England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day August 11, 2011

Cook hundred puts woeful India to the sword

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England 456 for 3 (Cook 182*, Morgan 44*) lead India 224 by 232 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India hadn't seen the best of Alastair Cook in the first two Tests. Now they have. His unbeaten 182, a 19th Test hundred, carried England into a position of complete control at Edgbaston as they built a lead of 232 with the prospect of plenty more to come. Cook added 187 for the first wicket alongside Andrew Strauss, while Kevin Pietersen contributed a lively half-century during India's worst day of the series with England closed on an imposing 456 for 3.

Cook's lean start to the series - 20 runs in four innings - was barely enough to constitute a problem, but the expectations on him are high after his run-scoring feats over the last 12 months. A year ago, midway through the Pakistan series, Cook was in the middle of a severe slump but this hundred was his third of the summer and fourth of the year. His century came from 213 balls and after a watchful, dogged, start both yesterday evening then in the morning session he was scoring freely through the leg side and also with both his cover drive and cut.

Yet it wasn't just Cook's normal shots that were on show. At one stage he played a reverse sweep off Amit Mishra having noted the vacant slip area, which also cost India the opportunity of dismissing Cook when he slashed through the gap on 94. He didn't offer a clear-cut life, although inside-edged Ishant Sharma over the stumps shortly after reaching his hundred and Sachin Tendulkar didn't appear to pick up the ball at mid-on when Cook clipped in the air on 165. He appeared on track to reach his second double hundred before the close, but was content to play out time and wait for a new day.

For England the success of their openers added two more pieces to the series jigsaw that is almost complete. All they need now is for Graeme Swann to play a part in the second innings which isn't out of the question having seen the turn Mishra and even Suresh Raina were able to extract. This was a humbling day for India and they were never in the contest. The ground fielding was poor and the catching fallible with three chances going down; the third of them in the final over of the day when Rahul Dravid missed a dolly at slip with Eoin Morgan on 43. Dravid threw his cap down in frustration. It summed up India's performance.

Early wickets could have brought them back into the contest but they never materialised and the rare inroads they did make never halted England's progress. The attack was largely toothless, although Praveen Kumar deserves immense credit for his unstinting efforts which were rewarded with two wickets and a pair of sore feet.

England, quite sensibly, gave the first hour to the bowlers aware that India's attack lacked depth and scoring would steadily become easier. Cook made 5 from his first 42 balls in the day and there was a five-over period with one run off the bat - Praveen's first spell was 7-5-2-0 - but India were denied any inroads. Strauss and Cook then expanded their scoring as runs flowed either side of lunch and the pace never slowed. The day brought 372 runs which, to follow on from 417 conceded on the third day Trent Bridge, highlights how profligate the bowling has been.

Strauss was closing in on his first Test hundred since Brisbane last November but moved too far across when he went to sweep Mishra and the ball clipped leg stump. Replays showed it was another no-ball on a day Mishra delivered eight. However, if India had hoped that would give them a chance to assert some pressure they soon found England scoring at an even greater rate as Ian Bell began with a string of boundaries off Ishant. Bell was given a life on 30 when Dravid dropped a low chance at first slip but it wasn't too costly for India as Praveen produced a beautiful delivery to take off stump.

Pietersen continued the positive approach, after his off-the-mark boundary flew close to leg slip, and made his intent to dominate Mishra clear when he drilled him straight then launched him into the stands over long-on. Against the new ball he was expansive, taking three boundaries in an over off Ishant, the first of which took him to fifty from 52 deliveries. It was a shock - both for the crowd and Pietersen - when he was given lbw to Praveen despite being a long way down the pitch although Hawk Eye said it was clipping off stump. Pietersen had to drag himself away, no doubt aware that there were plenty more runs on offer.

Still, the occasional wicket was barely a set-back for England. Another partnership would form, as Cook did with Eoin Morgan, but India continued to find new ways to embarrass themselves as Sreesanth spilled a simple catch at point to give Morgan his first life on 17. Like at Trent Bridge, after a brief test against the quicks, Morgan was able to face some fairly friendly spin with the pacemen exhausted. India looked anything but the No. 1 team in the world and soon they won't be.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 14, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    there is only 1 reason behind India Failure and the reason is "IPL", e.g You pay million dollars to the test player like Laxman, Dravid and Sachin for hitting boundary every ball then you expect temprament in Test?? the reason behind English Strong Batting is Cook, Strauss, and many others not playing t20 bcoz thay r geniune Test player and same for Aussies toooo.... like clark, ponting ETC.... ban IPL for test players then ind will be on winning track...

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Now Everyone Is Clear As To Who Invented The Game Of Cricket?

  • Mohanakrishnan on August 12, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    England deserve to win this match and this series. The way the approached this series tells all. I dont agree with Indian Players didnt get rest. Atleast 6 cricketers in the playing 11 didnt play WI tour. India got to No.1 position just like that without any knowing and spent more time at that position then we intially thought. The decline started at WI tour, where india didnt go ahead to chase 90+ runs in 6/over and called off the chase. It seems they are happy to get away with a draw with No.9 team without a fight.

    I am not against IPL but i love watching Indian team winning than any IPL team winning. I am only worried that indian fans losing interest in test cricket because of the attitude of our players and BCCI . I hope this series will put pressure on BCCI and make sure they get their priorties right.

  • ashes61 on August 12, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Before the series started I thought India a completely spent force and said so here, expecting a 3-0 or 4-0 score. Expecting their key older players to survive several back-to-back Tests and perform well, especially after the preparation they thought was adequate, was simply never on against this England side. India may have been ranked No 1 for 18 months but were only ever really one of three teams somewhere around the top. Are they now among the best five or six? Probably not. But even though I expected a one-sided series, I never expected the shoddy, spineless performance we've seen from India, especially in the field. Not only overweight, unathletic and unfit, but a terrible attitude. After sitting back and deferring to them, Fletcher should now grab them all by the throat & tell them they'll now do it HIS way. After Lord's, I said here that the margin would be India's narrowest defeat. And it will be. India will eventually bounce back, but ony when they prioritise Test cricket.

  • Raja_naveed_khan on August 12, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    This is a perfect example of a fake number 1 team

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    What a dominant performance from England...yet again. India will be hoping for rain because that's the only thing that can stop England from where I'm sitting. While it is, of course, possible that Tendulkar and co. could mount a brilliant defence to force a draw, there have been no signs of their potential brilliance thus far in this contest. I predict a 4-0 thrashing if England win this match. Fantastic performance from all players except Swann in this series. If he performs, along with the rest of the squad in England's future matches, I think nobody will be able to stop them for a long time.

  • Champagne_Cricket on August 12, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    This is becoming ridiculously one sided. Where are all Indian big stories about willingly underperforming against Somerset to catch England off guard, starting a tour slow and then picking up, the greatest come backs, etc, etc. lol

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    so damn embarrassing this one is turning out. How come the world cup winning Indian cricketers consistently play so poorly and likes of Cook (no offence) score double hundreds!!! We do not need a coach like Duncan Fletcher ( can not believe he was hired in the first place!!, again no offence :)), and that to replace some one as good as Kirsten...

  • WTEH on August 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    looks like going to lose this one by innings. Hey Cook, give a break will you. These are the best bowlers selected out of 1.2 billion.

  • Yabba on August 12, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Can anyone explain why India had their overworked bowlers fielding in key positions yesterday? As if they weren't tired enough. All this, while the likes of Tendulkar lounged in the outfield contributing nothing...

