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.
India are really, really good.
India moved to the brink of a 3-0 series whitewash as South Africa’s batting woes continued on the third day of the final Test in Ranchi.
It all went to plan for the Northern Supercharges according to their main man…
Chris Gayle, Shakib Al Hasan, Babar Azam and 13 more absentees…
Shane Warne, head coach of London Spirit, suggested Gayle and Malinga ‘priced themselves wrong’ as they went unselected in The Hundred draft
Another absolute spanking. India are pretty good.
The Hundred Draft was not that bad actually.
No Hundred gigs for some big-name players.