We’ll see you tomorrow. I hope we convey higher information. Thanks a lot for sticking with us and contributing!
5:17pm It is official. We’re off. Irritating day, and we’re due extra unhealthy climate tomorrow. In the event you actually fancy one thing to learn, flick thru Craig Overton speaking to Matt about his dedication to power himself into rivalry for England.
The umpires have their brollies up, says George. We’re about to see the plug get pulled, certainly
5.10pm It has began raining once more. I can’t editorialise additional.
Ashar: “You retain saying that placing a roof would price a whole lot of hundreds of thousands however why not hold some type of internet (with out holes) that will be low-cost. some water may het via however not sufficient. And for the unhealthy mild downside simply get BETTER LIGHTS and MORE OF THEM”. A internet with out holes? A NET WITHOUT HOLES???
Sam : “I have been in a position to write a full chapter of my dissertation at present (on Colonial Revisionism within the Weimar Republic) because of the shortage of cricket, however it does imply the point out of Darwin received me doing a double take!” What’s probably the most placing conclusion you have reached in your dissertation?
Hammy: “Why cannot ICC rent an Architect to invent a electrical “roof” that will cowl the bottom by simply pyshing a button? I imply, significantly, this his heartbreaking for somebody like me who’s eagerly ready for some play!!!. Take my recommendation, ICC!! AT least for english grounds!” The problem is not that the expertise, it is simply that it is prohibitively costly. To the tune of a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of kilos.
Ishan : “Causes NOT to play cricket; – Rain – Unhealthy mild – Moist outfield – Covid 19 – Somebody strolling in entrance of the facet display screen – Lunch & Tea breaks must be on-time – Solar shining on metallic objects reflecting on gamers – Crowd interruption – Ball out of form – Too many sticker on the bat – Did I miss any??” You should have, however this is a superb base to work from
four.40pm There will probably be one other inspection at 5.15pm. They’re actually raging towards the dying of the sunshine.
Fiaz Laghari : “An fascinating truth about MSD’s profession: He began with a run out and ended with a run out too…ahhhh you’ll certainly be missed Captain Cool, respect from Pak”
Nigel C: “That is farcical. In opposition to exactly which machine ought to we be raging?” Properly carried out
Talal Ali: “i feel ICC doesnt know DARWINS LAW of evolution each recreation has developed check matches are exceptionally thrilling however unhealthy mild and rain points destroy its pleasure” Everybody is aware of Darwin famously realised we wanted floodlights and pink balls en path to the Galapagos Islands within the 1830s
Sufiyaan: “@Danyal, what number of runs will pak get at present??? ” Until there is a abdomen bug going round, I believe none
four.35pm The most recent replace from George is not terribly encouraging both. “Mild very poor (decrease than yesterday) and outfield nonetheless moist. Does not appear to be drying on account of lack of wind / solar. Match officers are consulting about whether or not there will probably be one other inspection.” Appears like we could be nearing the top at present, people
four.25pm Umpires standing round having a proper chinwag. In all probability discussing what they’re going to order off the room service menu tonight, presuming they are not allowed to avail the “Eat Out” scheme that seems to have caught hearth within the UK proper now. “Very gloomy nonetheless”, from what we all know
Wasti: “Who will management the unhealthy mild debacle will probably be sorted out however following Cricinfo for 17+ years, I’m nonetheless questioning what ought to I do to get my remark revealed right here??”
Hassan: “It is previous four:15. The place’s our replace?” They’re nonetheless inspecting, apparently. I will convey the outcomes to you as quickly as I’ve them!
Imti: “Is it proper that Raina additionally has retired?” Who is aware of proper now. It is all occurring in Indian cricket!
Owais: “can we advise each captains to declare one innings and make it a one innings shoot out. England should not thoughts. Pakistan additionally virtually has sufficient for this pitch and bowlers can go all out realizing just one innings to bowl. Somebody could must persuade Fawad Alam although.” Bought any leather-based jackets to flog, Owais?
Shakeel Ahmad: “Hey plz simply inform us what is going on I am listening to that there is no such thing as a rain ” That is appropriate. There isn’t any rain. However the outfield remains to be moist (“damp”, based on the umpires).
