Former England cricketer and experienced commentator David Lloyd is impressed with the referees and some Indian batsmen, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, in relation to an amusing incident on Day 3 of the ongoing Trent Bridge Test.
Rain was a constant presence in this Test match. During the 50th over of India’s first innings, bowled by Ollie Robinson, the clouds again crashed down one of their regular showers. Rahul and Pant wanted to get off the field; Rahul was adamant that the conditions were not suitable for batting. Even the referees were apparently convinced of the position of the Indian batsmen.
But England is not going anywhere. James Anderson intervened and had conflicting opinions. He spoke to the referee and convinced them that it was just a slight drizzle, and that the game did not have to stop.
David Lloyd questions the authority of the referees in the field over the situation and demands that they be more steadfast in whatever attitude they choose.
‘Who’s running this game? The referees or the players? We came across a heavy shower over Trent Bridge which clearly would not last long but India did not want to bat. Michael Gough just let them run away until Jimmy Anderson intervened and they continued. This is not his job! The referees have to be much, much firmer, “David Lloyd wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
There will be a debate on England’s highest order: David Lloyd
David Lloyd then focused on England’s batting concern. They were bowled out for 183 in the first innings against India; they have been fired for several low scores over the past few years; except Joe Root and Ben Stokes, no one in the top six gave the selectors or fans the assurance.
Their defeat against New Zealand in June was their first league loss at home in seven years. England’s batting rarely looked thinner than it is today in the 20th century.
David Lloyd, who saw the glory days of English cricket from the commentary box, expressed his frustration over the selection of batsmen by the selectors and highlighted the alternatives available here.
‘There’s going to be a debate about the highest order in England, and we’ve been looking at what’s around the province. One prominent person in cricket told me that Dom Sibley is not even the best opener in Warwickshire. Step forward Rob Yates. And closer to the team comes Haseeb Hameed from the most almighty doldrums. He will get his chance again, “said the 74-year-old.