Alan Gardner at Essex 159 & 128-2 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec
James Anderson has had an extended look at Essex's potential-England-middle-order candidates, Westley and Lawrence, here at Chelmsford. And you don't have to be a body language expert to divine that he does not much like what he sees (purely from the toiling bowler perspective, that is).
He had delivered six overs for a cost of just two singles, starting off with four maidens from the Hayes Close End, before Westley began to play a few more shots. Lawrence then insouciantly pulled the final ball of the over for four, prompting a kick at the turf - and possibly a few words in the batsman's direction - from Anderson. He's captaining Lancashire today (Steven Croft is off with a thumb injury), so will doubtless uphold all expected standards of decorum.
Having delivered a spell of 8-5-9-0, he has now taken himself off for a rest. Essex have negotiated the first hour without much ado; the next target is lunch.