Somerset v Indians, Taunton, 3rd day

Strauss shines as Somerset dominate in draw

The Report by Andrew McGlashan in Taunton

July 17, 2011

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Somerset 425 for 3 dec (Suppiah 156, Compton 88, Strauss 78) and 260 for 2 dec (Strauss 109*, Trego 85*) drew with Indians 224 (Raina 103*, Willoughby 6-76) and 69 for 0
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Suresh Raina watches the ball after playing a pull shot, Somerset v Indians, Taunton, 3rd day, July 17, 2011
Suresh Raina's sparkling ton was the only bright spot for India in Taunton © Getty Images
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If the forthcoming Test series goes well for Andrew Strauss and England, Somerset should be top of his Christmas card list. After finding form in the first innings, he made the most of his second knock with an unbeaten 109 as India were left with precious little to take from the match other than Suresh Raina's 103 earlier on the final day.

However, like in the first innings where Arul Suppiah outshone the England captain with a career-best 156, the limelight was taken away by another Somerset batsman as Peter Trego hammered a 57-ball 85 off the struggling Indian attack before the home side, somewhat sympathetically, declared at tea to allow the visitors another brief innings. At least Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund eased themselves to an unbroken 69 before another shower ended the match, and India headed to London with their tail between their legs.

Trego arrived with Amit Mishra on a hat-trick but wickets were soon a long way from the legspinner's mind as he was left watching the ball sail regularly into the stands. Trego's half-century came up with the third of four consecutive leg-side sixes, and the umpires twice needed to find replacement balls. At one stage Mishra had bowled three overs for 61 and it went from a being a tough warm-up for the tourists to something of an embarrassment, although they will try to play down the significance.

It was no surprise that the home side didn't enforce the follow-on after the Indians were bowled out and the Somerset opening pair again made comfortable progress. Zaheer Khan didn't take the field - and neither did Sachin Tendulkar - but the team manager insisted he was purely resting which seemed an odd decision after a wicketless first innings where Zaheer looked in far from peak form. And if he didn't want to show himself to Strauss again, that suggests the pressure has shifted.

The remaining Indian bowlers went through the motions and the pattern was similar to the first innings. Munaf Patel was steady but unthreatening while Sreesanth was expensive. Strauss dominated the scoring, although not quite in the fashion of the opening day as Suppiah rode on the confidence of his first-innings hundred.

Strauss had barely an alarm as he cruised past fifty and tucked into some friendly bowling. He took three consecutive boundaries off Sreesanth, who kept dropping short, and also came down the pitch at Mishra to drive him for a straight six - many more of those would follow. Trego's onslaught meant he was quickly catching Strauss, but the England captain went to his hundred from 122 balls with a late cut shortly before tea.

Mishra had provided the Indians with momentary relief when he claimed two wickets in two balls but they were costly successes. His figures would soon take an even greater hammering, probably leaving him wishing he hadn't broken the opening stand. Suppiah lost his shape when he came down the pitch and got an outside edge to backward point then James Hildreth edged a legbreak behind first ball.

Earlier, Raina gave the Indians their one bright spot for the match as he raced to an unbeaten century to lift the visitors to 224. He added a final-wicket stand of 84 in 12 overs with Munaf of which the No. 11 contributed six. Raina needed just 37 balls to go from his fifty to a hundred as he cut loose after Sreesanth had lost his off stump to become Charl Willoughby's sixth wicket.

Rania drove, pulled and flicked five sixes which damaged Willoughby's figures while Alfonso Thomas also took some punishment. His hundred arrived from 110 balls courtesy of a misfield at mid-off but he didn't have the chance to add many more as Munaf was lbw to legspinner Max Waller soon after.

Raina's innings - and Yuvraj's duck on the second day - will have sealed the debate over India's No. 6 spot for Lord's. Strauss probably would not have minded having an extended look at Raina, someone England haven't faced before in Tests. He has gained more than he may have expected from his brief stint in the south-west.

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Posted by   on (July 19, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

It's awarm up game. It's not the end of the road! With VVS Laxman, Dhon, Ishant Sharmai and Harbhajan in the Indian team for the Lords Test match, Andrew Strauss's batting will come under real test. Glorious Cricket is ahead, with Lords Test beginning on 21st July 2011.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 19, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

@chapathishot - Ireland will also do much better than #1 ranked teams who according to a cricinfo columnist, " Outside of the subcontinent and Zimbabwe have won two Tests in an away series only twice - New Zealand in 1968, and England in 1986". and that too after playing for over 70 years.

Posted by BULTY on (July 19, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Yevghenny, I don't know since when you've been watching the longer format of the game. For me it's 50 years & more. The touring party will never spill out their beans in one go and exposing their strengths & weaknesses to the opposition even before the Test series. The strategy adopted in practice matches vary vastly from what is actually adopted in Test matches; being short of playing in cool bouncy conditions Indians would have adopted the strategy of forcing the opposition to enforce the follow on. Now you may argue, there was no practice match prior to Test matches in WI. T20 & ODIs were enough practice matches & moreover the heat & humid conditions are quite akin to those in India. Now you understand why I wrote it? Longer format of the game is all about strategies & mind game and winning by outwitting the opposition & not about slam bang masala cricket.

Posted by RecordHunter on (July 18, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

@chapathishot-Yes yes some teams spend 35 yrs to win its first away home test match..Had won only 13 away home teat matches as at 2000, after getting test status in 1932..what a GREAT TEAM We have

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

zaheer ,ishant praveen aint better than asif,aamir gul or wahab riaz despite the attack pak losed badly. If eng get 400 in 1st inings than mark my words india are in a real trouble no matter if its ist 2nd or third test

Posted by chapathishot on (July 18, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

@ KavumPerethaya:I agree with you 100% if we gave Ireland Test status they would beat every test playing country at home and away at least once in next 15 years.Not like so called great teams who could only win at a single ground at home even after more than 30 years of test cricket let alone not having a single win in some of the test playing countries even in places similar to home conditions.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

@ rahulcricket007 R u mad? Randiv is better than Swann?!! If u had said 'Bhajji is better I wouldn't have commented, but Randiv?!!...No Way!! He is a decent 1st class level offy, but nowhere near Swann's class! Also the only bowlers who will be thrashed out of the park wear LIGHT blue for limited overs games!

Posted by Cricketfan333 on (July 18, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

Saha duck.Selectors still include him.Parthiv or kartik would have been better.

Posted by WhiteRaven on (July 18, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Indians are known for slow starters!! so it doesn't matter.but remember, they could take any attack on this world. so do not write off india by this practise match!

Posted by thestunner316_15 on (July 18, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

its funny to see the reacttions of supporters from both sides... its JUST a warm up game... big deal... real match starts on 21st... Buckle up...