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    there is only 1 reason behind India Failure and the reason is "IPL", e.g You pay million dollars to the test player like Laxman, Dravid and Sachin for hitting boundary every ball then you expect temprament in Test?? the reason behind English Strong Batting is Cook, Strauss, and many others not playing t20 bcoz thay r geniune Test player and same for Aussies toooo.... like clark, ponting ETC.... ban IPL for test players then ind will be on winning track...

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Now Everyone Is Clear As To Who Invented The Game Of Cricket?

  • Mohanakrishnan on August 12, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    England deserve to win this match and this series. The way the approached this series tells all. I dont agree with Indian Players didnt get rest. Atleast 6 cricketers in the playing 11 didnt play WI tour. India got to No.1 position just like that without any knowing and spent more time at that position then we intially thought. The decline started at WI tour, where india didnt go ahead to chase 90+ runs in 6/over and called off the chase. It seems they are happy to get away with a draw with No.9 team without a fight.

    I am not against IPL but i love watching Indian team winning than any IPL team winning. I am only worried that indian fans losing interest in test cricket because of the attitude of our players and BCCI . I hope this series will put pressure on BCCI and make sure they get their priorties right.

  • ashes61 on August 12, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Before the series started I thought India a completely spent force and said so here, expecting a 3-0 or 4-0 score. Expecting their key older players to survive several back-to-back Tests and perform well, especially after the preparation they thought was adequate, was simply never on against this England side. India may have been ranked No 1 for 18 months but were only ever really one of three teams somewhere around the top. Are they now among the best five or six? Probably not. But even though I expected a one-sided series, I never expected the shoddy, spineless performance we've seen from India, especially in the field. Not only overweight, unathletic and unfit, but a terrible attitude. After sitting back and deferring to them, Fletcher should now grab them all by the throat & tell them they'll now do it HIS way. After Lord's, I said here that the margin would be India's narrowest defeat. And it will be. India will eventually bounce back, but ony when they prioritise Test cricket.

  • Raja_naveed_khan on August 12, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    This is a perfect example of a fake number 1 team

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    What a dominant performance from England...yet again. India will be hoping for rain because that's the only thing that can stop England from where I'm sitting. While it is, of course, possible that Tendulkar and co. could mount a brilliant defence to force a draw, there have been no signs of their potential brilliance thus far in this contest. I predict a 4-0 thrashing if England win this match. Fantastic performance from all players except Swann in this series. If he performs, along with the rest of the squad in England's future matches, I think nobody will be able to stop them for a long time.

  • Champagne_Cricket on August 12, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    This is becoming ridiculously one sided. Where are all Indian big stories about willingly underperforming against Somerset to catch England off guard, starting a tour slow and then picking up, the greatest come backs, etc, etc. lol

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    so damn embarrassing this one is turning out. How come the world cup winning Indian cricketers consistently play so poorly and likes of Cook (no offence) score double hundreds!!! We do not need a coach like Duncan Fletcher ( can not believe he was hired in the first place!!, again no offence :)), and that to replace some one as good as Kirsten...

  • WTEH on August 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    looks like going to lose this one by innings. Hey Cook, give a break will you. These are the best bowlers selected out of 1.2 billion.

  • Yabba on August 12, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Can anyone explain why India had their overworked bowlers fielding in key positions yesterday? As if they weren't tired enough. All this, while the likes of Tendulkar lounged in the outfield contributing nothing...

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    INDIA WILL LOSE THIS MATCH BY AN INNINGS & 1000 RUNS.IF THERE IS RAIN ON FOURTH DAY THAT ALSO WILL BE NO PROBLEM FOR ENGLAND .INDIA WILL BE ALL OUT IN A SESSION .

