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

Twin triumphs for Anderson

Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test between England and India

Andrew McGlashan at Trent Bridge

August 1, 2011

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VVS Laxman looks back to see his stumps cart-wheeling, England v India, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day, August 1, 2011
Anderson to Laxman: A bowler's delight © Getty Images

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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by khiladisher on (August 1, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Sorry to say but lets talk facts first-this is beginning of the end of rule of the Indian cricket team at top-they just do not deserve it letting down their fans.This coming from a hard core Indian fan{it hurts deep inside when you your teams not even trying to play to its potential} Congratulations to the English team they deserve to be the new kings of cricket-with a batting line up till #10 and the best swing and seam attack in the world along with very good fielders. All said and done sehwag,zaheer and gambhir might have made the difference but a margin of 319 runs is a big gulf{with or without viru}. Please for heaven sake what are dhoni and bhajji doing in the team-a bowler withan avg of 42+ against major test playing nations away and a batsman with an avg of 28 away{dhonis luck just got run out}

Posted by Patchmaster on (August 1, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

I think the fact that he's dismissed Tendulkar SO many times - just show's Andersons class. Being a Yorkshireman, seeing Tim Bresnan perform heroics on Yorkshire day, almost brought a tear to my eye.....

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

I think Anderson has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar seven times at the end of last test Test at Nottingham and not eight as Andrew mentioned above. Correct me if I am wrong here.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

tendulkar is the bunny of anderson and will remain in next matches

Posted by MartinC on (August 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Have India's younger batsmen ever seen a bouncer before? England bowled them very well, not too high and straight. But even so if you don't want to risk (or can't play) the pull/hook learn to duck or sway out of the way. Don't just stand there and poke your bat and hands in front of your face.

It may be too easy to say this but too much one day and easy cricket creates very bad habits in batsmen.

Great performance from England but very poor from India letting England dominate a game when India twice had winning positions on the first two days.

Posted by LordOfCric on (August 1, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

I have seen him getting bowled in a manner where tailenders will laugh at him. Twice by Akhter, Twice by Asif, Once Mcgrath, Once Morne Morkel, Once Fidel Edwards and today by Anderson........................

Posted by Master01 on (August 1, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

beating a half strength India side means nothing. typical English fans, have no consideration of wider issues

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (August 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

India should select cricketers who do it the hard the orthodox way like Ishant Sharma. Suresh Raina ignored learning to play the short ball; he was short termistic concentrating on domestic success in his formative years. I think one can never fully overcome the deficiencies developed in the formative years. Dhoni, Yuvraj, Praveen Kumar (ignored pace), Harbajan (ignored spin), Sehwag (short ball) all are sub standard players; even Virat Kohli looked vulnerable but I believe he will measure up. Zaheer is good but not a good example; a young fast bowler should be like Ishant; run in hard to bowl fast. In batting of course Tendulkar should be the model; Dravid and Laxman are too defensive. In spin I am confused; Kumble got many wickets without spinning; but I believe selectors should go for the ones who spin deep; India didn't have one recently; so the models are Shane Warne and Greame Swann.

Posted by subbass on (August 1, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

Mother Teresa, Ravi Shankar, Kishor Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Ravi Shastri, Sorav Ganguly, can you hear me ? Your boys took one hell of a beating ! :D

hehe superb stuff from England, now come on boys, lets really rub it in and go for the 4-0, show them who is the best cricket team on the planet. I run out of superlatives for this England side, they really are different class.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

there is no excuse for indian players. esp. for Dhoni, he said he is tired? why is he tired? did he bat any long innings in westindies or in england? and he is tired???ridiculous.....

