Two Test caps, a paddywhack, & a bone of contention
Plays of the Day from the first day of England's Test match against Bangladesh at Lord's
Decision of the dayThe Umpire Decision Review System - or rather, lack thereof - became a bone of Bangladeshi contention during their recent home series against England, with accusations of bias flying this way and that after a string of unfortunate umpiring errors. So far at Lord's, however, the only man to have any beef with the umpiring was the England captain on that trip, Alastair Cook, who was pinned lbw for 7 in a tricky morning session, despite replays showing that Shadahat Hossain's nippy delivery would have sailed over the top of middle stump. However, because of a lack of agreement between the ICC and the host broadcaster, Sky, no provision for reviews was made for this match, and so Cook was sent on his way.
Shot of the dayAndrew Strauss did not put himself forward for the recent World Twenty20 squad because, as he put it on the eve of the Lord's Test, "it's not a massive strength of mine to be whacking the ball straight back over the bowler's head". Maybe not, but he's not afraid to clear the ropes when the opportunity arises, as he showed with his second scoring shot of the match, a dismissive pull up and over midwicket when the debutant Robiul Islam dropped too short. Nevertheless, Craig Kieswetter needn't fear for his Twenty20 place just yet. Up until that stroke, Strauss had collected a solitary run in seven overs.
Bowling change of the dayMahmudullah was one of four Bangladesh spinners when the teams last met in March, but a combination of his batting prowess and the seamer-friendly surface meant he was picked as Shakib Al Hasan's No. 2 for this match. But as at Chittagong, so at Lord's, he proved to be a promising partnership-breaker. After an exploratory over in the final minutes before lunch, Mahmudullah returned midway through the afternoon session, and struck with his fourth delivery, as Andrew Strauss chopped onto his stumps for 83, having just survived an appeal for a catch off his forearm.
Deja vu of the dayA Man of the Series performance in the World Twenty20 means that Kevin Pietersen's form is somewhat less of a national concern right now, and if he is suffering from sleepless nights, those are more likely to be courtesy of young Dylan Blake than any batting shortcomings. Nevertheless, in his last eight innings against Bangladesh, dating back to the ODI series in February and March, he has been dismissed on seven occasions, and on each and every occasion, a slow-left-armer has made the breakthrough.
Impact of the dayEoin Morgan made a measured start to his Test career, picking off the singles and shelving the flashy strokes with which he's made his name in one-day cricket. But having nudged along to 6 from 20 balls, he climbed into a short ball from Mahmudullah - his first real shot in anger. Imrul Kayes, at short leg, barely had time to react as the ball crashed into the temple area of his helmet at a frightening rate of knots. Soon afterwards he was led, rather unsteadily, from the field, but as anyone who recalls the sad fate of Raman Lamba would know, the incident could have been much much worse. In February 1998, the helmet-less Lamba died from a similar blow, during a club match at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka.
Shot of the day Mk 2Having suggested, before the match, that he might not play the "paddywhack" for a year in Test cricket, Morgan's natural urges took over after 27 deliveries of his five-day career. The ball, from Shakib, was on the line of off stump, so Morgan flipped his wrists, dropped to his knees and spanked it with impeccable timing through the gap at third man. The shot, he had also added, was all about weighing up the risks, and on this particular occasion, he surmised (correctly) that there were none.
Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo
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