Shane Warne will be looking down delighted at Matt Parkinson's debut

BUMBLE AT THE TEST: What a terrific start for Matty Potts… and Shane Warne would be absolutely delighted that Matt Parkinson is getting a long overdue Test debut

  • Shane Warne will be totally thrilled about Matt Parkinson’s England Test debut 
  • Fellow leg-spinner Parkinson replaced Jack Leach, who is out with concussion 
  • Another debutant in fast bowler Matt Potts started brilliantly, with four wickets
  • It was a lovely touch to name the Sky commentary box after the late, great Warne

England dismissed New Zealand for just 132 in a superb start to Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes’ new era as Test coach and captain respectively.

Matt Potts, on his England debut, took four wickets in a scintillating performance, while leg-spinner Matt Parkinson also came in for his Test bow in news that will have pleased the late Shane Warne, another leg-spinner who rated him highly. 

Below, Sportsmail‘s DAVID LLOYD offers his thoughts and insights on the first day’s play at the first Test at Lord’s.

Fast bowler Matthew Potts (pictured) enjoyed a dream debut, taking four wickets for England

Trust your instincts 

I arrived at Lord’s, keen as mustard, early on Thursday and the pitch had a definite green tinge to it. Bowl first, I thought to myself. But by 11am with a bit of sun on it the surface had changed colour completely and looked perfect for batting. 

So what happens? New Zealand are six down at lunch after winning the toss. First instinct might have been the right one!

Potts on fire 

What a terrific start for Matt Potts! Must confess I was a little worried about him because he was pulled out of Durham’s Championship match against Middlesex here and was coming into his debut without any first-class experience at Lord’s. 

But he didn’t seem to need any, even if that calf problem might have been the result of him having two weeks off.

It was a lovely touch to name the Lord’s Sky commentary box after the late, great Shane Warne

Lovely tribute to Shane 

Lovely touch to name the Sky commentary box here at Lord’s after the late great Shane Warne. And smashing to see Mark Taylor and Mel Jones, who is as good as it gets as a commentator, had come over from Australia for the occasion. 

Knowing Shane as I did I reckon the most fun that will be had in that commentary box will come after hours….

Parkinson flying the leg-spin flag 

I reckon the great Shane is still having an influence from above, too. It was rotten luck that Jack Leach suffered a concussion tumbling over the boundary but what it did mean was a long overdue debut for Matt Parkinson. 

Shane would be absolutely delighted. He was a big advocate of the Lancastrian and his arrival keeps the leg-spin flag flying at Lord’s. Go Parky!

And Shane will be happy about the Test bow for fellow leg-spinner Matt Parkinson (pictured)

Gower ringing the changes 

What a flourish my old friend David Gower brought to ringing the bell in the pavilion just before play. And he’s changed his technique, too, to do it right-handed. 

I can reveal, dear leader, that I am indulging in a bit of campanology myself in my new village. A couple of ringers are indisposed so Kenny from Romford, the chief ringer, has got me involved….

Lesley Garrett putting it in the right arias 

Lovely to see Lesley Garrett, the celebrated soprano, singing on the outfield before the start. I’m going to have to have a rummage through my CD collection because I’m sure I’ve got one of Lesley’s albums in there somewhere. 

The best thing about Lesley’s performance was that it seemed to encourage the bowlers to put it in the right arias….

No Yorkshire tea? Up your game… 

I popped up to see James and Tommy Banks in their Edrich restaurant in one of the magnificent new stands here. Fabulous view and, with Tommy being a celebrity chef, top grub. 

But Tommy is more famous to me as the captain of my village team, Newburgh Priory, and a decent cricketer he is too. I had some tea and scones but sadly it wasn’t Yorkshire Tea. Tommy is going to have to up his game…. 




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