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Aaahhh!!! a ray of hope for us poor Indian fans: http://www.espncricinfo.com/emerging-players-tournament-2011/engine/current/match/516202.html

  • crictalia on August 12, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Get ready for a big hundred from Tendulkar.... Its a perfact match for him as he loves to score in either lost or drawn matchs

  • ray-jay on August 12, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @ indian fan 009; top comment, really laughed wen i read it. India def needs some new guys, 1.3 billion ppl and the BCCI cant seem to find a decent quickie, thats not only ridiculous but bordering on pathetic. India should be able to put out 10 really good teams considering their wealth and population. Also I personally like the IPL but think about it, if you're a kid watching the IPL, would you ever aspire to be a fast bowler, they keep getting smashed around whilst the batsman get the glory. The BCCi should encourage fast bowling, introduce laws that assist fast bowlers within its tournaments, develop more fast bowler friendly pitches. Finally my last rant, they were several really gud test batsman last year, non of them really outshone each other( i.e. cook, trott, amla, tendulkar, kallis etc...) , however steyn was the best fast bowler by a mile, ICC do cricket a favour and make STEYN ICC test player of the year. In a batsman dominated game a fast bowler like steyn is rare.....

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 12, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    All excuses aside, England you deserve the #1 rank. Utterly ruthless display of unbelievable cricketing skills. Keep up the good work and here is for your stay at #1 for a long time to come.

  • on August 12, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    The bottom line is that all the senior players not enthusiastic like before due to their age, financially sound position,celebrity status wether it's Zaheer,Sehwag, Gambhir etc so better to watch only IPL , ICL & Big Bash & Friends 20:20

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    THOSE WHO ARE SAYING THAT INDIA WILL WIN ODI SERIES I REMIND YOU THAT OUR MOST IMPORTANT ODI PLAYER YUVI IS NOT PLAYING ODI ALSO OUR MOST ECONOMICAL ODI BOWLER BHAJJI WILL ALSO NOT PLAYING . ITS HARD TO SAY BUT I THINK ENGLAND WILL WIN THE ODI SERIES TOO.

  • crksl on August 12, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    What a series Sri Lanka had in England? compare to this.

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    MY PREDICTION : ENGLAND WILL SCRE 1000 RUNS UPTO TEA & WILL DECLARE .INDIA WILL ALLOUT AT 75 N THE LAST SESSION TODAY . 224+75 =299 . YET CAN'T MAKE 300 RUNS FROM BOTH INNINGS.

    hahahaahahahhhhhhhhh

    shame india shame haahahahahaa

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Will India's future parallel England football? A money drenched domestic league full of egos, that then fail to perform at international level?

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER IN INDIAN TEAM ? LOTS OF PEOPLE SAID LAXMAN, SEHWAG, DRAVID ETC. BUT THIS SERIES HAS GIVEN THE ANSWER OF THAT QUESTION . ZAHEER KHAN.WE WIN SOME OVERSEAS MATCHES ONLY DUE TO HIS GOOD BOWLING . WHETHER YOU SEE IN DURBAN , TRENTBRIDGE , GALLE, HAMILTON . HE WAS THE KEY TO THE INDIAN SUCCESS SO FAR.

  • thamishka on August 12, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    England should bat whole day and decly before 15 min from stumps.

  • bony123 on August 12, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I think we should undestand that the team is going through physical and mental fatigue before and after World Cup our players had no rest so this was to be happened...........Again after we return in september our players have Champions league and in October England is coming to India and than for 3 months we go to Australia......................This is horrible schedule

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    @andrew27994 but between worldcup and English tour there was only tour of West Indies. IPL is not an international assignment, if they wasted there energy there than its there fault not of Future Tour Program.

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    India deserves this loss. coz they got to know its not flat indian spin assisting pitch... n in da long run due to IPL there wouldnt b gud enough player to play test......

