Essex smash 500 in a day. Against Australia

As if this summer’s events couldn’t get any more bizarre. Australia were chasing red leather all day at Chelmsford, as Essex smashed over 500 in day. 500 in a day – the mind boggles. Alastair Cook, massively promising 20-year-old opener, hit 214 at nearly a run a ball. I did a brief report on Cricinfo, the most interesting bit being the quotes by John Buchanan:

Coach John Buchanan remained pleased with the efforts his bowlers showed, however.

“Generally, I thought we bowled and fielded well,” he said. “There were positives from all of them. It is important we go through the physical demands of the game and all of our bowlers did that OK.”

“The energy and attitude was first-class throughout, even though a flat pitch and fast outfield did nothing to help the bowlers.”

Straws, clutching, etc. Flat pitch it may have been, but today was surely one of the more depressing for a touring side in England for a long time.

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