BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Could Alastair Cook follow Mike Denness' example and drop himself? By [/debate/columnists/columnist-1067049/David-Lloyd-for-the-Daily-Mail.html David Lloyd for the Daily Mail]
Published: 22:37 BST, 11 July 2014 | Updated: 22:37 BST, 11 July 2014

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Is the England captain on his last legs?

Does Alastair Cook need to go back to county cricket? He has said he needs to get back to basics to regain his form, but can he do that in a Test series? It's not unknown for a captain to drop himself - Mike Denness did it in 1974, albeit on tour - and there are no easy answers to Cook's predicament.
One thing is certain - Tests are going to come thick and fast.
Making the call: Mike Denness dropped himself from the England team when he was not performing

Dilemma: ok-wiki.ru Alastair Cook is out of form and could be tempted to drop himself


I agree with our own Sports Agenda about the amount of people milling around on the outfield prior to a day's play. Of course broadcasters have a job to do but once you have done that job get off the playing area and allow the players to get on with their business.

I speak on this subject with some authority because I'm one of the ones who mill about! Get off the field! You too, Bumble!


Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks is a good man who has prepared great pitches in the past.

But he admits that this one has gone wrong. The top half-inch of the pitch is rock hard but underneath for an unknown reason the sub-soil has turned to dust. Even so I really hope the authorities address the problem of lifeless pitches because there have been far too many in recent Tests.
Lifeless: Groundsman Steve Birks admits he has not prepared a good pitch at Trent Bridge


Stuart Broad was spotted on the balcony reading a biography of Harold Larwood, who used to terrorise batsmen here along with Bill Voce.

As did Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice in a latter era. But would they have been able to do so on this pitch? Maybe if they had been bowling against England's current batsmen! Shame Broad didn't have time to read much of it before he was batting.
A good read: England bowler Stuart Broad settles down to a brew and tucks into a good book on Notts bowling legend Harold Larwood


Ishant Sharma may have lost his nip but he's the leading force for India with the ball in this game and he showed his experience by changing his delivery angle on the crease to nip three out after lunch and start England's pathetic demise.

What are they putting in the food here? There's been a flurry of wickets every afternoon. There needs to be a culinary inquiry. Send for Heston Bloomingeck…

Tricky customer: Ishant Sharma can still prove to be a threat with the ball despite losing some pace


India look to have a good set of lads.

Some superstars have been put out to grass. There's no Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Zaheer etc And there's no strutting around or flagging the ball through to the boundary. The newcomers look fit in the field, can obviously bat and have an impressive captain in MS Dhoni, who leads on instinct and had a fabulous afternoon. I like the cut of India's gib…

The future's bright: There is plenty to be positive about in this new look India


No wickets in the morning session and then inexplicably six in the afternoon. England were frankly shocking.

It exasperates me when batsmen come in and start looking and prodding at the pitch as if it has got demons in it. It's the same pitch! It hasn't changed! It isn't going to go away! Not good enough, England.

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