Thursday 7th September 2017

Event of the day

Our event of the day...

is day one of the third and final test match between England and the West Indies at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. After winning comfortably in the first test by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham - England were brought back down to Earth after suffering a five-wicket loss at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds. England have made one change to the side for the final test bringing in Toby Roland-Jones for Chris Woakes and will be expecting a much improved performance from the entire side. With an Ashes series against bitter rivals Australia at the end of the year, this is one of the last test-match opportunities for players to stake their claim for a spot in the squad down under.

It's all set up for an intriguingly-poised final test. Coming into this test match, some players can look back on their performances in the last two tests with an element of pride. Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes and captain Joe Root have all hit centuries for England (including an imperious 243 from Alastair Cook in the first test) and James Anderson will be pleased with his five-wicket haul at Headingley. Meanwhile for the Windies Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope batted magnificently in the second test, putting on 494 runs across the two innings between them. Both sides will feel they have a chance in an intriguingly poised final test. 

Honourable mentions...

go to the start of the new NFL season which kicks off as the New England Patriots go up against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The last time these two teams went head to head the Patriots ran out 27-20 winners in a Divisional Playoff game in January 2016. The Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions and are heavy favourites to win it all again.

The  Aussie Rules finals begin with a qualifying final between the Adelaide Crows and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Adelaide Oval. In Super League, Wakefield take on St. Helens at the Beaumont Legal Stadium. The Saints were comfortable 41-16 winners in their last visit to Wakefield. The Vuelta a España continues with stage 18 - a 169km mountain stage from Suances to Santo Toribio de Liébana. Golf sees the beginning of the Omega European Masters at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. The US Open tennis reaches the semi final stage in the men's and women's singles.

Whatever you're watching, enjoy!

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