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Projectiles from the stands
My favourite part of Sidharth Monga’s story on this, though, is the background on the ‘Home of Cricket’ and how flying champagne corks are a genuine concern there. Never change, Lord’s.
Like England in this series, we’re back. Yesterday could not have possibly gone better for England. James Anderson dominated the morning with his big swinging superpowers, before sidekicks Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran scythed through the India middle and lower orders like machetes through elephant grass. Four wickets fell for zero runs at one point, and India faceplanted into a mildly humiliating 78 all out.
To make matters worse for the visitors, Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns then took advantage of some indisciplined India bowling to put on 120 for no loss by stumps. All of which means that England have this match by the nads, and it will probably take something dramatic for India to get themselves back into it.
Some awful news from off the field to start the day though. The great Ted Dexter, legendary savager of fast bowling, has died at the age of 86. RIP.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf