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Why Were The Indian And England Players Wearing Blue Caps On Day Two Of The Fifth Test?

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Day two of the fifth Test match began with the England and Indian players wearing blue caps at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, July 2. After a brilliant performance on day one by Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja, all eyes were on how much will India score in their first innings on day two. Before the start of the play, the players from both teams got together to raise awareness against Prostate Cancer.

The England and Indian players wore blue caps on Bob Willis Day, as the Edgbaston turned “Blue for Bob”. The day is celebrated to help raise money for the Bob Willis Fund in their fight against prostate cancer. The effort was first initiated in 2021, during an ODI match between England and Pakistan. It is observed in honor of former England fast bowler Bob Willis.

Bob Willis passed away in December 2019 at the age of 70 from prostate cancer.  The fund has been established by Bob Willis’ wife Lauren Clark and brother David to promote awareness about prostate cancer. Bob Willis played 90 Test matches for England, taking 325 wickets at an average of 25.20. His best spell of 8/43 came against Australia in the Ashes in 1981 at the Headingley.

Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery cameo gets India to 416 in the first innings

Indian skipper Jasprit Bumrah played a brilliant cameo of 31 runs batting lower down the order for India. He smashed Stuart Broad for 29 runs in an over, setting a new record in Test cricket. Bumrah slammed four boundaries and a couple of sixes in the match.

Earlier in the match, Rishabh Pant played a counter-attacking 146 runs knock, while Ravindra Jadeja too scored a century. India managed to score 416 runs in the first innings. Veteran bowler James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he picked up a five-wicket haul.

Meanwhile, England lost both their openers early in the innings. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley got out to Indian skipper Jasprit Bumrah. England is 35/2 with Ollie Pope and Joe Root at the crease.

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