It doesn’t look pleasant out there – grey, windy, classic – but if Bristol’s anything like London, it’s unpleasantly close. That’s good news for India’s bowlers, especially given a ball that’s still pretty new.
Strike that, reverse it. Looking good, looking good, as junglists were fond of saying in mid-90s.
Sky’s team are gathered under an awning, which is not a great sign. But on the plus side, they enjoyed yesterday’s play as much as the rest of us.
Tomorrow, the men’s world Test championship final starts, and of course we’ll be bringing you that. In the meantime, here’s Andy Bull on the differences between England and the two finalists.
When we do get out there, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sophia Dunkley goes. Obviously her presence is a beautiful thing, but beyond that, she’s in the team because, as Heather Knight noted, sheer weight of runs made it impossible for them to leave her out. If she has a good morning – or afternoon – the tenor of this match will change very quickly.
Potentially bad news: according to the Met Office, this is the prognosis. We might be struggling for play before lunch (and at all tomorrow). Absolute nonsense.
It’s good to be back. But there’s back and there’s back, and yesterday was absolutely back.
England hadn’t played a Test in almost a year; India hadn’t played one in almost seven years; but at the close of play yesterday, both sides could be relatively happy with their day’s work just the same as those of us watching. England, and Heather Knight in particular, will feel they lost a dominant position in the final session, but with runs on the board, four wickets left and Sophia Dunkley at the wicket, they’re handily placed to post a total that puts them in the game – at the very least.
India, meanwhile, will feel like they’re on a roll. If they can knock England over this morning, they’ll be fewer runs in the hole than they feared, and fancy themselves to do some damage with the bat on what looks like remaining a decent track. This is set up to be another belter of a day – if the rain refrains.
Play: 11am BST