Somerset v Indians, Taunton, 1st day July 15, 2011

Somerset cash in after Strauss finds form

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Somerset 329 for 2 (Suppiah 145*, Compton 88, Strauss 78) v Indians
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Andrew Strauss warmed up for next week's first Test by taking the early honours at the start of the head-to-head with Zaheer Khan on his guest appearance for Somerset, and Arul Suppiah hit an unbeaten 145 as the Indians were made to toil at Taunton. Strauss and Suppiah added 101 for the first wicket before Suppiah and Nick Compton put on 223 between two stoppages for rain to take the home side to an imposing 329 for 2.

Strauss struck 11 boundaries in bringing up his half-century from a sprightly 63 balls. All his shots were in good working order as he drove, pulled, and glanced his way into form ahead of Lord's next week. He did have a couple of close shaves: firstly on 20 when Zaheer had a big lbw shout turned down by Graham Lloyd, and then on 64 when Wriddhiman Saha, the reserve wicketkeeper playing in place of the rested MS Dhoni, dropped an edge off Amit Mishra. However, the keeper took the next chance when an edge bobbled off the pad and looped in the air as Strauss departed for 78. In the context of the runs that followed, he missed out.

The loan deal for Strauss had provoked debate, both about the whether the structure of domestic cricket does all it can to help the England team, and also what Somerset gained from the move. Despite coming off a four-day Championship match, the county fielded several first-team regulars, including England Lions captain James Hildreth, and somebody missed out to let Strauss play. However, he received a warm ovation as he left the field following his innings and, wearing his Somerset kit, appeared to have been adopted at least for the day.

"He looked very good, he was moving his feet very well and striking the ball out of the middle," Suppiah said of Strauss. "It's just a shame he got out, he probably could have got a hundred but he played really well. He looks hungry for runs, left the ball well and played straight which is the main thing for an opener."

The battle with Zaheer was a gentle precursor of what will follow in the Tests as the bowler eased himself back into action after a lengthy lay-off following the IPL. The initial overs of Zaheer's first spell were friendly, but he started to generate a touch more pace and find some swing later in an eight-over burst.

Zaheer is the only one in this Indians' attack certain to play at Lord's next week with Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar rested following their workload in the Caribbean. It meant a chance for Sreesanth and Munaf Patel to stake a claim for the third seamer's slot, although neither made a compelling case. The attack actually looked toothless - Suresh Raina's late wicket of Compton came when the batsman reverse-swept to short third man - but India will back themselves to lift for the major challenge.

Sreesanth was tight to begin with but Strauss started to take to him with three boundaries in an over as he moved to his half-century. Patel, meanwhile, was steady but didn't provide much threat. Mishra began with three no-balls in his first three overs and Strauss picked off the legspinner with ease, pulling him over midwicket and driving through the off side, before the bowler struck back.

While Strauss's runs will be welcome, he'll know that they don't guarantee a successful start to the Tests. Ahead of the Sri Lanka series he scored two hundreds - one of them against the visitors at Uxbridge - but then struggled to convert that when the internationals began, and ended with 27 runs from four innings.

With the focus understandably on Strauss, Suppiah was a quiet partner in every sense at the other end. He didn't register a boundary until the start of the second hour when he played a lovely straight drive, but a sign of the gentle nature of the surface was that he, too, didn't have many alarms.

Rain brought a lengthy stoppage shortly after lunch but when the skies cleared, Suppiah and Compton made positive progress as the Indians found wickets elusive. Suppiah became increasingly positive on either side of his half-century, but the Indians missed a chance to break the partnership when Compton, on 24, was dropped at square by Sachin Tendulkar, when he pulled Sreesanth.

Compton cashed in on his chance with a series of well-timed boundaries, one of which was a stand-and-deliver cover drive off Zaheer, who was the pick of a disappointing seam attack, as he reached a half century from 74 deliveries. Mishra was taken at more than four-an-over and also dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance off Suppiah, who was on 71. Mishra was forced to leave the field mid-over for treatment on his finger but was said to be fine. The 17 overs shared by the part-time spinners, Raina and Yuvraj Singh, cost 110 runs including 18 off one Yuvraj over.

The resumption after tea was delayed by further rain, but the final hour was possible which gave Suppiah the chance to register his sixth first-class hundred from 179 balls, and he is closing in on a new career-best. It's been a good time for Suppiah: he registered world record Twenty20 figures of 6 for 5 in a Friends Life t20 game against Glamorgan last week. And it won't have done him any harm to score runs in front of the England captain.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    india 138/8..... oh! this is too beautiful! I can't wait to read the excuses...!

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Oh dear. Losing both openers inside 11 overs to the ageing Kolpak star Charl Willoughby -- it's not looking good is it?

  • on July 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Urmm.... Is this still the A Team you guys said went to the WI? Or isthis the real deal Indian team now?

  • Phillisco on July 16, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I dont get why everyone is obsessed with "my team is better than yours". These are two of the best sides in test cricket about to play in testing conditions where we will most likely get results (barring rain). Surely we should be talking about how good a battle it is going to be, not whinging about who is ranked where and who beat who in the past. Whoever plays better will win and will deserve it.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Totally agree with Ankit Gupta

  • Wacco on July 16, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    sorry Indian folks ...pathetic India will lose 3-0. No mercy. Without Sehwag, India doesn't have the X-factor.

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    So, India managed to take three (3) wickets in 96 overs against a county side resting some of its best players. Having just one warm-up game before a major test series is supreme arrogance, and I hope it comes back to haunt India. (England have also been guilty of this in the past, and paid the price.)

  • on July 16, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Does India have the bowling to take 20 wickets? Batting is not an issue, Bowling and Fielding is. I would like India to Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth as pace bowlers and Amit Mishra as the Spinner and leave Harbjhan Singh Out. English still have problem playing a Leg Spinner. England has not a produced a Leg Spinner in decades. They had difficulty against Shane and against Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir. England Cricketers are not well versed in handling a Leg Spinner.

  • BustIPL on July 16, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    @spiritwithin, However, strauss was not very successful against the lankans but cook very much compensated for thim. Pakistan never hires foreign coaches as we take responsibility of our teams and not look for scapegoats.Let's see what India does with the services of veterans.

  • mazola on July 16, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    can plz any1 tell me that can i watch live somerset vs indian on net plz.. tell i want 2 see dis match live on internet........

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    india 138/8..... oh! this is too beautiful! I can't wait to read the excuses...!

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Oh dear. Losing both openers inside 11 overs to the ageing Kolpak star Charl Willoughby -- it's not looking good is it?

  • on July 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Urmm.... Is this still the A Team you guys said went to the WI? Or isthis the real deal Indian team now?

  • Phillisco on July 16, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I dont get why everyone is obsessed with "my team is better than yours". These are two of the best sides in test cricket about to play in testing conditions where we will most likely get results (barring rain). Surely we should be talking about how good a battle it is going to be, not whinging about who is ranked where and who beat who in the past. Whoever plays better will win and will deserve it.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Totally agree with Ankit Gupta

  • Wacco on July 16, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    sorry Indian folks ...pathetic India will lose 3-0. No mercy. Without Sehwag, India doesn't have the X-factor.

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    So, India managed to take three (3) wickets in 96 overs against a county side resting some of its best players. Having just one warm-up game before a major test series is supreme arrogance, and I hope it comes back to haunt India. (England have also been guilty of this in the past, and paid the price.)

  • on July 16, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Does India have the bowling to take 20 wickets? Batting is not an issue, Bowling and Fielding is. I would like India to Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth as pace bowlers and Amit Mishra as the Spinner and leave Harbjhan Singh Out. English still have problem playing a Leg Spinner. England has not a produced a Leg Spinner in decades. They had difficulty against Shane and against Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir. England Cricketers are not well versed in handling a Leg Spinner.

  • BustIPL on July 16, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    @spiritwithin, However, strauss was not very successful against the lankans but cook very much compensated for thim. Pakistan never hires foreign coaches as we take responsibility of our teams and not look for scapegoats.Let's see what India does with the services of veterans.

  • mazola on July 16, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    can plz any1 tell me that can i watch live somerset vs indian on net plz.. tell i want 2 see dis match live on internet........