Posted by ian_ghose on (August 1, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Well i suppose we won't be seeing those 'bounce-backability' (not sure if the word actually exists) articles anytime soon. Lads and ladettes, appreciate the superb skills on display by the English, who outbatted, outbowled and outwilled India, as it turned out in the end...very very comprehensively. In the end it was like a boxing match, where India was probably ahead on points after Round 5 (day 2), but by Round 10, had their stuffings knocked out of them. KOed! - IG

Posted by Hurricane08 on (August 1, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

India have had quite a few stints in England and sometimes gone down fighting and other times done their nation proud. But today's display was shoddy at best. This is an A team and something in their body language didn't look right. Greg Chappell had to shake quike a few egos to get the team to see their weaknesses. Dhoni's lackluster performance is not an inspiration either. So the question is, can this team swing aruond just because Sehwag and Zaheer are back in the side? From today's display, one can't be too sure.

Posted by shrastogi on (August 1, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Except Tendulkar, Yuvraj & Sreesanth 8 players have played 3 tests in WI. And it is tough on quick bowlers who have played 5 in row. If Indian batters had played long first innings here at Nottingham they would have got some rest but that was not to be. Harbhajan also is not bowling well. If Gambhir & Sehwag comeback for third test it would boost India's chances. But Sehwag should be match fit. If Tendulkar had scored a 100 in second innings it would have given him more confidence. Dhoni needs to spend time in the middle and only one of Raina and Yuvraj can play if both regular openers are back. India should keep the option to play Amit Mishra, if he bowls well in the practice game, inplace of Harbhajan open. This is a hard decision.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

The Indians didn't seem to care that they were being hammered. No fight, no enthusiasm, no intensity. Am I being cynical to wonder if any Indian bookmakers actually wanted this result ?

Posted by Jharsha09 on (August 1, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

Way to go, India!!! Indian supporters, where are you??Are you hiding?

Posted by anuAddict on (August 1, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Pathetic and humiliating are words that come to my mind when I look at the series so far. English bowlers have been outstanding but it does not explain all things gone wrong: (i) Why did India not prepare mentally, physically and if they did, can they share with fans? (ii) When its known Raina has an issue with short balls and this is exactly what was expected, why did they either not make sure he has overcome it or not carry him along? (iii) After abject failure in Lords, why did they continue with Bhajji? (iv) Why did they let players decide on their fitness and not put in a process to make sure? (v) Am I deluded to think that there are some bowlers and batsmen in India who are upto it for English conditions?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

i want to know how many times SHANE WARNE dismissed Tendulker in test????

Posted by Bang_La on (August 1, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

hahaha Indians tigers on own soil with dead pitch, umpires' help and ICC's sponsor but become pussies abroad! hahahahaha

Posted by bluecrystal on (August 1, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

We just hope Strauss, Bell and Flower are immensely happy after cheating their way to victory. They have come out of all this as extremely greedy, self-centred and dishonest individuals after this match.

Posted by amit.agarwal on (August 1, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

in addition to the earlier post... i think lets request dravid to bowl as well.

lets see if sehwags inclusion and better sense may help india reclaim pride. i hope dravid scores as well as he had been in this series. i hope he doesnt get jinxed.

come on dravid... vamos!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

Those supporters from India who suggested a 4-0 series win to India may care to revise their opinion... Seriously, it is hard to understand why so many of the India players have been found out or wanting in this series to date. Mukand is still a work in progress, but India need either Gambhir or Sehwag back asap. Dravid is a class act, and today Tendulkar showed flashes, but unaccountably missed a straight one, while Laxman got an exceptional delivery. Neither Raina nor Yuvraj can handle the short ball and Dhoni may be in the side in body, but not in mind nor spirit and looks in desparate need of a rest. Quite why is a question requiring an answer... Harbhajan is not the bowler he was and without Zaheer, the rest of the seamers, however willing, lack the class to take 20 wickets in a match. Assuming England don't have a mass injury crisis, I can't see a comeback in this series at this juncture.

