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England v India, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day
'Tendulkar is on for a big one' - Lloyd
July 28, 2007
David Lloyd discusses the second day of the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge
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Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 57 rounded off a good day at the office for India © Getty Images

Andrew Miller: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo Talk. I am Andrew Miller and alongside with me I have former England coach David Lloyd, to discuss the second day of the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge.

David, it's been India's day, hasn't it? Sachin Tendulkar returning to form, and a good partnership from the openers as well...

David Lloyd: Yes, the openers played very well. Their [India's] game plan would have been to get rid of England as quickly as possible, and England getting less than 200, [wasnt'] not nearly enough considering the conditions on the pitch. I think the signal was there from Rahul Dravid, when he elected to have the heavy roller. So, he was quite confident that it is not going to bring any moisture up on this pitch, it is dry enough. The game plan for India would be to score as many runs as possible in the first innings, get a huge lead, and they are on the way to doing that. Then, over to Anil Kumble, because what this pitch tends to do - you get a bit of uneven bounce if it is dry, especially if there is some sun shine on it. So, it was another terrific day for India, and they have looked more assured of the two teams in these first two days.

AM: Well, it was all set up for them this morning by a fine partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer. Everyone talks about their fantastic middle order, but their openers have done a really good job for them, haven't they?

DL: Yes, that is absolutely right. We talk about the Fabulous Four, and India's great players and the openers have gone unnoticed - they have played really well. The young lad Karthik, just 22 years of age, England tried all sorts of ways - talking to him, chirping away at him, but he has seemed more relaxed in this game than he was down at Lord's where he reacted when he got a bit of sledging. But, the pair of them, I thought, played really well, both are stylish, really stylish. I have chatted to one or two colleagues from Indian television - Virender Sehwag is not here, and I can see why - but this lad Karthik, is a middle-order batsman who they want to open, a wicketkeeper to boot. They've got a player there, he is going to be around for a long long time and his next protocol would be to score three figures.

AM: Well, talking of players, he has been around for a while, there is one man who is right in the thick of things at the moment - Sachin Tendulkar, 57 not out at close, a return to form for him. But, how did you think he played today?

DL: Very determined. I have looked at his pitch map at Lord's, where he was playing square of the wicket, and he would have looked at that, he would have especially looked at his dismissal at Lord's against [Monty] Panesar. And today, he has played much more with the bat in defence, he has not thrust his pad at the ball and his pitch map today is all drives through extra cover, Tendulkar as we know. It was a pleasure to see him play, especially when he got to 11,000 runs, the pitch was set and he got on the drive again, and he threaded it through four fielders, and it was a terrific way to go to a marvelous milestone for Tendulkar. Unfinished business for Tendulkar, he is still there and I think he is on for a really big one.

AM: Well, he had a bit of a jitter start, to say the least. He was hit very flush on the helmet by Jimmy Anderson, and he spent a long time trying to find the right bat. He seemed to have changed his bat for about three to four times, what do you think was going on there?

DL: All sorts of things going on in his mind. We mentioned the determination of the great player, and that sort of craving to succeed. His bat was changed, I reckon, three times. But, I think he went back to the original bat, he wanted bit of tape to be put on that bat. Then it came out and he looked relaxed. The blow on the head was brute of a delivery, because he watched it, he watched it carefully, his knees are bent, he has arched his back to get out of the way - but, the ball stayed low and nipped back on him, it's one of those that he would say that it had his name written on it anyways, whatever he was doing.

He did not show anything when he was hit on the grill and it dented the grill, just a shake of the head with no history of it and he just got on with what he was doing. England peppered him with short deliveries; he came through it - that was fair enough for England. But after that peppering they got back into a routine of line and length, not great today, England. I don't think they offered to much to the game. [Chris] Tremlett, I thought, had good figures, 20 overs, 1 for 32, but, by and large, England were not a threat that they were at Lord's.

AM: Is the inexperience coming to show, or is it just that the conditions have eased since the first day?

DL: I think they have eased, as they do here at Trent Bridge - it was very much a batting day today. The pitch had dried out completely, and I go back to that roller - he studied this, Rahul Dravid, and the heavy roller will ensure that we can bat for a long period. I think, looking at tomorrow, just the number of wickets that they've got left, it is going to be a hard day for England tomorrow.

AM: What exactly is it about the heavy roller that it changes the face of the pitch?

DL: Well, sometimes, particularly when there is so much moisture around, there has been in England for the last few weeks. I would be really very - bring the surface moisture up for the fast bowlers to exploit again, leaving green juicy marks. He [Dravid] must have reasoned that there was no moisture under this surface, probably talk to the grounds men. The other aspect of the heavy roller is that it has the tendency to flattens and deadens the pitch for maybe half an hour, or you may feel that, as the game progresses that it might breakup, the pitch and the surface. There is evidence here, in the previous matches at Trent Bridge - that if it is a dry pitch, and if it gets sunny then you will find this variable bounce.

David Lloyd feels Anil Kumble has plenty to say in this Test © Getty Images

And, if the heavy roller can help along the way, as long as you keep batting, to promote that variable bounce. It means that India gets runs on the board, and then over to Anil Kumble. That's what he deals in - bounce, either alarming bounce or keeping low bounce. They [India] have got all the aces in this game.

AM: Anil Kumble, who wrapped this up and Monty Panesar is the leading wicket-taker For England so far - spin is the way for the rest of the match, you think?

DL: Yes, it is. I think we will see Kumble come more into his own, he will put his feet up and watch his batsmen rack up the runs to get that massive lead, and it is what India would want. And then you would see Kumble get to work and occupy one end; which allows Rahul Dravid to say his seamers, well, we can rotate and keep fresh from the other end. They have got everything going for them. This is a three-match series, England should have won that last Test match, India finishing nine down. But it is looking like India can sneak this, and this is a golden opportunity for them in this second Test match.

AM: Well, David, thanks very much, once again.

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