  • g.narsimha on July 16, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    SPIRITWITHIN Well said BRO.More over we dont K,,,L the coaches People arein q to be INDIAN Teams coach.

  • stormy16 on July 16, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Some of you guys need to chill with this debate of who is #1. For those of you who missed it - its India. Once Eng beats India the debate can start but for now lets focus on the cricket. I wouldnt read too much in to the Somerset game. Firstly its a warm up game and next its appears to be a flat track so no spurises at the score and half the Indian team havent played any cricket since the IPL. I would like to see Sreesanth bowl well enough to make the starting 11 - I thini he could be a dangerous bowler in English conditions. I would also consider Kumar ahead of Sharma because he could use the conditions better and Patel it yet to do anything to be cosidered for tests.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 16, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Its true if India had won the toss it would have been a batting practice for India but this game should have played on fast pitches rather than flat tracks. That Would have given a flavor of real ENG pitches to the players while satisfying the real purpose of practice.

  • g.narsimha on July 16, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    MR.GETSETGOPK if we have that much of pathetic bowling as you are claiming how could your team could not score 260 odd runs in world cup on a flat track.against so called worlds weakest bolingattack.HOW&WHY your so called best bolers could not win aseries inWI.Whereas our fast bolers done wonders by winning matches in all formates & our fast bolers contributed hugsly in all matches IND HAVE prodused world class bolers & dont need your certificate you better worry on pathetic condition of your cricket as your name signifies the matchficturs,spotfictures&te....sts SETdirecion to pak cricket from where it is impossible to SALVAGE.

  • on July 16, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    i do not understand why sreesanth is nt a certain start in the main team. praveen kumar didnt impress much in the WI tour.moeover he was selected as a substitute fr sree. i belive sree shd be in the main team.

  • binojpeter on July 16, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @ Ankit Gupta Ankit, I am Indian supporter too. But do not make up statistics. India won the 2 test series 1-0, thanks to Sachin & Sehwag in Chennai; and 5 ODI series 3-0, 2 match cancelled due to rain.

  • spiritwithin on July 16, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @NRI,ranking points r counted on the basis of each match and not on series basis and thats y teams loses ranking points even after winning the series,ind-WI series is a recent example where india lost 2points despite winning 1-0,atleast read the rules before posting craps......and all those plz stop questioning india's no.1 ranking coz at present its only india who deserves no.1 if not them then who?england?lol they cant even win without the overcast condition,india in england is a competitive series but england in india??such a one sided contest and its true for any teams in india except perhaps maybe SA,so overall its india/SA who r the best not england,beating an average aus side wont make england the best unless they does well against india/SA,pray that u get overcast condition when india bats otherwise england yeam will be chasing 400+ every innings

  • spiritwithin on July 16, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @Tahir1234..BCCI does'nt discard foreign coaches time to time like PCB,coaches like wright,and kirsten voluntarily relinquished their job after a succesful stint with indian team to be with their family...chappel did'nt helped india against autralia coz his tenure did'nt coincided with any series with australia..Chappel was disacrded coz his stint divided the indian players,wright had a stint for 5yrs & kirsten had a stint of 3yrs...had kirsten continued then Fletcher wud'nt have been the indian coach,and unlike unprofessional boards like PCB the BCCI does needs a coach for indian team and hence fletcher was appointed,and it sud'nt worry anybody whether bcci discards any coach or not,but atleast bcci treats the coach very well unlike some boards....

  • Woodsheart on July 16, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Whatever we argue or defend our team INDIA : The truth is true ..We bowled poorly ,or we can say they batted very well..Being a NO.1 TEAM in world cric..We do not give excuses.But at the same time it will happen. The team shouldn't be underestimate with these show.Definitely TEAM ENGLAND don't underestimate India's bowling ....It's us supporters of both team are crying to death ..Surely indian bowling will show a good bowling in TEST MATCHES ..So as ENGLAND BOWLERS..We will have a good show ..Best of luck INDIA ..JAI HO..

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on July 16, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    India Always start Badly But They Show Their Real Class in Tests. My Predictions Ind Win Series By 2-0. Man Of the Series Laxman or Sachin.

  • MrTom10 on July 16, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    India have to take some wickets today what with the rain around in order for the bowlers to get some confidence, it should swing around with the weather and if they can't use that swing then they're in bother. England to win the series 2-1 but it'll be a good set of matches.

  • on July 16, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    could there be any more lame excuses than " slow starters " .. sick joke .. they did start brightly in the recent WI series leading the ODI series 4 to nil .. and in test matches 1 to nil .. please write with some sense ..

  • BustIPL on July 16, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    India are number one due to the foreign coaches who were used and discarded from time to time. Chappel and Wrught helped against Australia. Kristen helped against South Africa and now this one for England. He will be under fire if India loose and will be made scapegoat.

  • on July 16, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    With so questions raised about india's no 1 status.. let me ask one of my own... who deserves to be no 1 then..? england who are yet to win a series in a subcontinent. last time they travelled to india they were comprehensively beaten by india 2-0 in tests and 5-0 in ODI's ? South Africa who are yet to win any ICC event or in the matter of context any close series? Others? huh.. they are a class apart...! Enough said...!

  • on July 16, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    i remember in 2009 against sri lanka, indian team bowled like this only..in the 1st test..after that what happened to the sri lankans was there to see...indian team won all the test matches..i am predicting the same here..good that they are being beaten in this warm up game

  • on July 16, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Well played somerset , u showed India their worst day of this tour at the start , probably england,s worst days will come in all 4 test matches India 2 eng 1 india have not lost a test series in eng since 1996 and the record will continue until atleast next tour, when sachin ,dravid, laxman are retired.

  • Sam_Patel_US on July 16, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @ all England fans...England is a good test side at the moment but they not better than team India...They too struggle to win anywhere else except their english home conditions....so how does that make england better side than India. If India will struggle in English conditions, then has england got better record in the subcontinent. England need so many things in their favour to win a match in England ..like overcast windy weather to help their bowlers, a bit of rain. Then and only then they would be able to win a match...recent exmaple is the series against Sri Lanka. Sri lanka did better than England every time the sun was out and struggled in overcast windy conditions. To call ur team better than the current number1 team...first see what ur team's strength and weaknesses. I don't see much difference between India and england. India is on top just bcoz they had couple of good series. Can england beat India in India once they have become No.1. So, Plz stop questioning India's status.

  • Sam_Patel_US on July 16, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @getsetgopk you are spot on even broady can bowl faster than zaheer and ishant....but they both don't get hit for six 6's in an over like broady....people like u would never value skill bowlers...for u its only about pace....

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 16, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Indians always slow starters , even if we get a test series in zimbabwe we are bound to struggle at the outset , Any way,,, way too much hype around the public especially in corporate sector and hope rain doesn have a say in the end. Will be good if india can manage to play both raina and yuvi in team.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    does anyone cliam POMs have a better bowling attack than SA.If not then there is no point in ur senseless predictions of an english victory, unless swann does some jujuism in field which no spinner has ever done against india....Swann is no better than Warne rit,that seals the debate.

  • on July 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @ NRI..dis blatant showoff of incomplete knowledge is what disturbs me..india actually lost ranking points against the WI..though points are not given for each test..but it is not as simple as 2 pts for a series w..everythng depends on the margin and the ranking of teams involved...agreed india cannot be compared with old teams of WI and AUS..but in an era where there are so many mediocre teams..India is deservedly no.1...And regarding the ind-aus series had not so many umpiring howlers been committed in the sydney test..india wud hav won d series 2-1

  • on July 16, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    The keyboard warriors from both sides are at it again and all sorts of theories are being touted just on the basis of their first day's Cricket in England.Remember, this is just a tour match. Everything generally is low key in a match like this. Players ease into things, checking out various possibilities. The Indian team is lucky to have a practice game at all, and then a few days after that before the first teast.The two bowlers Zaheer and Srisanth are coming back after injury lay-offs. As the days go by and things start falling in place, the players will hit their straps. This Indian team, without their top 5, still won a series against WI. Without the weather issues the result there easily could have been 3-0. They were tested by some good bowling on hard bouncy pitches there in the first two tests. The English team is good and will be a challenge, in their home conditions. It will be a great series. No point condemning the Indian team just based on this match alone.

