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Changing of the guard

As England look set to become the No. 1 side in the world, we discuss if the current side are better than the Ashes winners of 2005. Plus, a look at whether India can come back despite growing injury concerns. (42:27)

August 3, 2011

Posted by jackiethepen on (August 5, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

It seems a pity that we had to revisit yet again the Bell controversy instead of concentrating on what actually happened in this match. Whereas the bowling was discussed at length, the batting got barely a mention, especially the amazing second innings when 67 was overhauled and 500 was posted. Quite staggering. Very little on Ian Bell's actual innings and the partnerships with Pietersen and Morgan weren't mentioned at all. No time at all for Prior, Bresnan etc. As for Miller's outburst, does he really expect us to believe that India could have won this match if they had run Bell out on 137? Didn't they need to get him out earlier if they meant business? Given the fury of the England dressing room, India had nothing to gain if they had spiced up this contest. They were lacking penetration with their bowling which by tea was looking more and more tired. In the end getting a player out by misadventure doesn't win you matches, beating the bat does.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Are we comparing this 319 run victory to the feat India achieved when they overcame a 274 run deficit against Australia and then beat them by 170 odd runs?

Second point - England will win this series (they're playing like it) and it will be their first HOME series victory against India in 9 years.

Teams from the subcontinent face their biggest challenge when they travel overseas and the same goes for Other teams coming to the subcontinent, so I'm very curious to see how England plays against SL, IND and PAK. Surely you are not planning on claiming the No. 1 spot w/o beating atleast 2 of them?

This series has been an eye opener for a severely depleted Indian side and they have themselves to blame, but I'm sure they'll regroup and put up a better fight, if not this series then maybe the next time they meet England.

This is definitely the best Eng side I've seen since my cricketing sensibilities kicked in but it does feel that the festivities have begun too soon.

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