England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day August 1, 2011

Twin triumphs for Anderson

Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test between England and India
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Filth of the day
Even taking into account the workload of India's quicks and the absence of their frontline spinner, some of the bowling on the fourth morning was dreadful. As Stuart Broad clubbed consecutive sixes off Suresh Raina it prompted Michael Holding in the commentary box to say "this isn't Test cricket." He was right, but it was also a shame because for so much of these first two matches the action has been of the highest quality. India, though, were a broken team.

Ball of the day
There were plenty of candidates from England's attack - many by Tim Bresnan - but for sheer skill and control of his craft it goes to James Anderson and the inswinger to remove VVS Laxman. Anderson has the ball on a string these days and exploited Laxman's tendency to hang back in his crease. The ball started comfortably outside off then began to shape back at Laxman. Perhaps he thought it would come back even further than it did because he played the wrong line and the ball beat his outside edge to take off stump.

Correct drop of the day
England should have had Abhinav Mukund with the first ball of India's second innings but Bresnan, in about the only moment that didn't go his way all day, couldn't hold on as he dived across one-handed in front of Andrew Strauss. However, if you'd offered them that drop and the wicket they did take before lunch they'd have happily accepted it. Stuart Broad, again finding the perfect length for this pitch, made one nip away from Rahul Dravid who was drawn forward and got an edge to Matt Prior. Abhinav survived until lunch, but England won't have minded too much.

Set-up of the day
Raina is being picked apart by the England bowlers. Troubled by the short ball in the first innings he was bounced again, but didn't exactly make Bresnan work too hard for the success. Five balls into his innings he went for hook and obligingly placed it straight down to long leg. The catcher was Scott Elstone, the Nottinghamshire player, who joined the list of county players to have their moment in the spotlight as a substitute. In 2005 on this ground Gary Pratt became a national hero for running out Ricky Ponting and while not in the same league, Elstone, who took a second catch to remove Harbhajan Singh after dropping a tough one, should be getting a few free drinks.

Fielding change of the day
Some days things just go your way. Having seen Yuvraj Singh flap against the short ball Strauss brought Alastair Cook into an odd position. It wasn't really a silly point, more a silly slip. Whatever it will be called it worked. Next ball Yuvraj lobbed a catch off his glove and Cook ran back a few steps to hold the chance before being mobbed by his captain and team-mates.

Stat of the day
James Anderson became the most successful pace bowler against Sachin Tendulkar - he's now dismissed him seven times - when he trapped him lbw for 56 to hasten India's defeat. At Lord's he'd also trapped him in front to move equal with Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespite as the most successful quick against Tendulkar but now he stands alone. Only Muttiah Muralitharan - with eight dismissals - is ahead of Anderson and there are two more Tests to go in this series yet.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on August 3, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    I have become tired of commentators, especially Ravi Shastri about India being the number one team. India is no doubt, but in my whole life I have never heard this word as much as in these two tests. Australia stayed number one for many many years and they never tried to tell people that they are number one coz everyone knew, they showed it. I don't know what these commentators are trying to state here!!! India has been number one for some months I guess, not sure, and commentators have starting bragging about it. C'mon dudes!!! You haven't done anything as promising as yet which hasn't been done previously.

  • RufusM on August 2, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @subbass: Yes..Well played ENG..Bt the series isn't over yet...Come & beat IND in IND & then u will be called true world no1...ENG being the country where cricket was first played & have never won a world cup makes me very sad..:D..It's high time u win it...

  • pointofViv on August 2, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    aahhh .... very sad, very very sad .... I want to write nothing else on Indian team's performance.

  • ishrat1971 on August 2, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @master01 as per your comment it would seem that the top batsmen in the world minus virender sehwag are nothing. They have not been able to post a 300+ total in four innings. Perhaps the most talked of middle order in the world is crumbling.

  • ROLAYH on August 2, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    It shows how Indian team gained the first position by playing at home again and again and again... they are truly exposed on bouncy track...

  • a.sonofharry on August 2, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    It is all well and good to say that the English team is very talented but they have had talent for longer then they have been producing results. The catalyst for their current run is Andy Flower, I don't think there is a better coach currently in the world game.

  • dummy4fb on August 2, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @subbass must say your knowledge of Indian names is mind-boggling, but no doubt that England is the best balanced team going,a full-strength Pakistan, including Aamer,Asif etc would pose problems but that's not going to happen. As for India, wonder what new depths they will plumb in the remaining Tests, not to mention the ODIs and T-20s. It's 1983 all over again when India won the World Cup and were then annihilated by the West Indies a few months later.

  • chishtyirfan on August 2, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Dravid has been India's finest batsman by a mile. If you want anybody to bat for your life, he is your man. He may not have 99 international hundreds but who cares? He is India's most valuable batsman of all time.

  • harshacc on August 2, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    @Master01 - Did we grumble about WI being missing a few replacements when we beat them recently? Give credit where its due.

  • Qdzy on August 1, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    James Anderson is special. India threw away the match when they had England in the 140s for 8 and did not press home the advantage, that meant the score was pushed on by the English tail-enders to something respectable and it also ate up time in the in their first innings. Dhoni missed a trick there, had he capitalised, they would've started their reply with a lot of momentum, this passage of play was the turning point of the match...well plus Broad's hat-trick.

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