Twitter Reactions: Fraternity and fans welcome back cricket amidst rain as England make steady start

Twitter Reactions: Fraternity and fans welcome back cricket amidst rain as England make steady start

England were 35/1 after 17.4 overs when bad light stopped play.

England vs West Indies
England vs West Indies. (Photo Source: Twitter)

117 days! The first ball in international cricket was bowled after a gap of 117 days as England and West Indies took the field with a solidarity message (Black Lives Matter). It was all new with the team huddles being formed maintaining the social distancing while the toss took place without a presenter. Rather the two captains almost shook hands out of habit only to realise later that they should fist bump.

All the formalities were done but how prior to that an uninvited but a familiar guest made his presence felt as well. It was all gloomy for the first couple of hours in Southampton as it continued to rain and the play only started after lunch with England winning the toss and opting to bat first. And it wasn’t long until the hosts’ travails at the top of the order came to the fore.

After Kemar Roach’s decent start, Shannon Gabriel castled Dom Sibley in his very first over for a duck. The outside off-stump delivery nipped back in enough to brush the stick even as the batsman shouldered arms. However, the success proved to be the only breakthrough for the visitors.

Joe Denly and Rory Burns work hard for runs

Joe Denly and Rory Burns then had to suffer more due to the frequent start and stops thanks to rain. But they were good enough to weather the four-man Caribbean pace attack. Alzarri Joseph didn’t seem to be at his best as runs came a bit easily after he was introduced. Burns and Denly also played some delightful strokes as the world cherished the return of the sport after a long time.

Alas! the conditions had its say with the light deteriorating very fast and an early tea was taken with only 17.4 overs bowled only for the play to not start again. England were 35/1 then with Burns on 20 and his partner Denly looking strong on 14. The fans and the teams both will be hopeful of a better weather on the second day as the match is expected to move on.

Apart from all the action and the BLM movement, Stuart Broad not playing this match was another talking point. He was left out in favour of Mark Wood as England decided to go in with extra pace. The fraternity was finally delighted to see some live cricket and enjoyed the action albeit only for 17.4 overs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: