England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 5th day August 22, 2011

Unyielding England secure perfect finish

India fought as hard on the final day at The Oval has they had at any time on this tour, but ultimately an unrelenting England secured a telling series whitewash
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Perhaps the threat of humiliation had shaken them out of their torpor, or perhaps the life in The Oval surface had been sucked away over the course of five days, but whatever the reason, India's fighting qualities were as visible in the last two days of the series as they had been at any stage of the contest. For as long as Sachin Tendulkar and the improbably fluent Amit Mishra were in harness, a draw was not only on the cards, but those cards were lying face up on the table, plain for all to see.

And yet, despite the "frustration" that Andrew Strauss admitted had begun to set in for England's bowlers, India's resistance proved futile in the end. If England are not yet as good as their No. 1 ranking would imply - and a winter in the subcontinent will go a long way to determining that issue - then the team's capacity to raise their game from a standing start bears many of the necessary ingredients for greatness.

Just as at Trent Bridge, when Stuart Broad's hat-trick transformed the agenda of the summer, a promising Indian innings was concluded in a car-wreck of cheap dismissals. From 262 for 3 - and the very real prospect of salvation - they crashed to 283 all out in little more than an hour, so that in the final analysis of the series they still were not able to post a single total in excess of 300. "A gradual erosion of their confidence and a gradual increase of our confidence has been the difference between the sides," Strauss said at the close.

Steve Waugh christened this "mental disintegration", and though that term went on to become synonymous with sledging, England's triumph in this series has reawakened the art in its truest sense. Certainly, they are not the quietest outfit in the field: James Anderson is a renowned gobshite when he's in the zone, Graeme Swann was chuntering to everyone within earshot, umpires included, during England's wicketless morning session, while the concussed Gautam Gambhir was likened to Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" by the close catchers who greeted his belated arrival.

But of far more significance than any verbal baiting is the manner in which England fried their opponents' resolve through the unyielding diligence of their cricket. Their batsmen took their starts and made them into big finishes, trusting in the fact that long hard days of yakka would wear the Indian bowlers down and create opportunities for truly vast scores.

Then, in turn, those same players who'd been done to a turn in the field, would be hounded relentlessly when their own turn came to bat, knowing that, in the "you miss, I hit" logic of Brian Statham, their first mistake would be their last. England's attack is not the most outrageously talented of all time, nor the quickest, nor the nastiest. But it is as unrelenting as a terrier on a postman's trouser-leg, and it's never too long before the rips in the fabric start showing.

"If you can get to a stage halfway through the Test match where one side is really struggling just to salvage a draw, then often you can go ahead and win very comfortably," Strauss said. "But what did exceed expectations was how well our individuals played - the number of our batsmen who got big scores, and the number of bowlers who stuck their hands up at different times. It was very impressive, and a good springboard for further success."

The knowledge of the damage that they were able to inflict became self-perpetuating, and in a pleasing portent of the job that lies ahead in the winter, the man who eventually cracked India's last vestiges of resolve was none other than the offspinner Swann. On the only pitch that suited him all series, his nine wickets in the match were more than double his previous tally of four, and served as a reminder that, even within the confines of a four-man attack, England possess bowlers for all occasions.

"It was fantastic to see Swann coming through with his wickets, but also the way the seamers backed him up. It was another very professional performance," Strauss said. "The wickets have been more responsive to seam bowling so this was the first one that helped him out, but he had to toil pretty hard; certainly when the ball got softer and older it was hard work for him as well."

The toil to which England were subjected was, in part, a consequence of their own success. Whereas India's bowlers had been taken into their third, fourth and fifth spells purely through the relentlessness of England's batting, the loss of nearly a whole day's play to the weather obliged Strauss to enforce the follow-on - an increasingly anachronistic option in the quicker modern game, and one that Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman memorably put out of fashion in Kolkata a decade ago.

England's attack is not the most outrageously talented of all time, nor the quickest, nor the nastiest. But it is as unrelenting as a terrier on a postman's trouser-leg, and it's never too long before the rips in the fabric start showing

All things being equal, Strauss would undoubtedly have preferred a quick second-innings thrash to allow his bowlers a break, before setting India a target of 550-odd in four-and-a-half sessions. Instead, a team that already had 94 overs in its legs was pushed back out for what proved to be 91 more. It's a tribute to their superior levels of fitness, and also their desire to wrap up the series as they had started it, that they stormed through in the closing stages, before India could even set them a token run-chase.

"I think there's quite a lot of fatigue actually, it's been a long four Test matches," Strauss said. "I think we've had to put a lot into it and certainly in this game; arriving here having won the series already, it was a slightly different test for us as a side. There is that temptation to take your foot off the gas a little bit, but in actual fact we probably had to work harder for this one than any of the others, because we had to spend so long in the field."

The race for the Mace has been run, and England's stated ambition has been achieved, but there's no evidence whatsoever that they intend to let up their intensity. Strauss himself will not play for England again until they land in the UAE in the New Year, but after a month of county duty with Middlesex and a well-deserved break from the grind, he'll be back on the job soon enough, planning his strategies with Andy Flower, and aiming to take a very good team towards greatness.

"Coming into this game 3-0 up, I think we were very motivated by the idea of making it 4-0," he said. "We were confident, we felt we had the ability to win this final game, but we had to dig deep again. And that's what I'm most proud about; the guys were prepared to do that even when they didn't really have to. I think that bodes well for the future.

"Rightly, I think we should celebrate the fact that we've had a fantastic Test match summer, but it's the nature of international cricket that you're always looking forward to the next challenge. The greatest pitfall is that feeling that you've done it all, therefore you're not willing to put in the hard work. But I'd be very disappointed if we fell into that trap, it's not what we're about as a unit. If there are any signs of it, it's important to nip it in the bud."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @RandyOZ, absolutely. As long as Test Cricket is alive with SA bouncing out England and England routing Australia and Australia paying back in the same coin to England; fascinating fights; I myself wouldn't keep sobbing the whole day that Indian Test Cricket has died due to IPL; because I see the bigger picture surrounding the IPL. I hope the people of India don't fall into this unsolicited demonisation of IPL and stop backing it. Test Cricket was there even before India became a part of it. Test Cricket will be alive even after Indian Test Cricket dies. So, one has to leave IPL to do what it does best, generating revenue for people across the globe. Let's keep it simple and enjoy Test Cricket and its fascinating twists and turns whether it comes from Steyn or Swann; Bell or Dravid; KP or Ponting....Indian Test Cricket and ODIs are important for India because without them IPL will lose its crowd pulling power. I'm worried about Indian Test Cricket because I don't want IPL to die.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @danmcb, you don't have to doubt my stand. I'm very clear about my stand ever since the day I learnt some stories about poor vendors on the curbsides during IPL. My stand will be the same. Whichever format generates more revenue for India should not die though Test Cricket is the format that I love THE MOST. India are world champions in the world for ODIs. For record, let me tell you that I don't mind even if ODIs die at the expense of a bigger business. If tests become the biggest business, let IPL die. No problem at all. I'm sure the business tycoons are not morons to let a billion dollar business die just because Test Cricket is the purest and that there is some heritage in some parts of the world. I love test cricket because I can imagine what it takes to be a test cricketer eventhough I don't have any such emotional grandpa-grandson stories. But there has to be semblance of balance between our personal emotions and the needs of life. Sour Grapes? You couldn't be so serious man!

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas and wombats5, don't worry guyes test cricket is not dying in England and Australia. I also think South Africa appear to be putting tests first. For English and Oz fans the Ashes is by far the biggest event on the cricket calendar (backed up by the TV audiences and number of sold out matches) and this is due to the history of the event, and the dislike between the two countries (but not hatred). I have been to many Ashes matches in Oz and the general feeling in the crowd if one of anticipation but also plenty of banter between the two groups of supporters. This leads to a mouth watering atmosphere not replicated in any other test match I have been to. Test cricket is seen as the pinnacle. While for players like Kumar, Mahela, Tendulkar, Dravid, etc I believe for them it is the pinnacle too, it appears as though there is an underlying problem in the sub-continent with players not putting their main energy and focus into test match cricket, and the results prove it.

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas; Ok. I've spent the whole day thinking about what you have said. I've read your posts on other conversations about IPL bringing wealth down through onto the streets of India. I hope you read what I say here and I hope cricinfo publish (they don't always). I agree with 95% of what you say about the undoubted good things that IPL is doing for the people of India. I have seen for myself how things are there. I have seen and understand the passion the people have for their cricket heroes - it's volcanic. I'm delighted that the people of India are benefitting from the IPL cash - I really am. But here's my thing - pure cricket is not meant to be a means of wealth re-distribution. Pure cricket is to be worshipped for it's own sake - because it's beautiful and part of our souls, not because it helps people on the street. This is what I believe. Meanwhile a way has to be found to incorporate the socially desirable outcomes you describe with the high calling of pure cricket.

