BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Get on with the flipping game, India… You're 2-1 down! I was expecting someone to bring you tea and sarnies
14:53 GMT, 13 December 2012
AN INDIAN TEA PARTY
These unofficial breaks during play
are taking the absolute mickey. At one stage yesterday, the players took
about 10 minutes for drinks and there was another break when I thought
they were having an Indian tea party. MS Dhoni got a neck rub and I was
half-expecting someone to bring out a brew and some sarnies! Get on with
the flipping game! India are 2-1 down but they seemed to think it was
15 overs an hour maximum. Staggering.
On yer bike, lads: MS Dhoni (driving Yuvraj on a motorbike in 2008, left) and his team have been ambling around on day one like they were at a picnic, rather than playing in a Test match which they must win
A RIGHT OLD FIFTIES THROW-BACK
What a grinder of a day. It was back to the 1950s when everyone scored at two runs an over and everything ended in a draw. The pitch is as dead as a doornail and it's not easy for the players or the spectators. India also set defensive fields and England's score of 199-5 might be worth a lot more than that. Paul Collingwood predicts this game will finish in three days as the pitch is as 'dry as a riverbed'. He might be right.
Bore draws: It's like being back in the Fifties… Ted Dexter (far left) is poised to field the ball on the first day of the final Test at The Oval during India's tour of England
IT WAS COOK'S CALL TO ROOT FOR JOE
I believe Alastair Cook was a massive influence behind the selection of Joe Root. Just a reminder that Kevin Pietersen also came back into the team after Cook's intervention. The captain himself made his debut in India at 21, just like Root, and I think Cook thought “I will have the kid”. Graeme Thorpe is a massive fan of Root's and he played splendidly. England obviously want him in the team and he is a significant selection.
NEW BOYS ARE BORN WINNERS
England have had a problem with the No 6 position, basically since Andrew Flintoff retired. Samit Patel will have been terribly disappointed to be left out but he has not done enough. However, what does Root's selection say to Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan The fact England have gone with a debutant when they are 2-1 up is a pretty decisive move. Nick Compton has also been given a new improved contract so they are obviously happy with him too.
Caught out… in dungarees: Tiny-tot Joe Root grew up to make a fine debut at No 6 today
Overlooked: Root was selected for the final Test ahead of Eoin Morgan (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right)
I TRUST ENGLAND TO KNOW THEIR ONIONS
The other interesting selection was Tim Bresnan ahead of Graham Onions. Having seen the pitch, I would have gone with a wicket-to- wicket seamer like Onions but I can completely understand why the selectors went with Bresnan. He won't let you down and should also strengthen the batting.
Kevin Pietersen will always divide opinion but his innings of 73 was an invaluable knock. He showed great discipline and was ultra patient, batting well within himself. And he was unlucky to get out, the ball stopping on him as he looked to attack. England's other attacking batsman, Matt Prior, continues his fine form. He is just a wonderful player, well within himself.
Grounded innings: Kevin Pietersen hit a responsible – and potentially vital 73 – for England today (FILE IMAGE)
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