  • bee-eer on July 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    a lot of the indian fans are making similar predictions to the aussies before the last series in Australia

  • spiritwithin on July 16, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    so many comments on this match against Somersat,does tour games even gives any indicator to results of the test series???this is just a practice game and this games will provide the indian players necessary adjustments they needed before the start of the main clash,even if they struggle in a practice match which is obvious for any team playing on a new surface but will provide an adequate feedback for the players and the technical stuffs and thats y tour games r organised..even Strauss got a century against SL in a practice match but we all know what happened to him in the test series...

  • masteraneesh on July 16, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    This is going to be the best moment for eng. My Prediction 2-0 Ind

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    There are a LOT of commenters on here with delusions of grandeur! @maddy20; yours is one of the most intriguing comments I've ever seen on cricinfo "The Poms have created a flat batting track to deny Indians the chance to bat".... a deeply enigmatic, ney, cryptic post. At the coin toss the umpire normally checks to see that it has a head on one side and a tale on the other - and it can come down either way. So @maddy20; are you blaming the coin for coming down the wrong way? Why not blame the bowlers? Because 330/2 off 75ovs is pretty bad, especially in rainy damp conditions, and it would have been much worse for india if Trecothick and Kieswetter had been playing! @Trickstar; as ever I completely agree with you! You don't need a crystal ball to see that England are going to be well prepared and fully up for this. It'll be just like last winter and it will be fun to watch and be part of it. Bring it on. SEE YOU AT LORDS!!

  • sunny1307 on July 16, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    no matter how India performs in the practise games,England will win the series 3-0 and man of the series will be Alastair Cook.India will win the T-20's 2-0 before England will come back and win the Odi's 5-2.

  • CSK-FAN on July 16, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    I heard ECB board meets today to discuss about "Arul suppaih's inclusion in the playing 11 for the first test if not the last atleast"

  • getsetgopk on July 16, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    toothless indian bowling as ever. but cant blame them they never really had any decent bowler in their history a tradition zaheer and co will likely to continue for sometime and if they cant learn anything from the great wasim then no one else can teach them the art of fast bowling even broady can bowl faster than the likes of zaheer and ishant.

  • zxaar on July 16, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @sawifan no other team is winning everywhere they play. India is #1 because they are winning more than others. It is that simple.

  • on July 16, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    cant wait to see the indians hopelessly try to play the short ball

  • on July 16, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    The struggle for India starts...

  • on July 16, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    guys give a thought for the lesses known batters of somerset they are batting well against int players. Dont thk english will preparel seam pitches as indias pop gun attack will be dynamite in seam conditions n england batsmen will themselves face the music.. i m sure it wont be 3-0 coz both captains are defensve captains. England look solid and India will be up for a fight.... hope bhajji does well n sachin gets lots of runs in a winning cause n some laxman specials.

  • on July 16, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    my fellow indian fans,do not read too much into this.pommies,please do.generally india gets thrashed in the 1st test and gets better from that point.it is a good thing they have been hit around a bit in a practice game,now india will perform well in the 1st test itself.just pray that the batsmen get some practice in the game.remember, in the practce match match against victoria(or something) in the 2003-04 tour of australia,hodge scored 250+ and india drew the series against a top aussie side.

  • veiwsonic on July 16, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    India can beat anyone at home thats why they are number 1 in the rankings and you see past two years india played srilanka at home S.Africa at home austraila at home england at home newzealand at home and came out winners by "GOOD MARGIN" in all the series ... thats the results in home but now if you see india away record they played 3 test in england in 2007 they just won 1-0 .. they played 4 test in Austrailia and lost 2-1 they played south africa 3 test and drew 1-1.. they played newzealand drew the sreies and they played the most weaker side of the windies they cant beatv them 3-0 they are happy in 1-0... HOW REDICULOS

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Compton looks a good batter for the future for england, be interesting to see how hildreth goes as well and can suppiah reach 200? And of course india is getting flogged around the part, it is always gonna happen when sreesanth is playing.... if sharma isnt playing that 1st test match then india wont have a chance, they cant just rely on zaheer and bhaji. it will also be a play off between raina and yuvraj for the 6th batsman spot.

  • cricket_saint on July 16, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    When i read the news indian bowlers had been taken to cleaners...i wondered...so came to cricinfo to get detail...lo i see on the frontpage...sreesanth pic...now...that answers...

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Well,if ''predicting'' 3-0 in Englands' favour gives some happiness to the English,let's just let them do it,fellows.As it is,they don't win against India.I mean, I don't even remember the last time time England won a Test series against India.They lose in England,lose in India,lose ODIs & lose to associates.Remember the last series in England...?The only thing English can win is The Ashes... And just so that you don't cry---Eng3-Ind0

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    now india would know what is bowling in england!

  • sawifan on July 16, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @khiladisher... ur statement about IND being number 1 because they are unbeatbale at home is the reason why many people think IND's #1 status is incorrect. Being #1 isn't about winning at home, it is about winning away from home against the other top teams, something IND hasn't been able to accomplish. If they lose here in ENG then their #1 status will rightly be questioned as that will mean that away against the 4 teams below them they were unable to win. IND are yet to win in AUS or SAF, yet the teams below them have won away. I am happy to say IND is #1 team, but by the slimmest of margins, and also due to SAF inability to win a few close series. 'm hoping for a great series (and i'm a fan of neither side), but if IND lose, they will seriously have to stop thinking of themselves as #1... maybe on the official rankings yes, but in everyone's heads... NO!

  • smartguy786 on July 16, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    @nzcricket174 the article says says his a guest player

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Kingcobra@@ WHY your compairing INDAIN BATTING to Somerset? there is a big gap bettwen two team one is International and have world class then other one is just loser team from his country Champaionship.... indain will b worried about is bolwing lineup. before of tour start everyone commenting on STAR class bowler ZAHEER then whats-up why they are not saying something about his poor frm now? I thought that you are new in cricket...

  • on July 16, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where is Dhoni????????????

  • on July 16, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Lets hope that the England groundsmen produce plenty of green wickets for Englands seam bowlers. Indias' batsmen will struggle against a ball swinging late.

  • on July 16, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    I doubt we can take anything from the match that seriously as it is unlikely a lot of this bowling attack will play in the test series, while Somerset have picked a fairly weak looking outfit so anything the Indians do score can be taken with a pinch of salt. I'm disappointed that Somerset dropped Tresco, Kieswetter, Kirby and Kartik to name a few a first team line up could have given a better perspective

  • cric4zh on July 16, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    poor indian bowling attack!

  • on July 16, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    very bad bowling attack by indian bowling

  • on July 16, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    @leo89: dude India lost to michael clark's side in the warm up game when they went to Australia in 2004!! They lost the warm up game against zulu natal during 2003 world cup!! We all know what happened in the real series!! This is what warm ups are for!! Removing any kind of rust !! I like the fact that Indian bowlers are getting bashed here!! Better here than in the main matches!!

  • Vinnie_loves_cricket on July 16, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    I really love this contest of words ,but the FACT is INDIA will dominate England and will dominate Australia in late 2011 and will remain invincible for this decade at least.

  • Matt_oo7 on July 16, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    hehehe India is number 1 team..that is a joke eh..

  • on July 16, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    @Trickstar - you are spot on man !! .. These Indian cricket fans have more arrogance than their cricketers .. They are giving an excuse in the form of flat pitches .. L O L .. what about pitches in subcontinent .. they are flatter than a F1 race track .. Haven't they played better in those flat pitches .. and apart from a flat track, conditions are a bit overcast which should help the fast bowlers .. with the exception of Zaheer khan who is coming from a lay off the remaining fast bowlers Sreesanth and Patel should have performed to their potential if they have to have any chance of playing on 21st .. but they are still wicket less .. although practice match means nothing but still 329 for the loss of only two wickets in 75 overs with those two wickets being taken by spinners is not looking good at all ..

  • Looch on July 16, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Well it is a warm up match played on a very good batting surface AND it is day one of the tour so I don't think you can read to much into it. The only thing I can see is that Zaheer's form must be a slight worry, but he will have time get some to get his bowling back on track. Just don't pick Sreesanth in the Test matches!