Posted by amit.agarwal on (August 1, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

perhaps, dravid should be allowed to bat 10 times in an innings [though i am afraid this might jinx him for the rest of the tour... that would be unfortunate]. full marks to the british team.

sarcastically, dhoni would have seen this coming, therby recalling ian bell, so that people may draw out atleast 1 positive for him/his team.

i am disappointed from the team selection panel and the bcci. they have all the time to attend events / parties, and talk senseless stuff regarding udrs; but no introspection on the performance. dhoni kept on iterating that his bowlers were tired... man, they are paid for this stuff; what if the indian armyman says i cant defend your post coz i am tired. secondly, you pick zaheer khan (ofcourse after declaring his fitness) but the chap pulled his hamstring... who on earth gave him the fitness certificate (please google to identify the reasons for hamstring pull.. that too just after stress equivalent to bowling 10 overs). i pity dravid. congrats to england

Posted by 5wombats on (August 1, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Well - what can you say about that. The biggest ever win for England against India, and very one-sided game. I said a couple of days ago that India were lucky to have won the toss and put England in on that 1st Day - Lucky because it would reduce the margin of defeat for India - which is what happened. England have flattened India here, and flattened then without contributions from arguably some of their best players. Nothing from Cook, Trott, Swann. Tremlett isn't even playing. Only Dravid is standing up for India and he is standing tall. I don't normally feel sorry for anyone on the opposing side - but I do feel sorry for Dravid here because he is class. But well played England - Blistering!

Posted by BoonBoom on (August 1, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

Hard to imagine the so called world # 1 ranking team has opening bowlers who bowl at 110km/h speed..... India MUST understand it's the bowlers who win Test matches. Unfortunately, Indian bowlers (including the over-rated Zaheer) do not have the ability to get any team out twice in demanding conditions. India has strong batting line up but again this line-up is aging and the new guys do not have temperament to stay at the wicket ......thanks to IPL that BCCI believe is more important than anything else on future calendar. Even a weak time like Pakistan managed to win test match both against England and Australia during 2010 English summer and why?...... because of their high class bowling. I am really glad to see England getting on the top. Finally Cricket is getting back where it really belongs.

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 1, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

not much you can add the team did and answered all questions that were asked of it, and more, and totally on cricinfo the indian writers . to be a good team u need quality fast bowlers and plenty of them which england have. im not to fussed if they do not make the #1 as long as the win the series, and if that make england #1 so be it. our batters r good enough, our only sore point was our catching which on other days might cost. india might find it hard to get into the series even with some of their cricketers coming back. the strength of england tremlett i would think will find it hard to get back into the 11 for edgbation some would say might have been the pick of the bowlers over the last 6 month. stuart broad has this series come of age as a bowler very agressive gave nothing away. dpk

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 1, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Now there's no one saying England aren't the better team. Not just at cricket, but fitness-wise too. Zaheer's injury was due to poor preparation and an physically unfit bowler who a) didn't play enough warm up matches and b) whose physical preparation in general was generally poor. Compare that to Anderson, expert slip fielder, the sharpest fielder in the world amongst fast bowlers (by a country mile) and every other member of the England team who has beaten India hands down in every facet of the game in the series so far.

Eng had the worst of the conditions on day one, a swing bowlers paradise (see that 34 all out for Leciestershire the other day, that's the sort of Swing bowling weather that is typical for England's Midlands), and ended the match bowling India out for 158 on the same track that England made 544!!!!!!

The crown is England's, and rightly so. It would now be fitting if Indian fans accept losing with the kind of grace Aussie fans have never been able to do.

Posted by landl47 on (August 1, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

England just looked a tougher side than India in this test. India had England 124-8 on day one and were themselves 267-4 on day 2. England refused to be beaten. When the shoe was on the other foot and England were scoring all round the wicket in the third innings, India had nothing, and when India batted in the fourth innings the England pace bowlers just bullied them out. To see both Dhoni and Tendulkar getting out leaving the ball alone showed how dominant England were. So, we were told India always started slowly. Now it looks as though they actually started fast. They've got worse as this test has gone on. The series win has gone for them; the only question is whether they can get a win and a draw and save the #1 ranking. On this form, it doesn't look like it.

