The ongoing England-India Test series has been quite an eventful affair so far with the weather playing its part in it too. The other concern for the hosts is the performances of their top-order. The England openers have not looked quite promising in the match and thus the former England coach David Lloyd has suggested that Haseeb Hameed will probably get to don the English jersey soon. For a considerable amount of time now, the England openers have seemed to struggle and have underperformed to what is expected of them.
In the first Test against India, Rory Burns, who came in with some good momentum after scoring a century against New Zealand, couldn’t make his mark while Dom Sibley wasn’t able to convert his starts to some solid innings. Zak Crawley, on the other hand, was unable to shift his fortunes as his rough patch continued. David Lloyd has pinned his hopes on Haseeb Hameed who has been in a good form in the county circuit and stated that the opener will get a chance soon.
“There will be a debate about England’s top order and we’ve been looking at what’s around the county circuit. One distinguished person in cricket told me Dom Sibley is not even the best opener at Warwickshire. Step forward Rob Yates. And closer to the team Haseeb Hameed is emerging from the most almighty doldrums. He will get his chance again,” Lloyd wrote in the Daily Mail.
The umpires need to be much, much firmer: David Lloyd
Rain has frequently interrupted the play in the first Test and has spoiled the contest. There was an instance in the match where the India side was walking off the field when it seemed that there was a passing shower. Lloyd pointed out this and stated that the umpires need to take the control of the game and they need to be much firmer.
“Who is running this game? The umpires or the players? We had a squally shower come over Trent Bridge that clearly wasn’t going to last long but India refused to bat. Michael Gough was just letting them walk off until Jimmy Anderson intervened and they carried on. It’s not his job! The umpires need to be much, much firmer.” Lloyd added.