Test cricket: tonight a series ends, tomorrow a series starts

The Land of Cricket makes a special stop above the Faraway Tree today/ tonight (and tomorrow).

Tonight the second Test (of 2) between England and New Zealand goes into Day 5 at Headingley, Leeds.
And tomorrow the first Test (of 2) between West Indies and Australia starts at Roseau.
If you’re in either area or approximately in the time zone, it would be great to get a story of your day.


In Yorkshire, the match has been affected by rain.
New Zealand are in the box seat should a full day’s play be possible.
New Zealand 350 (L Ronchi 88, TWM Latham 84, SCJ Broad 5/109)
England 350 (A Lyth 107, AN Cook 75, TG Southee 4/83)
New Zealand 8d/454 (BJ Watling 120, MJ Guptill 70, TG Southee 40 from 24 balls)
England 0/44

In the second innings, New Zealand had batsmen numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 all hit at least one six (thanks OBP).

This English summer JM Anderson has taken his 400th wicket and has no taken more than any other Englishman. AN Cook has passed G Gooch as the scorer of the most Test runs for England.

A fine day of 16 degrees is expected today in Headingley.

JE Root is reported to be saying that England will go for the win. We can probably all guess what New Zealand will do.

England’s next day of Test cricket after this will be Day 1 of the first Ashes Test.


Roseau on the island of Dominica, is in the tropics. A classic tropical 28 degrees is forecast there today.

This will be Australia’s first Test since the India series finished in Sydney. CJL Rogers has been ruled out with concussion and reports are that SE Marsh may open with DA Warner, with AC Voges likely to be added to the middle order after a 50-odd in the warm-up game. That would be a Test debut at age 35. Team doctor Peter Bruckner said “This is a black and white rule now. If someone is concussed, they don’t play. He was disappointed obviously. Obviously nobody wants to miss a Test match and he was very disappointed. He tried to talk me around, as they do.”

JR Hazlewood got wickets in that same warm-up game against a West Indies President’s XI, while SE Marsh got a ton.

For the Windies, they recently tied a series with England. S Chanderpaul has been dropped from the squad after a lean patch. He’s 87 short of B Lara’s record for the most runs by any West Indian.
West Indies squad for the first Test Denesh Ramdin (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor


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David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Thanks OBP did not no about Rogers any 1 no what our likely batting line up is ?

  2. Paddy Grindlay says

    OK then, I’ll see if I can get something done. I didn’t want to sleep anyway.

  3. E.regnans says

    Ahh, i’ve mucked up.
    The Windies start on 3 June.
    Get your sleep Paddy.

    Unless you fancy watching NZ in England.
    Great stuff.

  4. S Smith to bat at 3.

  5. E.regnans says


    England resuming at 0/44
    1/47 (Lyth) Boult
    2/61 (Balance) Boult
    3/62 (Bell) Craig
    4/62 (Root) Craig
    5/102 (Stokes) Williamson

    Cook & Buttler with the best part of 2 sessions to bat.

  6. E.regnans says

    Cricinfo are saying SE Marsh to open with DA Warner.
    Smith at 3.
    Clarke at 4.
    Voges at 5.

    England 5/102 at lunch
    6/141 (Cook) Williamson
    7/153 (Ali) Henry
    8/188 (Broad) Williamson
    England 8/206 at tea
    9/230 (Wood) Southee
    10/255 (Buttler) Craig

    New Zealand win by 199 runs.

  7. Phil Hill says

    What a disgrace that the England NZ series in only two Tests. It is also a disgrace that the WI Australia series is only two Tests.

    Let’s hope the two WI Tests are magnificent games, both ending in ties so the ICC will start to insist on proper cricket

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