Posted by nadu_1975 on (July 18, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

ALL THOSE TALL TALK OF ZAHEER KHAN HAS FALLEN FLAT. HE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE FIELD IN THE 2ND INNINGS, AND SHOWN STRAUSS HIS CLAIMS. BUT MR KHAN IS FEELING THE PRESSURE EARLY IN THE TOUR. SHAME YOU ZAHEER.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 18, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

someone just said "another south african effort" LOL shows you what the cricket knowledge of your average #1 team fan amounts to...

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (July 18, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

@ Kavumprethaya- Wow very nice idea..What a NO # 1 team we have..

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Raina's innings - and Yuvraj's duck on the second day - will have sealed the debate over India's No. 6 spot for Lord's. Strauss probably would not have minded having an extended look at Raina, someone England haven't faced before in Tests. He has gained more than he may have expected from his brief stint in the south-west.

Posted by Yevghenny on (July 18, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

BULTY, are you trying to say India deliberately put themselves into a position where the hosts had to make them follow on? If they had batted properly in the first innings, they would have had plenty of time in the middle to warm up, and the follow on would never have been an option to Somerset.

When they rock up and put in as abject a performance as that, they deserve everything they get

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 18, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

good to see raina playing the short pitch deleveries well in the west indies & in this practice match .now 4 batsmen from our team can ( SRT, DRAVID,VVS , RAINA ) can play short pitch ball well . no need to be afraicd of tremlett & bresnann.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

@sandeeppknk . u r right man .yuvi deserves aplace in a test 11 . he is the one definite player in the indian team who will always perform on the big stage & he has a good record against england as well . he loves smashing the england bowlers.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

@docdj_88 . you think swann is the best spinner in the world . sorry ,but i would say suraj randiv is better than him . indians will thrash swann out of the park .

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

what da....r u kidding me guyz..u feel these rookies are better than india?? dey wudnt have survived 20 overs in da carribean where the dravids n laxmans showed da world how to bat...hey u think somerset is better than india? ask dem to play instead of current english team coz dis team has not beaten india since 96 right?? n last team too we defeated english..ahh if u ppl saying based on dis match that india cant win..dat means u got no foresight india bounces back even after defeats as in SA SL N OZ yah dey got seamers swann..bla bla bla...even steyns smiths cudnt beat(series) the current indian team on their home turf..so guyz we may win or we may not but get ready for one hell of a fight...

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Trego & Arul are from South Africa, I've heard it all know. Trego is made in Weston Super Mare.

How about giving our beloved county team some credit. All I've read is excuse and slagging off from the India fans.

We are very proud of our little county club that is amongst the best in the country at all forms of the game right now. Somerset la la la

Posted by ashrogue on (July 18, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

what a washout ! somerset stripped Indian batsmen and bowlers. Fair and square. Zaheer khan is playing hide and seek. Sreesanth is playing "who let the dogs out'. Amit mishra is trying to see if he can throw the ball to the boundary without batsman's help. meanwhile Mr Captain MSD is somewhere in the woods doing meditation.

Posted by Sezzlers on (July 18, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

Cmmon Guys this is just a practice match.. Players are practicing in ground instead of nets... Somerset bowlers are bowling instead of bowling machine.... Nothing more than that.... There is no point to prove in these sort of format.... Its good for India to bowl long spells and in batting they tried different shorts.... At least now they know Raina is in for No.6 spot. Its rubbish to think this is the beginning for India's downfall.... Major threat for Indian is jonathan trott...We will see how it goes in Lords...

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Though I am an Indian, I am a supporter of a real contest. Both teams are doing great in there own rights at the moment and it will be a wonderful series to watch. Looking forward for July 21st !! May the better team win !!

Posted by docdj_88 on (July 18, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

lol.lets see how the series goes as it progresses.To all the indian who had being shouting saying that srilankans dint do well and indians will beat England easily this is just a warning from the straus. Englishmen will come with all guns blazing. and with their powerful new ball attack followed by swan who to me the best current off-spinner will definitely be a period of struggle indian batters. and england has a good batting line-up to support their bowlers.

Posted by sandeepknk on (July 18, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

all the people said like this before the worldcup also,then what happed,yuvraj player of the tournament.pls dont forget that.without yuraj India Big Zero in wordcup,so definetly he desrve a plays in test 11,we should all thankfull to him forever.I think some of english medias still can't digesting yuvraj.there was lot of warm up games before the worldcup also then what happend at the end,dont forget that.thanks yuvi,we r all thankfull to you forever to bring this worlcup to India,all Indians(genuine) salute you.

Posted by BULTY on (July 18, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

The result was a foregone conclusion the moment Somerset chose to bat again on the second day without enforcing the follow on. The practice match is always arranged by the host nation to give practice to the touring party. This one turned out to be a mockery of the practice match, the host team taking up the bulk of the playing time and also this was a practice match for Strauss more than anything else. Such practice matches are totally uncalled for especially when the host nation captain is allowed to play as a "guest" in the only practice match before the first test. India should have objected to it. That India scored at 4+ rate in the second innings without losing a wicket should give enough confidence to the opening pair of Gambhir & Mukund in the first test. Raina did very well in the first innings and others will click in the test series at one time or the other in the test series and India will surely dominate the proceedings.

Posted by gauravgairola on (July 18, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

good practice for india ,most batsman got 20-30 bowls to bat and bowlers got good long spell .batmen were playing shot even when wicket were going down ,shows that batmen don't want to go into tests with negative or defensive mindset.And bowlers and fielders were not giving 100% like in world cup warm ups.we tend to forget that no plans r made for opposition players.and many players r not match fit.so there is nothing to worry about the performance.

Posted by CSreekumar on (July 18, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

The first innings batting was very poor and bowling was extremely worse. But openers set platform well in second innings, as they were getting used to it. Raina's batting lead to a confusion for his position and second innings show by openers put UV's position under stake. Most important worry for India is Zak's performance and his no show. Hopefully he is fine.

Posted by blondblackberry on (July 18, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

sreesanth again proved himself what a waste he is.he should quit cricket for the good of cricket.willouby is a southafrican do england hav a bowler like him i think the answer is no and that seals the series.tremlett,anderson's and swan are only hype's.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 6:01 GMT)

If England make pitches which similar to one's Sri Lanka played (green and bouncy), India going to loose the series! Probably they wont make those kind of pitches for marketing reasons. If conditions become sunny, dry with flat wickets, Indian batsmen going to hammer english bowlers! Indian team is very similar to Sri Lankan team. Batting is bit stronger thnt Sri lanka but Bowling is worse than Sri Lanka. So it will be a similar story!!!!

Posted by saurabh1900 on (July 18, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

this is the first and the last success of englishmen in this series. india will show them their right place in the first test.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

No sehwag no series win for india in england... surely SRT,Dhoni,Gautham will not shine in thhis series.. they al r form out... and most important zaher is not sufficient in this summer for india... LAX,DRAVID and raina are going 2 make impact and the ISHANTS phase wil help well. al d bst fr INDIA....