  • on July 16, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    "India's pop-gun attack fails to get wickets!", "Tinge of green and the famed batting greats will fail..." I thought Pommies were a bit more mature and knew their cricket.

  • on July 16, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    subbaiya recently made t20 bowling record, and now batting well .Wish him to become a good alrounder for England....

  • NRI- on July 16, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    India's ranking is a fluke - everyone knows that. If the resuts were judged by EACH test and not each test series, England would be no 1 right now - i.e. 2 points for each test won, bonus point if won by an innings and minus 1 when losing by an innings. Count all tests in the most recent away and home against each country as it is currently but award points for tests, not for series. Almost all of India's series wins are 1-0 whereas when Oz or WI were dominant they used to win 3-0 or 5-0 with many innings victories even against major teams. Under the present system, a team winning 1-0 and a team winning 5-0 with three innings victories gets the same points - 2 for a win - this is nonsense.

  • the_blue_android on July 16, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Wiinipeg, looks like you're new to Indian cricket. Amith Mishra has the same body language even when he gets a five-for. He looked tired and jaded even when he was born!

  • NRI- on July 16, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Unfair to judge a legspinner bowling on day one on a batting track. But Sreesanth and Patel have yet again failed to impress so ZK, HS, PK and IS looks to be the attack. VVS needs to bat at no 3.

  • ramith.ranaweera on July 16, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    lol i'm pretty sure the some umpire will retire after this match

  • on July 16, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Well its just a warm up but fair to say England will be happier with how its going. Still, best not to get too excited about the first day of the warm up. I do still think that Inida will regret only having one warm up match, if Ishant and Kumar play in the first test it will be their first time bowling in England and its a big ask to Zaheer to find his form after only one game back from injury.

  • KAIRAVA on July 16, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Arul Suppiah seems to be on golden touch, either with the bat or ball. Just the other day he took 6 wickets for 5 runs in a T20. Now comes this superb ton against the Indians. Hope he soon finds a place in the English national team.

  • KAIRAVA on July 16, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Heyy..looks like Sreesanth has got a family 6 pack !!! Now Munaf seems a lot fitter than him.

  • vickythgr8 on July 16, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    india cannot be rated the best side in the world.... they cant all out the english county side in a day...!! they din go for a win in the last test against windies....

    they are not as dominating as aussies were there when they were world champs!!!!

    they are fit only in subcontinent... they should have the windies series atleast 2-0

    SURELY ENGLAND STARTY AS FAVORITES IN THIS SERIES!!!

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Unbelievable boastfulness from Indian fans -- don't you recall that India has only won five (5) test matches ever on English soil?

  • harsha_chu on July 16, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    It is amazing to see some of the comments about the Indian team ! Why do people have a problem that the India team is No.1? Its not the BCCI that came up with the rankings ! Its the ICC that came with the ranking system. And Frankly, who deserves to be the Number 1 now? Is it England who have never won a series in India or Srilanka? Its funny to think that one ashes series victory is equivalent to the No.1 ranking for many fans.

  • Balajipost on July 16, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Many of the Indian Players are coming from a lay-off and even otherwise would take time to get adjusted to the English Conditions. I think we should give them time before jumping to conclusions, either way.

    The pity is that they have only one tour game before the test matches. Also, whatever happened to the courtesy of letting the visiting team bat first!

  • on July 16, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Zaheer Zaheer Zaheer............Yeah

  • on July 16, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Zaheer Zaheer Zaheer............Yeah

  • on July 16, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Zaheer Zaheer Zaheer............Yeah

  • kingcobra85 on July 16, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    if you dont know anything about cricket then you will judge a pitch only with one team batting...let the indians bat then we can predict. Lets see how somerset bowlers fair against this batting line up

  • RSBali on July 16, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Indians seem to already have given up. Look at the body language of Amit Mishra with arms crossed!!

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 16, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    This is just practice , let the real game began on 21.

  • krish75vijay on July 16, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    First it is a tour match. Second they will not bowl to their full capacity. Harbajan, Ishant will make lot of difference. Let us wait for the real battle.

  • on July 16, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Lets see if England teams puts up a better performance than this somerset team in first test!Lol..I don't see that happening..This is a WARM UP match..you know what that means...Bowlers bowl long spells and batsmen play a long innings..I think the bowlers have warmed up ..now it will be the batsmen's turn..English people don't seem to get the real meaning of warm up ..touch!Cockyness will always be the downfall of England team my friend,that is why they have never won the world cup!

  • HOTCHA on July 16, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    The attack was indeed toothless - Zaheer notwithstanding. Even a Suppiah 'souped' them at will. Amit Mishra suffered, as he lacked variety in his bowling. Sreesanth and Munaf were very ordinary. India needs to produce much better bowling, if they are going to compete in this series. India should go into the first test with Gambhir opening with Dhoni. Surprised? He has opened successfully before. Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman should bat in that order with Raina and Yuvraj to follow. The team should be completed with Harbhajan Singh, Kumar, Sharma and Khan. It the think tank wants to go with Abhinav Mukund, Yuvraj Singh misses out.

  • TATTUs on July 16, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    ranga-s

    Do you know that Taunton is traditionally batting favouring wicket? But no excuses. 329/2 is a big score. Even for a practice match.

  • zxaar on July 16, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    @ranga_s which world you are living in, this is a practice match. You do not become #1 by winning practice matches nor you become #1 by NOT taking wickets. Indians may not have best bowlers but with the batsmen this pathetic in other teams that can not even handle them, we really do not need best bowling line up to be #1. About your green top comment, last time I checked SA did not win recent home series despite all these deck of cards batsmen playing for india.

  • nzcricket174 on July 16, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Just wondering why Strauss is playing for Somerset? He usually plays for Middlesex.

  • subbass on July 16, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    4-0 England. :D Green pitches please and overcast conditions.

  • smudgeon on July 16, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Sorry, but is Sreesanth really a first choice bowler? I hope not, and he's only playing so the selectors can see his form. Seriously, I've never understood the hype about that guy. Ishant, yes. Zaheer, yes. Sreesanth - no sir. Still, it's only a tour match, the tests are where it really counts...

  • ashokbhatia4 on July 16, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    ENGLAND scores 400 INDIA will score 500 INDIA will pulverize ENGLAND INDIA the HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPIONS Of THE WORLD OF ODI of CRICKET ENGLAND Liliputions Of the World Of Cricket. Way to Go India step on these little lilliputions.HA....HA....HA....HA

  • rohanblue on July 16, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    no problem, zaheer gonna rock english top order.......

  • George1123 on July 16, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Im sure Zaheer Khan did not give away his hand when it comes to swing reverse swing ect... SURELY because lets face it Zaheer is not as fast as your average opening bowler and gets his wickets by movement in the air and off the pitch. I actually find him quite similar to Mohammad Asif in his style of bowling.

  • on July 16, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    In Cricinfo's home-page photo, the look on bipolar manic depressive Sreesanth's face is comical.................. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

    HaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  • denwarlo70 on July 16, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    So the much overrated Indians had got a thrashing on the 1st day it self ha? Now, go on and say it's a flash in the pan kinda situation.

  • on July 16, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    If England do play the test series like how they played the Ashes last year with their batting and fielding. England would need to be at their best, then I would definitely see a 3-0 whitewash, only resistance from be from the master Sachin and probably Gambhir or Sehwag later in the test which might be too late already.

  • Trickstar on July 16, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    The Indians are pulling out the excuses already, prepared pitches, bowlers not wanting to show their full repertoires, only a warm up, oh and my favourite, they're doing this, to give England hope, ohhh bless. The arrogance knows no bounds, listening to some of these Indian fans, you'd think England were playing the all time great WI team or the Australian team, no they're facing a team, with a pop gun attack.

  • me54321 on July 16, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    An amazing amount of interest in a practice match. Couldn't have gone much better as far as England are concerned, but it's unlikely to mean much come the first test. Still, to see Somerset win the toss, then Strauss get some runs, and Zaheer and Sreesanth struggle was very nice. Shame we couldn't have seen Strauss and Trescothick team up one more time, if Tres had got going that could have really left some psychological damage.

  • on July 15, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    India had to play this tour game to not repeat this in the first match at Lord's. We're always bad starters (first matches). Hope this game helps.

