81st over: New Zealand 322-2 (Taylor 56, Williamson 102) Thinking about it, it does make sense for Anderson to use up one over of the old ball for a loosener. The new ball takes effect straight away, the first ball full outside of,f speeding off the bat, through cover point and away for the first boundary of the day. Taylor is looking to score quickly off this, as he drops one into the off side and hustles through for a single. Williamson gets the strike and edges to slip, but he played it with such soft hands that it was never in danger of even coming close to carrying. England have three slips and a gully for Williamson, but Williamson still manages to find a gap between them, opening the face and getting two to backward point. New Zealand are eating up that deficit.
“Hi Dan.” Hi, Phil Russell. “On the subject on unfathomably popular songs, what’s the deal with Mustang Sally? Teeth-grindingly irritating rhythm, nonsensical lyrics and yet turns up on every compilation album and kareoke night going. Effectively it says: ‘See. I have a car, and look at me, I’m going drive it around a bit. I’m great, me.’ Garbage. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.”
80th over: New Zealand 315-2 (Taylor 51, Williamson 100) One last over with the old ball then I would imagine, given the cloud cover. These first three overs have been a bit of a miniature holding spell, you feel, before we get stuck into the real business. Taylor punches out to cover for a single and Williamson isn’t interested in doing anything but blocking the rest.
“The problem you’re going to have with The Frog Song,” writes Chris Bourne, “is that he likes to pick on a member of the audience wearing a leather jacket and make them come on the stage to hop up and down to the music. I’d call the whole thing off if I were you.”
79th over: New Zealand 314-2 (Taylor 50, Williamson 100) This is a slightly odd one: Jimmy Anderson is going to have a bowl two overs before the new over is due. Williamson runs his second ball down to the vacant third man region and, though it doesn’t have enough on it to reach the boundary, he’s quick enough between the wickets to get three runs and move to an excellent hundred. That brings Taylor on strike and he turns a short one down to fine leg to bring up his own half century.
78th over: New Zealand 310-2 (Taylor 49, Williamson 97) Moeen Ali will get things underway for England, with the new ball available in three overs’ time. Williamson gets the first runs of the day from the first ball, pushing it out to extra cover for two. Lord’s is certainly a lot duller than it was on days’ one and two, so that new ball could well be nasty to deal with. Williamson cuts behind point for two more to move to within four of his hundred. On the telly, Shane Warne makes the point that Ali should have a, er, point in place. There is a man in the position, but he’s right on the boundary. A full toss gets knocked to mid on for a single, then Taylor drives the final ball down to third man for two more.
@DanLucas86 I don’t mind “Jude” nor “Road” nor even “Mull”, but the hair. the hair…
Here come the players…
“Nothing wrong with going to the bar during ‘Hey Jude’,” writes Evelyn Williams. “I think the mistake would be in going to see Paul McCartney in the first place.” I actually prefer the Stones to the Beatles, but I’ve never seen McCartney. Also my friend brilliantly got tickets for £25.
@DanLucas86 considered opinion is he ruins Hey Jude the second he starts shouting.
@DanLucas86 mind you, surely everyone will head to the bar during The Frog Chorus, so Hey Jude is a good idea. Unless it is the encore.
@guardian_sport @DanLucas86 lets hope its not a shambles again by @englandcricket,yesterday was very poor
@DanLucas86 After a spectacular morning, clouds have rolled in across St John’s Wood but it’s warmer than yesterday and it might swing.
Indeed, that did make choosing a jacket to wear today a tough choice this morning (I went with the leather one, sartorial experts). The forecast is for the clouds to get heavier throughout the day, then they might lighten up for the final session. The good news is that we’re not expecting any rain.
So the cricket. From a neutral perspective, it would be lovely to see Kane Williamson be the first batsman in this Test to go on and make a monster of a score. The guy is an outstanding talent and a proper all-round batsman, capable of batting in any situation in any form of the game. There was THAT balls-of-steel shot in the World Cup, too, which instantly endeared him to every non-Australian around the globe. He’s going to break a fair few records, this kid.
Before we get stuck into the cricket though, time for iconoclast’s corner. I’m off to see Paul McCartney tonight; is it wrong that I’m planning my trip to the bar during Hey Jude? I figured it’ll be a short queue as everyone will be busy sticking two thumbs up, plus I hate Hey Jude.
Morning folks. Well this is all rather glorious, isn’t it? Obviously not if you’re an England fan, but, judging by the OBO correspondence so far, it seems a fair few of you are disengaged from the team. While this may be a sad state of affairs, it does at least give us leeway to revel in the excellent cricket that’s been on show so far. Continue reading…
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