Posted by LIBRAN on (July 18, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

@ all Haters of India's no1 ranking... i cant remember last time any of the current crop of indian players were outspoken(arrogantly) about their ranking... We are number one thats been proved and one day someone would come up and replace us at the top and thats how it goes... I personally cant remember England winning a series in India in last 15 years or smthing... Australia only ever won one while they were no.1, thanks to the washout in chennai...We dont have to prove to anyone that we r probably the best test team around, that too without a top class bowling unit.. As a team we r doing quiet well.... :)

Posted by CricEshwar on (July 18, 2011, 4:57 GMT)

Only positive that came out of this match was it made easy decision for the no. 6 position.

Posted by cric_lover143 on (July 18, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

To Mr. Joshua... True Indian fans will never claim Indian team as the no:1 team of all time. yes, We cherish this moment because we are the number #1 team as per the ranking system that means all the other teams in the world are behind our team in terms of performance against tougher teams. You have to admit that. Ii agree that England is a very good team and this is gonna be a hell of a series. But one ashes series does not make England much better than India or Australia. And also one warm up does not make a whole series.. you should wait till the end of this series to give away such comments..

Posted by m_ilind on (July 18, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

Raina is a fighter like VVS, as he puts a price on his wicket. He showed it in WI and also the WC...too bad that he has to fight it out with Yuvi for a spot in the Test team. MS should give Mukund a bye in order to accomodate both Yuvi and Raina until Sehwag returns back. India's bowling attack is also two and a half bowlers, choice of Sree or Amit Mishra should depend on weather conditions and pitch. It will be tough to dismiss Eng twice in a test match.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 18, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

@autopilot1, I agree India collapsed badly in first innings but per your knowledge tell me if India is so bad that it cannot score atleast 250 with strong batting line-up? Even people who don't support India say that India is very strong on flat tracks. Despite being so strong India couldn't score more than 250. You might have seen India's gradual improvement in second innings. That clearly says that India definitely need to get used to to this English weather. I donno where this "#1 Mantra" has come from but India was never arrogant of being #1 and after all #1 spot is given by ICC ratings. Infact Dhoni always says that we are not focusing on rankings because that would put pressure on the team.

Posted by NairUSA on (July 18, 2011, 3:06 GMT)

Net practice with the local club team is over. Let the real games begin!

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 3:06 GMT)

Well…there is no point in denying the fact that the Great Indian Pride is hurt. Team India will be definitely feeling humiliated after their poor performance against Somers. But not for nothing are they the world champions and No.1 Test team in the world. After all, an Indian will always come back hard whenever his pride is hurt and hurt in this manner. If English fans and their team are already celebrating, then that will not be a bad thing for Dhoni & Co.

Posted by NRI- on (July 18, 2011, 3:04 GMT)

Enough of Sreesanth and Yuvraj - they are not certainties in the XI and had a lot to play for. Both are around 30 unlike the Varun Aarons, Kohlis and Rohit's of the world - who are all under 25. If they dont perform on this tour they should be mothballed like Jaffer and Kaif - their test career finished.

Posted by sashi94 on (July 18, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

This match was perfectly set up against India. First they bowled on a flat track.. then it rained heavily and lost wickets on a juicy track.. Not worried though because its all part of the game.. I think that great sides should not lose to club sides even on practice matches.. but then again i dont think they cared about this game so much.. No great test team ever boasted of a line up like Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj and Dhoni. lets not write them off already.. Lets give then a chance at LORDS..

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 18, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

If this is the #1 Ranked test team someone Quickly give Ireland Test Status...

Posted by jimbond on (July 18, 2011, 1:55 GMT)

If the fate of the series was to be decided by one Practice match, why play the series? Somerset (and England) can merely take away the series. And is one practice match enough to write off players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer, Harbajan, Ishant, Raina, Yuvraj, Sreesanth- who have played well against teams better than England in the not so distant past. Playing Yuvraj and making him open instead of Mukund can be an interesting gamble- Yuvraj- if he gets set could provide a match winning performance and his bowling to Peterson is always going to be interesting (and Yes, Petersen is still England's best batsman"). However I dont think this management will take that gamble. Using Mukund and Gambhir to build a platform for the others to come- will be the game plan for the batting heavy team.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 0:52 GMT)

@NomDePlume, why are you (and others) complaining about a super flat pitch? Did they swap pitches when India batted? No, India just played badly. Also the pitch at Lords is probably going to be pretty flat. Anyway its just a warm up I'm sure India will play better in the tests.

Posted by sachin1bradman2 on (July 18, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

Apparently Scotland yard have hacked into all the secret strategies of the Indian cricket contigent causing listlessness amongst the players...! Credit must be given to Somerset for humbling the Indians, though the Poms should be careful not to read too much into this game (and celebrate prematurely), otherwise they could be in for a shellacking at Lords!

Posted by godomania on (July 18, 2011, 0:01 GMT)

well!well!well! my two favoured test teams are now locking horns! However, England is my team. i have come to love India because of their ruthlessness against the Austrailians. But its time for me to make a call! And my call is the English! for they have given birth to a brand of cricket that cannot yet be explained because it is simply inexplainable! when i hear of Cook and Trot I remember the song that the Israelites sang when David and Saul came home from battle!" Saul thousands and David tenthousands- well you know what my song is for the series" Cook thousands and Trott ten-thousands! then there is Strauss" the tactionist" Then Bell! if that bell should toll it would only be for India,too bad. well i cant mention the swing of Anderson just yet! for it is simply too much- maybe another time! well fellas! make it a clean fight! protect yourself at all times! Dhoni" your belt is ok! Staus your belt is ok! good luck fellas!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 23:31 GMT)

Wov.. we have comments from English and Indian haters, as if India has already lost the series 3-0. It is just a warm up match, and India has always been slow starters.

Lets wait for few more weeks before making such outrageous claims.

Posted by NomDePlume on (July 17, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

I think this tour match is a violation of the laws of cricket. A tour match is for the benefit of the visitors, to help them adjust to the conditions, and it should be played on a wicket that is of test quality, on a decent sized ground and with good umpires. In this game, we have a super flat pitch, small ground and bad umpires. When England visit India next, their tour game should be in Agartala, on a pitch that starts crumbling in the first hour so that the match finishes in a day and a half.

Posted by gerardpereira20 on (July 17, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

In mitigation it must be pointed out that several players in the Indian team last played a test match seven months ago, Gambhir, Zak , Shreeshant and Yuvraj are just back from injury. Tendulkar has been playing with his kids and walking the dog in the park. The BCCI must take the blame if India lose at Lords for not arranging enough warm up games before the series ala England in Australia. It seems it is customary for India to lose the first game of the series and were only saved by rain the last time they were here. As for England how many players is really English? Strauss, and Prior South African born, Trott and Pietersen? At least Pietersen has the guts to admit he is not English he only works there. England has been reduced to a multinational world eleven.

