One immovable object clashes with another today as the Championship’s most prolific batting line-ups stare each other down across what is likely to be another run-laden Edgbaston wicket.
Ashley Giles’ Warwickshire, buoyed by a first four-day success of the season against Worcestershire on Monday, take on second-placed Somerset in an encounter that is likely to send shivers down the spines of both sets of bowlers.
With 40 and 31 respectively, in the Bears favour, these two teams have the most batting bonus points in the league and judging by the benign strip encountered in the latest Ashes buffet, Messrs Troughton and Trescothick will fancy they are set for another boot-filling session.
“That statistic is no surprise given the fact we play at Edgbaston and they play at Taunton,” Giles said. “They have an experienced line-up but their strength is with their batting rather than their bowling.”
However, the hosts at least have recent experience of taking 20 wickets in a single match.
They did just that in helpful conditions at New Road, an experience Giles feels will benefit his men.
“We weren’t feeling any pressure because we have gone about our business playing good cricket and working hard but it lifted everyone’s spirits. We bowled beautifully in the first innings and it was good to see some of the lads take five-fors and four-fors.”
No one more so than Naqaash Tahir who claimed his best figures for three years with 5 for 67 in the Pears’ second innings. Any improvement with the ball will be timely, though, given the fact the batting ranks will be depleted not just by the absence of Ian Bell but by that of Jonathan Trott also.