307 for 8 isn’t necessarily quite where England would want to be at the end of day 1, however, it isn’t necessarily the worst start to a test that will produce a result.
On a classic Oval belter England would have wanted 500 at least. This, however, is not a classic Oval belter. It looks two paced and it has turned already.
Crucially England has batted first. England would want at least another 50 tomorrow morning, however, they are in the game, have the better bowlers for the conditions and everything to play for. Game on!
Oh, and this is the first time I’ve seen Jonathan Trott bat. He looks good and reminded me of Steve Waugh. That can’t be a bad thing.