  • CandidIndian on August 12, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Continuing from my last comment, yes India played poorly so far in this series and they deserve all the criticism no excuses for that, having said that i am reading into too much of immature comparison, that SL or Pak did much better so that makes them better than India overall.Same logic we can apply to recent world cup ,Bangladesh managed to beat England,and hence they did much better against England than SA (lost)and India(tie), so going by that logic BD is better team than India and SA so why they were thrashed away by India and SA?England almost beat India chasing 340 and SL thrashed England by 10 wickets so SL would have thrashed India in finals going by that logic.However it was wrong by some arrogant Indian fans to comment against SL on their recent tour to England and i apologize for that as an Indian fan although i never made such comment, that shouldn't have done whoever did that.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    ENGLAND WILL WIN THIS TEST BY AN INNINGS AND 1000 RUNS. I M VERY HAPPY. A NEW RECORD IS GONNA SET BY OUR INDIAN TEAM .

  • NickHughes on August 12, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    It's too early to start blaming Duncan Fletcher for India's poor series. He's inheriting a team that is old in sporting terms, it's been drunk on success the last few years and it plays a relentless schedule because of the BCCI's determination to wring maximum financial rewards from them. What Fletcher is really good at is discovering new cricketing talent and giving them belief from the word go. What is perhaps his biggest failing is picking players who are unfit in the hopes they will get fit on tour. Fletcher's task now is to find the next generation of Indian internationals and moulding them into a team: Based on what he did with England, I think he can do that.

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Dont forget India just won the WC11 but it is not number in odi rankings, Aus is. And also eng won T20 wcup last if i rem, so dont underestimate their past record also.

  • Indian_Fan09 on August 12, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    What happened to Indian Spinners?? Mishra has bowled more no balls than Sreesanth and also more than the entire England team combined!" Our media is so biased that it is a laughing stock worldwide!! Wonder what the response would have been if it was Tendulkar who was bowled on 87 of a no ball!! Tendulkar should retire ASAP!! He cant sprint 2 meters to catch a dolly catch!! And what was our so called "Captain Fantastic" thinking by keeping Sreesanth of all people at point!! Doesnt Dhoni want to win?? Is his head still stuck in The "Sakchi Foundation" auction? Its a shame that a lifeless loser team won the World Cup! Such a shame for the game!! I bet if the world cup was held anywhere except Asia, we wud be lucky to make it to the semis!! Kachra from Lagaan would have done a better job than Harbhajan/Mishra this series!! Im skipping todays play to watch Lagaan all over again!! Atleast we showed some intent, guts and fight there and WON!!

  • LePom on August 12, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Just want to say to the Indian fans, don't give up completely on your team. As an England and New Zealand fan (born in one, live in the other) for over 30 years I have seen some great highs and had to suffer through some extended lows when team performances were heartbreaking. I think your team is at the end of an era. They reached top spot, but you have a significant part of the team that is (over)due for retirement, and realistically there is going to be a time of rebuilding before the team can expect to challenge seriously for top spot. It will be a tough time for team and fans, but that patch will end, so stick with them. Believe me, it will make the good times in the future feel all the better. :)

  • bobmartin on August 12, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    India should remember that there is no shame in losing. The shame is in not putting up a fight. India also seemed to perhaps rely on its status as number one rather than the ambition to remain number one.

  • amit.80s on August 12, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Very shameful and pathetic performance by Indian team, they can give millions of excuses but deep inside they know themselves that they are outclassed in every aspect of the game by their opponent. Even the most die-hard fans will be a bit frustrated by Indian team performance. We would 've accept 2-1 or 2-0 loss but 3-0 or now possible 4-0 loss is certianly not acceptable its really embarassing. This team now need a makeover guys like Mukund, Raina, Mishra and Sreeshant should be axed and relaced by Jaffer, Karthik, Badri,Rohit, Nehra and irfan.

  • LePom on August 12, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    The Indian team are beaten in their minds, which is the heart of the problem. That is why even their fielding has slipped to abysmal levels. It is the same type of condition that caused England's 5-0 rout in Australia 3 Ashes series ago. It is going to take a lot to lift them out of this (especially if it sparks retirements of the older team members), possibly a few years of rebuilding. They may do better in the one day matches, but, whilst they certainly have the technical skills, and it is a different format with a fresh start, still the mental state is likely to be a problem. As for No. 1 ranking, I really do wonder if that was achieved more by other teams taking each other out (and England beating Aus in 3 out of 4 series) than actually being earned by Indian wins. Certainly their performance belies their rank. England, on the other hand, are aggressively seizing the ranking, which is the hallmark of a true contender.