  • Gazzypops on August 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @Werner Geyer Fair point on the lack of South African action in recent times, but, as far as I understand them, the rankings take into account how many Tests a team plays. The rating of 125 that England now has to claim the number 1 spot is calculated by the number of performance points won (4,634) divided by the number of games played (37). I have no idea how you get performance points...!

  • tomhedley on August 24, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, What a load of BS, the IPL is the dying breed here, tv audiences way down, supporters will never truly have a connection with a Mickey Mouse franchise system that turns over players at such a ridiculous rate!

  • getsetgopk on August 24, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Ladies and Gents may I have your attention please: The Funeral of our Dear Departed "The Indian Test Cricket" will be held at Wankhade Statium in Mumbai on Sunday Evening. All the fans and well wishers are hereby invited. There is no Formal Dress code for the event so feel free to wear anything you like. HEHEHHEHEHEHE

  • CricIndia208 on August 24, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    STOP GLOATING. Try winning on pitches that are not doctored. INDIA HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP TWICE. How many times have England won?

  • Drew2 on August 24, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    @rustin, I do agree that Zaheer is a fine bowler, but he needs support. All great bowlers need this support. His influence would have reduced the margin for sure, but India would still have been well beaten.

  • Natx on August 24, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Congrats England. Well played. As for as India, it is time to fire the selection committee and appoint someone who recently played cricket with this team to lead the panel - not sure of their interest and availability - but Sourav and Kumble are obvious choices to lead the panel. On BCCI, what can I say. They will need to prepare at least 3 decent "practice" pitches that closely simulate Aus, SA conditions. Not sure if anyone in the world will get the amount of swing on offer in England (possibly Ireland), so the least one can do is to get classes from the likes of Dravid and Gavaskar on how to stay at the wicket, how to concentrate, and what to hit and most importantly what to leave. As for as bowling, it is time BCCI invest in 2 full-time academies (one for pace and the other for spin) and institute scholarships and merit to promote and nurture talent than simply cherry picking at random. As for as IPL the criteria is 30+ (for current players on duty).

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @RandyOZ, absolutely. As long as Test Cricket is alive with SA bouncing out England and England routing Australia and Australia paying back in the same coin to England; fascinating fights; I myself wouldn't keep sobbing the whole day that Indian Test Cricket has died due to IPL; because I see the bigger picture surrounding the IPL. I hope the people of India don't fall into this unsolicited demonisation of IPL and stop backing it. Test Cricket was there even before India became a part of it. Test Cricket will be alive even after Indian Test Cricket dies. So, one has to leave IPL to do what it does best, generating revenue for people across the globe. Let's keep it simple and enjoy Test Cricket and its fascinating twists and turns whether it comes from Steyn or Swann; Bell or Dravid; KP or Ponting....Indian Test Cricket and ODIs are important for India because without them IPL will lose its crowd pulling power. I'm worried about Indian Test Cricket because I don't want IPL to die.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @danmcb, you don't have to doubt my stand. I'm very clear about my stand ever since the day I learnt some stories about poor vendors on the curbsides during IPL. My stand will be the same. Whichever format generates more revenue for India should not die though Test Cricket is the format that I love THE MOST. India are world champions in the world for ODIs. For record, let me tell you that I don't mind even if ODIs die at the expense of a bigger business. If tests become the biggest business, let IPL die. No problem at all. I'm sure the business tycoons are not morons to let a billion dollar business die just because Test Cricket is the purest and that there is some heritage in some parts of the world. I love test cricket because I can imagine what it takes to be a test cricketer eventhough I don't have any such emotional grandpa-grandson stories. But there has to be semblance of balance between our personal emotions and the needs of life. Sour Grapes? You couldn't be so serious man!

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas and wombats5, don't worry guyes test cricket is not dying in England and Australia. I also think South Africa appear to be putting tests first. For English and Oz fans the Ashes is by far the biggest event on the cricket calendar (backed up by the TV audiences and number of sold out matches) and this is due to the history of the event, and the dislike between the two countries (but not hatred). I have been to many Ashes matches in Oz and the general feeling in the crowd if one of anticipation but also plenty of banter between the two groups of supporters. This leads to a mouth watering atmosphere not replicated in any other test match I have been to. Test cricket is seen as the pinnacle. While for players like Kumar, Mahela, Tendulkar, Dravid, etc I believe for them it is the pinnacle too, it appears as though there is an underlying problem in the sub-continent with players not putting their main energy and focus into test match cricket, and the results prove it.

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas; Ok. I've spent the whole day thinking about what you have said. I've read your posts on other conversations about IPL bringing wealth down through onto the streets of India. I hope you read what I say here and I hope cricinfo publish (they don't always). I agree with 95% of what you say about the undoubted good things that IPL is doing for the people of India. I have seen for myself how things are there. I have seen and understand the passion the people have for their cricket heroes - it's volcanic. I'm delighted that the people of India are benefitting from the IPL cash - I really am. But here's my thing - pure cricket is not meant to be a means of wealth re-distribution. Pure cricket is to be worshipped for it's own sake - because it's beautiful and part of our souls, not because it helps people on the street. This is what I believe. Meanwhile a way has to be found to incorporate the socially desirable outcomes you describe with the high calling of pure cricket.

  • Gazzypops on August 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @Werner Geyer Fair point on the lack of South African action in recent times, but, as far as I understand them, the rankings take into account how many Tests a team plays. The rating of 125 that England now has to claim the number 1 spot is calculated by the number of performance points won (4,634) divided by the number of games played (37). I have no idea how you get performance points...!

  • tomhedley on August 24, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, What a load of BS, the IPL is the dying breed here, tv audiences way down, supporters will never truly have a connection with a Mickey Mouse franchise system that turns over players at such a ridiculous rate!

  • getsetgopk on August 24, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Ladies and Gents may I have your attention please: The Funeral of our Dear Departed "The Indian Test Cricket" will be held at Wankhade Statium in Mumbai on Sunday Evening. All the fans and well wishers are hereby invited. There is no Formal Dress code for the event so feel free to wear anything you like. HEHEHHEHEHEHE

  • CricIndia208 on August 24, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    STOP GLOATING. Try winning on pitches that are not doctored. INDIA HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP TWICE. How many times have England won?

  • Drew2 on August 24, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    @rustin, I do agree that Zaheer is a fine bowler, but he needs support. All great bowlers need this support. His influence would have reduced the margin for sure, but India would still have been well beaten.

  • Natx on August 24, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Congrats England. Well played. As for as India, it is time to fire the selection committee and appoint someone who recently played cricket with this team to lead the panel - not sure of their interest and availability - but Sourav and Kumble are obvious choices to lead the panel. On BCCI, what can I say. They will need to prepare at least 3 decent "practice" pitches that closely simulate Aus, SA conditions. Not sure if anyone in the world will get the amount of swing on offer in England (possibly Ireland), so the least one can do is to get classes from the likes of Dravid and Gavaskar on how to stay at the wicket, how to concentrate, and what to hit and most importantly what to leave. As for as bowling, it is time BCCI invest in 2 full-time academies (one for pace and the other for spin) and institute scholarships and merit to promote and nurture talent than simply cherry picking at random. As for as IPL the criteria is 30+ (for current players on duty).

  • HatsforBats on August 23, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    @5wombats: it's heartening to hear other cricket lovers recognise the greatness of test cricket. My grandparents used to take me to shield matches as a youngster and every xmas my grandma would regale us with the tale of the day Bradman hit a boundary, striking her on the knee; after the match he showed her how to bowl a couple of leggies and gave her the ball (sadly lost to the sands of time). I've had the pleasure of watching Lara, Vaughn, Warne, and I would trade all of Australia's odi world cups to watch a five match test series be decided in the final session. Nothing beats it.

  • East_West on August 23, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    First, Congrats England for the victory, you folks deserve every bit of accolades! As for India and Dhoni the calm CLUELESS dude and cohort sans Dravid - Be humble and learn from England the way they reached the TOP! They alway had a decent bowling attack from ages but their batting never clicked in the past and ended up surviving on some brilliant knocks BUT now it is a different story! they worked hard for it! They have the hunger of Aussies and may be of WI whereas India never had that from the beginning and never will!! England are COMPETITIVE whereas India COMPLACENT! Sachin has been useless and should retire - get your 100 and save us from the misery!, Laxman was clueless and his fitness will never improve!!, Dhoni was BALONEY! he islucky to be in a Test team, ..England- they have three different set of captains for three formats and may be India should learn from them, if India takesthat route, then Dhoni will not find a place in a test team!! BCCI have a spine and do this NOW!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 23, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    @5wombats, long story short. If a multi-million pound business helps the common Englishman on the streets apart from others in Britain and across the globe, no responsible person should pray for its death. Killing the purity of a sport is the lamest of excuses one can show when millions of pounds are flowing and some pounds are trickling down to the poor man on the streets. If one still insists on its death, I know what to call that insistence. Hope this helps.

