That was a lot of fun. I think there was a degree of (understandable) trepedation after the Test match at Canterbury, which took more from the punter than it gave. But a watchful start today allowed England to make moves in the middle session, before Australia struck back: the last three wickets falling for the addition of just 13 runs: Georgia Elwiss and Sarah Taylor giving away starts and, ultimately, the advantage Tammy Beaumont (70) and Knight had secured. A perfect day of Test cricket, all things considered. One observation from my stint: this looks like a pitch that might keep a touch low as early as tomorrow evening.
A word on the crowds, too. Supportive during the light, boisterous in the dark. We’ve all seen how Tests peter out in the stands as the day drags on, but the influx of fans for the final session seemed to give the game (and Australia) a shot in the arm. This mob are set to do their worst tomorrow: