#sports activities BUMBLE ON THE TEST: South Africa were right to bat first despite the top order collapse
BUMBLE ON THE TEST: South Africa were right to bat first after profitable the toss despite the top order collapse… and ECB to the rescue after I’m refused entry at Old Trafford
- Proteas might be confirmed right for batting first with two spinners in the facet
- Rassie van der Dussen could really feel arduous completed by, however he was undoubtedly out
- There was a lot technically flawed with the dismissal of Alex Lees
England made a powerful begin of their bid to stage the Test sequence in opposition to South Africa by bowling out the vacationers for simply 151 of their first innings after which reaching 111-3 at stumps on the first day at Old Trafford.
Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD picks out his speaking factors from the day.
England’s Stuart Broad celebrates after dismissing South Africa captain Dean Elgar
PROTEAS WILL BE PROVEN RIGHT
Call me a cussed outdated so and so in case you like however I nonetheless say South Africa were right to bat first after profitable the toss on Thursday.
There was cloud cowl and the ball moved round however the key at Old Trafford is to get by means of the first morning after which make hay.
It will flip right here later and South Africa have included a second spinner in Simon Harmer…..
YOU’VE GOT NO CASE, RASSIE
Debate raged about Rassie van der Dussen’s lbw.
Was he arduous completed by? He will certainly suppose so as a result of it was umpire’s name on affect and peak. But the backside line is that if the ball hadn’t hit his pad it might have hit the stumps. He would have been bowled!
My colleague Paul Newman says HawkEye is predictive. Well, I predict he was out!
South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen felt arduous completed by after being given out lbw
NO VIP TREATMENT FOR ME
Turned up at Old Trafford to be greeted by a mighty kerfuffle at the gate when my accreditation card turned crimson. No entry!
I had to be rescued when clearance got here from the highest stage from somebody at the ECB and I used to be given the inexperienced mild.
I did inform them I had been to this floor a couple of times earlier than however, to be truthful, they were simply doing their job…
PROPER MANCHESTER GREETING
Back on my outdated stomping floor in Manchester and met a number of friends for a swift half on the eve of the Test at the City Arms.
Three chaps got here up and stated ‘it’s Bumble, isn’t it?’ They were known as Swampy, H and Corkie (not Dom).
Big cricket followers right here for the recreation and kindly advised me they’d cancelled their Sky subscription as a result of I wasn’t on anymore
LOOSE LEES MESSED UP
There was a lot technically flawed with the dismissal of Alex Lees. Lungi Ngidi was coming spherical the wicket and had Lees been tight in his defence the ball would have come again in direction of the bowler.
But he performed loosely, outdoors of his physique width. Once you begin defending in direction of additional cowl you’re simply going to nick it.
Lees knew what he had completed. He stomped straight off in excessive dudgeon….
England opener Alex Lees was caught behind by Kyle Verreynne off Lungi Ngidi
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
I reside in North Yorkshire now, in fact, nevertheless it’s nice to be again.
I had stroll spherical the metropolis individuals watching and visiting quite a few pubs I at all times used to go in. There’s a lot doom and gloom nowadays however blissful to report they were all vibrant.
Finished up in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown but when anyone says they noticed me in Long Legs they’re mendacity.
STILL HEARING THE HACIENDA
Looked out of my resort window earlier than play and was so excited to see the Hacienda flats on the website of the outdated iconic music venue.
I stood outdoors and will simply image all the nice bands who performed there. The Fall, Joy Division, Inspiral Carpets and so many extra.
It jogged my memory of the day I met Ed Blaney, the outdated Fall supervisor, in the Circus Tavern with a bag filled with chunks of wooden. He were promoting them. They were bits of the flooring from the Hacienda….