An early evaluation of the pitch: good for batting.
The massive query is whether or not the pitch will break up later at present or tomorrow. My sense is that it gained’t.
Pope pinches three runs into the off facet. He strikes to 10 and has a highest rating of 35 in opposition to Australia.
Boland continues going about his enterprise as Root cuts him behind level for 4.
England have scored 44 runs within the first 5.3 overs of play. Nice batting.
A mate has texted me: “Fully modified the circulate of the sport in quarter-hour of low-risk cricket.”
England 2-72, lead by 79 runs.