Perhaps the most obvious pun going around today – and one that I am sure I’m not alone in using. Graham Onions has just taken 5-38 as the West Indies were skittled for 152. Andrew Strauss has enforced the follow on, and – with an hour left today – the very real prospect that play won’t last until Saturday, which is when I’d considered going along to Lords.
The West Indies batsmen have not prospered for a number of years in early English summer conditions, but Strauss and Flower picked a man in form and knew their Onions had the right stuff to make the oppos eyes water. Good to see.
All this followed some most unusual play in which Graham Swann opened the bowling – a unusually innovative (read horrifically village) move – which got Beefy hopping about.