed what would happen if both the scheduled day and the reserve day are washed out during the knockout stage. It does not seem an unlikely outcome does it?”
Taking a quick sample of those sitting near me, we agree that it must be points in the group stage. I’ll check this out when I see somebody wearing an ICC uniform. “Do you know what happens if the Reserve Day of the Final is washed out?” CricViz’s Ben Jones asks from the seat next to me. “They share the trophy.”
You know the drill by now. Just as it was at 10:30am and 11:30am: if there is no more rain, there will be an inspection at 12:30pm. Cue the rain then, right?
“Thanks for the OBO and to you and Geoff for the daily pod,” begins Tanya Wintringham. “You guys must be wired/knackered.” Something like that. We hitched a ride in a motor home last night. And thank you; we’re having a great time. Geoff will be along later for the second innings, provided we get that far.
“With any luck Lockie will take 5 for 32, with back up from Trent who hasn’t had a lot of luck/success in the last couple. Hopefully we will have learned to coordinate our outfield catching since the last game. We can then go on to find some proper batting form outside the Taylor/Williamson run out collective.”I’m very keen to interview Lockie Ferguson before the end of the tournament. I need to know the backstory behind the fan (family member? girlfriend?) who was dancing around in his official CWC19 jumper when making the winning runs against Bangladesh. I have an unhealthy obsession with cricket jumpers, which helps explain my delight in this photo wearing Zimbabwe’s from 1992.
I’m not sure if I should even tell you this and raise hopes... but in the interests of transparency, the big covers are off once more. Don’t take this as a sign of anything while it is so dark and unleasant. Let’s do the pitch inspection dance again.
“Work,” emails Ryan Bennett-Barlow. “Absolute belter of a song.” Too right. I saw Charlotte play last year and she’s the everything. “A rather optimistic New Zealander hoping it clears up to continue the run of silky cricket our boys have been playing; if it doesn’t at least I now have an absolutely wonderful tune from Charlotte Day Wilson in my head for the rest of the day.” Now I’m smiling.
Calling all gamers. Cricket 19 is here. I had a brief look at it during the England kit launch before this World Cup. In that mock-up, Glenn Maxwell was batting at Lord’s in a Test. I conclude that this is clearly a game conceived in my dreams.
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I’m after an engineer. During the week, I’ve been arguing on our daily WC pod that there must be a way to erect some sort of temporary tarp over a cricket ground. I’m not saying that this is an easy fix but is it not worth having a conversation about? This is what Chris Meister is referring to below. Maybe what I’m after is an Ideas Person rather than an engineer. Both, ideally. If you’re it, email me.
Just ask @collinsadam how this can be done https://t.co/DzFkWDRS4t
It’s not a pretty view at Trent Bridge today. Brollies remain up, every cover in place. Nothing torrential but just enough to frustrate any hope of, well, anything.
Although, as Rohit Singh notes, “it is possible if you really try” to play in the wet.
“Good to meet you today morning Adam!” writes member of the OBO fam, Gaurav Jindal. It just happened to be that we met at breakfast at the AirBnb we were both staying at, Gaurav having made the trip from Mumbai to watch the Men in Blue. He also sent me the photo he took of us together, which serves as a fairly abrupt reminder that I’m not 25 anymore. Not at 7am after four hours of kip, anyway.
“Why did the infernally infuriating Steve Waugh refer to Hardik Pandya as the next Lance Klusener?” ponders Amod Paranjape. “I hold you responsible for this.”
Speaking of Lance, we have him on the 1999 World Cup pod next week and it’s fair to say he still plays all his shots. The next ep is with Andy Flower on Zimbabwe and might be the best interview we’ve ever done across two series. Great man.
Remember what I said an hour ago about there being an inspection if no further rain at 10:30am? We just had the very same message from the ICC for 11:30am. The problem, from my vantage point, is that it’s now very gloomy overhead.
Oh, and as I was about to hit send the big covers are coming on again with umbrellas up and all the rest. Yep, the rain is back. Not heavy, but enough.
“Console yourself with the fact that there’s a rare AFL Thursday morning game on,” writes my best Eurovision friend (he has other traits too), Matthew Woolston. “AFL straight into a India vs NZ T20 smash-up. The dream.”
Speaking of 2017, it’s a replay of that year’s Grand Final: Adelaide vs Richmond. The cricket link is that they’re playing at Adelaide Oval, which was repurposed as an AFL ground about five years ago. My favourite of all the cricket grounds.
