BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Beefy's gone fishing in shirt and shorts and The Cock of Kennington isn't for me

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Author 2019-09-16 01:31:00

England produced a fine bowling display to draw the Ashes series with a 135-run fifth Test victory at The Oval.

Consecutive Joe Root catches signalled the end of an era as David Gower and Sir Ian Botham left Sky to the sound of clinking wine glasses in the commentary box. 

Here, Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd was present as always to cast his expert opinion over the action... 

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England captain Joe Root (left) and Australia captain Tim Paine share the Ashes trophy

MIKEY HOLDING COURT

Usually commentators drift away after play but we had an impromptu party on Friday with the help of Sir Ian Botham’s wine and with Mikey Holding holding court with stories about the great West Indian fast bowers. We stayed for over an hour and it were brilliant.

A LANKY REUNION 

Talking of great West Indians I attended a 75th birthday party for Clive Lloyd in the Long Room at Lord’s on Saturday and it was great to see old Lancashire colleagues like Farokh Engineer, David Hughes and Jack Simmons. Lots of nostalgia and Brian Lara spoke brilliantly on the history of Caribbean cricket. A memorable night.

BEEFY'S GONE FISHING 

End of an era with Sir Ian Botham and David Gower leaving Sky. Beefy turned up on Sunday in shorts and a shirt full of fishing flies! David wore a full suit to go out on a formal note after his spectacular sign-off on Saturday when he dropped an F-bomb on air. He apologised on Twitter but it’s a live broadcast and these things can happen.

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Beefy's gone fishing for his spectacular Sky sign-off in beautiful shirt and shorts

THE COCK ISN'T FOR ME 

Had a stroll round Kennington and popped into an interesting looking pub called The Cock. There were lads outside in Hawaiian shirts and one of them offered me something called a Jager Bomb — a tumbler of spirits and Red Bull with a small glass inside it filled with brown liquid. I refused, of course, so this lad drank it and promptly fell over. Not my sort of place.

SMITH FINALLY FALLS 

Finally, finally England had a plan for Steve Smith that was successful. They had a slip, fine gully, short catching mid-wicket, deep square leg, deep fine leg and a fine leg slip. And just before that delivery Jos Buttler swapped with Ben Stokes. It’s lovely when a plan comes together — even if it’s taken the whole series.

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It was nice to see an England plan coming together when Steve Smith finally fell at The Oval

LAST BLAST OF SUMMER 

It’s been a memorable summer but we’re not finished. It’s T20 Blast finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday and I’m delighted all four finalists have English coaches — Anthony McGrath (Essex), Dominic Cork (Derbyshire), Alex Gidman (Worcs) and Peter Moores (Notts, right). Compare that with the Hundred where there will not be a single home-grown coach. That’s disappointing.

FITTING END TO TERRIFIC SERIES 

What a spell from Jofra Archer and what a response from Matthew Wade to battle through it. There have been times here and at Old Trafford when Archer was off the pace but he really got Test cricket yesterday and the need to dig deep. I reckon 2-2 was just about right. It’s been a terrific series played to packed houses who love Test cricket. Smashing!  


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