Posted by autopilot1 on (July 17, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

kumarcoolbuddy Agree with you mind games from both, but hang on a minute If you say Eng choose a flat track why couldn't your team pass even 250?

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (July 17, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

kkk47, I couldn't disagree with you more. Warm up games are for the benefit of the visitors to get them used to local conditions. i think India has made a bad call by only playing one. A big part of the ashes win was England playing proper, competitive warm up games. I'm also pleased that they are playing proper games, not the contrived monstrosities where 14 players form the tourists are allowed to play to give everyone a go that England used to do on tour until recently. They were an insult to the people who came to watch and did little to sharpen the players. India just played surprisingly poorly in this match. They would benifit form playing another similar country game or two before the tests

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 22:27 GMT)

So much for Zaheer Khan and the 'all-powerful' Indian bowlers. What are you going to do when you come up against Cook and Trott? Hope the sun gets in their eyes just as the ball is heading their way? Give me a break. India is the most overrated, overhyped number 1 test team of all time. You think of Australia and the West India when they were number 1 and you think of greatness. They succeeded all over the world. When I think of India I think of a side, much like England: They play well at home when the pitches are flat but a part from the odd series abroad, they struggle. England struggle when the ball doesn't swing and their isn't grass but you don't hear English supporters claim that they are still the best or that the umpriring is baised etc etc. I think Indian fans may be in for a huge shock in this series.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

its somerset with players from southafrica who did this not from england......if world class player like ponting had bad time with ishant bowling then england players can also be in trouble......even till no 9 we have century batsman and even ZAK has 75 highest score......talk about lower middle order......can you guyz confidently tell pitersen or straus or ian bell(if he plays) will atleast click......i feel you got conditions and bowling but we have faith ,talent,experience and good bench strength......there are no replacements for openers or middle order if they get injured......please wait for the turn and relax and enjoy than speculating things......

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (July 17, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

Somerset are currently an excellent county side with a strong batting order and whether India couldn't be bothered to play hard doesn't alter the fact that we gave the number 1 side in the world a good going over. And frankly, we'll take that, and we've enjoyed it immensely. Good luck in the tests, I'm sure you'll move out of 1st gear and into 5th - by Thursday?

Posted by demon_bowler on (July 17, 2011, 22:10 GMT)

The mighty India -- bowled out cheaply on a flat deck by two ageing Kolpak players, an average county pro, and a 19-year-old debutant! And able to take only five (5) wickets in two innings themselves. Are they Bangladesh in disguise? Oh well, it can only get better for them from here.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 17, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

All England supporters knew that Sri Lankan batting was its strength and that SL bowlers would struggle to bowl England out. I had thought that indian bowlers were better than Sri Lankan but they aren't - they are about the same. Somerset (including Strauss) absolutely CREAMED the indian bowling; it was hide behind the sofa time for Misra, for example. These are supposed to be Test standard players! If the excuse is that "india didn't take it seriously" or "india always start slowly" - that's not good enough. Every game is there to be won. Test standard players should play to that standard at all times - anything less is unprofessional and disrespectful to the people who pay to come and watch. If india take this attitude against Tremlett, Anderson, Trott, Cook, Swann and co @Lords - then at least I'll have paid my money to watch an England win. I'll see you all there on Thursday.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

Indian bowling line up has always proven been a weak one, it is basically world's one of the most teethless attack, even Ireland can rack 500 against them and who knows if shewag tendulker Laxman not there, India might struggle to win against Westindies or Bangladesh. England will give India a very very hard time. If Tendulker doesn't fire, it will be a clean whitewash and humilation for India. Big time India wake up, otherwise we might see few double figure allouts this tour. Good luck India.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

A simple question for indian fans. Is this match important or not? If you can find enough meaning in this game to praise Raina as a cricket prodigy, then you must admit that this is a shameful performance for the rest of the team, bowlers and batsman. If you are going to simply dismiss this as a practise game lacking in meaning, then do not go on to claim that this game plays an important role in the selection of Yuvi and Raina, and Mishra and Sreesanth. You cannot have your cake and eat it. Personally I think this game holds more importance than most indian fans are willing to admit, and if I were in their position I would be seriously worried.

Posted by ashes61 on (July 17, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

For India, by far the most worrying thing must be Zaheer Khan's no-show in the 2nd innings. Didn't even take the field! Ignoring for a moment the bland "resting" PR statement put out, why can this be? 1. Just resting? Why? He's just had a long rest after injury. He needs, above all else, overs under his belt in whatever conditions & against whichever side is available. After such an interval & with such a Test coming up, rest is NOT what he needs! 2. Avoiding Strauss to prevent a repeat of the 1st innings, which might have jolted confidence of whole squad? No - too far-fetched an idea. The incentive of findig the edge just once early on & grabbing his wkt would be too great. 3. A little twinge after bowling in a match again? And urgently "resting" to avoid worsening it, with such a match coming up? Yes, I think so. No other plausible explanation. Zaheer is nursing (at the very least) a minor strain from the previous injury. Perhaps worse - which is not good news for India

Posted by ashrogue on (July 17, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

wow Somerset is so good. Why then did England send eleven exhausted pretty boys to World Cup? How did India win World Cup? something's not right. A test match (though 3 days) can't be as flukey as a T20 or even an ODI. Clearly Indians portrayed that they are inferior in class with respect to mighty Somerset.

Posted by tommieg0 on (July 17, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

@chokkashokka. You say Lords is a bating wicket but Taunton is generally the most batsmen friendly wicket on the county circuit. The fact that India's batsmen struggled badly in comparison to Somerset's (as a spectator at the ground over the first 2 days) cannot be saved by Raina's ton. If this had been a four day game Somerset it is quite possible that Somerset would have won. And as a direct comparison to the England team well there was just Strauss in the team. I worry for the Indian team/series as only Willoughby has been a first team regular bowler this year in that line up. Thomas has just come back from injury. There were 3 players U20 in that Somerset team. I think you'll find England will compete this year, far better than India!!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 20:52 GMT)

well.... all i can say is i have faith in dhoni and his boys.... they've had a little too much cricket in the past 6 months, but after the small break, i feel that their full powerhouse is ready to roll.... probably this match is some kind of stunt by dhoni... u know boost the ego of the opposition and then take them by surprise....

