England and Ireland are currently playing a one off test match which began on Thursday. The game is being played the Mecca of Cricket otherwise known as Lord’s cricket ground. It is an important summer ahead as the England team is getting ready to host Australia for the 5 match test series. Ireland who are new to the longest format of the game made a good impression in the only test they played a few years ago.
The story so far –
Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bowl first and bowled out Ireland for mere 172 on the board. The star with the ball was veteran pacer Stuart Broad who picked his 20th test five wicket haul. At the end of the 1st day, the English team had reach 152 on the board with an healthy scoring rate.
Harry Tector uses the DRS break for a quick trip to the loo –
Joe Root was looking to make use of the best conditions for batting on a sunny day at Lords on Friday. The 33 year old was on the benches for most of the tournament for Rajasthan Royals this year. Root went for a reverse paddle scoop and was on struck on his pads.
While there wasn’t much enthusiasm. The Ireland players decided to go for the DRS and the subsequent replays showed that Joe Root was safe. The drama didn’t end there, Harry Tector the Ireland wicket keeper was no where to be seen he made use of this moment to visit the restroom
Ben Duckett scores his 2nd test ton –
Starting the day 20 runs behind the 1st innings score of Ireland , the English were quick to polish of the deficit. Ben Duckett who has come into the English set up after nearly 6 years absence got to his 2nd test century. The 28 year old left hander scored a career best 182 off 178 balls with 24 fours and a six before he lost his off pole to Hume.
Ollie Pope scores his maiden double century –
The runs kept flowing after the 252 run stand between Duckett and Pope for the 2nd wicket. Root and Pope added 146 runs in under 21 overs with Root falling for 56 off 59 balls with 4 fours and a six. Pope then reached his double ton with a huge six as he was out next ball to Mcbrine. Pope scored 205 off 208 balls with 22 fours and 3 sixes as England declared on 524 in 82.4 overs with a lead of 352.
Twitter reacts –
The funny incident seen at the Lord’s cricket ground had the fans in splits as they took to Twitter to have their say. You can read all the tweets by fans below.
England are 397 for 2 as they have the drinks break in the afternoon session. #ENGvIRE— justin smyth (@justinsmyth1) June 2, 2023
Hey Joe, this is how you do it...#EngvIre— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) June 2, 2023