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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, back over the wicket, propelled new ball and old, but there was no let up in their nagging accuracy and willingness to build pressure on the batsmen. There were few easy runs to be had, a long hop was as rare as a spare ticket.
The way Sachin Tendulkar was hounded into submission encapsulated England’s excellence.
Tendulkar had managed just 12 runs from 68 balls, continuing his run of failures at Lord’s. It appears he finds the idiosyncrasies of the slope difficult. He is not the first batsman to be so afflicted of course, neither will he be the last. But this England attack exploit it brilliantly.
None more so than Anderson who, having reverted to the pavilion end, produced a beauty from round the wicket that angled into the left handed Suresh Raina, then swung away to take his edge from a teasing length. It is the sort of wicket fast bowlers love, owing everything to high ambition and precise fingertip control and nothing to batsman error or luck. Significantly he was more deadly in the second innings - in less favourable swinging conditions - than in the first. He is becoming a master of his art.
A very happy Andrew Strauss hails England’s ‘close to perfect bowling performance’ –
The best Test team in the world have been beaten. England won a captivating match against India by 196 runs and with 28.3 overs to spare. Andrew Strauss, who has never dealt in exaggeration or overstatement, described his team's domination of one of the great batting line-ups in the history of the sport as being "as close to the perfect bowling performance as we've had in the last two years".
Given that his side have often bowled exceptionally well in the time since he took over as captain, that really is saying something. England lead the series 1-0 with three games to play and, as Kevin Pietersen said after the match, there is a growing feeling that this battle for the No1 ranking could spark one of the most enthralling summers English cricket has seen since the Ashes in 2005.
MS Dhoni tries to take positives from India’s loss –
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was relatively pleased with his team's first Test defeat by England after losing one of his key bowlers.
Zaheer Khan's hamstring injury meant the tourists were reduced to three bowlers for much of the match, while Sachin Tendulkar also had a fever.
Dhoni said his star batsman should be fit for the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday but was not sure about Khan.
"Sachin should be fine but [on] Khan we are not 100% sure," he said.
"Let's hope for the best and see over the next couple of days, hopefully he will be fit."
Former England fast bowler Angus Fraser pays tribute to the capacity crowd at Lord’s –
What struck me was the age of those queuing. These were not octogenarians waiting for a seat in the pavilion; these were young men, teenagers, children with parents. It was clear to see the majority would not be shouting for Andrew Strauss and Stuart Broad once in Lord's but it was great to see.
One group of Indian supporters shouted at another telling them the queue was shorter if they went down Circus Road and into Cavendish Avenue. The advice was taken.
I looked at my watch and it was only 8.05am, still almost three hours from the scheduled start of play. With the match poised as it was and Sachin Tendulkar yet to bat, I had expected there would be a lot of interest, but not quite on this scale. It was magnificent to see.
After being searched, I entered Lord's and began to make my way around the Nursery Ground. John Stephenson, the MCC's head of cricket, was rushing the other way. "It looks great out there," I told him. "I know, I'm off to help sell some tickets," he said smiling.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain writes England have proved they are the real deal-
How great was that for Test cricket? From the moment I arrived to see crowds round the block trying to get into Lord’s I knew this was going to be a special day.
This was hardly one of those Tests against Sri Lanka earlier this summer played in front of half-empty stadiums. This was the real deal. This was the sort of occasion England relish and one that they were ready for. They took centre stage and lived up to the occasion.
I am so pleased that England won because they set the perfect template on how you should prepare for and then perform in a very important game of Test cricket.
India were exactly the opposite. They just turned up with totally inadequate preparation and expected everything to be alright on the night. Do they not value their status as the best Test team in the world? They did not seem to here.
Other interesting reads –
Scyld Berry on how England’s bowlers combined to dismiss Tendulkar on Day 5 at Lord’s.
Nick Hoult of The Daily Telegraph looks back at the story of the first Test.
The Sun rates the India and England players’ performances in the Lord’s Test.
The list of great cricketers who have missed out on the Lord’s honours board.
David Lloyd praises England’s bowling attack.