  • muggsy9 on July 15, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    I think it will be a close series. Sachin needs to score big runs if India are to win this series. With Dravid out of form, VVS having a weakness with the short ball that england can attack and an opener and no.6 not having played a test match in england. India's bowlers are a bit low in depth. Zaheer is world class and so is harbhajan but kumar (can't bowl 75 mph against a good side and expect to take wickets), Sreesanth (still unsure whether he has a brain or not) Sharma (Been good lately but has a tendency to lose form and confidence in one spell) and patel (Actually thought he'd be the 3rd bowler but if the pitch is flat he's just a container) have not shown the ability to bowl high pressure spells by taking big wickets or keeping it very tight for the other end to attack.England are very settled in the bowling and really on board has questions over him( can he pitch the ball up and take wickets, or is he a bang it in workhorse?) my prediction is 2-1 england if the weather holds up

  • ranga_s on July 15, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Funny the so called #1 struggle to take wickets on a damp rainy day yet Indians were so arrogant to insult young SL bowlers who were just making their way in to Test team....Real pathetic team...get a ting of green on the wicket again, so called the best batting line up will be collapse like a deck of cards....

  • on July 15, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Like seriously guys ? Just one day up and you guys think England will swallow India. Not that I mean to say that India will win the series 4 nil, but let the real test begin, then we will see. It's too early for conclusions. Be mature.

  • gothetaniwha on July 15, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    This just confirms , India has a ( pop gun ) bowling attack , cant even get a first class team out ,hope they bat for another day .i think i need to change my prediction ENGLAND 3 INDIA NIL

  • on July 15, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    So much for great Indian bowlers. I am going to enjoy watching England make India look like New Zealand. This shows that India as number 1 is just a fluke.

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    @ MAD RELOADED-THE LAST TIME ENGLAND WON A SERIES AGAINST INDIA IN ENGLAND WAS 1996.2011 WILL SEE INDIA BEAT ENGLAND 3-0 REPEATING THE 1992 THRASHING OF 3-0. AND FOR UR INFORMATION LAST TIME ENGLAND BEAT INDIA IN INDIA WAS 1984.ENGLAND ARE DESTINED TO LOOSE AGAIN IN 2011.

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    THE 2001 AUSTRALIAN TEAM WAS BEATEN BY INDIA 2-1,INDIA NEVER CLAIMED THAT IT WAS #1 TEST TEAM AT THAT TIME-SO EVEN IF ENGLAND MANAGE TO WIN THIS SERIES -ABOUT 10% CHANCE, IT WILL NOT AMOUNT TO MUCH-FOR IT TO BE #1 IT HAS TO BEAT INDIA IN INDIA -WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY TEAM IN THE UNIVERSE. INDIAN BATTING MIGHT JUST P ROVE TOO MUCH FOR THE ENGLISH BOWLERS- SACHIN-SEHWAG-DRAVID-LAXMAN-GAMBHIR-YUVRAJ-RAINA AND DHONI WILL SURELY GIVE THEM NIGHTMARES FOR YEARS TO COME.

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    THE ONLY WAY ENGLAND CAN COME CLOSE TO BEATING INDIA IS THROUGH POOR UMPIRING AND DODGY DECISIONS.

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    INDIA MIGHT NOT WIN TOUR GAMES BUT WILL BEAT ENGLAND 3-0 IN TEST MATCHES,100%.THE ONLY WAY ENGLAND CAN COMPETE AGAINST THE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND #1 TEST TEAM IS TO HAVE GREEN PITCHES AND OVERCAST SKIES. -NOT TO FORGET ENGLAND HAS NOT WON AGAINST INDIA IN ENGLAND SINCE 1996-FORGET ABOUT BEATING INDIA IN INDIA-WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN .

  • 512fm on July 15, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Hardly surprising, everyone knows india doesn't have a bowling attack.

  • ashes61 on July 15, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    It's only a warm-up match & India understandably would like to have used 13/14 players. However, Eng learnt in Aus last winter that treating warmup games seriously & trying to win by biggest margin in shortest time may be a better approach mentally. It worked for them, anyway. Although Eng conditions are different to Windies, most Indians are match fit & in reasonable form. The ones who have just arrived from India might be a little concerned at ony 1 warmup game, because tomorrow's heavy rain will make it difficult for the 2nd day to take place. Eng have no influence over Somerset but it might help to just bat on for whatever time remains, knocking up 500/600. That would prevent many Indians from getting batting practice in middle, altho' would enable their bowlers to bowl more. Not very sporting, however! Of course, had India won the toss they would have had some batting practice instead. I do think India may be under-cooked for 1st Test but by the 2nd/3rd Tests they'll be OK.

  • masterollie on July 15, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    If I can step back from thinly veiled nationalism that's dominating this...

    Day 1 of a warm-up tells you very little & reading into today would be a fools game. If the upcoming series didn't carry as much weight, we wouldn't care.

    Taunton is as flat as a brunette's chest & has been since "those feet in ancient times... etc". Strauss won't mind (albeit, he should've gone on to a tonne), but it must be said for any touring side (least the No.1 ranked) to leak the best part of 350 runs for 2 wickets on a rain affected day isn't good.

    Having said that, India will not be bothered. They will know that 1) it's day 1, of a warm up, 2) Khan will have wanted the England Captain's wicket, but number one he'd have wanted time in the middle to test the conditions & find rhythm again 3) they've better bowlers returning, & 4) even if their bowlers have a poor test, they'll feel "that" middle order can bat them to safety.

    Finally, Raj Kumar, Here-Here sir. England or India, Cricket to win.

  • VivGilchrist on July 15, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    So tell me..... Is this indias 2nd, 3rd, or 4th string attack? I love excuses.

  • r0ketman on July 15, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    @Ketan Mate: "may be a batting wkt that why Indians bowlers failed to impress". I am sure you jest! India is incapable of bowling out a halfway decent batting lineup. Want proof? Watch the Worldcup games. They will fold like a deck of card in the face of an aggressive bowling attack. Want Proof? India VS SA in the World cup, 9 wickets fell for less than 40 runs. All the Indian fans are screaming flat wicket, blah blah. We understand...After being a lousy team for over a century, once a team gets the number 1 ranking by fluke, the fans always tend to talk little bit more trash than usual.....India will be shown their proper place in ranking very soon.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    @Sarfaraz Ali, good comment. I don't care who ever you support but your comment is sensible. Too much of speculation just on 1st day of warm-up match. On the whole Cricinfo is enjoying.

  • Finn92 on July 15, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I think it's interesting to note that to prepare the star studded Indian line up for swinging and seaming English conditions they practice on the flattest wicket in the country! They may have been better served playing on a consistent result pitch and not a batsmans paradise. End of the day this match doesn't mean an awful lot as it is still a practice

  • Rocket_180 on July 15, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    The ECB have requested that all 4 test match grounds produce pitches with pace and bounce so none of the test matches should be runfests like this dead pitch down at Taunton

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    This is awesome...Just first day of somerset match - meant to be warm-up match for ENG - and ENG people are already started dreaming for thrashing Indian attack. One thing is clear from this observation that even if it is a small match which India is playing every non-Indian fan will come and start criticizing or demoralize India. Just if India loses ONE wicket they will start saying great Indian batting collapsed for XXX's bowling. As part of that these are the new titles for Indian team "Paper Champions", "Overrate Team", "Arrogant team". I know why PAK fans are opposite to India but puzzle for me is why Bangladesh fans are always opposite to India.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    This is awesome...Just first day of somerset match - meant to be warm-up match for ENG - and ENG people are already started dreaming for thrashing Indian attack. One thing is clear from this observation that even if it is a small match which India is playing every non-Indian fan will come and start criticizing or demoralize India. Just if India loses ONE wicket they will start saying great Indian batting collapsed for XXX's bowling. As part of that these are the new titles for Indian team "Paper Champions", "Overrate Team", "Arrogant team". I know why PAK fans are opposite to India but puzzle for me is why Bangladesh fans are always opposite to India.

  • love_the_game on July 15, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    @Winnipeg: Its surprising people are writing that they can beat India green top/swing assisting pitches. You can check with AUS/SA what happened when they prepared green tops.. if England can score 300+ in swinging conditions/green top against this Indian bowling attack..(not talking about winning .. but just scoring 300+ runs).. i'll agree that England is the best

  • on July 15, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Not a good start for India. Have they learned nothing from the SA series last winter? Back then, they were badly undercooked going into first test & were subsequently hammered. I can see a similar scenario playing out next week.

