Stuart Broad praised ECB for the decision under the increasing threat of COVID-19. Lockie Ferguson was cleared of coronavirus. Former Saurashtra coach backed Jaydev Unadkat’s comeback in the national team.
Jack Leach has been hospitalized for a gastroenteritis problem. England look settled at Adelaide, thanks to David Warner's record-breaking triple. New Zealand pacers give early breakthroughs at Hamilton.
Stumps, Day 1: New Zealand 173/3 (Latham 101*, Taylor 53; Woakes 2/41) vs England.
Stumps, Day 1: England 271/8 (Buttler 64*, Root 57; Marsh 4/35) vs Australia.
Stumps, Day 1: Australia 170/3 (Labuschagne 67, Smith 60*; Broad 2/35) vs England.
England have won 9 and drawn 2 of their last 11 Tests at Old Trafford, winning none. However, they have not won even once in their last 6 Tests against Australia here, drawing 3 and losing 3.
With 355 Test wickets, Lyon is tied with Lillee at third spot on the list of all-time wicket takers for Australia. Lillee and Lyon are behind only Warne (708) and McGrath (563).
Stumps, Day 3: England 258 (Burns 53, Bairstow 52; Hazlewood 3/58, Cummins 3/61, Lyon 3/68) lead Australia 80/4 (Khawaja 36; Broad 2/26) by 178 runs.
Australia’s win-loss ratio of 2.428 at Lord’s is the 6th-best for any side away from home with a 10-Test cut-off and the best with a 20-Test cut-off. They had lost just once in the 113-year span between 1896 and 2009.
England's win-loss ratio at Edgbaston (3.5) is the third-best for any side at any venue with a 25-Test cut-off.