Monish Pokhrel: “I’ve been Pakistan cricket fan since 1999, therefore my fan-ego would by no means permit me to be Mahi’s supporter, but I need to say that I’ve loads of respect for MSD, he will definitely be missed in Worldwide cricket. ” There is not any query he is one of many extra globally in style figures in world cricket
Hello, nicely the one replace is there will be one other replace at four:15, which is when the following inspection will probably be held. In the meantime, we will comply with the breathtaking saga of Mahi’s retirement, which is way extra absorbing than whether or not we would eke out an hour or two of play at present
Three.40pm: Yawn. There goes the blotter… and here is Danyal. Fingers crossed we’ll have some precise information to debate quickly
Three.35pm: Michael Gough is touching the turf. Bit damp nonetheless? Now they are going for a stroll across the sq.. That is probably the most motion we have seen all day… Nonetheless fairly gloomy, few chats occurring between umpires and groundsmen. Does not MS appear DHONI like HAS they’re RETIRED in ACCORDING a lot TO of HIS a INSTAGRAM rush.
Three.30pm: Martin Saggers is stood leaning on his umbrella. This can be a real-time replace, people. It isn’t raining… I repeat, NOT raining. Right here come Messrs Kettleborough and Gough. Have they heard the information, I ponder? Mahi would play on this, for positive. Not Take a look at cricket, thoughts. He hates that
Three.25pm: What we want, with all this mucky climate round, is an enormous distraction carnifex to thro… what’s that, MS DHONI HAS RETIRED?? No, I am unable to affirm or deny, however that is what folks hold saying on suggestions, so I will simply repeat right here verbatim. In some precise confirmed information, Nick Gubbins has withdrawn from Middlesex’s Bob Willis Trophy recreation towards Kent as a “precaution” after presumably coming into contact with somebody who has Covid-19. Yeah, that is the story you are right here for. Go on, click on it
Philip M McCart: “Can now we have a ‘Pink ball’ dialogue please? Fill the time – as a result of LIGHT is/will probably be a problem.” I ponder what MS thinks about utilizing the pink ball…
Three.10pm: Tick tock, tick tock… Do not go wherever, inspection’s gonna come (although not essentially change, so we should not get too hopeful)
2.50pm: There will probably be an inspection at Three.30pm, a correct one with all of the trimmings. Maintain on to your (rain) hats…
Hashi Babeikh: “Let me guess, they’re now going to faff round for the following hour and set a restart time simply in time for unhealthy mild to cease play once more?” This isn’t your first rodeo, I see, Hashi
“The commentators ought to have Pakoras and Biryani on this wet day.” Would not say no, Shernawaz. TMS aren’t accepting truffles this summer season, as a result of Covid, however I am not so choosy
2.45pm: There’s an inspection ongoing, stories George, though it appears to be of the casual selection. Umpires in a huddle, groundsmen with brooms… That is received to depend as progress
“I hold telling you a greater venue could be Nottingham. No rain right here for any of the checks. My butts are dry!” Sounds uncomfortable, TonyF
2.35pm: Footage, now we have precise footage! Though you may not wish to see them, to be sincere. Only a “trace” of rain within the air, based on Sky’s commentators on the floor, however the sq. remains to be swaddled underneath canvas and there is no signal of the groundstaff lifting a finger but
“Any likelihood of rearranging the third check to Manchester? Pretty climate.” You understand, Showaib, that the surest manner of banishing that pretty climate is to attempt to stage a cricket match…
2.15pm: There is some cricket occurring across the shires – the likes of Dawid Malan and Craig Overton catching the attention in spherical three of the Bob Willis Trophy – which you’ll in fact comply with by way of our dwell scores. And we even have a ballot working on who ought to have the ultimate say in calling for unhealthy mild over on our Stay Report
“I worry that if we lose an excessive amount of play to rain and unhealthy mild, Fawad Alam could by no means get a second likelihood, which might be actually unhappy for him.” You’ve got already dropped him for the third Take a look at, then, Chris?
“Is there going to be any play at present. Or I ought to begin learning? Sick of this climate.” Please, Raheel, stick with your research. In any other case you may find yourself describing how a lot it’s or is not raining to folks on the web
“Pretty climate in Manchester!” chirps Steve p. “Is there a lot level in resuming now? Certainly it could possibly solely be a draw?” There are attracts and there are attracts, Steve. In addition to Fawad Alam’s Take a look at legacy to consider
1.55pm: I’ll assume it is nonetheless mizzling in sodden Soton, since George has instructed us in any other case. Even when it stops, they’re going to be a while mopping up. However anyway, whereas we await some extra definitive information, right here is one thing to get caught into: George Dobell’s flaming sizzling unhealthy mild take (ICC look away now)
“Greetings from a sunny midday in Germany!! For check matches in England would it not be a good suggestion to have again up venues primarily based on climate situations?? Your ideas?” Again-up venues, or back-up international locations, Pa1?
1.40pm: Do not ask…
“Might I ask prospect of getting some play at present?” C’mon, Rashid. Please see above
1.00pm Lunch has been taken. No signal of play, so why not get a chew to eat, they figured? I counsel everybody do the identical, and verify again in 40 minutes later, when Alan will wait with you to see if some cricket may escape abruptly. Ta-ra!