  • Trickstar on July 15, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    The best thing about it, that the Indian fans are missing, it was perfect bowling conditions today, overcast, humid, rain in the air, brilliant swing bowling conditions. The fact is, Taunton pitch or not, they should have got, a fair few more wickets, than that. But of course, it's everyone's fault but the Indian players, the arrogance is unbelievable but all too predictable. You've also got to love the fact,they think Sharma's a great bowler all of a sudden, just because he got some wickets, against a woeful WI lineup, who are one of the worst line ups, of the Test playing nations.

  • Criczloverz on July 15, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    A warm up match on a flat wicket and India basher are out to celebrate. These people, especially the once with no name facebook ID, love days like this so that they can bash India whichever way possible. Apprently they are the people who can not digest the fact that India is number one in tests.

  • on July 15, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Lol people are already going insane...chill out, it's the first day of a tour game. It means absolutely nothing.

  • the_Srikanth on July 15, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Replace Suppiah with Cook, Compton with Trotty and you have your Day 1 of the Lord's test. Run machines Cook and Trott activated. God save India.

  • coatsie89 on July 15, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    i'm afraid India haven't got the passion and the desire to fight out days like today and just stay patient. All the bowlers proved they don't have the patience or skill to apply pressure to county batsmen.If the batsmen perform in the same manner, England will white wash India in this series (which they will).

  • Redbacks_Bite on July 15, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    @Тдниоџи Вїи Тдј - Too funny that a Bangladeshi fan calling Indians a Looser..

  • Deepkar on July 15, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    ppl Just cool practis matches r not promo of internationals remember 2011 wc practis matches who was indias most impressive baller yes it was chawla, what happened to him in wc so just cool and if eng prepare this type of wicket then there main baller mr. anderson looks like part time baller so they will not make this type of wickets for real matches.

  • Nampally on July 15, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    It was a doleful bowling & fielding by the Indian team against a county team. Even if they were missing Isant, Kumar & Harbhajan, there was no excuse for putting up such a miserable show. Dhoni said getting into tests with just one practice game is not a big deal. Well it showed that even unknown guys can tear this Indian bowling to shreds.I was amazed how poorly Yuvraj and Mishra bowled. It looks like India is in for some leather hunting if this poor state of bowling continues. #1 Test team should play like champions not disgrace themselves with such third rate performance. Either play with some heart or don;t play at all. Yhat was a shockingly poor show!.

  • stationmaster on July 15, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Wow - Indian bowlers looked dangerous....not.

  • drsankalp on July 15, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    It is crap wicket where if India would have batted first may have scored 400 runs without loss of any wicket. It will be miracle if England does not get white washed by India in test series. Because English bowling is as toothless as WI and batting more pathetic than WI.

  • tjsimonsen on July 15, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    One thing that I find mildly amusing is that some people assume that Zaheer Khan is bowling well within himself so that he wont reveal his tricks to England and Strauss in particular. He may very well be bowling within him self to aviod injuries (would be fully understandable), but to conceal his abilities? Come on, the guy is 32 years old, has been around international cricket for 11 years and played something like 300 matches. It's not as if his is a totally unknown dark horse or a secret weapon. I think England knows exactly what threat he poses. Whether they can handle it is another matter. But If he is giong to have an important role in the series, it's more likely going to be through his well-known (and proven) skills - and not because he has a number of secret tricks up his sleeve.

  • AlfAlpha on July 15, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Will Sachin be able to get his zimmer-frame up the Lord's slope? Why has India sent a team of old crocs - did they get SAGA discount fares?

  • on July 15, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    To all the English Fans: 1. Keep trying to bowl on the leg side at nets( it will come in handy during the series) 2. Place your fielders in the boundaries right from the beginning( will give you more chances for a draw) 3. Make sure Anderson doesn't get injured or depressed and you have to cry later( we are not at full strength) 4. Make 100% sure wicket is green( don't say later, wicket always favors the Indian team) 5. Make sure Swann is healthy to bowl close to 50 overs an innings and his surgeon is ready for surgery after the series( there wont be anything left in his arm and Hey include Panesar as backup)

    Good Luck! I just hope it is played in good spirit and may the better playing team win !

  • johnathonjosephs on July 15, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    England have been known to make scores of 400 on swinging pitches IN ENGLAND, i'll be very honest, I can't see India even winning a single Test against this England side. Cook is in scary form, looks like Strauss is finding rhythm, Trott is good, PIeterson is in form, Bell is in form, Prior can bat, and all of the tail save for Tremlett can bat. Then when INdia is batting, they must face Tremlett's bounce (he is in huge form), Anderson's swing (probably best swing bowler at the moment, especially IN ENgland), Swann's spin (No. 1 Bowler right now), and Broad. Who does India have save for Gambhir, Tendulkar, and Dravid? India's bowling attack is lackluster too save for Zaheer. Sreesanth, Mishra, and Munaf (spin bowler lol) are a joke, the only reason that even Zaheer is good is only because he is an experienced LEFT HANDer and can generate that difficult angle to get the left arm Batsman (pieterson, strauss) out.

  • on July 15, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    hate these practice matches....could'nt WE have had another T20 tournament between the west indies AND english tours..shame on you folks...a 3 day match against..somereset..what a waste

  • AlfAlpha on July 15, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Will Sachin be able to get his zimmer-frame up the Lord's slope? Why has India sent a team of old crocs - did they get SAGA discount fares?

  • tjsimonsen on July 15, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Spot on. The pitch is flat and the Indian attack is NOT their full-strength test attack. But then again, Stauss apart the Somerset batting line up is nowhere near the stength of the England line up. The only real value for the Indian attack here is for Zaheer to get a few overs under his belt, and for the back-up bowlers to show they should be in the team.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 15, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    in 2007 we managed to win 1-0 ........this time we should aim for 4-0 victory........

  • AlfAlpha on July 15, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Will Sachin be able to get his zimmer-frame up the Lord's slope? Why has India sent a team of old crocs - did they get SAGA discount fares?

  • gestapo on July 15, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    i dont understand why the selectors go back to sreesanth again and again.

  • Manoj1234 on July 15, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Practice match. those england fans getting too high on this match will be pretty badly surprised whn the test matches start. England batting is not in the same league as India's and their bowling is only a shade better , that too on some days. This is a placid pitch. this series is India 2, England 0. the 2 that India win will be on the very fast pitches. The 2 drawn matches will be on the 2 slow tracks.

  • on July 15, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    helooo whats written below the picture....????

  • Vindaliew on July 15, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Arul Suppiah - you make us really proud in Malaysia - I hope someday you'll open for England! =)

  • gung-ho on July 15, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Indians have traditionally been poor starters. I would not worry too much about how India is going to fare in the test series based on a warm up match -- at least not with the way they have been playing outside India the past 4 yrs or so. Good to see Arul Suppiah getting some runs -- he seems to be a class act.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Winnipeg on (July 15 2011, 18:25 PM GMT) says - cold conditions, overcast, too much swing, green top wickets, rain and last but not the least; the coach.

    Hey mate hope such conditions dont exist because then Strauss and company might not score 200 either. BTW Indian paper tigers are World Champs. This was a WARMup game...;) Anyway when India win the test series despite your list of reasons whats next reason you gonna lineup .Will it be "BCCI used their financial might to win series" card?

    You sound like Dean jones "Tell Dhoni he is dreaming he will win World cup with such bowlers" type of statement guy.

  • Venkat.Chak on July 15, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    @Mad_reloaded...am sure this Ind team is gonna make u eat ur own words..do u atleast remembr when was the last time Eng won a test series againt Ind???