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Well at least the Indian openers got a decent hit in the 2nd innings. Their performance will be crucial in not exposing the 3 main middle order batsman to the new ball. @Tashfeen - Yep in India we whip everyone while we kind of draw or scrape wins abroad. That BTW is better than what the rest of the cricketing universe seems capable of doing at this point. Just a happy coincidence maybe ;) @ Dominic Our guys always fall in a heap in the first innings of a overseas tour. After this game it seems now that even the opposition doesn't matter :-)

Posted by Trickstar on (July 17, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

@First_Change I don't believe for one moment ,your a Somerset supporter because you would know the reason why Strauss is playing for them and as a supporter of that County and I would have thought England as well, why wouldn't you want the England Captain getting game time for them. More than likely your just a bitter Indian fan masquerading as one and doing a poor job of it.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 17, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

@sawifan . i knew england bowling attack is better than india . but dont underestimate ishant & praveen . praveen would cause difficulties for english batsmen as he can move the ball in both ways . as fAR as england they havent managed to beat us in a test series since 1996. last time also against an ordinary indian team they lose. and one advice to u dont thing about ashes . think about the series against sri lanka.i can ensure u we will definitely beat this overrrated english side .england can became no 1 n their dreams.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Lol, If Somerset can do this to the No 1 team, what will England do... Imagine and fret. India in India and India outside India are two different teams.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Hmmmm, batting solidity? 260 all out on a pitch where the opposition have just made 400-3?

Posted by JustIPL on (July 17, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

Strauss has won the battle and ZAK was no more in the second innings which are defensive tactics and going to work. Such heavy legs dont deserve to be number xxx.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 17, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

Yuvraj is a better batsman than Raina. Raina is coming from the last series where he got confidence of being a rescuer on a few occasions. He did the same in this match. UV will surely get back into his groove and a position such as opening can be considered but in English conditions he it will not be a cake walk. I willl suggest that India stop more experimentation and play the best elevenwith real openers, middle order and bowlers. Patel will be better alongwith ZAK and PK. India are the best batting lineup of the world unless England batting overtakes them. Bowling attacks are similar so this series is the battle of batting lineups. In this match Somerset 2nd string batting lineup got better of Experimenting Indians.

Posted by professor_zero on (July 17, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

@kkk47: India gained nothing from this match because they played poorly and, having come straight from WI with little time before the Lord's Test, have no chance now to play themselves back into form. For an example of how to schedule and play practice matches, see the 2010-11 Ashes, when England played three two strong Sheffield Shield sides and Australia A. They bossed all three matches, determined their strongest XI, got valuable insight into their back-up bowlers, and made the Aussies nervous. For an example of how NOT to schedule and play practice matches, see the 2006-07 Ashes, when England were coached by one Duncan Fletcher...

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 17, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

KKK47 the point of these games is to give the visiting team a run out. the BCCI, tell the home country what they would like as to the number of games etc and what format these games are. the ECB i would think, could not care less and all english counties seem to put out scratch sides and the someset team was such a team. in australia during the ashes, england ask for 4 x 4 day games against good quality opponents, so got 3 state sides and the aussie a side. india decides they would have this match and i think a 2 day game between the 2nd and 3rd test. dpk

Posted by chokkashokka on (July 17, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

We'll talk tails and legs next Sunday - I think it will be a shriveled tail and pasty white legs. A 9th wicket stand that made Somerset bowlers look like schoolboys and a young batsman going from 30 to 110 in a space of 12 overs batting with no. 10 and 11 - I think I like the looks of that tail. As for the Indian batting in the first innings, all I can say it comes down to heads and tails there. Lords being a batting wicket - the english board ought to create a special class for giving citizenship to overseas cricketers. Perhaps then in 4-5 years, they can compete with the Indian team - or its tail.

Posted by bollyrhymes on (July 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Yup Praveen Kumar is definitely gonna have an impact. Good thing Zaheer did not bowl in the second innings. Although the match proved to be good outing for Straussy. Let's see what he can come up with when the real test starts.

Meanwhile England definitely looks stronger of the too sides. They have an excellent bowling attack coupled with equally good batting lineup. West Indies batting lineup was a joke. And we barely managed to win the series by 1-0 margin.

But all that was history. Let's see what surprises this series holds. In the end I hope Dhoni's captaincy and luck can turn the tide in India's favor.

All the best Team India.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

Actually,if we look at this in the "glass is half-full" way,this match cleared up the selection issues.pk and raina became certainties.surprising that yuvi and sree performed that badly(possibly the 2 worst).they should have motivated themselves because the most was at stake for them.

Posted by Polorky on (July 17, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

@kkk47 Warm-up matches are usually pretty essential and you shouldn't write them off because in this particular one India crashed and burned. Presumably India asked for a warm-up match and if anything this game showed how much they need practice in English conditions. If they hadn't had any warm-ups this could easily have happened in the first test. England have been criticised in the past for not playing enough warm-ups especially in Australia where they often seem unprepared. India are a good team but even they can't just stroll up to a test match in England and expect to instantly climatise; such arrogance would inevitably come back to bite the team.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

No sehwag no series win for india in england... surely SRT,Dhoni,Gautham will not shine in thhis series.. they al r form out... and most important zaher is not sufficient in this summer for india... LAX,DRAVID and raina are going 2 make impact and the ISHANTS phase wil help well. al d bst fr INDIA....

Posted by ListenToMe on (July 17, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

So the warm up proved a point. India should go with Ishant and Praveen since Sreesanth and Munaf couldn't even threaten a county side! Eventhough the pitch was flat, this is unacceptable.

Posted by Yevghenny on (July 17, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

But I must say Raina was a joy to watch in the morning

Posted by Yevghenny on (July 17, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

I thought the indian bowling was quite average today, Trego smashed them to all corners, and Straussy knocked his century up by barely breaking sweat.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 17, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

i think indian fans r great, they must be the only fans who could get anything out of this match.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (July 17, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

well played Raina!! I knew this guy can become the Xavier of India someday.After the retirements of VVS and Dravid ,Raina will be the main wall.wish u good luck from a srilankan.hope u can do something very very special like VVS always does.can't remeber one test epic innings from Selfish Record Ttendulkar.

Posted by rsurya on (July 17, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

Anyway Dhoni will add sreesanth to the team and England will tear our bowling. with sreesanth bowling at one end even mcgrath will struggle to bowl at the other end, pity on Zak. When will India change these decisions. PK taking early wickets and Ishanth in good form, they should go for Zak,PK,IS. Let us c wat our fate is.....

Posted by Sameer_cricfan on (July 17, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

In spite of Raina's ton Yuvraj would be a better choice. We should not judge him on the basis of a low-profile match. He is a big match player. And don't forget his 'PIES'. That would also help India a lot.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

To all English Fans out there....Indians played too casually in the first innings....Just c how the County bowlers struggled to separate Raina nd Munaf!!! Nd then Gambhir nd Mukund showed a sample of What England areup against!!! U prepare flat tracks...U dig ur own Grave!!!! Prepare some seaming nd swinging pitches...nd u can c what Zaheer nd co can do...I would not say sreesanth was too bad....He was looking for wickets...unlike Munaf...just looking to ball tight....Nd he had a couple of drops of his bowling aswell...