  • r1m2 on August 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Swann is undoubtedly talented. I saw some of his earlier bowling and he was spinning the ball yards off the rough, can't remember which team it was.

    I think England does not have a single super star bowler yet, but they are gelling well. Which is what had happened in 2005. Harmison by himself was quite useless against Australia, but him backing up the other line and length bowlers with fast short pitched bowling, he contributed to the team. Same could've been said of Flintoff as well. Although one most people will agree with me in this regard is Giles.

    And the point of bringing it up, is that, I feel England is still the same way. Not a single one of these bowlers are able to run through a side on their own, but as a team, they are complementing each other well.

    Having a team of bowlers that do well as a team, is a good thing. But it can be a bad thing if prolonged injury or due to some other reason, that team gets broken up and the new bunch cannot gel together quickly.

    My 2c.

  • on August 23, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Congratulations to england....well deserved victory. Though this was a humiliating series defeat, I am afraid fans in India simply dont care. Those who do are here in cricinfo and that is a meagre amount.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 23, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    ******As a Sri lankan i am overjoyed that this arrogant and overrated Indian team lost the series 4-0 Hats off to England for a truly superb display. Dravid proved once again that he is the only "master" in the indian lineup. Sachin is sort of like Geoff Boycott - selfish and materialistic.

    England - lets route them in the one dayers too. I would be delighted if India left England without a single victory. Go england!!!

  • on August 23, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    It is interesting to see how this england batsmen survive the everlasting spinner friendly pitches in subcontinent conditions.If they play well against ajmal,mendis and harbajan here i.e against pak,sl and india they are truly champions in test arena.

  • on August 23, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    With all due respect to Eng who is now number 1. Look closely at the rankings and you will see that Eng/Ind has played 37 games and in comparison South Africa only played 21 games. There is something seriously wrong with international fixtures. I can only imagine how far SA would have been ahead in the rankings if they also played so much cricket.

  • subbass on August 23, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    And will people please stop comparing ODI's to tests as using it as some kind of form guide ! That is really not very clever, yes we get the point we have not won a world cup, runners up plenty of times and we have a T20 win, but yes Tests different game, and of course the better game, I go back to the name TEST cricket.

    It will never die, ok lets say some teams stop playing them. You know what will happen ? They will soon get bored of purely ODI's. You need Tests and in a way Tests need ODI's(although tests lived for years with no ODI's). It's a case of ying and yang, or sweet and sour, or night and day. the 2 formats help each other, mark my words, Tests will never die.

  • subbass on August 23, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Typical sour grapes from some India fans, you can bet your house that if they had won the series they would be saying Test cricket is THE format of the game. Quite funny really, some of you guys are the sorest losers I have ever come across. Fair play to the ones who know that Test cricket is the daddy, like wombats says all the great players are remembered for what they did in Tests. The clue is in the name TEST cricket, a battle between bat and ball over 5 days. Fine if India don't wanna play, boo hoo we aren't playing anymore, you're too good !

  • Sudeep211 on August 23, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I agree with the comments you have made. But being a Indian Cricket Fan, this is the worst performances i have seen from the team. My memories go back to 1991 Australia tour when India lost the series 4-0 but this one was even worse because of the margin of defeat and the reputation of No.1 which India was carrying before the tour commenced. But, i beg your pardon for all the criticism you faced from Indian fans when you mentioned 2-1 at the start of the series..these were remarks made by fans who were supporting the No.1 team in the world. I believe it was mental more than physical. Culturally, Indians have never been physically fit team ..say like Australia..England.. but mentally i s always felt that this team has made remarkable strides in the last decade or so as they were winning overseas on fast and bouncy pitches. I think victory in the world cup made them complacent.

  • Sudeep211 on August 23, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I agree with the comments you have made. But being a Indian Cricket Fan, this is the worst performances i have seen from the team. My memories go back to 1991 Australia tour when India lost the series 4-0 but this one was even worse because of the margin of defeat and the reputation of No.1 which India was carrying before the tour commenced. But, i beg your pardon for all the criticism you faced from Indian fans when you mentioned 2-1 at the start of the series..these were remarks made by fans who were supporting the No.1 team in the world. I believe it was mental more than physical. Culturally, Indians have never been physically fit team ..say like Australia..England.. but mentally i s always felt that this team has made remarkable strides in the last decade or so as they were winning overseas on fast and bouncy pitches. I think victory in the world cup made them complacent.

  • LordOfCric on August 23, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    No one need to win in India to show their dominance. I am sorry to say these Indian fans can use this to defend themselve. If England beat India in India they will say James Anderson doesn't have a century in India, so England can't be # 1. This series was a perfect one; picthes were different than other one. Same pitch where England piling up 700 Indian score card read 68/7. I am sick and tired of seeing test matches in Indian flat wicket. Where most of the time the result is Draw.

  • vichan on August 23, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    @RajitD "3.The English media can enjoy their 15 minutes of fame, but do remember their side has no world cup wins (India has two and are the defending champs. And by the way, one of those victories was in England.)" -- Well, firstly, I think most English fans or the press couldn't care less about 50 over World Cups. After all, England are World Cup holders (and thus world champions) in Twenty20, but you don't really hear anything from their press about this, do you?! Secondly, what has any of what you have said got to do with Test cricket? Answer: nothing. And thirdly, one of India's 50 over World Cup wins was in 1983. Yes, the 1980s... The decade in which one team (the WEST Indies, for those millions of Indian fans who have no clue about cricket history) dominated the sport like none before. I don't think you would hear an argument from any sane person, that India's victory in a rather inconsequential one day tournament has any bearing on this fact. England won, get over it.

  • RohanMarkJay on August 23, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Congratulations to England! Very well played especially Coach Andy Flower, Capt Andy Strauss, Batting Coach Graham Gooch and the rest of the England Cricket Team. All the hard work seems to have paid off as hard work usually does. Graham Gooch's favourite motto failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

  • vichan on August 23, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    @David_Gravitas "The scope and enormity of IPL is much bigger than the water drop that is Test Cricket. If you love test cricket, keep loving it." -- The sad irony of such comments from Indian fans is, of course, that England are ALSO world champions in the format of the IPL - Twenty20.

  • phoenixsteve on August 23, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    So the proper cricket is over between England & India - now it's the one day and T20 thrash to come. For the sake of India I hope that they get well beaten in the ODIs - otherwise BCCI might not head the lessons of this summer? Indian fans keep saying that the Indian dust bowls will be Englands downfall. If the flat tracks continue the only loser will be test cricket. Given the current Indian bowling attack can you imagine Messrs Trott, Cook & Bell batting first for 3 days and England scoring 800, 900 or even 1000 runs? That would surely kill test cricket in India. It seems to me something needs to be done about these flat tracks & maybe a test series in India with every match drawn will be the catylist? There were many times in this last series when the bat bullied the ball & I'm sure that many Indian cricket fans tired of watching England amass huge scores? That applies to a lesser extent to some England supporters too! Test cricket is such a wonderful game and we should cherish it!!

  • Nampally on August 23, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    It was difficult to imagine that India would lose from a sound position they were in at the Lunch time with 220 for 3 & needing just 63 runs to save the innings defeat. Furthermore it was a spin bowler Mishra who batted the English bowling so comfortably to show that the bowling & the pitch posed no problems.Why did Tendulkar& Mishra get out from this "set" position showed once more the lack of " killer instinct" in the team, collectively. The worst aspect was the 3 batsmen- Dhoni, Gambhir & Raina could not muster 10 runs between them whilst a bowler scored 81. These 3 batsmen need to ask themselves whether they deserved a place in this team as "batsmen" when they cannot bat better than bowler Mishra. Dhoni was out to worst stroke which will shame even a school boy.Raina was wrongly given out by the Umpire & Gambhir played like he was in dreamland This summed up the reason for the lopsided Indian defeats - Lack of grit, determination & work ethics.- India showed how to lose Tests!.

  • CKfrombrisbane on August 23, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Good job England ! Indian fans might undestand their standards now.

  • on August 23, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    I can only take solace in the fact is that the revenge series when England comes to India will be more entertaining than ever.Kinda hoped this loss would happen since now we have something to look forward to. Keeping at the top is more difficult than rising to the top so lets see England keep it up now!.

    Also I want India to pummel the English in the ODI's.. will say a lot of these test players..

