Arrgggghhh, how very Australian. England grafted and ground, and Andrew Strauss was marvellous in compiling an excellent ton, but failures from pretty much England’s entire middle-order, means that the good foundations he and Alistair Cook built in the first session and beyond could yet be wasted. The pitch is good and will become increasingly spin friendly. England need to stop the rot and build another 150 – 200 runs tomorrow to put the pressue on India. This was the toss we hoped for, but Flintoff and Prior need to dig in and build a commanding first innings total.

* * * * * * * * * *
An appeal from The Village Cricketer: In June 2009, The Village Cricketer’s English All Stars will play the Cricket with Balls Code of Conduct XI in a charity cricket match to raise runds for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign. So, if you enjoy this post, please support the cause by donating £2 or anything you can spare via our Justgiving page. 1 in 3 of us will get cancer at some time in our lives, please show your support!