Should be a difficult start with a sombre mood following the events in Manchester.
I hope once people have paid their respects though the cricket takes over and people enjoy themselves in the Sunshine.
That said, perhaps it would be fitting if a little bit of extra self control could be shown to tone down the amount of alcohol fuelled idiocy that often takes place in certain areas of the ground.
I missed the first half of the second innings. Did Rashid bowl so badly as to preclude a second spell? I saw Plunkett bowl exceptionally well, as he did at Headingley.
Didn't the game remind us how important luck is. The Root run out (someone said it was 'careless' - careless by Morgan or careless by Root, for backing up as he has been taught to do since the age of 8?); then Stokes, missed off each of his first two balls, but he had the ability and class to make a hundred.
But luckiest of all must be the two England openers for getting selected. Whatever the stats say, these two look awful against class bowling. Their batting is not based on sound principles. I suppose the theory is that if they both come off, that's terrific; if only one fails, that's acceptable because of the depth. But wouldn't Moin Ali be able to do an equally good job, score just as quickly, and with more certainty?
Not to mention a certain redhead.