  • puneet_usa on August 23, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    when Players like Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni,Yuvraj can pick and choose when to play for India and when to opt out of a tour like the recent WI trip- Something serious needs to happen- Because this shows their commitment to their country- this shows that they are focused on extending their aged career to the max rather than moving on with the course of action and accepting the facts- Now there is no hiding- It's all open in public- Where will we go from here is the NEXT BIG QUESTION?? ARE WE HOPING AGAINST HOPE?? How come these players were fit enough to play a total of 30+matches within a span of 2 so months- How come they maintain so exceptional fitness regardless it was a 20-20 format because they didn't even lasted for 20 overs throughout the test series in England- ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS PEOPLE? I AM TERRIBLY CONFUSED WITH THE STATE OF AFFAIRS WHICH THESE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN GOING ABOUT CRICKET AND MORE SO PEOPLE AT TOP IN BCCI- EVERYONE'S HONEST FEEDBACK WILL BE APPRECIATED?? THANKS A LOT..

  • Arachnodouche on August 23, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    I am Indian and have no qualms saying that 80% of Indian cricket fans are myopic, poorly informed, and having a hair's breadth of sporting acumen. Some of the idiots posting here have the wool set over their eyes so thick that they are actually thinking there's any hope for this Indian setup in its continued form. The English thoroughly outplayed us in as professional a display of international sport as you could hope to see. They have traveled to Australia and hammered them by an innings in 3 Tests out of 5. To have even the gall to suggest that they are good only on English soil is not just insulting to their fans but embarrassing for fellow Indian fans who know sh!t from shinola. The WC victory was a manufactured affair, by legitimate means or otherwise, and will be revealed as such in years to come.

  • on August 23, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Series win for England is good for test cricket in many ways, game was becoming more of a South Asian sport…..!!!!!!!!

  • danmcb on August 23, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : your comments about test cricket are nothing more than trying to make that at which are deficient sound unimportant. Had India won or even drawn the series, I doubt very much that you would be saying what you say. Your side was undercooked, lacked match fitness, and was massively outplayed on all levels ... suddenly "Test Cricket is a water drop compared to the IPL". Hmmm. Gravitas? Sour-Grapitas more like.

  • dompocock on August 23, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Blah blah blah same old refrain from Indian fans no good unless you win in sub continent, I think the same could be said about India, clearly they were not worthy of retaining their number 1 status as they couldn't even get a draw in England (Test cricket is home and away for both sides you know). To be honest I can't wait for this England team to tour India again, if Indian bowlers can't take 20 wickets in England how the hell do they expect to do it in India. What's that you say Inidan pitches spin more? Well I would point out that England currently have the best spinner in the world in Swann and India's specialist spinner manged figures of 0 for 170 on a spin friendly surface, this does not bode well for India. On top of that England's batsman embarassingly outscored India's (with the exception of Dravid) on supposedly bowler friendly pitches imagine how many they will score on Indian flat tops! I eagerly await the arrival of SA next summer, maybe they will give us a game!

  • Yabba on August 23, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Jyotishman Sharma "I salute you Rahul Dravid, a true servant of Indian Cricket like your's would be difficult to find. And the nature in which he was given out in the second innings was like desecrating a God. I think everyone would agree."

    Well Rahul Dravid wouldn't agree with you as he admitted that he hit it and was right to be given out!

  • Biggus on August 23, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    @blondblackberry-"by the end of the year england wil lose their top spot.mark my words." Yep, got that mate. Saved it in a little file with your name on it. Don't go wandering off too far eh? Wouldn't want you to be unable to find your way back.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 23, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    When test cricket succeed..Cricketers will go into proverty again..we need balance..you cannot just throw out IPL and One Day cricket...they give money to cricketers not Test cricket..Test cricket is only good for records.. by the way England is number one till today in their own backyard..let them come out and see how they do it..outside..

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 23, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Dravid now becomes new cricket god for India replaces Sachin..WOW...till the next series?...England will be defeted 100 percent when they visit India...Enjoy England pressure is on you now..AND still you need to win your first world cup India did twice..This one series in your backyard does not prove anything untill you come out of England and start showing with your number one ranking..pressure..India get repaired your body parts quickly..and come back in the game ....

  • JustIPL on August 23, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    No doubt they scored runs and took wickets whenever they wanted. Broad became broader with the series and finally broadest with man of the series award. Whitewash ensured that a defensive team that concentrates on draws after statistical calculations is no more there to test the patience of cricket fans who want to see the test of character than jump on fours and sixes. They kept tendulkar on 99 and got him out whenever they wanted. At 91 he looked certain but Strauss was spot on to bring in Bresnan. They gave mishra extended run to frustrate batting stalwarts in the change room. Swann proved that he did not need full DRS to succeed. They refused patodi trophy but will accept world cup if they whetewash in ODIs as well.

  • Dozzieus on August 23, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Test Cricket at its best..... I love England and am so proud of them. But the one man i would quite happily love to have in the side would be the legend that is Rahul Dravid. What a man, what a player. That man epitomises the gentlemanly sport of cricket. Well Done

  • Biggus on August 23, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @5wombats-Test cricket is fine mate. It started with our two countries and we're not going anywhere. Down here 'hit and giggle' is for out of season footy fans and for doting dads to take their kids for a day out. Nice win for your lot, and well deserved. As you will remember I saw the writing on the wall early in the last Ashes and I'll take the liberty of repeating a phrase I used then in regard to the England team, "Anyone who has ever played chess against a much stronger opponent knows what it's like when no matter what you do you just get into more trouble". That's what playing the Poms at the moment is like. Rather relentless, almost ruthless. How terribly Australian of you, old chap.....

  • on August 23, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    England deserved the 4-0 series win . Now we need to see if they can remin No1 for longer then 20 months .True test will come when they win in South Africa and in India ! Hard work starts now ?!

  • ashes61 on August 23, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    After the 1st Test many Indian fans here said Lord's was a blip and India would win 3-1. I wish Indian cricket well but fear for it during this "head in the sand" period. Having seen them grow old together and produce few new international-class players recently, & their struggle to beat the Windies decisively, I didn't feel my 4-0 prediction for ENG was at all unrealistic. After the Lord's thrashing (196 runs) I said here that would be the first of four losses and would also be India's narrowest defeat of the series. Cue for plenty of ridicule from Indian fans! But it was true: 196 runs, 319 runs, innings & 246, innings & 8. India to beat ENG in Tests in India? Because of conditions? Reality check needed! ENG have been poor there for 20-odd years because of their poor cricket. This side is far, far better. ENG have the bowlers for flat or spinning wickets, India don't. ENG have the batsmen, India certainly don't. Carry on with your IPL and enjoy the long decline of Indian cricket!

  • ibbotsoni on August 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    swombats - i agree with every word you've said.

    Test cricket will be remembered for generations. ODIs and 20twenties will not.

    If I was an Indian fan I wouldn't be burrying my head in the sand saying tests dont matter as much as odi world cups and ipls, I'd want my grandkids looking at cricinfo archives in fifty years and looking through old gavaskar and pataudi trophies and seeing india did well in such and such a series (or england in my case). I can't see them searching for IPL franchise results fifty years down the line.

  • bobmartin on August 23, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Don't you just get sick of all this "England must prove themselves away from home to really be the number one side" nonsense.. Has it not dawned on those people who keep saying it, that the very reason India are now number 3 in the world..is because they couldn't do just that. However, the England management are obviously less blinkered than India's. That's why we planned the last Ashes tour in minute detail and thrashed Australia in their own backyard. Do you really believe that Flower and his team won't be planning for the next tour already. England know from the past that the worst enemy of success is complacency, resting on one's laurels, something they failed to learn after the 2005 Ashes series. They won't make that mistake again.. However, if India continue to think that everything will be alright and they will get their revenge when England next visit, they might be in for as big an awakening as the one they've just suffered.

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    All this talk of "South Africa". I suggest those making it check the stats when Englands toured there less than 2 years ago. One all - away from home. Not too shabby. England are now a far better side with more depth than 2009/10. While SA have great batsmen in depth, thjey rely pretty much solely on Steyn and Morkel. If one of them breaks down (and let's face it fast bowlers break down all the time) England will hammer South Africa's poor second string bowling. England on the other hand are constantly apologising to Tremlett, Onions and probably most impressively Finn for NOT giving them a game. Englands bowling depth is MASSIVE. Welcome back to an in form Panesar this winter as well!!

  • Valavan on August 23, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    2cricketloverInd, sub continent includes SL, Pak and bangladesh. Lets exclude Bangladesh, England has won in SL and Pak in 2001. OK get your statistics right. India never justified no.1, did they ever win a series in Australia or South Africa. Have India won 2 tests in any country excluding Pakistan. And this team is no.1 and comparisons to aussies of 2000s and windies of 80s. The Justice is done right here. I have seen no.1 team whitewashing their opponents in the past, first time i saw a no.1 team getting whitewashed.

