Day One in the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s was washed away without a ball being bowled after persistent showers played spoilsport throughout Wednesday.
The hosts handed a maiden Test cap to Jofra Archer on a gloomy and wet day at Lord’s with the Barbados-born pacer receiving the honour from his close friend Chris Jordan.
Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 251 run win in the opener at Edgbaston and will be hoping to take another giant step to their first Ashes series win on English soil since 2001.
Will Joe Root and his men restore parity in the Ashes at Lord’s or will the Aussies extend their electric start to the series? Follow the ball-by-ball commentary below from Lord’s to stay tuned to all the action.
☔️ PLAY ABANDONED— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 14, 2019
😔 Sadly the rain has failed to stop so play has been abandoned as Day 1 comes to a close at Lord's.
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Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has confirmed his application for the position of head coach of the Pakistan U19 team.
The 42-year-old is likely to interview for the position with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Karachi next week. The PCB had recently carried out advertisements seeking candidates for the Pakistan men’s team head coach as well as that of the U19 squad.
“I have applied and my interview is next week. I just feel that I can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket,” Saqlain was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
The former Pakistan international is currently serving as the spin consultant for England in their ongoing Ashes series against Australia and has performed a similar role with New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia previously.
Saqlain Mushtaq who has rich coaching experience will give interview to PCB on Monday after applying for national und-19 coaching position. Good luck Saqi you are needed!— Waheed Khan (@waheedkhan) August 14, 2019
Saqlain played 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan over the course of his international career in which he picked up 208 and 288 wickets respectively.
The former spinner was also a part of England’s coaching setup during their maiden World Cup triumph recently and is a Level Three certified coach with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The ICC U19 World Cup is slated to get underway in South Africa in January next year and the PCB are expected to conduct interviews for the head coach position next week in Karachi.
A counter-attacking 86 from middle-order stalwart Ross Taylor kept New Zealand in the hunt on Day One of their opening Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.
On a day which ended prematurely due to persistent showers, Akila Dananjaya’s five-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka restrict the Kiwis to 203-5.
The day started promisingly for the visitors after skipper Kane Williamson elected to bat first with openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham adding 64 runs for the first wicket.
The hosts came roaring back towards the end of the first session with Dananjaya’s off-spin fetching three quick wickets before lunch.
The Sri Lanka off-spinner first removed Latham by drawing an edge toward the slips before dismissing Williamson for a duck in the very same over. The New Zealand skipper could only tap a simple return catch to his Sri Lanka counterpart Dimuth Karunaratne at short mid-wicket after the ball gripped in the surface.
The Kiwis were suddenly reduced to 71-3 at the stroke of lunch after Dananjaya had Raval caught-behind before Taylor and Henry Nicholls rescued the situation for the visitors.
The duo added exactly 100 runs for the fourth wicket before Nicholls fell at the stroke of tea. The left-hander was dismissed for 42 by the off-spinner after failing to make contact with his attempted sweep.
Dananjaya gave Sri Lanka more reasons to smile before tea by trapping BJ Watling plumb on the pads for just one run. Taylor continued to fight for New Zealand at the other end with some gutsy strokes and the right-hander was inching towards a 19th Test ton before rain brought an early halt to proceedings at Galle.
First Test Day One Scorecard
New Zealand: 203-5 (68 overs)
Ross Taylor: 86 not out
Akila Dananjaya: 5-57