  • Vinnie_loves_cricket on July 15, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Dhoni wouldn't have bothered even if somerset would have made 500 on day 1 with Arul got unbeaten 300*. I am GLAD ATLEAST INDIA COULD GOT A CHANCE TO PLAY A PRACTICE MATCH BEFORE THE LORD'S TEST. Remember India stepped up on the tough south african's pitches in early 2011 with out BEING PLAYED A PRACTICE MATCH before the centurion test and every one was winning about that South african's would thrash India to 3-0 white wash before the start of the centurion test and eventually India came out loud and good with 1-1 as a series decider against the likes of Steyn and Morkel. Andersen, Tremlett, broad and bresnan could not be compared to Steyn and Morkel not even in dreams. Though Tremlett has got 6'8 but he does not have 6 years and 8 months of international experience to fight with fire with the likes of tendulkar, dravid and laxman. Even without Sehwag, India would be heavy on the Poms. WHO CARE ABOUT THE WET PRACTICE MATCH, lol

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Nice to see Suppiah, player of a non test playing cricketing country member doing so well against no. 1 test playing country, India, making them to look like a local club! My best comment before the series, "Morning shows the day"! I think, my above comment wouldn't be too rude when sir Botham also wanted the Indian to be tested for their current position.

  • sd54321 on July 15, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    everyone moaning about it being a flat wicket, taunton is the flattest wicket in the whole of the uk, and it has never been prepared differently, india will get a bat on this wicket and pile up the runs, people should stop moaning

  • allblue on July 15, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Some rather silly conspiracy theories here re the pitch. Taunton is, and has been the best batting surface in the country for several years. Win toss, bat first, score big (and fast) is the recipe here. And next week Lords will be Lords so there will be plenty of runs there too. Just one thought: one criticism of Duncan Fletcher's excellent spell as England coach was that he didn't place much value on warm-up matches, most infamously for the Ashes 06/07 when England turned up at the Gabba with just one 13-a-side knockabout under their belts. I know India are coming off the back of a Test series, but India will be turning up at HQ somewhat under-cooked, particularly if the rain forecast for Taunton this weekend denies them much game time there.

  • lala88 on July 15, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    When Sri lankan bowlers didnt get the wickets of England batting line up, Indian fans used to say about zaheer and their strong bowling attack. now Indian bowlers can't get the English Club players. LOL

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    What is this practice match for? What I heard and what I saw are completely different about ENG pitches. This pitch looks completely flat. And this author says Indian bolwers struggle to show an impact. May be ENG is trying to show that their batting skills have improved alot.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    International players are intelligent enough to abstain from "exposing" their repertoire in a warm-up game....

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    India missed inform Ishant.. Harbhajan somehow gets wickets when nothing is going good.. Importantly India certainly missed Dhoni's captaincy... If India can't win the series they ll definitely draw the series...

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Indians don't even care about this game they just want to give English a little hope before they crush them. Just like Australians crushed Bengalis (people from Bangladesh) earlier this year. Even Bangladesh is one of the low rank team and England being the middle India shouldn't have any problem. India is ranked 1 for so long and it knows how to remain. Looked the players in Indian team M S Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rana< Yuvraj Singh (Player of the World cup 2011), Zahir Khan, Harbhjan Singh list is go on and on and on…………

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 15, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @Тдниоџи Вїи Тдј and other ppl writing off India. Dont forget the fact that only one bowler in this match is going to make it to the finall 11 for tests. I hope you all will come back at the end of series.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    most of them who have commented have just followed the commentary on radio online or followed it via cricinfo and are criticising the team lol i heard tht the pitch was way too flat as well , it's not easy for the bowlers on flat pitches to do well and 3 dropped catches ain't a gud sign too , can't afford to drop big catches against eng anyways hoping our batsmen get some practise tomorrow \:)

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    dont say our batesmen can score 1000 runs if oppenents score 500. that wont win the match. our bowlers should be able take 20 wickets with in two innings. otherwise there is no way to prove we are NO 1. since this is warm up match and each indian is a different player when dhoni around. so hope for the best. england are very strong unit now .so this will be a good series.

    always be with the spirit of the game. no nationality please. its cricket which units us.

  • on July 15, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Well it does look like a Batting wicket....Good thing for Indian bowlers though they know what sort of pitches await them... ...just let the Indians get to bat if there will be time at all...

  • mak102480 on July 15, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    It's funny how ppl jump on a team in a practice match...there is a reason it's called a "warm up" match. The international team has nothing to gain out of it except some "warm up"....if they do well, ppl will say "oh, its an avg side they are playing" and if they don't do well, ppl will say "trouble for the team".........In today's cricket world where there is so much cricket, it's hard to stay charged up for such warm up matches. The real team will step up in the test matches.

  • hypocrite on July 15, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Our club Somerset has clubbed the Indian side....I bet this Somerset team would add 400 more runs and defeat the Indians by an innings and 300 odd runs!!!

  • IlaughAtTheee on July 15, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    This is the same ground where Saurav and Dravid demolished SL in 1999 WC - 371/6 in 50 overs. A very flat pitch, kids!

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Too much speculation and guesswork here. Did England prepare a batting track on purpose and will surprise India with green bouncy track in 1st test? Is India bowling rubbish on purpose because they certainly are not as bad to allow county team to score 320/2. Is this fletchers game plan to get English complacent. Is Khan bowling average on purpose?Even on flat tracks of subcontinent India has got better teams in trouble? Are Indian taking game seriously? Are fans getting too excited and reading too much in an irrelevant game performances.?

  • Tom_Bowler on July 15, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Always a flat track at Taunton but good to see Strauss getting going again.

  • tjsimonsen on July 15, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @Kedar Mangalore: A "night mare"? A nocturnal female horse??

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Cool down brothers. The Poms have created a flat batting track to deny Indians the chance to bat. 2-0 it will be alright but its India thats gonna do it. I am also surprised by Dhoni's decision to play Munaf and Sreesanth when Ishant and Praveen are most likely to play the first test.

  • SpartaArmy on July 15, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @Тдниоџи Вїи Тдј - I dont think you follow cricket much, otherwise you should know by now who are called LOOSERS in WORLD cricket my dear BANGLADESHI fan. @demon_bowler - You must be kidding, if Indian bowlers struggle on flat wickets, Anderson/Broad/Tremlett batch wont even dare to enter the field.

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Remember the WorldCup guys. India flattered (negatively) in initial stages and somehow managed to turn it on when it mattered to become World champs. For those of you getting happy and satisfied..let the test begin and then check the scores and bowler statistics....you will be surprised ;)

  • RSBali on July 15, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Looks like India paper tigers will be beaten to pulp in English conditions...it is not going to be fun for the Indian fans! Look for excuses now - cold conditions, overcast, too much swing, green top wickets, rain and last but not the least; the coach.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 15, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    yEA LETS GO POMS!!

    They are going to win this easily.. Indian bowling attack; Zaheer Khan - decent but overrateed Sreesanth - Immature and more popular for antics than line and length Harbhajan- Obnoxious weed lol Praveen Kumar - good bowler. Ishant Sharma - highly overrated - fragile.

  • Sameer_cricfan on July 15, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Indians struggling against Somerset which is almost 2nd string with the absence of Trescothick, Kieswetter,etc tells the entire picture guyz.

  • SettingSun on July 15, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Oh dear! Somerset even rested Tresco and Kieswetter for India's popgun attack, and they still can't make any headway. Not looking too good for you chaps! I reckon England should go in with a three man batting line-up, I think that's all we will need!

  • autopilot1 on July 15, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    hahha Sri Lankans won all their club matches easily yet "almight" Indians cant even get a few wickets. Welagedara has English captain's number yet "world class" Z Khan wicket less. Comon England 2-0. Its time for arrogant Indians to learn a lesson.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 15, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Only 1 tour match before the test series? Not sure that is a good idea. Shame this is not televised.

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    I really want to see india winning this series. but its look highly unlikely. :(, probably 2-1 england

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    The pitch may well be flat, but I don't think there is any pitch in the world that conceding 300+ runs for two wickets against a county side is a good bowling performance. Just as well for India its only a warm up, but from this evidence more than one warm up might have been needed for the bowlers at least. Also is Munaf injured? He seems to have not completed one of his overs.

  • ShilajitBava on July 15, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @Wacco U'll eat Ur own words by the end! 2-1 to Us!!

  • Praxis on July 15, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Looks like Arul Suppiah going berserk on Indian bowlers right now! Where can we see this match?

  • Ian316 on July 15, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Brillint stuff by a club side! My prediction, eng to wi. Series 2-0!!! Go poms!

