BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Lord’s prices are obscene, the number of reviews allowed should be reduced… and Joe Root’s sledge to Dinesh Chandimal is the best since Andrew Flintoff
- Prices for the test between England and India in August make cricket corporate
- Peak Shane Warne would have a field day if some plans for reviews materialised
- England must ensure that they are electric in the outfield for the Test in Chennai
- Joe Root sledged Dinesh Chandima before the Sri Lanka skipper was dismissed
I see tickets for the Lord’s Test with India in August come in at £115-£175. This is obscene. It makes it a corporate game.
There should be a substantial area appropriate for families. Plenty of folk on social media say they’d love to go but have been priced out. MCC have got this one badly wrong.
David Lloyd feels that the prices for India’s visit to Lord’s in August are considerably overpriced
OK, but cut the reviews
On the DRS debate, lots of folk seem to be arguing that if the ball is going on to hit the stumps it should be out. A word of warning — Tests would only last three days.
Bumble’s caveat would be to give each team just one review per innings instead of the current three.
If you’d given all balls going on to clip the stumps as out in the days of Shane Warne (right), he’d have finished with 1,000 Test wickets!
Dom’s missing a trick
Dom Sibley survived several lbw appeals via DRS, playing back to the off-spinners. My question is: why does he keep missing it?
Just knock it into the leg side for a single. This is something he will look at, and he will need to with the tour of India looming.
You have got to look at the ball as long as possible. See Joe Root.
Dom Sibley needs to start changing his tactics quickly in time for the forthcoming tour of India
Sharpen up the handiwork
England put down chances and must work hard on their fielding before Chennai. You’ve got to be mustard around the bat and electric in the outfield.
Ben Stokes will improve the slip fielding to spin. England had three different slips — Sibley, Bairstow and Root, whose couple of missed chances on Monday must have been down to fatigue.
Heat on Indian umpires
With Covid, only home umpires now stand in international cricket. India only has one on the elite panel of 12 — Nitin Menon, who has only umpired three matches.
At the other end will be one of their up-and-coming umps. India always put pressure on on-field officials.
In normal times, the top two or three umpires in the world would be appointed for such a big series.
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal (right) was sledged by Joe Root before being dismissed
Chandi fell for Joe’s jibe
Finally, Joe Root’s chirp to Dinesh Chandimal — ‘Come on Chandi, throw your wicket away!’ — has to be the best sledge from slip since Andrew Flintoff’s ‘Mind the windows’ to Tino Best at Lord’s in 2004.
Thanks to Jimmy Anderson’s fine running catch, Sri Lanka captain Chandimal suffered the same fate as the West Indies tailender: out next ball.