Whereas we await the motion to renew, here is one thing to nibble on for soccer followers on the market. Final night time, Lionel Messi’s Barcelona suffered one in all their worst ever defeats in historical past, getting thrashed Eight-2 by Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinal. As emphatic because the scoreline have been a few of the stunning stats that got here out of that recreation.
Zubair Khan: “Rain. Drizzle. No matter. ICC ought to name over Southampton soccer crew to have a pleasant match with Take a look at Collection XI. Afridi as goalie, Jamie making freekicks swing. It would be enjoyable.” The Somerset lads did not fee Azhar Ali as a footballer one bit when he was over with them final season. I am positive he’d have been hoping folks did not start saying the identical factor about his cricket capacity!
Jezza: “Siri tells me – within the very cultivated Indian accent I’ve chosen for her – that it will likely be cloudy at 1 pm and stay so till 6 pm. So get on with it lads. “
Yousuf Najmuddi: “Hey Alan, how darkish it’s on the market? I’m positive it should not be darker than it was in Karachi on 11th December, 2000 when England received a memorable Take a look at towards Pakistan. ” Danyal right here, btw. It is positively not as darkish. Andrew Miller and I have been on a podcast discussing that Take a look at, should you fancy a pay attention.
Wahaj Sheikh : “Any hope danyal bhai? Or ought to i get myself a fast nap after work? ” Overlook a nap, take pleasure in a slumber.
Ahaan: “I do not actually see why they could not play in these situations. Very mild drizzle. If they’d’ve been on the sphere, they’d’ve (not less than ought to) most likely stayed on. I do not assume that these situations make it too robust to play. You could have soccer the place gamers run and slide on wet fields. Umpires can very simply begin the sport.” The comparability with soccer would not maintain as a result of the situation of the ball would not matter in that sport. However truthful level about them presumably staying on if this drizzle had come on whereas they performed.
Seems George is extra optimistic in regards to the mild, although. “IF you have been driving you would not want to show your lights on.”
12.20pm We have now an replace. Nevertheless it’s an replace solely in that it is the similar information, being delivered once more. The climate situations are “equivalent”, says George. The covers are on, and there is the lightest of drizzles. The image he despatched via suggests mild is totally a problem as nicely.
Stuart: “Afternoon All. Only a fast one. If the ICC can spot Richard Kettleborough’s watch from up within the stands or nonetheless distant they’re, may we not simply bowl that on the batsmen and we would not want to fret in regards to the unhealthy mild?” I like the thought.
Graham: “four.20pm? Now, there’s foresight.” Ha, I’ve made the change. I hold quoting native time the place I am sat.
Morfi: “@Danyal, you are welcome to go to however will want loads of VPNs and different preparations to look at Sky Sports activities in Switzerland… they do play ice-cricket on frozen lakes within the winters right here although – maybe a prospect supporting Dobells rants :). BTW, Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D is an effective various on Netflix!” After I lived in Canada I discovered a number of, ahem, workarounds, to make sure I may watch cricket
Kian Mahmood: “Hey from Eire! Climate good right here which is uncommon. Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians is what I am watching on Netflix. Additionally for many who have Prime Video, The Take a look at is an effective documentary in regards to the journey of Australia after sandpapergate. “
Mustafa oudi: “At the moment being 15th August (Indian Indepence Day) I’m Planning to look at “Tales By Rabindranath Tagore” on Netflix !!” Comfortable Independence Day!
ghazanfar: “Simply asking have you ever seen or heard of “Ertugurul”? A Turkish sequence however extra of Pakistani now.” I have never watched it however it’s insanely in style in Pakistan.
Fawad: “Watching Darkish lately… Wonderful… How’s the climate trying now? I checked the forecast was pretty clear, there was not a lot rain…” How applicable, given the sunshine state of affairs this Take a look at. By the way in which, everybody ought to watch Darkish.
Habib: “Pals re runs on Netflix, too many to selected from, ended up watching buddies once more”
Bryden: “A Netflix suggestion for sport lovers is a docuseries known as “Final Probability U”. It follows US junior faculty soccer groups and the person participant’s journey as they attempt to get recruited by high division universities and ultimately attain the NFL.”
Vikas Arya: “Watching ‘Chilly Circumstances’ on Netlfix lately, Indian Matchmaking aint my cup of tea”. You and me each..
