BUMBLE AT THE TEST: West Indies’ Rahkeem Cornwall is the real deal… while Ollie Pope is just perfect at six
- England finished day one of the third Test on 258 for 4 at Old Trafford
- Rahkeem Cornwall was a surprising inclusion and he is a natural off-spin bowler
- Chris Silverwood’s thinks his best attack is Archer, Anderson, Broad and Woakes
- There should be no rush to get Ollie Pope any higher up the batting order
Ollie Pope was approaching his first century on home soil as his partnership with Jos Buttler helped turn the tide on day one of the decisive third Test against the West Indies.
Rory Burns steadied the ship with 57 after a rocky start before the evening session saw Pope reel off a wonderful 91 not out to lead England to 258 for four.
Here, Sportsmail’s David Lloyd gives us his take on the proceedings on day five…
Ollie Pope (L) and Jos Buttler walk off after play was ended for the day due to bad light
Keep your distance lads
Not exactly a socially-distanced start to this third Test. In the second over short leg Shamarh Brooks took a blow from Rory Burns on the foot. No big deal. He was just doing his job.
But then John Campbell ran over from third slip and gave him a cuddle. I hope this sort of thing isn’t going to catch on.
Real deal Cornwall
Good to see Rahkeem Cornwall getting a game. He is a big lad and that will attract attention but I watched him very carefully in practice even before this Test and he’s a natural off-spin bowler.
Phil Tufnell said: ‘He’s the real deal.’ Cornwall is a real talent and it’s refreshing that someone of ample build can have a role in Test cricket.
Rakheem Cornwall is a natural off-spin bowler and showed he can cause England problems
Room with a view
I’ve never stayed in a hotel in Manchester before because I only live up the road but this is my second stint in the Hilton Garden Inn bio-bubble and I’m being really well looked after.
My broadcasting chums have been so impressed they might stay here again when the world returns to normal.
No Zak, top attack
I was surprised to see Zak Crawley left out by England because it meant Jos Buttler batting at six and he’s been short of runs, but they are clearly covering for Ben Stokes struggling to bowl.
Interesting to hear Chris Silverwood saying before this match he wanted his best attack here — and he clearly means Archer, Anderson, Broad and Woakes.
The was a surprise when England’s team was announced as Zak Crawley (right) was left out
I’m a rose-tinted spectacle
Red for Ruth day and it was lovely to have Sir Andrew Strauss with us on Friday for the occasion.
I reckon I look quite dapper in my red jacket and the sharp eyed might have noticed I was wearing my rose-tinted glasses to complete the look.
I can reveal they were designed by Specsavers for Kylie Minogue! Shame I only wear this combo once a year.
Clearly England decided to be busy against the spin of Cornwall and wouldn’t let him settle.
Both Rory Burns and Ben Stokes came down the pitch to him early on when he bowled round the wicket — Stokes hit him past mid-on beautifully straight for four.
Burns tried to hit it squarer and it hit his pads. The lesson? Don’t try to play spin too square.
Ben Stokes played straight when up against West Indies spinner Cornwall and had success
Pope’s just perfect at six
Make no mistake, Ollie Pope is class. He was too high at four when he first came into the England team and it was good to see them bedding him in at six when he came back.
Pope may have been a spot higher on Friday because of England’s rejig but there’s no rush to get him any higher. There will be plenty of time for him to go up the order again.