97th over: England 302-8 (Bess 10, Broad 14) Bess gets a leading edge off Roach, but it lands safely in the covers. These two have been so purposeful, adding 22 off 25 balls.
“So,” says Martin Laidler on Twitter, “is that Buttler locked down for the next 12 months in Ed Smith’s eyes? England really needed a senior player, which were constantly being told Jos is, to stick around and manage the tail this morning.” Yes, but you can’t blame someone for getting out to a good ball, can you? The point about Buttler’s innings here is that he got runs when he badly needed them and, more importantly, so did England.