Frankly, you might as well open the bowling with Mark Wood

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Mark Wood (ECB)

The big news from England’s warm-up piss-take of a match against a New Zealand XI is that they’re thinking of having Retired Hurt open the bowling. Accounting for three batsmen, he was England’s most successful bowler after Jimmy Anderson, who took 4-56.

Root deployed just the nine bowlers and even fewer of them actually opened. Mark Wood got three overs with the brand new ball and frankly, England may as well persist in doing that.

We’re aware that opening the bowling is meant to be some huge great deal and that making Stuart Broad come on first-change would put his mental health at grave risk – but if his replacement’s only going to bowl a three-over spell, as Wood would, it isn’t necessarily a monumental disadvantage in any real meaningful sense.

Fresh from his new and exciting experience, Wood also had some helpful advice for the Hamilton groundsman: “I think they should burn that top end, so I don’t have to bowl from there any more.”


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  1. Foakes in, but no Woakes or Stokes?! That really is a piss-take.

    Likewise England’s bowling approach after getting the good/established players out cheaply seems to be to play in the new guys.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an all-out scorecard with so many not-outs. Makes a mockery of my tea towel.

    1. Enjoying a completely soundless live stream of Day 2 from NZ Cricket as a means of not working too hard, and it’s very intriguing comparing scorecards. NZC has England currently at 222/11, with Cook batting again under the name of Foakes, and Stoneman already been and gone for a second time masquerading as Mason Crane. My researches reveal however, that the BBC and Cricinfo are both in denial, and are maintaining that we are resolutely hanging in there at 221/9, with Cook 40 not out and attempting to carry his bat once more. It could end up with personal scorecards, I suppose: Cook 40/1, Stoneman 3/2, etc., and we’re not even into the floodlit bit yet.

      In other news, Vince was quickly into his customary rhythm: 4, 2, 4, nick. Why does he do that?

      1. Root to 3. Give Livingstone a whirl and banish the beauty of Vince’s batting once more to county cricket.

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