July 29, 2002

We can improve on this, says Hussain

England captain Nasser Hussain praised his team for bowling India out twice to defeat the visitors by 170 runs in the first Test at Lord's.

"We had to work hard for five days to be honest - that India batting line-up is something special and the wicket got flatter," Hussain said. "But I'm proud of my team - to bowl that side out twice is a great effort."

"People are coming in and doing well and people are batting well - so it looks good. But there are some ominous signs for the rest of the summer with the way they (India) batted today.

"We've got things we have to improve on - but we're going pretty well at the moment. This Test was a real team effort. We rotated the bowlers and everyone got wickets and runs.

"Everyone had to hold their hands up in the heat - and they did - although it got cooler when (Sachin) Tendulkar got out!"

Asked why he had decided not to enforce the follow-on, he said: "I discussed the declaration with Duncan (Fletcher). We decided that with heat and forecast to ask our team to bowl for three days continuous was a bit much - I think we got it just about right."

The Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said: "We batted pretty well today but England had better discipline in the first three days and deserved to win.

"We had our chances but Nasser and his boys played well under pressure. All touring sides have problems with the first Test when they travel abroad but we can take positive things from this game. There's a lot of cricket left in this series."