Evening Standard – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes put on a fighting stand of 169 in a doomed cause at Trent Bridge but England’s hopes of batting all six sessions to save the game had evaporated four balls before they came together 16 overs into the penultimate day.

Summary

  • Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes put on a fighting stand of 169 in a doomed cause at Trent Bridge but England’s hopes of batting all six sessions to save the game had evaporated four balls before they came together 16 overs into the penultimate day.
  • Buttler’s brilliant maiden century and Stokes’s restrained 62 from 187 balls hauled England through 57 overs from the ruins of 62 for four and at least ensured they left Nottingham today, not yesterday.
  • The England captain held the key to his team’s slim hopes of saving the game but scratched around while being worked over by Jasprit Bumrah around off-stump, then became the first of his five fourth-day wickets.
  • After the first, which was part of England’s 10 wickets lost in the second day’s afternoon session, he led an honest team meeting in the changing room addressing the habit of collapsing.
  • According to the ICC he is the third-ranked Test batsman and folklore dictates that, alongside Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, he is part of the similarly-aged, all-format “fab four”, taking batting to new places.


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