  • 5wombats on August 23, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas; Ease off with that; "The scope and enormity of IPL is much bigger than the water drop that is Test Cricket" talk. All the way through this Test series your comments have been pretty straight bat, but that sort of talk is precisely why I worry about the future of Test cricket. Look, the "water drop" attitude is the problem - India have turned up here and been roasted WHY? Because Test cricket was not top of its priorities. You want India to carry on losing like that? Of course not - so, address the issue. The greatest players - Gavaskar, Botham, Warne, McGrath, Tendulkar made their names in Test cricket and developed their skills and attitudes in Test match cricket. It's our heritage. My Grandfather took my dad to see Bradman in 1948, my dad took me to see the Aussies get bowled out by Brown in 1968, I took my son to see Pietersen get 200 and Andersen bowl England to victory at Lords a few weeks ago. Test cricket is what gets remembered, not 20 over thrashes.

  • Fluffykins on August 23, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Was glad to be at the Oval on Sunday when at least part of the Indian Team turned up.

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    When Rahul Dravid came in to bat again, within ten minutes of just completing a master-class of a 146, i felt like saluting him in rapt attention. For me, he is the true legend, the eternal workhorse who never became a superstar. I salute you Rahul Dravid, a true servant of Indian Cricket like your's would be difficult to find. And the nature in which he was given out in the second innings was like desecrating a God. I think everyone would agree.

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Having, in the last ten years, beaten Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh in their own backyards, ony India remains to be beaten in that part of the world. England have the batting and fielding to succeed in India and will have the bowling - the series in the UAE will be of interest, but not pertinent, whereas the series in Sri Lanka will. If England do win the latter (and it is a distinct possibility) and go on to beat South Africa next summer, then India will need to have found a bowling attack by then so as not to see their long unbeaten streak against England end...

  • irfi4040 on August 23, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    To b honest i expected this result keeping in view the England's recent record at home and India's lack of ability to adjust in seaming conditions. But one thing which surprised me is that this is one of the worst whitewashes in the history of test cricket by two equally competetive sides. whats going on? i think indian cricketers r still celebrating WC win due to which it seemed like a no-contest in the series. Well done England for storming into no.1 spot.

  • Hindh on August 23, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    India should not read too much into an inconsequential test series while they are the World cup champions . there are massive problems in bowling but it could be sorted out.this series is just one off for india. thats it...

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    England are indeed a very good side, deserving (IMO) of the No 1 slot at present. I would back them to beat SA home or away (though not so one-sidedly as this series v India). As for the sub-continent - I can't see them losing, bat friendly pitches just end in boring draws, no wonder the Indian public don't bother to go to test matches. England still have some way to go to match Steve Waugh's great Australian side. A great side needs strength in depth - England have that in bowling and keeping, but the batting is dependent of 5 players at present. Morgan and Bopara are good players but have not yet fully proved themselves; the next in line have a lot of promise but have yet to play a test. Injuries to a couple of the top five could leave us short of runs against a better bowling side than India (ie most other test sides).

  • on August 23, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    "Well played england...but you need to prove in sub-continent conditions, remember that you had not won in sub-continent for over 27 years..." we won in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, cheers.

  • on August 23, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    itz not finish, itz the beginning

  • Legster on August 23, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    CricketLover_Ind, what England haven't done is win in India for the last 27 years, the subcontinent also includes SL, Pakistan and Bangladesh, they won in Pakistan in 2001, SL in 2002/03 and Bangladesh in 2009.

  • rustin on August 23, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @Chickenwire, What are you talking about? India won in 2007. England hasn't won in 27 years. This might be their best chance though. Their depth(and the quality of that depth) in batting is unreal.

  • on August 23, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    5 recommendations for the BCCI to consider before their next tour of England: 1. If you're going to schedule an overseas Test series immediately before an England tour, make sure it's in New Zealand, where the ball seams & swings in a fashion not too dissimilar from how it tends to behave in England. 2. By way of further acclimatisation to English conditions, insist that 3 three-day warm-up games are played before the first Test - rather than just the one. 3. If any of your batsmen display obvious deficiencies against the short or swinging ball, iron out those deficiencies in the nets - & with the aid of a bowling machine - BEFORE the tour commences. 4. Insist that all your players undergo stringent fitness & exercise programmes BEFORE the tour starts: this will ensure that they don't look like extras from the 'Before' ads for WeightWatchers magazine. 5. Inform Gautam Gambhir that he IS allowed to play genuine attacking shots even if he has a mild headache or a slightly bruised elbow.

  • rustin on August 23, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    @Drew2: I agree with all your comments except regarding Zaheer. With Zaheer this series would have been something else altogether. Not only is he one of the best bowlers with both the new and old ball, the rest of the bowlers also seem different with his leadership, especially Ishant who becomes a lot more consistent and seems to have clarity in his head. This would have also made the batting look a lot better. It is not easy to bat when you think there is no safe total for your bowlers to take 20 wickets.

  • on August 23, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Great Performance by England and hope they perform like this when they tour Srilanka, India and South Africa.. But they won't get team like India.

  • Naresh28 on August 23, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Yes India has learnt it's lessons. We have a big country there is scores of talent. It is only a matter of time before we find a "Shoib Aktar" Lets select and nurture talent. We seriousily lack strong, physical bowlers. The need of the hour is to find 3 such and build them up. The game these days has become physical and mental. Height, stamina and fitness (like Dravid) are the primary requirements. Our small short guys get pelted by bouncers. Its no more a gentlemens game so lets also adjust to this. Naresh28

  • moulud on August 23, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Bangladesh played wayyyyy better then India last year when they have visited England. Its time for Indians to Invite BD for test series.

  • Yabba on August 23, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Well done England - far superior to India in all departments.

    All those questioning this England team's ability to play in the sub-continent sound exactly like the Australians who said that our bowling attack wouldn't take 20 wickets last winter. England prepared thoroughly and we all saw the outcome - the same will happen when England tour the sub-continent.

    It's no surprise that Dravid was India's best player in this series as he is the only one who concentrates on staying fit and practising non-stop!

  • Drew2 on August 23, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Still the odd complainer wishing this series was played in India. All I can say is that it's a good thing that this series wasn't played in India. In their present form, England would have still won, and then what? The dethroning of the no. 1 team in front of their home crowd. That would have gone down well. India conceded 65 runs per wicket for the whole tour, and that includes the counties. This is the area they need to fix. Sreesanth is not proving to be of test standard and Sharma is not impacting as much theses days. Even three fully fit Zaheer Khans wouldn''t have turned this around, and even he's near the end of his career.

  • khurramsch on August 23, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    england realy hammered india to 4-0 white wash & only last 2 days were a bit of contest. the thing inda need to understand is they cant only depend on 2/3 players. yes zaher is a good bowler but did any 1 expect him to get 20 in each game?best thing in england team every body chipped in. strauss with 50's, cook 1 big inings, ian bell 2 big 100, kp 2 big 100, trott good inings, prior 2 important inings, broad, tim with crucial battings & if bowling all 4 have participated.only swan was left & he did it in last game.so they were far too superior.

  • ravi_hari on August 23, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Congrats England! You have shown what a sincere effort can give. It was cricket all the way and you just did what a cricket team needs to do to win. You batted well, bowled well, fielded well and combined as a team very well. Most important there was desire from all the 11 to win and all the 11 to perform. The way they have played - Atleast 1 century in each innings on a average, atleast one 5 wicket haul per innings on an average shows how the team has performed consistantly. The best thing is instead of bothering about how India would play, they concentrated on how well they can out-perform the Indians. That is why they outplayed India in every department. More than the whitewash, the manner in which India lost is a cause of concern and instead of blaming the seniors, we should be worried that the future is not in safe hands. Dhoni and selectors have to plan for the future otherwise we are in danger of joining Windies at the bottom. Wake up India! Hari Ravi

  • MiddleStump on August 23, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    A good series win for England no doubt. But the real test will come against SA where you will not find people like Dhoni and Raina bowling to you. And just in case India can get its act together by finding a couple of good spinners, a tour of India would be a bit more interesting than this one sided series.

  • kumar692 on August 23, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Indian Cricket Team has been completely outplayed in all the departments except in Injury list. To be honest some of the players has spent more time in hospital than on field.If you take 2007 Test series Indian team came early n they played ODI Series in Ireland which helped them to clinch the series last time.But this time they really showed lack of match practice in these conditions except for Dravid who played series against West Indies on those uneven bouncy tracks.I have few questions in mind...

    Do we really need three ODI practice matches?

    Why didn't BCCI schedule an extra practice match before the vital Test Series instead of having three ODI practice matches?.