  • CricketChat on July 15, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Look at Sreesanth's performance on day-1! After a miserable WC performance, he has everything to prove and he flops against a avg team (not counting Strauss). Even Zaheer is off color. I think Ind are in for a tough series.

  • abhi_cricinfo on July 15, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Good tactics by England to prepare flat-track for practice match and watch frustrated Indian bowlers . LOL .

  • bumsonseats on July 15, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    thats it till sunday, rain forecast for the whole day on saturday. somerset to bat all day sunday india not to get a bat . great practice. dpk

  • Munkeymomo on July 15, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    lets not forget Taunton is one of the best batting pitches around. No surprise India hasn't made huge progress.

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    India are poor starters anywhere in the world....if we can draw Match 1 then we should be in a good position !!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    hahah!! indian looserss struggle starts at the beginning .. lolzz... cheers english from bangladesh :D

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 15, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I hope most of you here are not school kids. Think before commenting. My friend called me from the ground in Taunton and he said the wicket is as flat as highway 401 here in Toronto. Somerset is a 'club' side and if they are capable to score 241 at a quick pace then the world class batsmen of India should score 300+ tomorrow. Wait and see.

  • demon_bowler on July 15, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    "Indian bowlers continue to struggle."

    A headline we will be seeing a lot more of this summer. Hope cricinfo has it on a macro.

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Indian bowling "lacking-teeth"?????? Let's wait and see. Predictions: Eng 1-0 Tests, England 3-2 ODIs.

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    where can i watch the live streaming of this match...anyone have link means please send it

  • JChandi on July 15, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    School cricket bowling attack is much better than this, where those big Indian talkers?

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Wacco In your dreams......lolz ur dream will be turned in to a night mare soon

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Dreams of men and mice....English mice:-)

  • mksreeram on July 15, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Wacco - please don't forget to visit this site after end of this series to eat your own words.

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    2-1 in favour of English...

  • moko58 on July 15, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Indians struggled to bowl the tail of the West Indies in the 2nd innings of 3rd test. Fidel Edwards played a resilient innings to deny them a victory there. They seem to be carrying the same difficulty bowling here.

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    waiting to see india unleashing ishant.he will be ruthless with zaheer..i think pk will definitely swing the ball and will be more consistent than sreesanth,though sreesanth's extra pace is vital. munaf is just a "stuart clark",batsmen tend to play him out...bhajji has to strike with zak ..not a bright english summer for indians i think...

  • leo89 on July 15, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    HaaaaaaaaaHaaaaaaahaaaaaa....a certain indian tv channel(new delhi based) said india had a fire breathing pace attack.Hee..Hee..so much for fire breathing..they are being slaughtered by a county team. Predict a few triple hundreds for the English top order. End result - England 3 :india O

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    And We Say INDIA is world CHAMP.... India Can Never Dominate Cricket as AUSSIES did, yet India are champs but not Dominating Champs....

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well, let them first adjust to English weather and conditions. You can't expect them to take 5 wicket hauls and bowl out sides after a long break...

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    As I have been saying... as long as you make batting wickets, there is no chance India will win a test! Only chance of India winning a test is if the pitch has some assistance in it.

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Come on India if u can't handle somerset well what will you do against England team??

  • RSBali on July 15, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    ................Welcome to England!

  • Ajaz.Ahmed on July 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    looking forward to a good clash.... this is the first real test for the number one side, playin outside the country and good side..

  • Yevghenny on July 15, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    207-1, where is this devastating attack?

  • darkknight1072 on July 15, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Hang on, India's yet to bat. Looks like a batting wicket.

  • Rocket_180 on July 15, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    flat wicket, or no flat wicket its still good to see Strauss get some runs again

    as for Strauss playing in the match, it was a good decision by the ECB as this is only a friendly (tour match) between India & Somerset and has no real meaning really

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 15, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Strange they left out laxman who needed the practice match as he is yet to score a ton and avg below 40. No disrespect to strauss but no wonder he scored those runs against sreesanth who is a surprise choise. Atleast praveen kumar should have been given a chance.

  • Guernica on July 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    It certainly is a batting wicket at Taunton @Ketan - one of the flattest/quickest scoring in the country. Shame that Somerset rested Tresco. Would have been fun to see him opening with Strauss again, not such fun for the Indians though!

  • KingOwl on July 15, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Flat track and the English FTB's thrive and the Indian seamers look toothless. Indian batsmen will thrive too - they are the FTB Kings.

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Bowlers hardly bowl full fledged in a warm up game besides fielders dont risk injury so catches are dropped dime a dozen unless it is straight in hand. It could also be strategy by Fletcher to get England into a fall sense of security.

  • on July 15, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Nishit: As long as the BCCI were informed (which they were) and they gave their permission (which they did), I really don't see what the problem is.

  • on July 15, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Pressure is on India to win this series. Gotta remember Sri Lanka managed to do draw out two matches and only lost the series because of one session in Cardiff even with a depleted side. Lets what the No1 side will do.

  • concerned_cricketer on July 15, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    @Universal, 'Spritely' is when the bowlers have had a 'Sprite' during drinks and have that spring in their step that is usually seen on the first morning of a match.

    Too early to say that Strauss is sorted. Do you think Zaheer would have bowled his cunning deliveries to Strauss? No way. Zaheer is a bowler who gets most of his wickets by out-thinking the bowler and bowling slightly different/surprising deliveries. Why would he give that away to Strauss with the Lords test around the corner!

  • Umair111 on July 15, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Indian Seamers have brought an out of form"Andrew Strauss" in the form.I strongly think apart from Sir Sachin Tendulkar other Indian batsmen(Mukund,Gambhir,Dhoni,Raina) will struggle.In Sachin's case" Form is temporary,class is permanent".India's bowling apart from "Zaheer Khan" will struggle.Take my words & see you in late Aug after the series.Global Test Lover

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Poor English guyz...already started dreaming ENG-3, IND-0...very funny...I have been seeing many people saying ENG picthes are great bowling and why did they choose batting conditions for this match? May be to show much talked Strauss's batting talent.

  • on July 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    indians are champions . no one can match them in any conditions

  • favor on July 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @ universal.rampage - you got it wrong. I'm not talking about the grammar part. The 'sprite'ly was just a product placement sponsored by Sprite.

  • allblue on July 15, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    So presumably now we'll have 'Strauss Crisis Against Leg-spin' stories all over the media next week!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on July 15, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    India have a big problem here with their bowling. As predicted.

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    lolz....England got what they wanted........ but should he benn allowed to paly 4 somerset???????

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    lolz....England got what they wanted........ but should he benn allowed to paly 4 somerset???????

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    may be a batting wkt that why Indians bowlers failed to impress

  • universal.rampage on July 15, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I am sure many others would point it out, and I am sure the writer of report knows how to spell it, but had a deadline to meet. It is 'sprightly', not spritely. Probably, not many Americans know this word and there are no multiple spellings either.

    Regards, A polite lover of cricket from Delhi

  • Wacco on July 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    ..the struggle for India begins. Eng 3 India 0.

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  • Wacco on July 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    ..the struggle for India begins. Eng 3 India 0.

  • universal.rampage on July 15, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I am sure many others would point it out, and I am sure the writer of report knows how to spell it, but had a deadline to meet. It is 'sprightly', not spritely. Probably, not many Americans know this word and there are no multiple spellings either.

    Regards, A polite lover of cricket from Delhi

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    may be a batting wkt that why Indians bowlers failed to impress

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    lolz....England got what they wanted........ but should he benn allowed to paly 4 somerset???????

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    lolz....England got what they wanted........ but should he benn allowed to paly 4 somerset???????

  • A_Vacant_Slip on July 15, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    India have a big problem here with their bowling. As predicted.

  • allblue on July 15, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    So presumably now we'll have 'Strauss Crisis Against Leg-spin' stories all over the media next week!

  • favor on July 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @ universal.rampage - you got it wrong. I'm not talking about the grammar part. The 'sprite'ly was just a product placement sponsored by Sprite.

  • on July 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    indians are champions . no one can match them in any conditions

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Poor English guyz...already started dreaming ENG-3, IND-0...very funny...I have been seeing many people saying ENG picthes are great bowling and why did they choose batting conditions for this match? May be to show much talked Strauss's batting talent.