I’m not going to get carried away... but the the covers on the square are being removed. That was a nasty little storm half an hour ago, so we’ve got some waiting to do yet. Then again, I just received a text from former Blackcap Simon Doull, who is on TV comms today and would have good intel. He’s not optimistic.
But we’ll plough on in any case. Need some cheering up? We had Matthew Engel with us at Taunton yesterday and it was lovely to see him. He punched out 800 of the best at stumps about Somerset then and now, which I strongly recommend.
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The county championship rolls on. Tanya Aldred’s blog is a must.
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“Only one thing to do now,” suggests Gurminder Chera. “Find a pub and set up camp.” I had a similarly-themed email from John Starbuck, recommending the Trent Bridge Inn. It’s a pub I know well. Not on this tour, though. I worked out yesterday that I’ve had five pints since opening day. Five. I’m no boozehound (promise), but I can’t remember the last 15-day stretch where I’ve been so anti-social. I feel this is enough of a link to pop in my favourite song of 2017.
The heavy rain has stopped. But it continues to spit. All the covers remain firmly on, though, which suggests the ground staff are expecting more to hit soon. Sigh.
“Do you really think that’s Kane Williamson in the commercial?” I’m just the copy/paste guy with that. But yes, I’m sure David wouldn’t mind me correcting the record that the Blackcap in the advert is, indeed, Grant Elliott - not Kane. They should name one of the second-tier domestic T20 comps after GE one day.
I’m sorry to report. Truly sorry.
“Over here in NZ with the Kiwis,” begins David Perkins. “They’re pretty level headed about the whole thing. But worst aspect (worse even than naming approach for all their sports teams) is one of the banks trying to drum up local fan support as the pyjarmy army. The advert featuring Kane W is as bad as you would imagine.”
Let’s dig it out, shall we?
“This World Cup is spoiled by rain gods and you have been splendid in its apt coverage,” gushes Mahendra Killedar. I’ll gush back on behalf of all of us: why, thank you. The OBO is a joy when operating every day through a major tournament, rain or otherwise. “Whilst we are at it, how about renaming this blog to DBD? Drop By Drop!”
If this keeps up, we might have to. But I’m maintaining the positive energy about today’s prospects. We might here here until 9pm, but I reckon we’re getting on.
Official update from the ICC in the press box: “if there is no further rain, the umpires will inspect the pitch at 10:30am.” As we received that news there was a roar around Trent Bridge from the Indian faithful as the hovercraft was removed. It reveals a nice, fresh pitch. Delicious.
“Are you allowed to comment on the ICC’s disgraceful slapping down of Michael Holding?” asks Gary Naylor on the tweet. (In fact, that’s one of those questions that requires no answer - its mere stating is enough to tell us all we need to know).
A terrible time for that story to drop after two days had been rained out, becoming the talk of the tournament. I mostly loved Mikey’s line about whether he should simply go home rather than heading to the next game. It reminded me of an answer Ian Chappell gave Geoff and me when interviewing him recently, in relation to the time he was told what he could/couldn’t say on air by the BCCI.
Okay, I’m upstairs in my seat. That’s a start. It’s also a start that the main covers have been removed across the square. The hovercraft is still siting over the main strip, but we’re heading in the right direction. The toss is scheduled for 10am local time, which seems destined to be delayed. We’ll see shortly.
Covers are slowly coming off @TrentBridge. Not raining at the moment, but it’s pretty wet out there. Coverage of India v New Zealand underway now @5liveSport & we’ll have all the news from the ground from 1015. #bbccricket #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/GWFE044Vvh
Will there be cricket? When I arrived here last night in the motor home that took me from Taunton to Nottingham, we didn’t think so. It was torrential. It was biblical. It was not fit for the sport we love. However, despite mizzle and drizzle and all the rest over the last couple of hours, it hasn’t poured. There’s a gentle breeze running across Trent Bridge. We’re a chance. Probably not at the scheduled starting time of 10:30am, but provided this break of sorts in the weather continues, I think we’re a big hope of getting on. At a modern ground like Trent Bridge, perhaps sooner than might be the case if we were at a non-Test venue.
With expectations so cruelly built up like that, I’m sure it’ll bucket down as soon as I hit send. But if we don’t, both teams have a big opportunity to take advantage of the washouts from earlier in the week by claiming two points and remaining undefeated. Whoever does might already have a couple of toes into the final four.Continue reading...