James Buttler, the Cricket Badger, is joined by Gary Barwell, the Head Groundsman at Edgbaston to fight back against criticism of pitches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The barb that stung the most was from Mark Butcher on Twitter which read “Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this tournament.” A classic Twitter row ensued, of which you can view the full fiery exchange below.
Other points of conversation include: the job, the pride at turning out a belting wicket and the hard work the ground staff around the country put in. On this podcast, Gary fights back in defence of the unsung cricketing heroes across the nation.
The captain took four wickets before England closed the day on 15 without loss.
Anderson claimed three for 62 in a typically reliable stint.
Brathwaite converted his overnight 20 into the first-half century of the match from 113 balls.
The tourists had five wickets intact at tea.
Broad missed out on selection as England went with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first Test.
Adair made his Test and ODI debuts against England last year.
England were dismissed for 204.
Holder claimed six England wickets.
Holder claimed career-best figures of six for 42 to put Ben Stokes’ side under pressure.
The hosts had resumed on 35 for one after a rain-ruined start to the series.