First hundred in five years for Burnham on day of dominance at Chester-le-Street
Worcestershire 213 (Fell 44, Leach 42*, Rushworth 5-56) and 60 for 0 need another 363 runs to beat Durham 246 (Lees 99, Tongue 5-39) and 389 for 5 dec (Young 103, Burnham 102*)
Durham require 10 wickets on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire after centuries from Will Young and Jack Burnham handed the visitors a daunting fourth-innings chase.
Young provided the foundation with his second century of the season in his final game for the home side. Burnham upped the ante late in the afternoon and notched his first hundred since May 2016. Ned Eckersley also provided a brisk knock of 86 from 57 balls, including six sixes.
Worcestershire’s openers faced a tough final hour, but Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby remained unbeaten at the close after putting on a stand of 60, although their side require another 363 runs to pull off an unlikely victory at Emirates Riverside.
Durham added only three runs to their overnight total before Joe Leach found Scott Borthwick’s outside edge. Young held firm and worked his way his past fifty, reaching the milestone from 128 balls. He and David Bedingham put on a stand of 69 for the third wicket, but the latter played a loose drive before lunch to a Josh Tongue delivery and was caught behind.
Young picked his moments to grind down the Worcestershire attack, while Burnham provided ample support, allowing Durham to post their third fifty partnership in succession. The New Zealander attempted to bring up his century by pulling Ed Barnard over the rope, only to be put down by Charlie Morris on the square leg boundary.
Young made the most of his opportunity and reached his second century of the season with a crisp on-drive down the ground that travelled to the fence. He failed to add to his score after passing three figures, leaving an inswinger from Tongue that struck his back pad. Durham pressed on through Burnham, who produced a great array of strokes around the wicket. The right-hander put the Worcestershire bowlers to the sword after easing past fifty.
Eckersley proved more than a useful foil at the other end, allowing the home side to accelerate courtesy of a century stand. He smashed a six to reach his half-century before a glut of further sixes followed, sending four over the rope in one Brett D’Oliveira over.
Eckersley was caught on the fence after his onslaught before Burnham, who endured a struggle in the nineties, finally reached his ton, ending a five-year drought. The milestone prompted Borthwick to declare with a lead of 422. However, Durham were denied a breakthrough in the final hour as Mitchell and Libby were solid, leaving the visitors unscathed at the close.
Jofra Archer ruled out of all cricket for the rest of 2021 after recurrence of elbow fracture
The England seamer will play no part in the Test series against India, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes
Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL due to pain in the elbow. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from the elbow in May.
After returning to bowling with his county side, Sussex, in recent weeks he felt increasing discomfort and was sent for further scans. These revealed he had suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture that first became apparent in South Africa at the start of 2020. The ECB insists that the operation and stress fracture are not connected.
As a result, the ECB has announced he will play no part in the LV= Insurance Test series against India, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes.
Given that he has only played six Tests, three ODIs and 11 T20Is since he was first troubled by the problem, the news is bound to raise question marks about Archer’s future career. While he is, at 26, young enough to come again, it remains to be seen if he will opt to limit himself to a career in white-ball cricket in a bid to alleviate further such issues.
The news is a crushing blow to England’s Ashes hopes. They had aimed to utilise an attack including Archer, Mark Wood and Ollie Stone in Australia with hope of exploiting the pace and bounce in the surfaces. Stone, too, is currently recovering from a stress fracture of the lower back.
Whatever occurs in Archer’s future, his place in England’s cricketing history is assured. As the man who led their attack throughout the 2019 World Cup – including bowling the Super Over in the final – he played a huge part in their success. He produced several spells in the Ashes series that followed – notably at Lord’s – which were as quick as anything produced by an England bowler in many, many years.
At that stage, it seemed Archer and England were at the start of an exciting journey. This news will raise concerns over how much more there is to come from him.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
New Zealand’s Adam Milne eyes 2021 T20 World Cup spot as he keeps his rhythm going
Injuries have parched him of steady opportunities but he has been able play more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 BBL
Milne played only 12 professional games in a two-year period between November 2018 and December 2020, twice undergoing surgery on his left ankle, but has been able to string games together more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 Big Bash League and has been the standout fast bowler in the group stages of the ongoing Hundred to date, playing for the table-topping Birmingham Phoenix.
New Zealand are expected to confirm squads for those tours at the start of next week, though it is unclear at this stage whether Milne and the other players with IPL deals will be part of them. Milne confirmed he is expecting to fly to the UAE to fulfil his contract with the Mumbai Indians where he will link back up with Shane Bond, Mumbai’s assistant coach and his Sydney Thunder head coach and mentor.
“I’d obviously love to play more for New Zealand,” Milne told ESPNcricinfo. “I’ve had a lot of injuries over the last three years which has stopped me playing any cricket at all really, and you can’t play for New Zealand if you’re not playing any domestic cricket.
“It’s nice to be playing well over here, and I feel like out of all of the formats, I’ve got a really good record in T20. I know this is slightly different with the 100-ball format, but I’d obviously really like to be part of that World Cup team and there has been a little bit of communication behind the scenes back home.
“The hardest thing for a fast bowler is stringing a whole period of cricket together. It’s all been short-format for me, so it’s not as taxing as longer forms, but it’s been nice to be able to play consistently and gain a bit of trust in the body and get a bit of rhythm in my bowling. When you’re coming in and out, you’re not quite getting that rhythm, so it’s been nice to keep that going.”
