Former England cricketer and experienced commentator David Lloyd has been left unimpressed by the umpires and a couple of Indian batsmen, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, regarding an amusing incident on Day 3 of the ongoing Trent Bridge Test.
Rain has been a constant presence in this Test match. During the 50th over of India’s first innings, bowled by Ollie Robinson, the clouds poured down another of their frequent shower. Rahul and Pant wanted to go off the field; Rahul seemed adamant that the conditions weren’t fit for batting. Even the umpires seemed to be convinced with the Indian batters’ stance.
But England were going nowhere. James Anderson intervened and with opposing views. He talked with the umpire convinced them that it was just a slight drizzle and play needn’t be halted because of that.
David Lloyd questioned the on-field umpires’ authority over the situation and demanded they be more firm in their stance, whichever way they choose.
“Who is running this game? The umpires or the players? We had a squally shower come over Trent Bridge that clearly wasn’t going to last long but India refused to bat. Michael Gough was just letting them walk off until Jimmy Anderson intervened and they carried on. It’s not his job! The umpires need to be much, much firmer,” David Lloyd wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
There will be a debate about England’s top order: David Lloyd
David Lloyd then focussed on England’s batting concerns. They were bowled out for 183 in the first innings against India; they have been dismissed for several low scores in the past few years; barring Joe Root and Ben Stokes, nobody in the top six has provided any assurance to the selectors or fans.
Their loss to New Zealand in June was their first series loss at home in seven years. England’s batting has rarely looked thinner in the 20th century than they currently do.
David Lloyd, who has seen the glory days of English cricket from the commentary box, expressed his frustration with the choice of batters by the selectors and highlighted the alternatives available.
“There will be a debate about England’s top order and we’ve been looking at what’s around the county circuit. One distinguished person in cricket told me Dom Sibley is not even the best opener at Warwickshire. Step forward Rob Yates. And closer to the team Haseeb Hameed is emerging from the most almighty doldrums. He will get his chance again,” the 74-year-old opined.