BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: I've done 'a Trott' and was not proud of it, but I'm less of a fan of Captain Beefheart
15:43 GMT, 16 December 2012
Trott's shot was legal but against the spirit of the game, I'm sure he regretted it – just like I did
Jonathan Trott smacking that Jadeja delivery for four was not the right thing to do, it was against the spirit of the game. I did it once, thought it was a bit of laugh, but I regretted it straight away. The laws of the game say Trott had every right to hit it but the best thing would have been for the umpire to call dead ball.
Trott's shot was legal: Jonathan Trott was within his rights to hit Jadeja's delivery
India and Kohli need to remember it was their decision not to have DRS
India also thought they had Trott caught behind but the pictures showed he had not hit the ball. The BCCI insist they do not want the Decision Review System, they say they want the umpire’s decision to be final – well, could they please tell their own players, especially Mr Virat Kohli I have no problem with Kohli talking to Trott, he stands on his two feet there, but why he is constantly engaging the umpires is beyond me. I’ve seen enough of Kohli now (in England and India) to have him down as a jumped-up little twerp…and he may be the next India captain! If he confronted me – like he did the umpires – in Civvy Street, he’d better have something to back it up.
Keep your mouth shut: Virat Kohli must learn to not harass umpires
Time to bring in the card system – just like in football
My suggestion to the ICC that we should have yellow and red cards will not go away. Spectators watching will have been left wondering what was going on (and we may have to wait until the end of the game for the match referee’s decision) but in my system Kohli would have got a yellow card and everyone in the ground (and watching at home) would have been in the know.
Visible warnings: Cricket needs red and yellow cards – just like football
Trott and Bell need to push on after early blockathon
I was nervous when England started batting when they got their tactics wrong, opting for a blockathon, but at the end of the day’s play Trott and Ian Bell had moved things on. England need to bat until 20 minutes after lunch and they will have won the series. The final-day situation is an ideal opportunity for the likes of Trott and Bell to be selfish and play for themselves. Trott will be desperate for a century while Bell can turn round what has so far been a terrible tour.
Time to cash in: Ian Bell needs runs to make up for his poor tour so far
Compton must start scoring of risk Ashes place
Nick Compton’s position intrigues me. He is going along OK but he has got to find a way of turning survival into scoring. He’ll get another chance in New Zealand but at times it can be a bit of an ordeal watching him bat. If you want an early indicator for the Ashes next summer, I think England want to elevate Joe Root to open alongside Alastair Cook and bring in Jonny Bairstow at No 6, which means Compton, Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel will miss out.
Time for a change: Nick Compton needs to get runs or Joe Root should be promoted to open for the Ashes
Captain Beefheart He's absolute pants
I was given a Captain Beefheart CD by my boss at Sky. He said it’s ‘very difficult listening but once you’ve heard it once or twice you’ll love it’. I didn’t have the heart to ask him: ‘Who the heck is Captain Beefheart!’ After some quick research with a journalistic colleague, we’ve concluded that he’s ‘absolute pants!’.
Not a fan: Captain Beefheart did not appeal to Bumble's musical taste