The score. Oh god, the score. England 77 & 56/0 need another 572 (lol) runs to beat West Indies 289 and 415/6d (Holder 202*, Dowrich 116*) with 10 wickets in hand.
Jason Holder is a magnificent man.
Holder’s unbeaten 202 is the third Test double-hundred scored from number eight. It is the highest score ever made by a number eight in a Test where a team managed to get bowled out for 77.
Holder’s 229-ball effort was the second fastest West Indies Test double-century. Absolutely no prizes on offer for identifying the proud owner of the 221-ball double that sits top of that list.
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Holder and Dowrich’s unbroken 295 is the third highest seventh-wicket stand in Tests, and the highest since 1955.
Holder’s eight sixes is also a West Indian record.
Dowrich is the first batsman in the history of the game to not pick Joe Root’s comically telegraphed leg-break. He was absolutely stone-dead plumb lbw but sadly for England Chris Gaffaney was the second man in history to be confused by cricket’s least disguised variation. A crucial moment? No.
England’s nominal target of 628 is the highest target West Indies have ever set in Test cricket.
This is the 24th full day’s Test cricket without a single wicket – the 10th to feature 300+ runs.
Fair play to Burns and Jennings. Not the day’s big story, but fair play.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.
The Somerset bowler last month opened up about his mental health struggles and he discussed the topic further with Marcus Trescothick on Zoom.