• The Enemy Camp: Praise for England’s thumping win

    (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    James Anderson took five wickets on the last day of the Lord’s Test as England thrashed India by 196 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. Anderson’s performance capped off a brilliant teamwork by Andrew Strauss’s men, who also saw important contributions from Stuart Broad, Matt Prior, Jonathan Trott and man-of-the-match Kevin Pietersen.

    Simon Hughes says Anderson is becoming a master of his art and England’s bowling performance at Lord’s was as complete as the one in Melbourne during the last Ashes series. Excerpts from his column in The Daily Telegraph -

    Jimmy Anderson was the star on Monday, but they all played their part. It was a Chinese water torture sort of approach, the drip, drip, drip of sustained perseverance administering a lingering death.

    The bowlers changed ends, they went over the wicket, round the wicket,

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    Question for readers: How can India improve upon this performance?


    Anderson gets Dhoni, signals the beginning of India's end. Anderson gets Dhoni, signals the beginning of India's end.

    Anderson gets Dhoni, signals the beginning of India's end.

    9.54 pm - Ishant lbw b Broad, India 261 all out.

    A gripping, tiring Test finally ends. England's 196-run win is truly well-deserved.

    Hit by fitness problems, India could win just one session when Ishant was on fire. England have been the better side by far in this match.

    Lessons for India:

    1) Spruce up the pace department. Trent Bridge is a pace-friendly venue.

    2) Three-and-a-half bowlers won't win you a Test match against a top-class side.

    3) Work on your slip catching.

    4) Take a leaf out of Raina's book. Bat for the team.

    5) When you're on top, attack. Seize the game, take it forward.

    6) Blocking everything won't save you a Test. This should have been a no-brainer by now.

    7) Drop Harbhajan. Anyone but Harbhajan. Please.


    The winning moment. The winning moment.

    The winning moment.

    Some reactions to England's wins:

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  • (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    Ishant Sharma got over his shoddy bowling in England’s first innings as he tore the heart out of the hosts’ batting line-up taking three wickets in the pre-lunch session on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test. But, then England wicket-keeper Matt Prior scored his sixth Test century and put together an undefeated 162-run partnership for the seventh wicket which helped the hosts set India a target of 458 runs to win the first Test.

    Vic Marks is effusive in his praise for Prior’s century and writes this in The Guardian

    The second half of Prior's innings was fun; the first half was fundamental to England retaining their grip on this match. At 62 for five when Prior strode to the crease, the lead was a modest 250; Ishant Sharma, his mane streamlined in the breeze, was at full gallop and India, despite the absence of Zaheer Khan, were

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