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (July 17, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

The funny thing is we are not even talking about Praveen Kumar. This guy will be the dark horse in this series mark my words. With his both way swing and cunningness he will be handful IF the ball deviates laterally. Zaheer and Praveen on both ends will be sumptuous treat. It is if the wicket do not have lateral movement but then Ishant and Bhajji will need to kick in. They have enough pedigree to keep the pressure. Should be an entertaining series.Shewag will be missed as he is the enforcer and would have tamed Anderson and Tremlett in half hour of his strokeplay.

Posted by kkk47 on (July 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

I don't understand the point of these warm-up matches. Unless it is for the touring team to acclamatise themselves with the country there are in. This game only saw Andrew Strauss coming into some form. What has the visiting team (India) gained? Nothing...except for Suresh Raina coming into some good form. WOULD'NT IT BE A GOOD IDEA FOR EVERY VISITING TEAM OT HAVE THE FIRST CHOICE OF WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. Or else it is pointless. I follow cricket quiet a lot. And for long time the only team which benefits from a warm-up game is the host team. MAY BE THINGS GOT TO CHANGE. Please do comment.

Posted by HOTCHA on (July 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Too bad, the Indians didn't have a good outing with either bat or ball. This game only determined the final playing XI for the first test. The selection is quite straight forward. Mukund, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Kumar, Khan and Sharma - with Yuvraj Singh as the 12th man.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

i think now raina cant be dropped as it will be unfair to him though i am a big yuvi fan and not a raina fan but also insist open dravid and play yuvi it will be be a better option and warm up match will show nothing let the real test begin sri lanka won both their warm up matches but we all know what transpired after that

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

What I don't get is why Sreesanth, Yuvraj and Mishra couldn't have performed better since they had to put their cases up against Praveen, Raina and Harbhajan repectively. It shouldn't have been due to lack of effort, since no one would like to throw his position in the team away, nor should it have been due to lack of practice (lack of MATCH practice sure, but not like the players aren't experienced to deal with it). Did these three believe/or were told that none of them of was going to be selected in the team before the match even started?

Posted by Bhavesh11in on (July 17, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

Bhajji will have tuff time here,,,,, no express bowlers in India

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (July 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

Hahaa........If anyone truly believes that this result shows India's true form, then you are living with Alice in Wonderland....

Posted by AbuUSA on (July 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

Spot at #6 was the only spot that India was not sure who to play. Now we know. So India achieved it's goal. England be ready - here comes supermen of cricket.

Posted by sawifan on (July 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

as an aussie i'm strangly compelled to to back the POM's here, and have no dramas saying they'll win. In home conditions, Anderson, and Tremlett esp, will be too much. The IND champions will of course provide runs when needed, but IND bowling is simply not good enough... this same ENG team smashed the AUS team on flat pitches. With the exception of Zaheer (quality bowler) and Bhajji (deadly on his day), i cant see this IND bowling attack bowling out ENG enough on pitches conducive do swing and lateral movement.... I'm predicting draws (due to IND batting quality)... though i think Tremlett may prove to be the ACE in the deck... Good Luck both team teams.. and as an Aussie... i will say i hope VVS has a blinder... under pressure, he is far better SRT by a mile...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

mark my words india will definitely win the series by 2-1. as wehave batting solidity upto no 8 batsmen

Posted by boston_pride on (July 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

@drsankalp: 20 wickets in 2 days huh?? dude there's a diff between supporting a team and sounding totally stupid... you are leaning towards the later I guess...

Posted by landl47 on (July 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

It must be very worrying for the Indians that Zaheer didn't bowl in the second innings. He's coming off a long break through injury and needs all the bowling he can get. The rest of India's bowling was pathetic. Raina has batted Yuvraj out of the test side, so if Zaheer's fit the side basically picks itself. Unless Zaheer's fit and firing, though, I can't see India getting 20 wickets against this very strong England batting line-up.

Posted by nag42408 on (July 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

To all england fans just winning a ashes in aust does not make them good team like you saying that india should beat england to prove that they are no 1 form me if you feel that england is no 1 then they should beat india in india.and india has not lost test series to england since 1996 cheack the record.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (July 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Woop. My interest in the series can now dwindle, the BIG game has come and gone... :(. Somerset held their own against the best test side in the world! Now go do the same in the championship!! Just the small matter of England vs. India to come now. I'll be at Taunton.

Posted by HSAF on (July 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Wonderfully depicted mr.mksreeram. TThis match is not the whole 1999 test played so far. And strauss, raina aren't(willn't be) better than the Greats Dravid and Sachin and also Laxman....when it matters. If pre-match will show the forms and results, then SL would have won the test matches against ENG. It's just a practise.

Posted by demon_bowler on (July 17, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

So India's only strike weapon, Zaheer, has broken down already (resting? I don't believe it; mind games? Very good mind games, letting the England captain score a century). How do you think you're going to take 10 wickets? In the same match, I mean...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

India has historically been poor to perform in their initial matches overseas...so hopefully this is the bad match...and if england wins the series..they deserve to be the number 1 in rankings...however, this indian team is confident and rescilent...i woner if tremlet, the trumph card for england will make much difference or end up like shaun tait...this warm up match made the weekend more exciting...the cards have changed totally...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

With this balling form, I can wish only 'best of luck' to team India in the upcoming test series... doesn't look good at all for them...

Posted by nlight on (July 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Difficult to spin this as anything but a wake-up call for India.

Posted by drsankalp on (July 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

I think this is stupid article! Raina needed to be given more importance than nonsense trego or whatever his name player ! Raina was best batsman in whole match. The second inning proves they were doing time pass with third grade county side. It will be difficult to get 20 wickets for English bowlers in real test match. While Zaheer cand ishant can take 20 english wickets in 2 days !

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 17, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

@autopilot1, do u really think its a mind game if Zaheer is not bowling? So do you think warm-up games are only for Hosts but not for visitors? Think logically, why did they choose flat tracks for this warm-up and why did they declare only after Strauss's ton? Warm-up games are supposed to be helpful for both teams and especially for Visitors (India) since they are new to pitches and weather but it clearly says that this warm-up is exclusively for Strauss who is in bad form. And also to wipe out confidence of Indian bowlers. Which one do u think is mind game ENG's or Indians'? One thing I understood is ENG is desperate to beat India at any cost. Lets see next once Indians get used to this ENG weather.

