England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day May 27, 2012

Jonny gets jumpy

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day at Trent Bridge

Groan of the day

The groan of disappointment that rose from Trent Bridge told its own story: while the wicket of Kevin Pietersen ten minutes into play on the third morning represented a superb start to the day from West Indies, it came as a bitter blow to those spectators who hoped to see a Pietersen masterclass. Pietersen, playing across a straight one from the admirable Ravi Rampaul, called for a review but it was more in hope than expectation.

Significant dismissal of the day

Might the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow have uncovered a significant flaw in his game? While West Indies do not have the fearsome attack of the past, Roach still has the pace and class to trouble the best. He discomforted Bairstow a couple of times with well directed deliveries that struck the batsman on the chest and the glove and finally dismissed him with another ball, angled in to the body, that had a flustered Bairstow attempting to play off his hips and presenting a leading edge to mid-on. With a series to come against a South Africa side containing several good fast bowlers, Bairstow's dismissal will have been noted by England selectors.

Review of the day

It is rare that Aleem Dar makes an error. It is even more rare that he makes an error that can be overturned upon review. It was, therefore, a brave and astute decision from Darren Sammy to utilise the DRS when Ian Bell was struck on the pad by an inswinger from Kemar Roach. Sammy's instinct was vindicated when Dar's decision was overturned and Bell was given out lbw. It was an important wicket in the context of the game, too: the new ball was just four deliveries old and, if they were to fight their way back into the game, they needed quick wickets. Sammy proved it was no fluke, either, when he also used the DRS to overturn Asad Rauf's decision to reprieve Graeme Swann

Hiatus of the day

Only in cricket could you have a situation where tea was delayed by 30 minutes for play to then be held up for repairs to be made to the bowlers' take-off area. As the preceding over - containing two reviews - has also taken eight minutes, it meant that spectators witnessed just six deliveries in 16 minutes. Ten deliveries later, West Indies took the final England wicket and the players departed for the tea break. At least it also coincided with the break between innings.

Key moment of the day

With West Indies top order lacking experience or, perhaps, the quality required to flourish at this level, the performances of Shivnarine Chanderpaul are always ways likely to prove key to their fortunes. So when the 37-year-old, uncharacteristically nervous throughout his 15-ball stay, top edged a hook - an odd shot in the circumstances - directly to the man on the fine-leg boundary, it hammered a nail into the coffin of the tourists' hopes.

Stat of the day

The failure of both openers underlined a recurrent problem in West Indies cricket in recent years. Since the start of 2010, their opening partnerships in Test cricket averages just 19.58. That is more than 10 fewer than New Zealand (29.82) and 20 fewer than Bangladesh (39.91). England's in the same period is 38.64.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on May 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @Henrik Lovén on (May 28 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) JM has already addressed part of my answer.The other part is that KP was in such fine form which is maybe wht Strauss took the view knowing that if KP remained he would likely push the game further forward with his strike rate. My hunch is that if it was anyone else Strauss may have advised differently. Re Broad is that batting or bowling? With bowling Eng are supposed to have a system whereby they'll not review unless bowler,Strauss and Prior all think it's out

  • John on May 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @Henrik Lovén on (May 28 2012, 09:50 AM GMT), to be fair, on this occasion it looked like Pietersen was ready to go off but Strauss told him it might be worth a review. Pietersen did confer with Strauss so I'm sure that, if the captain had told him that it looked out, he would have accepted the decision.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Rahulcricket007. I don't care what Yuvraj does in ODI cricket. When he gets to Test cricket, he's a liability against the short ball.

    @PunchDrunkPunter. Perhaps not but the short pitched ball has undoubtedly got him in problems in this Test. Don't forget he wore one on the chest facing his very first Test delivery. Morgan was criticised for the crouching stance getting him into bad positions and I'm not convinced Bairstow's crouch is good at international level. Again with India in mind, does he go too hard at the ball to be a success on slow Indian wickets against decent spinners?

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Is Pietersen England's second-worst review-waster after Stuart Broad? Would be interesting to see a statistical analysis how teams have fared and which players have displayed the best/worst judgement about when to invoke a review.

  • John on May 28, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @Meety on (May 28 2012, 00:41 AM GMT) I hear you but my main point is that our number 6 batsman has been averaging less than our number 7 and number 8 in thae last year or so. Sure we could come apart with a 5 man attack vs a better side but then did we not do that with our 6 man batting formation vs Pak and in the 1st test vs UAE. As I put to Landl47 we don't have a number 6 like Hussey and we seem to be desperately trying to find that person when we could be trying the 5 man bowling attack

  • John on May 28, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 28 2012, 03:01 AM GMT) The way I see it is that - at the moment Bres is comfortably over 30 batting and Broad is in his late 20s. I think Prior averages in his 40s. Is that not good enough? The other thing is (and I've pointed this out in my last post) our number 6 (Bopara or Morgan) were averaging less since the start of 2011 than Prior or even Bresnan/Broad at 8. If like Australia for example we had a number 6 who was averaging like Hussey then yes but we're desperately trying to find that number 6 batsman. I'd also say that we have 2 semi all rounders in Broad and Bres and Broad (last time I looked) was averaging better than Flintoff with the bat. Also by the same token the 6th batsman should be worth his place as a batsman and surely he should be averaging more than number 7 and 8 and unless my maths are wrong that has not been the case over the last year or so.

  • A on May 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @demon_bowler - think all the talk about Bres justifying his place is a testimony to just how good Finn is. Bres can;t afford to go walkabouts with his bowling too often or he will lose out to Finn IMO. It's actually great we are having this debate, shows how good the talent is waiting in the wings.

  • rob on May 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    It is a real pleasure reading interesting sensible comments. Many thanks to all for a great debate about the batting line-up.

  • Aswin on May 28, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Once Again I say: Bell is world class . Dont doubt his ability against spin> He has nimble feet. The only bowler he struggled against was ajmal and everyone knows how well ajmal 'BOWLS'?

  • John on May 28, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @JG2704: I'm all for a 5-man bowling attack, but the fifth bowler must be an all-rounder, worth his place for his batting as well. That means someone who is able to average over 30 in tests. Bresnan is doing that at the moment, but this is only his 13th test and he hasn't had many innings. If he continues to bat as he did today, however, I'd take him at #7 rather than the extra batsman. There are several good young players coming up who might fit the bill in time: Stokes, Woakes and Coles are all batsmen with at least 1 first-class hundred and useful bowlers. Woakes and Coles are primarily bowlers, Stokes is a batting all-rounder, but all do both pretty well and they're all young- Woakes just turned 23, Coles just turned 22 and Stokes 21 next week. With Broad still only 25, Finn 23 and young spinners like Briggs, Borthwick and Kerrigan, England has a lot of talent developing.

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