THE BOUNCER

The Observer - Sport - - CRICKET -

MAN OF THE DAY

How do you follow a land­mark like 500 Test wick­ets? By tak­ing the best fig­ures of your ca­reer the fol­low­ing day. James An­der­son’s ma­jes­tic per­for­mance brought fig­ures of seven for 42, just beat­ing his seven for 43 against New Zealand nine years ago.

FOND­EST FAREWELL

For his fi­nal day be­hind the mi­cro­phone, the Lord’s cater­ers rus­tled up a treat for Henry Blofeld (right): his favourite dish, lob­ster ther­mi­dor. “Way beyond ex­cep­tional” was the verdict of the old favourite, who opted for a typ­i­cally un­der­stated lime green blazer, baby pink shirt and ma­roon cra­vat and slacks combo for his last day at the of­fice. When he fin­ished his fi­nal stint on TMS, he re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion around the ground.

ASHES POINT­ERS

Just when ev­ery­one had writ­ten off the Ashes chances of Tom West­ley (right), he rushed Eng­land to vic­tory with a breezy, con­fi­dent 44 not out and en­sured his name will at least come up for dis­cus­sion when the se­lec­tors meet. At the other end, Mark Stone­man’s un­beaten 40 surely se­cured his flight to Aus­tralia.

BALL OF THE DAY

Shai Hope’s name has de­manded puns through­out the se­ries, such has been his the sheer class of his bat­ting, and he re­ally was West Indies’ last hope yes­ter­day. It took a jaffa from An­der­son to get rid of him, an im­mac­u­late de­liv­ery that straight­ened just enough to turn Hope round and take the out­side edge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.