Posted by anexpat on (July 17, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Five wickets for nearly 500 runs! One gets an uneasy feeling. I wish Indian bowlers well in the tests. Strause has regained his form. Indai has a reputaion of helping the out of form batsmen to restablish due to their rather impotent bowling attack.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

GG is alone enuf for dem..look hw he is going to tear the bowling attack of Eng...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

@crikkfan, that was among the best dismissals I have ever seen in cricket, no denying that. Sree was definitely among the wickets in South Africa, but if that was his best phase, it wasn't good enough. 9 wickets in 3 matches at 41.77 doesn't speak much of a player. If those are the series statistics of a bowler who had a five-for and an inexpensive 3 wicket haul in an innings, then he sure must have been frustratingly inconsistent. There's no justification to his world cup performance either. World cup isn't an insignificant tournament which can be excused. And I don't care much about performances in IPL, except when the player looks real good and refreshed, as was the case for Ishant Sharma. As for Sree, tell me when has he looked consistently threatening? Animated or not, he usually ends up looking like a tool. Having said that, I wrote down the previous comment when only Sreesanth was leaking runs, little did I know every bowler was waiting for his own opportunity to give them away.

Posted by cricketissikk on (July 17, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

Strauss should permanently play for somerset, him and trescothick in the 4 day games would be sickkkk

Posted by hris on (July 17, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

all those indians mouthing off so much about india's performance in SA is a bit baffling. granted indian did well but for all that they only managed to DRAW the series and lost the odi series. i mean the last two times SA came to india they also managed to get a draw in the tests. if ur no.1 side you are expected to win series and not be happy and boasting of a drawn series.

Posted by mksreeram on (July 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

@Shikar Ahuja India would need Sreesanth for the test. Kallis that too in SA was not playing good against him. Comparing to Kallis Eng batsmen are nowhere near his strength of batting. His attitude is little bad but he would be okay when seniors are there around.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

being an india supporter... i humbly accept d poor performance by, what is considered as strong batting line up ......however, with no disrescpect for the fantastic performance by somerset, for sake of a laugh, what the heck..another south african effort for an english team....

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 17, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

@WannaBeRusta ''''You seems to be blind in your cricket like most of your fellow fans''''>>stop generalising coz we can also say the same thing for u,we already saw overhyping on everything concerning England,be it tennis,football,cricket and so on,and the way englishman predicting 4-0 or 3-0 well well all the fans here r Nostradamus is'nt it??we shall give the winners trophy without wasting time on the field....

Posted by ATTACKING_INDIANS on (July 17, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

I KNOW FOR A TOP TEAM LIKE INDIA, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP THEMSELVES MOTIVATED IN A PRACTICE MATCH AGAINST A COUNTY SIDE. ALTHOUGH ENGLAND IS LOOKING MUCH STRONGER SIDE THAN INDIA ON PAPER,INDIA WILL BE ABLE TO DOMINATE THE TIGHTLY CONTESTED TOUR IN TEST ODI AND T-20. TENDULKAR,LAXMAN,RAINA ARE THE KEY PLAYERS AS FAR AS BATTING IS CONCERNED.

Posted by stambake on (July 17, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

why indian batsman struggling in batting...?? as english batsman played superbly in home condition and declared innings twice... hope india will play good in remaining day without any loss.. good knock by suresh raina in 1st innings... senior batsman should watch him as he was played with tailenders also... keep on raina....

Posted by KAIRAVA on (July 17, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

Terribly disappointed with the bowling performances of Sreesanth & Mishra. Mishra was supposed to be India's next best test spinner & has been performing better than Bhajji in the limited opportunities that he got in West Indies. And now he concedes 225 runs in 33 overs against a county team in what is truly a club bowling performance !! Sreesanth was well aware that he was competing with Praveen Kumar for the 3rd pace bowling slot for the Lord's test what with Zaheer & Ishant already confirming theirs. But he disappoints one & all with this lackluster bowling. So India doesn't really have a good bowling bench strength playing against strong batting teams of England/Australia/South Africa.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:30 GMT)

in which channel this match brodcast i cant found???

Posted by mksreeram on (July 17, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

Everybody said India has to prove in SA and they did well. Now they say they have to prove in Eng (They will do well). Later they will say India has to prove in Aus (which they already did and will do). All said, No 1. test team doesn't deserve this. I somehow feel this game might not project the real picture of the next 4 tests. Atleast we can't say Raina and Strauss to be a great batsman than Sachin & Rahul considering only this match. Looking forward to have fun for next few weeks.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

Middlesex don't have any games at moment, that's why. Anyway Trego, Charl & Arul have been the starts for me. As a Somerset & England fan I'm delighted at that and Strauss's handy return to form.

Just a shame rain yesterday probably took away any chance of a result

Posted by autopilot1 on (July 17, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

Z Khan didn't ball because of mind games. I think Indians thought Strauss Should not get use to left armer. loon now he got 100. I pray and wish England win all 4 tests and Indians hide thier tails inside their legs.

Posted by WannaBeRusta on (July 17, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

@Nishant. You seems to be blind in your cricket like most of your fellow fans. For your information Raina did not save the team from follow on. Somerset did not want enforce it as they wanted to keep the indian team in the filed and deprive them of any good batting practice.

Posted by First_Change on (July 17, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

Why is Andrew Strauss playing for Somerset? I have supported Somerset, the county of my birth, for years and only want to see the County side comprised of its own players, not making up numbers out of convenience for an outisder even if he is England captain. If he needs the time in the middle, why not turn out for Middlesex more often. For too long the tourists' games against county sides have been disregarded as properly competitive fixtures as too often the hosts put out a poor side and the tourists use the match as batting practice. England overeas even play matches with more than 11 players. I think the Somerset selectors and Strauss should have shown more respect for the supporters in Taunton - or call the host side an invitation team rather than a Somerset side.

Posted by 200ondebut on (July 17, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

Well played India. I didn't want Somerset to declare. Keep them in the field for 4 days and don't give batsmen a net. Well how wrong I was. Rolled out for 224 and this would have been worse if not for the slog at the end. Why didn't Zaheer bowl in second innings? Injury, unfit or no heart? C'mon Somerset - roll them over again.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

This is humiliating! Hope team India does better in Tests...

Posted by crikkfan on (July 17, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

Shikhar Ahuja I thnk you never watched ind-sa test matches, watched wc and ipl and commenting on sree based on that - his horrible 1 or 2 games in the wc. go read match reports on his bowling when last time india played test (dec-jan) against SA. maybe it wont be that frustrating for u then. better stil watch his dismissal of kallis on youtube.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Vilander i will keep your words in my mind...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

We, normally as tourists, have never done so well in the first match of a series, that too without a pracice match. Let's hope that first match syndrome for this series has ended with this (practice) match! Beware England!

Posted by bugs1960 on (July 17, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

Not to read too much into our (India ) performance alright...but it was a lousy bowling performance nonetheless....giving all our neighbours chirping rights...but lets wait & watch..

Posted by 2011Wc on (July 17, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Raina always rockz... This s gonna be a unforgettable series for Raina... Great youngster.. future captain..