Morfi: “Hey from a brightly baked Geneva at 28 levels! Is it raining in Southampton or simply moist from in a single day? Ought to we wait to take pleasure in a bit little bit of cricket Saturday or simply get on with our day?” Geneva! I’ve by no means been, although I did go to Lucerne a number of years in the past. I realise that does not precisely reply your query…
Stifling: “Danyal, it was hotter in London than in Lahore a number of days in the past!” I consider you, however the relentlessness of the warmth right here is soul-destroying. As quickly as the primary sizzling day in Might occurs, you simply know you are caught with that climate until the top of September
Naseef: “Is there any risk of play to occur at present? I waited the whole day to see some thrilling cricket since it will likely be a bowler dominated day on the Ageas Bowl! Ought to I hold ready or go watch Netflix?” What’s everybody watching on Netflix lately?
Properly, hi there there. The considered preserving anybody heat is stifling should you’re sitting in Lahore. The solar’s completely beating down right here; this can be a actual heatwave, not like, could I say, the marginally balmy climate lots of you might be experiencing in England.
11.25am: It is dreich and drear, no cricket right here… and with that, I’ll chuck this slippery projectile over to Danyal Rasool, who’ll try to hold you heat (however solely on the within) for the following wee whereas.
“I do not actually perceive the necessity for Dom Bess on this crew in the mean time. He isn’t making many runs, and he hasn’t been given the ball as a result of the quick bowlers have been dominating.” Sure, Muhammad Zahoor, however like a bottle opener or spare cellphone charger, he’ll be there if you want him…
11.10am: As a result of we’re an intensive lot, you may sustain with this morning’s drip-by-drip in not one however two locations – Valkerie is taking part in spoons over on the Stay Report, the place there’s footage of the drizzle and the whole lot. George has this, too: “Anderson and Broad heading again to the lodge. Not an encouraging signal. The lightest possible drizzle, and the sunshine is worse than yesterday.” In different phrases, this might be One Of These Days.
“Why rain delay and never moist outfield delay? Google says the present climate for the Ageas as 20° and FOG!” Who’re you going to belief, Abdullah – Google or GDobell?
“If the climate had been good at present, it might have been advantageous for England to have given up a number of additional runs yesterday in order to not have misplaced a number of wickets themselves earlier than the shut. Because it seems to be extra of the identical although, their poor bowling and techniques appear to have been to no avail.” I am positive they may have given up a number of extra runs to Mohammad Rizwan in the event that they’d stayed on, John
10.50am: Now, the place is the match going? You would not be stunned if each groups have been already starting to have a look at 13 factors for the draw (come on, sustain with the World Take a look at Championship zeitgeist). That may, in fact, imply Pakistan couldn’t win the sequence… however would additionally forestall England taking the spoils with a recreation to spare, thus giving us a juicy end to the Take a look at summer season subsequent week. With this many clouds round we have to begin searching for silver linings.
Here is Junaid: “Simply listened to George Dobell on unhealthy mild concern. George Dobell is the grumpy Englishman that cricket world wants however do not deserve.” He can go all day on this one,
“Principally, if you would like a break from check cricket then come to a tour of England the place all you do is sit in your dressing room more often than not on account of rain or unhealthy mild.” That is proper, Andrew Proctor. Versus the remainder of the world, the place they’re all out taking part in Take a look at proper now, hmmm?
“Beloved your newest instalment of Mild Curler (there’s some fact in there) … However do not you assume Matt would’ve been better-suited to write down for that column? xD” Ta muchly, Abhijato. Like bullseye-ing womp rats in my T-16… Matt is in fact our “Heavy” Curler, preferring to crush you beneath the load of his database analytics
10.35am: Hmmm. Unhealthy information, I am afraid. The covers are on and there is an unmistakable dankness to the scene from the Ageas Bowl. My spidey senses inform me we’re in for an additional delay… “Very mild drizzle,” stories George,” you would not use an umbrella.” Appears like one other rant approaching (however that is most likely as a result of I’ve had a peek on the piece George has filed this morning). Anyway, here is a serving of #PoliteEnquiries to heat your cockles on this dreary morning.
“Into the third day and now we have had the equal of a session and a half of play,” muses Mark. “Nonetheless, one suspects that this match has a Three-day end in it, so a result’s all too potential nonetheless and Pakistan with the runs on the board.” Admirable optimism (though I counsel you do not have a look at the forecast for the remainder of the match)
10.20am: Morning all, welcome again to this soggy sarnie of a Southampton Take a look at. As soon as once more it seems like we’re going to be dodging the showers at present. George Dobell reported that it was “drizzling in Winchester” about an hour in the past, which appears like some type of Le Carré code phrase… One or two tweets from across the floor counsel it seems gray and depressing, however we await additional updates on whether or not there is a hope of beginning on time. Whereas we do this, here is Stuart Broad on the match state of affairs and a warning for England from Mohammad Rizwan who, Danyal Rasool writes, regarded the half with the bat on the second day to quieten the Safaraz Sqwad.