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    WE'LL COME BACK,NOT IN THE SERIES BUT IN TEST CRICKET,JUST WAIT AND SEE INDIA WILL BE AGAIN ON NO.1 AFTER 12-18 MONTHS

  • Tatsache on August 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    its big shame for india.....utterflop performance by India....with this bowling dont even think of test ranking...!dont tell same bowling we took place no 1.....talk about current situation...!

  • chiggers on August 12, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    'Posted by the_arm_ball on (August 12 2011, 06:37 AM GMT) Except for Ashes, England have played a lot of cricket at home. The biggest challenge for them would be when they go overseas... so wait how long england will keep their No.1 spot...'

    Really? Of the last 14 series that England have played since India last visited, not including this one, 7 have been away and seven in England. But don't let facts get in the way of an argument, eh?

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I am also like a Indian team don't know what to write and what to comment....God plz show me a way to get out of this....

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    It is Clear that After 2013 World Championship INDIA will become 4th or 5th. If So let the Seniors ( Sachin, Dravid, VVS , Veeru, and Zaheer Khan) to leave the test cricket also, and the youngsters including MS to play the test crick continues. As we know the seniors played their best cricket to take the team from No6 to No1. Give the Youngsters time to dominate the test cricket and let them work hard.

  • Aamir_Javed on August 12, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    well india has never been a deserving no. 1 and they have once again poved it!!!!!!!

  • Sakthiivel on August 12, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    No one can blame That Indians are tired and same you cant blame IPL. But for sure Indian Batsman not up to the mark to play in England(also in WI) and Poor Blower will never win you matches, even a draw not possible. Also we need to critics selectors and the captain for not selecting Mukund who is the only player played well in England along with dravid. Credit goes to England they played excellent cricket.

  • 0303 on August 12, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    The consistency that AUSTRALIA showed of being no.1 team for more the 5 years . i think there is no team who would again do that. England is strong under theie own conditions..... when they will tour india later this year INIDA SOUR WILL THRASH THEM 3-0............ FOR DHONI HE is good captain but ..... i think he didn,t attacked England either with batsman or captain.. thats the only diff. between two teams..........

  • DubaiSiva on August 12, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    BCIC should sit and review the scheduling of tournaments before crucial test series. Due to IPL stress, players like Sachin, Sehwag, Ghambir getting injured/ resting & missing out on a test series in the Carribean before this series resulted in lack of adequate test match practice. This, in hindisght, is the root cause for this poor batting performance of Inadians. The world cup should also be played for the for a test champion, which should be the real cup!!

  • East_West on August 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    hyclass - what a world class statement! I do agree with you 100%. It needs a great restraint to be "humble" BUT India/BCCI missed that simple quality! Well, this game is as good as it comes - Al Cook woken up and in runs again! Morgan score is shaping up good! Just imagine if Ravi Bopara clicks [provided he gets to bat as he failed miserably with bat last time]..then England WILL HAVE A GOOD HEADACHE to choose the next 11 - well! may be it is the best time to test their bench strength!! As for the present status - it's #1 Test ranked nation VERSUS the Best team in the world [i.e., England]! This statement is coming from a disappointed Indian!! For the love of the game, I am happy that England is back with full swing and fully deserved to be #1! But as an Indian, thanks to England for making us realize that it is HARD TO MAINTAIN #1 so be humble and show your real potential on the FIELD not off the field!

