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Jonny Bairstow’s quick reflexes show he could reclaim keeper’s gloves | England v India 2021

A bear prowled the worn area of grass at second slip, with the feline Joe Root to his immediate left. As he contemplated the next delivery, he pulled at his long-sleeved, cable knit jumper and hitched up his trousers. Between balls he repeatedly chewed at his huge paws.

And, after a morning of watching hostile but ultimately fruitless bowling from Jimmy Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton and Sam Curran – the bear had his moment. The last ball before lunch was a ripper from Overton, a zipping short ball with marching energy that straightened at the last. KL Rahul, who had somehow survived an lbw in the tenth over, reviewing for a dare only to discover the ball really had just darted past leg stump, was tempted.

This time, there was no repeal. The bear swooped backwards and to his left to scoop up the juiciest salmon in the river. It was spectacular, a bobby-dazzler, the catch of…

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