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 17, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

No 6 spot definitely belongs to Raina. Yuvi can only find a spot at num1 only if the management believes his experience will count more than the regular openers. About this practice match nothing to worry here. Its still second String attack as zaheer did not even bowl in second innings

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

luv it ....I am indian but loved attitude of strauss ...he is setting right tone before big match ...try to test true indian batting spirit ...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

Dravid or VVS need to open really

Posted by Kewal999 on (July 17, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

But for the Rain and Raina, India would have been gobbeled up even in this 3 day match

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

somerset are mauling Indian bowling attack, they are playing much aggressively than a T20 game, lolz!!! For sure Amit Mishra will not get a game to play in the series after this - Hope he gets injured and some how Pragnan Ojha recovers from injury to be inducted into the side :p

Posted by Bhavesh11in on (July 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

BCCI and Indian team is used to play only on spinning tracks,, These will be ongoing stories,, Eng, Aus,WI,SA will come to India and lose on flat and turning tracks and India will lose when they visit these countries,,, Its age old stroty,,,,old,,sick and frustrating,,Noticable thing is that their batsmen makes mark on Indian pitches and Indians always fails there

Posted by Swingit on (July 17, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Well guess who was actually IN THE CARIBBEAN facing the searing pace of Fidel Edwards (92+ mph) and the swing and bounce of Ravi Rampaul? Who batted admirably on non flat Indian wickets? Raina of course! No wonder he is the one who can deal with the English conditions and bowling he had PRACTICE in the windies! SRT, Gambir, even Sewag when back will all fail. It will be Raina Dravid and VVX who will "save" the Indian side, the guys who went to the Caribbean to be tested by real bowling, not the greedy little master and his cohorts who skipped REAL cricket against real bowling but chose to play in the baseball league called IPL. Oh as usual I am sure my enlightening comments wont be published since it does not "tow the line"

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 17, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

Hats off to Raina. He has just shown Selfish Ramesh Tendulkar how to play with the tail. What's the point in accumulating useless stats when you can't even go down with some dignity and putting up a fight? Sachin's useless records will come in several packages. India doesn't need them. If not for his love for records, why is he still playing. Dear Selfish Sir, please retire and let some other honest people play for the team or learn from Raina, Dravid and VVS as to how to fight till the end.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 17, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

Good knock by Raina. But isn't it funny warm-up matches are being played on completely flat tracks (which is favorable for batsmen) while the real test matches are on completely fast pitch (which is favorable for Swing bowlers)? Though it sounds senseless may be their plan is to boost Strauss batting before the real test match but is that really helpful for him atleast? Finally how is this warm-up helpful for Visitors (India), the main purpose of the warm-up matches should be for, before the real test?

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Trego Smashing the poor indian bowlers to all parts hahahahahahahahah so sad!!

Posted by hris on (July 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

i know this is practice game, but how does a no.1 Test team in the world get hammered like this by a club side.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

Good inning from Raina but Trego is on the rampage and Strauss has just scored one hundred, India are just getting Hammered in this game, Mishra's last three overs have gone for 61 runs!. Somerset have passed India's score for the loss of two wickets at more than a run a ball. Also Zaheer is not bowling, is he injured?

Posted by ramsharat on (July 17, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

India r always slow starters. England best chance is at Lords, if the dont use it then they might have to suffer later!!!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 17, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

Good knock by Raina but this warm-up match on flat track is not really helpful for India in getting used to to ENG pitches because real test matches are going to be on fast pitches rather than Flat tracks. They wantedly included Strauss in the Somerset just to show Strauss's batting skills but is this really helpful for Strauss atleast?

Posted by bismoy on (July 17, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

ha ha where are the great people who told raina will struggle in england??

He is the best talent world has seen after the birth of sir sachin...

He is indian answer to brain lara....

Go raina Go...

Posted by vak1997 on (July 17, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

india can put gambhir & dravid for opening so that yuvi will also get a chance in the first test. vvs can come @ no 3, 4.sachin, 5. yuvi, 6.raina 7.dhoni,...

Posted by me54321 on (July 17, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

"just resting"? Ha, Tendulkar maybe, but Zaheer Khan must be injured already! May have to play Sreesanth afterall

Posted by Nampally on (July 17, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

Thamks to a fine innings by Raina - a refreshing oasis in ordid desert. What happened to the rest of the batting including STR and Dravid? It is the same wicket on which Suppiah & Strauss are litterally tearing the indian bowling to shreds even in the second innings. Indian bowlers are still not showing up especially Mishra with his record number of No balls!.Why not send Mishra back to India & replace him with Ojha who can at least tie up one end.India is missing Ashwin whoc is the best Indian spinner far ajead of Harbhajan. Give him chances and bring him up to test level by giving him the confidence. Harbhajan era is over. The same applies to fast bowlers. Bring in Yadhev instead of Sreesanth for experience.India face a task of fighting to survive a defeat in the Lords test match without Sehwag, the spear head of the Indian batting.He is the only batsman who exudes confidence. Raina is far better than yuvraj,currently.Kohli wil be badly missed in this lack lustre side.

Posted by WTEH on (July 17, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Mmmm, if we cannot cope with this bowling attack....? Hope summer will be over soon.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

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Posted by Vilander on (July 17, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

one should not read too deep into a practice game but, this dominance from somerset means , we are in for a boring one side dominated england victory in the series.

Posted by Malret on (July 17, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

I think that ought to do it for Yuvraj at least for the first test.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (July 17, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

now what does this swashbuckling raina's innings prove he was and is the best indian batsman and the bowlers who picked quick wickets suddendly fell likee nine pins in front of a 24 year old batsman nope same bowlers were thrashed and carted who picked sachin,rahul,gauti its a practice match for god's sake dont make reservations from this indian inningsnow what does this swashbuckling raina's innings prove he was and is the best indian batsman and the bowlers who picked quick wickets suddendly fell likee nine pins in front of a 24 year old batsman nope same bowlers were thrashed and carted who picked sachin,rahul,gauti its a practice match for god's sake dont make reservations from this indian innings

Posted by cric_fanatics on (July 17, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

raina made it look childs play.Come the first test,we are in for a good contest.

Posted by Januka on (July 17, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

wow! That must be a belly full of confidence Raina!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

I am thankful to the concerned authorities who selected Sreesanth to play in this match. Now, atleast, India won't have the headache of deciding their bowling line up for the first test match. Sreesanth is an undoubted exclusion from the first match, if not from the whole series. Such a frustrating and useless player!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

Good to C Raina has learned a thing or 2 from his WI outing.Nice to C him get some runs.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

raina save our indian team from the follow on.........go raina go

Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

Get Yuvaraj to open as an attacking alternative to Shewag! His left arm spin will also be handy! Worth a risk taking and he surely cant be worse than Mukund under the conditions!

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