Posted by nickcarter80 on (August 1, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

This was what I posted after the first test match.

"India and the Indian fans now need to understand the 3 realities and need to come out of the blindness they are in. 1. India is not the best team in the world and has never been. (They never had a bowling attack to take on the good teams outside India.) 2. Sachin Tendulkar is not a god and he is a hugely overrated batsman. (If Sachin is a god, Anderson who always dismisses him cheaply has to be the king of god.) 3. Dhoni is not the best captain in the world and has never been. Infect he doesn't have the discipline to be even a great captain. Now Indian fans have to stop putting silly comments in Cricinfo and criticize other teams. I think throughout the India's tour of England what I'm writing here will be reiterated and will be proven. Let's wait and see as it happens."

Ok, Indian fans you never listen and you never learn. Go on…. Keep on putting those silly comments. How many matches do you want to prove I'm wrong?

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 1, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

Greatest Batting Lineup. Greatest FLOP!. All over hyped batsman. To get rid of dravid u need perfect ball. VVS laxman is a dummy for perfect inswinger. Sachin big LBW candidate saved and protected by BCCI by stopping HAWK EYE. Same sachin will promote hawk eye once he retired. Most selfish player on the planet. India will go down 4-0 unless sehwag does some miracle. i doubt it now. Because i feel team lacks team spirit with everyone talking about sachin century than winning the test.

Posted by citizenkc on (August 1, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

It pains me as not just an Indian fan but a fan of cricket to see such an appalling performance by India. There really is no point in picking out individual weaknesses, of which there are several, although particular blame should go to Dhoni for failing to lead from the front and for his terrible batting. Instead, we should look at the structural problems mainly related to the IPL and the greed of the BCCI: because of the IPL, players have lost the patience and skill to apply themselves; they are batting against mediocre bowlers on dead pitches, so people like Dhoni and Raina look like world beaters; when you are making crores, why bother about test cricket? Corporate India and the BCCI are to a large measure responsible for what is happening to the Indian team. Greed for revenue has pushed a ridiculous quantity of cricket without any attention to quality. India should have come earlier and played several county games. Play county cricket, not IPL if you want to be called a cricketer!

Posted by demon_bowler on (August 1, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

I didn't hear it mentioned at all on Sky Sports, but I'm sure some people will be interested that with the ball that took Sachin's wicket (his seventh dismissal of the Little Master in eight games) Anderson overtook Darren Gough to become the ninth highest England wicket-taker of all time with 230 wickets. He finished the match on 231. Next in his sights are Andy Caddick (234) Alec Bedser (236), Matthew Hoggard (248), and the great Brian Statham (252).

Posted by rustyryan on (August 1, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

Strauss fielding change to get rid of Yuvi was top-notch.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

Ind batting so far had been pathetic. Mukund seems just out of league even counting his relative inexperience at Test level. Gambhir is declining as is Laxman, Sachin and Dhoni. Can never be certain when Shewag will be fit or in mood to perform. Yuvi is as unreliable as ever. Raina only performs in a losing cause (if at all). The less said about the bowling, the better. Zaheer is aging. Harbhajan can't perform outside Ind, that too only if the pitch assists spin. Rest of pace and spin are mediocre at best. New hasn't been inspiring thus far. It is time to lower expectations that Ind will stay at the top for any length of period. Sure, once in a while, there will be some eye catching performances, but they are clearly going downhill.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (August 1, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Well, there's not 319 runs difference between the teams in real terms. But you can come up with all the explanations and excuses possible; at the end of the day England steam rolled India after having looked down the barrel twice. At the moment there's no doubt what so ever which team is the better.

Posted by Sanath-aiyya on (August 1, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

**where are all the boisterous indian fans?*** no 1 test team my foot. Im so happy to see this indian team lose. As i said before - its going be 4-0 to england.

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