  • on August 23, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    England, unbeatable in England. but in Sub Cont?

  • mahmood_chowdhury on August 23, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    India can never go on top again. What is the future when Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman retires?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In this series once again it is proved that there is nothing in Indian team except those few players. Waiting for worst possible situation for India like Windies or may be worst. Truly they had been very very lucky to be on top for 2 years!!!!!!!!!! Actually other nations played so bad for which they could remain on top for two years. How come??????? Indian team had been on top for two years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nair_ottappalam on August 23, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    The final result was totally unfortunate but expected. Indian team had it in them but did not use its real potential. How would one expect a team which boasts of the best batting line up in the world crumble so meekly in all the four tests? Only once in the 8 innings India made 300. Englishmen scored centuries at will and three double tons were scored (Cook, KP and Bell). Tons by KP, Morgan, Bell & Prior. Means in all 7 centuries in 6 innings played by England. Only Dravid scored 3 centuries in the 8 Indian innings. Almost all Indian bowlers conceded "centuries". India dropped dozens of catches. Indiscipline in bowling, fielding and to some extend captaincy. How do you expect part-timers throwing their arms when English batsmen were in their nineties? See how Strauss brought in Bresnan replacing KP (part-timer)in the 76th over when Sachin was on 91. This team is not TEAM India. You have to be a team before you term them as TEAM INDIA

  • CricketLover_Ind on August 23, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Well played england...but you need to prove in sub-continent conditions, remember that you had not won in sub-continent for over 27 years...

  • Chickenwire on August 23, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Where to start? In answer to all those posters who gleefully deride the achievements of this England team; quoting that in order to be number one, you need to win in the subcontinent; please be aware that a) no, the rankings system doesn't state this and b) if this *was* the case, it would be equally true that the supposed number one side would also need to win in the 'super-seaming-and-swinging' conditions here in England. Something that the last couple of #1 sides failed to do; the last of them so abjectly, they were whitewashed. For the record, I don't believe England are the finished article nor a great side. I think they are very, very good; well-prepared, with good strength in depth; cover for every position; who bat very deep; who bowl to plans.

    If you don't believe they'll be equally well prepared for Pakistan and Sri Lanka and willing to make the necessary changes to accommodate a second spinner then you've another think coming. I'm looking forward to it all. Should be fun!

  • CricketingStargazer on August 23, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    An inteesting divergance of opinions even by Indian fans. Some think that this was an embarassment, others that Test cricket is meaningless (the same way that T20 was meaningless until India won the Wold T20 and the ICL was fomed). When England lost 5-0 in Austalia in 2006/07 it was indisputable evidence that the side that had done so well between 2003 and 2005 was in teminal decline. The recovery stated there. right now there is the World Test Championship coming up and unless India stat to reverse their decline, Sri Lanka will be the only qualifiers from Asia. England most definitely want to be there. Don't India mind if they are not?

  • Andy83 on August 23, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    bMike. Please don't forget it wasn't very far when the England Team got whitewashed as well by Australia. No doubt England played very well this series. But that doesn't mean they can whitewash other teams and also that India will be whitewashed by other teams.

  • ravis123 on August 23, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    It was bcos of Amit Mishra that Sachin got to 91 - it was his fluency that imbibed the confidence in Sachin. Sachin was no Sachin in this series - he got to 91 after being 4 times lucky. In any case, in situations such as these, SACHIN RARELY COMES TO THE RESCUE OF THE TEAM - History will reveal that. More often than not, it has been Dravid and Laxman who have pulled the team out of trouble. Unfortunately, the Dravid phenomenon has happened in the same age as Sachin's and he has got less prominance. A persons' greatness is proved when the chips are down and not when the team is flourishing and that too, in favourable conditons...Dravid to my mind, is the greatest TEST PLAYER that India has ever produced, as you rarely get a person with such steely resolve, determination and perfection, to bat for a team at No.3...WHEN HE IS AT THE CREASE, YOU EXPERIENCE A CONFIDENCE, knowing that the team is in safe hands.. This cant be said, when Sachin is batting.. Ravi Shankar

  • anver777 on August 23, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    WOW !!! a superb way to end the test series.......a very special moment for Eng team who performed exceptionally well throughout this series.....i believe every member of the team did their part & contributed towards this historical whitewash ..My congrats! for this great achievement & hope they'll continue this form in future...........

  • sambensam on August 23, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    ODI and TEST top 5 ranks are exactly the opposite test: ENG,SA,IND,SL,AUS odi :AUS,SL,IND,SA,ENG :D

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 23, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    No more excuses left for the Indians, England are just a country mile better than India in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness. They are the best team to emerge since the Australian one of the lat decade.

  • shamlaatu on August 23, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    The English team is definitely better and deserves the No 1 spot but they are not good enough to stand apart from the lot. The same Anderson and Co will probably be thrashed and pummeled down all over the park in their up coming ODI trip to India. We have seen it how Bengladesh and Ireland took them Englishmen to cleaners last time when they played in subcontinent (WC).

    This English team cannot be put in the same breadth with the WI of 70/80's and Australia of 2000's who were champions at home and Champions at anywhere else in the world but yeah, for now they are No 1 -- fair and square!

  • RajitD on August 23, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    1. Well played England. The better side by a mile. 2.India have never had a genuine strike attack and with Kumble retired and Zaheer injured, the bench strength also has disappeared - so it seems. 3.The English media can enjoy their 15 minutes of fame, but do remember their side has no world cup wins (India has two and are the defending champs. And by the way, one of those victories was in England.) 4.Curious to see how England performs on dust bowls in India and Sri lanka. Even with this bunch of talented players, they may not come up measure...But time will tell.

  • Marcio on August 23, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    In this two team contest, I humbly award India third place.

  • blondblackberry on August 23, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    by the end of the year england wil lose their top spot.mark my words.

  • on August 23, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    I am so glad test cricket won at the expense of unwarranted hype surrounding some meaningless personal milestones.

  • bMike on August 23, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    This England team deserves more whitewashes and this Indian team deserves to be washed again and again!

  • Sheela on August 23, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Fact is England are definitely a better side and all of us Indians should accept this basic fact. In a match one side will lwin but genuine cricket lover expects the other team to put up fight. Dhoni and his men totally lacked this capacity. Dhoni's defensive, so called run saving fields, could not reduce the rate of English scoring and they were always scoring 4 runs per over in every Test match. But this pertient point is not emphasised by critics baffles many people. In Tests mere run savings will never put any team on top. Blaming only Suresh Raina is futile. Most of the batsmen failed and failed miserably. About Indian fitness, poor fielding, etc. the loess said the better.

  • kevinpp24 on August 23, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Thank you England, you made me proud. Now i can hold my head up and say i'm a proud England supporter. Thanks again.

  • mxnmxn on August 23, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Completely outclassed! I still believe England is not a strong team - but Indian playing standard was just pathetic. I blame it more on poor bowling though ... it kinda always unnoticed due to batting performance.

  • professor_zero on August 23, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    And how, @shanshan, does your theory about English wickets explain England's dominance of Australia in Australia? Away record since winter 2009: Won 6, Lost 2, Drew 3. Not bad. India's away record in the same period: Won 5, Lost 6, Drew 4. What's more, the Oval pitch was flat, with low bounce and spin. A very Indian sort of surface. Can't you guys admit that England are just pretty damn good?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 23, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    @ all the people worried about test cricket: If test cricket is dying, so be it. None of us have taken cricket as our profession. We all have taken watching cricket as our time pass, passion etc etc...So, how are we in anyway concerned as to what the people, who chose playing or managing cricket as a profession, should or should not do? If you all are so mighty worried about test cricket dying, why don't you all choose playing test cricket as your profession or send your sons to become test cricket professionals? Deal?! IPL is a huge success. When I say success, I don't mean it in terms of bringing out test quality players. It spins revenue like nothing we have seen before. The scope and enormity of IPL is much bigger than the water drop that is Test Cricket. If you love test cricket, keep loving it. Oh, you are 'concerned' about Indian Test Cricket? Thanks a lot for your concerns. And you want IPL to die because of your 'concern' for Indian Test Cricket? Now, that's a bit far-fetched.