Milne’s preparation for the Hundred was not ideal. He was due to play six games for Kent in the group stages of the Vitality Blast but one was washed out and he was forced to self-isolate for 10 days during the final two as a close contact of a team-mate who had contracted Covid-19.
But he has still managed to hit the ground running over the last two weeks. He is the competition’s fourth-highest wicket-taker with seven in his first five appearances, and has the best economy rate (1.02 runs conceded per ball) out of any seamer. He has also hit speeds of 93mph/149kph – only Marchant de Lange has bowled a fast ball in the tournament – and produced one of its first viral moments with an outrageous caught-and-bowled to dismiss Ravi Bopara.
“Obviously part of my role is to bowl fast,” he said. “As long as I can perform, take wickets and keep that economy rate low, I’m happy. I wouldn’t say the pace is irrelevant because it’s part and parcel of my job, but I’m not steaming in trying to bowl 100mph (161kph) because I’d probably rip my ankle off.
“The results have been really good. I’ve felt like over the last 6-12 months that I’ve been bowling well and – going back to the Big Bash – wasn’t taking the wickets I would have liked, so it’s nice to chip in with a few here, and keeping that economy low in these sorts of games is obviously pretty important.
“It was a mixed start for us: we didn’t perform overly greatly on that spinning wicket in Manchester and the Southern Brave game felt like it could have gone either way. But I think we’re in a good position with a strong team, good depth and a lot of exciting young players so let’s hope we can get on a bit of a roll.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98
Live Report – England vs India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day | Cricket
India’s bowlers performed admirably to give them the advantage against England on day one. Can their batters push it home? Follow ESPNcricinfo’s live updates to find out (Please refresh the page to get the latest). Click here for ball-by-ball commentary. Also, here is our coverage of the match in Hindi
30 minutes, 7 overs, 6 runs, 1 review lost, 0 wicket
Gripping stuff as it often is in bowling conditions. England have chosen to open up with James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. Ideally you want to open with the best two bowlers, but possibly England want experience in each spell so holding Stuart Broad back for later.
In seven overs, England have induced 10 mistakes from India, but no edge has gone to hand. James Anderson has bowled four overs but not a single inswinger although he has flipped the shiny side on a couple of occasions. The ball is still swinging, but England have shown desperation in wasting their second review on Rohit Sharma. India have made 27 false responses and lost no wicket. England were bowled out in 93.
India 27 for 0 in 20 overs, Rohit 13 off 56, Rahul 11 off 65.
Ishant Sharma watch
We have Nagraj Gollapudi on the job. This is what he has to report
Every day since India arrived at Trent Bridge, Ishant Sharma has been undergoing what appear to be fitness tests: running lengths, bowling to empty nets, and training away from the rest of the squad. He was absent from the team huddles on Wednesday and Thursday, running through the paces while being observed by Indian trainer Nick Webb and physiotherapist Nitin Patel. On Thursday India bowling coach Bharat Arun had a quick conversation with Sharma, on what from a distance could have been about his follow-through where Ishant has fallen on all fours several times during matches.
However, the question remains: does Sharma have an injury or a niggle? The BCCI has not yet given an update, and insiders claim there is nothing wrong. Ishant last played in the WTC final against New Zealand where he was hit on his webbing and got a few stitches but was cleared fit during India’s preparations for the Test series in Durham.
Ishant remains a key player in the Indian fast bowling attack, and India would want him to be fit for a long series with four more Tests to go. Ishant has enjoyed bowling in English conditions, and is on the verge of becoming the first overseas fast man to take 50 wickets in the country.
Length and luck
A complicated, messy topic to start off the day then. We have all had the feeling Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have had to work harder for their wickets in England than, say, Anderson, Broad, Boult, Southee and Jamieson. At lunch yesterday, we dug numbers to go with the claim. While Bumrah and Shami were getting a wicket for every 19 false responses in England, Anderson and Broad needed to induce around 10 false responses for a wicket. No fast bowler since 2014 has a worse ratio in England.
It can be attributed to two things: luck and length. Observers of sport – and practitioner, at least when speaking publicly – don’t like to acknowledge luck because it messes around with their idea of merit in sport.
Also there is logic to the idea that the fuller you bowl, the likelier you are to take the edge as opposed to beating the bat. On to length then, but we don’t have accurate data for lengths Anderson and Broad bowl in same conditions as Shami and Bumrah. However, yesterday when Bumrah and Shami got their wickets at around 10 false responses apiece, it kinda sorta checked out. Host broadcaster put out a graphic that said Shami had bowled 31% deliveries in the full zone as opposed to 19 in the World Test Championship final. Bumrah had taken it up from 26 to 35 after a wicketless return in the final.
However, what accounts for this? Kyle Jamieson, the most prolific bowler in the final, bowled the lowest percentage of deliveries in the full zone among all fast bowlers in the game.
Also the length bowlers bowl is not binary. They are also bowling to batters and to conditions. If they know a batting group is likelier to punish anything too full, you will see they will bowl a slightly shorter length. Does that say something of the England batters, who made quite a few driving errors against New Zealand too?
There is no evidence either to suggest that if you bowl fuller, nothing deliveries down the leg side will get you two wickets. It is all very complicated, and it is possible that both these assertions are correct: India bowled fuller, but were also luckier.
We will be keeping an eye on the lengths Anderson and Broad bowl today. Welcome to the Live Report on Day 2. India trail by 162 and have all their wickets in hand. The weather is fair to start off with, but there are showers forecast later in the day.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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