  • harshthakor on August 23, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Heartiest congrats to England for completing one of the most comprehensive test series victories ever and beating the official test champion of their day like no team has done in cricket history.May England keep this up as well as their superb victory in the last Ashes series down under and emerge into one of the greatest test teams ever.The best English teams led By Peter May or Mike Brearley have not equalled this performance.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    @Swombats: Yes A LOT has to change with Indian cricket. After the debacle of 51 all out in Jamaica, the English team think tank didn't just sit back and say - "well, we are still too good and this is a one off". They immediately took to battle stations and analyzed what went wrong. The biggest good for England was the appointment of Andy Flower. He's a terrific guy to coach England. Even as a player, I used to be in awe of the man and wonder "what the heck is this guy doing playing for Zimbabwe". With all respects to Zimbabwe, they were and are still a below par team in world cricket. Even then Andy Flower gave his best for his country. Now he's doing the same for his adopted country. Unlike the ECB, the BCCI is not proactive. They are creatures of hindsight. They WAIT for a major humiliation like this. That's not the way an efficient organization operates. You gotta make things happen and anticipate. For starters, I want them to select ONLY fit players for the team.

  • on August 23, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Wasim and Waqar were unstoppable in thease pitches.I think Ishant,Sreesanth,Munaf all required valubale advices from them or need to find themselfs to resovle the issue.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 23, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Is it just me or am I seeing fast bowling coming back into popularity. Fast bowlers were almost exclusively used in this series, In the Aus/Lanka series fast bowling is winning matches (mostly for Australians)... Indians are having more of a demand for FAST bowling instead of just pace (Called Varun Aaron for ODIs just cause he can bowl 90 MPH +)

  • johnathonjosephs on August 23, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Well the Indians had their 2 years. Honestly up till that moment when England beat Australia in Australia, India were No. 1.... After England won, they were number 1 and india number 2.... After this series, Indians don't deserve to even be 4 and should be below Sri Lanka and Australia as Sri Lankans have shown that even they resisted the England attack better

  • Farukafaj on August 23, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    congrats to England , I am so happy they drubbed India 4-0 ....

  • landl47 on August 23, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    A great win by England. Some of the numbers are staggering: in the last 2 tests, without Trott and Tremlett, England made 1301 runs for 13 outs- 100 runs per wicket. India made 1051 runs for 40 outs- 26 runs per wicket. In this test, Swann took 9-208 on the same wicket where Mishra took 0-170. I think that answers the question as to whether England can play in the sub-continent. India's best bowler was Kumar- and he's a SWING bowler. How many wickets will he get in India- and if he doesn't, who will? Zaheer, another swing bowler? Bhaji, whom all the Indian fans wanted to drop? Dravid played well, but he's the oldest of an old side. The others did nothing. What's great about this England side is that they've steadily improved. They're better now than they were in Australia or last year when they beat Pakistan (with Asif and Amir). They're still getting better. Good days for England- dark days for India, but hopefully they'll be back.

  • Nerk on August 23, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Well done England. It was a victory well deserved. As for India, I hope they don't slip back into a 90s mindset, where they are unbeatable at home and woeful abroad. India just seemed to believe it would all come together at some point. After losing the first match, they said we can still comeback and win, after the second they said we can still draw the series and so on. Only Dravid seemed to realise that this was a test series, and if you don't play your hardest you get beaten.

  • on August 23, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    -Lack of bowling specially seam talent -Batting failures -Aging players -Injuries -Indian lack of preparation Are all separate issues that have little to do with each other except they worked in symphony...

  • on August 23, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    It was an awesome performance by England and they totally deserve it, on the other hand India has nothing to hide they were totally outplayed in all departments.I hope India to see India coming back as strong as England did after their 2006 Ashes white wash.....Congrats England

  • a1234s on August 23, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    let them come to India.. we shall see ;)

  • on August 23, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    dont make me laugh when u a say this indian team the best batting team of all time...how about west indies 1984....what about australia 2000-2003 what about this england team.....yeah i said it....

  • on August 22, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Congrats to a better prepared outfit. A very professional display.

  • m.d.wadia on August 22, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    What a dismal display by the Indian cricket team as a unit. I guess, "they came with a full stomach to an all you can eat buffet". I am pretty sure the selectors need to go back to the drawing board, get priorities straight with players they want in different roles for different formats of the game. I fail to understand why BCCI will not allow young talents to go abroad to hone their skills rather than play on stereotype pitches in subcontinent conditions, where any great bowler is taken for runs. Considering India as a powerhouse of cricket, weather it be cricketers or followers, people worship & spend more time watching the game than towards idol worship. We fail to comprehend where is the talent hiding or is it that the board isn't acquainted with talent in the bowling department (seam & spin).

  • mensan on August 22, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    England bowlers really worked hard on a flat pitch. I appreciate English management on not writing off Swann and persisting with him for this test. India were poor in all three departments of the game.

  • on August 22, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    India got totally owned in this one :(

  • shanshan on August 22, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    The quality of 5-day cricket is on decline in all the cricket playing nations except England. The best example is West Indies, Australia and Pakistan. It was not difficult for India to become number one side considering their batting line up. Almost all the countries have difficulties playing England in England because of extra-ordinary amount of swing and seam, especially in last two years. They are making these very tricky pitches to support their bowlers. Problem is that there is no other bowler in the world except Dale Steyn who could exploit these seaming conditions as English bowlers do. Thats why we would continue to see England dominance for some time.

  • HatsforBats on August 22, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @5wombats: where you been?! Not having watched the series I can only imagine that it was somewhat lackluster; whilst it is great to see your team winning, you always want to see a fight. And I think you are spot on, India just didn't turn up for this series. If they did I still think Eng would've won, but only 2-1 or 2-0. Very disappointing performance by India. Lets hope they have their ship in order for the return series and give Eng a real test series (ahem...much like Aus I'm chastened to add).

  • Balb on August 22, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    England deserved the number one spot. They studied India well, knew their weak points and out played a weary and tired team from the start. India woes continues in search for fast bowlers. India fast bowlers cannot bat and that is a given weakness. Eleven players took the field only eight can bat. It was like England playing against eight Indians from the begining of the test series. One still wonders how Pakistan can historically find such dangerous quickies just in the neighbour hood. India just couldn't get their eight batsmen to bat together so as to pass 350 runs. India always relied on Spinners and even today, that is lacking. Their fielding was loose. Simple catches dropped. How can you win like this? Sorry Tendulkar did not get his 100. I do hope Fletcher has a game plan for fast bowlers before the next tour or India will sink further.

  • Alexk400 on August 22, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    England was awsome in planning and execution. India lacked the will to fight becaue of sachin 100th 100 hoopla. There was no team spirit. England were good but the reason for 4-0 loss was because of lack of will to make changes. India deserved to be crushed. Midget team.

  • phoenixsteve on August 22, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Congratulations to Andrew Strauss and all the England team - you have done every English fan proud. In the end it was all too easy and therein lies the danger? This Indian team were very poor and the whitewash has to be taken in context. South Africa away will be the real test of greatness and I am hopefull this side will come through with success. As for India.... it was a bad performance but the classiness of Raul Dravid shone through - what a fine player he is. Team India have much rebuilding to do and some difficult selectorial decisions to take? It's somehow ironic that the adoption of UDRS was so heavily fought by India and that they now see it's a worthwhile thing? All we want (fans and players and officials) is greater fairness and the maximum possible correctness. Maybe the human umpiring errors in this series have highlighted the problems....

  • 5wombats on August 22, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - It is a day of infamy for Indian Cricket. Completely Agreed. Something has to change in Indian cricket - just like something had to change when England crashed to 51 all out to the West Indies in 2009. But a few months later we beat the Aussies and the rest as they say, is history. There needs to be a determination in India that Test matches come first. Day 1 is tommorrow. @testcricketisdying - like your name but like you I worry desperately that it might be true.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    I wrote in advance, you blind follower and writer that England will not going to be at the Pinnacle of test ranking as they are next to Visit the Subcontinent and also they are not playing any test in next 5 months. Whoever is saying that Injury to the major players was an excuse then just ask once Strauss and company and the reaction of theirs will tell the whole story! If the blind followers say ZaK = Tremlet, Sehwag = Trott and Gambhir was almost injured in all the game then they are not allowed to either watch the TEST CRICKET nor just logged in and made such nonsense here.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Congrats England. NO easy feat to whitewash a #1 team.Were they really the #1 team? Did u check the amount of runs England scored agst India in the 4 test series? WOW! Besides Rahul, Mishra did put up a good show. He give away 170runs & made 127.

  • Toon-Harmy on August 22, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    In Graeme Swann, England have a world-class spinner more than capable of winning them matches in the sub-continent. With Monty Panesar as back-up, not to mention exciting prospects such as Durham's Scott Borthwick and Hampshire's Danny Briggs coming through, the spin department is looking healthy.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    England played well and fully deserve the #1 ranking and the 4-0 whitewash. Their challenge now is to maintain that intensity for months at a time which will be impressive if achieved. India has work to do but I for one am confident that they will learn from this rough experience and come back stronger. Indian players have too much pride for that not to be the case and they have a coach who can help them just like he helped England when they were rebuilding a few years back.

  • subbass on August 22, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Bravo ! Onwards and upwards for Strauss and the lads.

  • shakattacl on August 22, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    india is number 1 test team, if they play in india.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    I think Indian players are more worried about upcoming champions league. BCCI has to stick there head out and concentrate more on real cricket then on useless IPL and champions league. And more then anything they need a good bowling coach ask Wasim Donald or Macgraw for help, if u want good results.

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Well deserved, extraordinary and legendary performance. It's been so fulfilling with the pathetic excuses of Zaheer Khan out, Gambhir injured, Sehwag injured and so on and so on, like a number one team relies on a SINGLE bowler to win matches, England has shown that they could lose two even three players and still smash teams. What's so satisfying about this performance is that even if Anderson had been out, Finn or Onions would have come in and stolen 4 or 5 wickets in the match! what's even more fulfilling is that all the players who we worried about came around and put in a smacking performance, Pietersen, Cook, Broad especially!

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    I said it before and it bears repeating........ over hyoed, over piad, over fed and over there. No stomach for a fight, Cook's 294 was passed just once in 8 innings by the "best batting team in test history" and that by only 6 runs. And the bowling that was served up by the Indian team!!! The less said about that, the better.

  • testcricketisdying on August 22, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    One team was hungry to win and had the killer instinct to prove something. The other seemed strangely disconnected from battle. I wonder if the Indians came to England wanting to draw the series and go back to India with the no.1 title intact. England wanted to go for the jugular and when they had the opportunity they went for it. I am appalled by the excuses made by so many Indian fans about the injury to Zaheer Khan. England lost Trott (who averages 57 in tests) to injury and Chris Tremlett (arguably their second best bowler). What would the scores look like if Tremlett and Trott had both played in this series? The injury excuse is a lame excuse by Indians. We need to accept the fact that India seems to have a bowling cupboard which is totally empty. Among the new bowlers, there isn't a single one that looks like a real promise for the future. And that is extremely worrying. And what of our batsmen? Why couldn't they show more application and resolve?

  • Quazar on August 22, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Congrats to England and their fans for their crushing 4-0 win. Kudos to Strauss, Flower and all their players. As for India, the BCCI, team management and players themselves can learn a lot from England in respect of Test and county FC cricket.

  • Quazar on August 22, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Congrats to England and their fans for their crushing 4-0 win. Kudos to Strauss, Flower and all their players. As for India, the BCCI, team management and players themselves can learn a lot from England in respect of Test and county FC cricket.

  • 5wombats on August 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Nice article. Agree with a lot of it. Especially the bit about being relentless. England are. No-one can live with them at the moment because like @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff once famously said on here a few months ago - "England are a big match team, they rise to the challenge every time". Nobody can argue with the results either. No team in the world would fancy taking on England at the moment. Take India today - 262/3, final day, need to bat the day, two batsmen set, 50 overs to go. It should have been a draw, but 15 overs and 21 runs later they are gone. "Mental Disintergration"? Oh yes. But the other side to this is more worrying; India were never really up for any of this anyway. They (not Dravid or Kumar) made it easier for England - they weren't prepared to begin with either mentally or physically. They didn't look as if they could be bothered with this Test series. I for one will never forgive them for that and neither should their supporters..

  • cricfan800 on August 22, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Even Pakistan won one match against England.Really Power all-round performance by India.

    England struck three Double-Centuries,two 150's,two Centuries and Nine Half-centuries. Highest Score:294 By Alastair Cook.

    And India struck three Centuries and Nine Half-Centuries. Highest Score:146* By Rahul Dravid. And all three Centuries from India are by Rahul Dravid. In the end i would say really poor performance by India.There not good in batting and worst in bowling.

    Thanks!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    It's a weird feeling but I am happy today for England. They deserve this result. Anything else would be unforgiving and unfair. I am not a person who believes in a one off result or a tryst with destiny. India could well have saved this game but does that solve any of the gazillion problems they have as a team ? No. But I think they have the next Daniel Vettori in Amit Mishra. This guy has to be encouraged and given proper care. In fact EVERY SINGLE young Indian player is NO LONGER a property of the BCCI but ASSETS of the nation's fortunes. Team India should be about determination, a youthful perseverance and exuberance. We don't need reputation tags or egos to define players. Ask every Indian, he/she will tell you this. Sadly, the BCCI doesn't seem to realize. BUT hopefully they would. This is a day of infamy for Indian cricket. But it's also a day of justice and vindication to the MOTHER of the game - England. Well done champions ! it's time you got to the top. :)

  • kaushiq on August 22, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    well done England. i think India was getting a bit drunk with power like any other team, good to see them get so humiliated

  • InnocentGuy on August 22, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Team England. We'll see how long they last at the top. We will so see.

  • pom_don on August 22, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Well done England a very well deserved whitewash of India now it would be great if we could secure a victory in the one dayers too.....come on the lads keep up the great work!

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  • pom_don on August 22, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Well done England a very well deserved whitewash of India now it would be great if we could secure a victory in the one dayers too.....come on the lads keep up the great work!

  • InnocentGuy on August 22, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Team England. We'll see how long they last at the top. We will so see.

  • kaushiq on August 22, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    well done England. i think India was getting a bit drunk with power like any other team, good to see them get so humiliated

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    It's a weird feeling but I am happy today for England. They deserve this result. Anything else would be unforgiving and unfair. I am not a person who believes in a one off result or a tryst with destiny. India could well have saved this game but does that solve any of the gazillion problems they have as a team ? No. But I think they have the next Daniel Vettori in Amit Mishra. This guy has to be encouraged and given proper care. In fact EVERY SINGLE young Indian player is NO LONGER a property of the BCCI but ASSETS of the nation's fortunes. Team India should be about determination, a youthful perseverance and exuberance. We don't need reputation tags or egos to define players. Ask every Indian, he/she will tell you this. Sadly, the BCCI doesn't seem to realize. BUT hopefully they would. This is a day of infamy for Indian cricket. But it's also a day of justice and vindication to the MOTHER of the game - England. Well done champions ! it's time you got to the top. :)

  • cricfan800 on August 22, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Even Pakistan won one match against England.Really Power all-round performance by India.

    England struck three Double-Centuries,two 150's,two Centuries and Nine Half-centuries. Highest Score:294 By Alastair Cook.

    And India struck three Centuries and Nine Half-Centuries. Highest Score:146* By Rahul Dravid. And all three Centuries from India are by Rahul Dravid. In the end i would say really poor performance by India.There not good in batting and worst in bowling.

    Thanks!

  • 5wombats on August 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Nice article. Agree with a lot of it. Especially the bit about being relentless. England are. No-one can live with them at the moment because like @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff once famously said on here a few months ago - "England are a big match team, they rise to the challenge every time". Nobody can argue with the results either. No team in the world would fancy taking on England at the moment. Take India today - 262/3, final day, need to bat the day, two batsmen set, 50 overs to go. It should have been a draw, but 15 overs and 21 runs later they are gone. "Mental Disintergration"? Oh yes. But the other side to this is more worrying; India were never really up for any of this anyway. They (not Dravid or Kumar) made it easier for England - they weren't prepared to begin with either mentally or physically. They didn't look as if they could be bothered with this Test series. I for one will never forgive them for that and neither should their supporters..

  • Quazar on August 22, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Congrats to England and their fans for their crushing 4-0 win. Kudos to Strauss, Flower and all their players. As for India, the BCCI, team management and players themselves can learn a lot from England in respect of Test and county FC cricket.

  • Quazar on August 22, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Congrats to England and their fans for their crushing 4-0 win. Kudos to Strauss, Flower and all their players. As for India, the BCCI, team management and players themselves can learn a lot from England in respect of Test and county FC cricket.

  • testcricketisdying on August 22, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    One team was hungry to win and had the killer instinct to prove something. The other seemed strangely disconnected from battle. I wonder if the Indians came to England wanting to draw the series and go back to India with the no.1 title intact. England wanted to go for the jugular and when they had the opportunity they went for it. I am appalled by the excuses made by so many Indian fans about the injury to Zaheer Khan. England lost Trott (who averages 57 in tests) to injury and Chris Tremlett (arguably their second best bowler). What would the scores look like if Tremlett and Trott had both played in this series? The injury excuse is a lame excuse by Indians. We need to accept the fact that India seems to have a bowling cupboard which is totally empty. Among the new bowlers, there isn't a single one that looks like a real promise for the future. And that is extremely worrying. And what of our batsmen? Why couldn't they show more application and resolve?

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    I said it before and it bears repeating........ over hyoed, over piad, over fed and over there. No stomach for a fight, Cook's 294 was passed just once in 8 innings by the "best batting team in test history" and that by only 6 runs. And the bowling that was served up by the Indian team!!! The less said about that, the better.