  • JustIPL on August 12, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    It is just because australia lost their level that India could find their level as number one spot. It is like water going down giving rise to an island in the meantime water comes again. Simply india were able to give aussies good fight mostly at home and the team that achieved it is now about to retire and there is no backup. Even aussies have struggled to find replacements. So, it is best to the indian fans to feel that they were never number one. India bowled nicely apart from Mishra but english were too good. period.

  • andrew27994 on August 12, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I think many of the Indian players are very tired and worn out because of playing too much cricket.They havent got enough gaps between each tournaments.The last time they got a decent break was before the world cup.Ever since that break, they have been playing in the world cup, then after a week there was ipl, shortly after that the tour of the west indies and within another week this tour of england.....this could be the reason for many players like dhoni, raina, sreesanth,bhajji and praveen underperforming but still there is no excuse for some of the other players who got breaks in between like sachin,gauti,vvs,mukund,ishant,mishra,zaheer,etc for not performing in this series.Also I dont think fletcher has done a great job for India because their main strength batting has failed ever since he was appointed as coach of the Indian team. England, on the other hand, have performed very well and deserve to win this series, although they could be tested when they come to tour india

  • on August 12, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    A very good bye to No.1 Test cricket Rank..it was a great honor and pride to be with you ..now then our greats are off and down we gracefully bid adieu to you and with no shame keeps our heads high as we also enjoyed the same success which our opponents are enjoying today ..We will look forward to regain you soon!

  • on August 12, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    INDIA ,is going to lost their #1 status ,and soon will be in great trouble in test cricket when ,Sachin,Laxman and Dravid retired they dont prepaired players for the Trio replacement as Due to IPL CIRCUS ,NO batman going to stay on wicket ,technic has lost as wel ,whenever they will play out of sub-continent ,This is back Gear Now, as Australia did.Realy put some new blood in test team and Get rid of IPL,,,

  • Doogius on August 12, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    This is just priceless. Thank you England, you've made me proud. And if I can quote Steve Waugh, never ever take your foot off there neck. Think a declaration @800 should be sufficient :)

  • CricKrazy_AJ on August 12, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    What happen to Indian team? What they really want? India is not performing in batting, bowling and fielding

  • the_arm_ball on August 12, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    People who never fail are people who learn the least. Don`t be afraid to fail. Grab the lesson, fight better!

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    MY PREDICTION : ENGLAND WILL SCRE 1000 RUNS UPTO TEA & WILL DECLARE .INDIA WILL ALLOUT AT 75 N THE LAST SESSION TODAY . 224+75 =299 . YET CAN'T MAKE 300 RUNS FROM BOTH INNINGS.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Hurrying Sehwag into test team is joke for me. What is the point if he gets out for ducks.England batsmen struggle against left arm pacer bowlers and in the past they have struggled against Zaheer Khan, R.P.Singh and Neher. Where is R.P.Singh??? Sachin is yet to get into his best form, same is the case with Laxman who is scoring 50's but not able to make it into big double hundred. Dhoni came into form but at the other end no other batsmen is there to give company to him. On paper India has great batting order but in this series no one has played the innings like Bell or Pieterson or Cook or Prior or Broad or Bresnan. So, this clearly shows that India team did not prepare well for this series and taking rest before this important series too did not help Indian senior batsmen to get into good touch. This series is becoming one sided and sorry to see World No 1 test side is playing like a bottom in the table like team.

  • the_arm_ball on August 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Except for Ashes, England have played a lot of cricket at home. The biggest challenge for them would be when they go overseas... so wait how long england will keep their No.1 spot...

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @Stormy 16 'The only questoin is can India save the match' Are you kidding? Whaich series have you been watching. You may as well ask the question, is it going to rain for 3 days? By the way, the answer is no. If England declared now the match would be over before tea today.

  • RajeshMys on August 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Pathetic is the one word to describe India's performance in England. I never expected such a disastrous show from the No 1 Team. Ok, winning & losing is a part of the game, Iam not hurt because India lost, but the manner in which they are losing, without any fight, is disturbing. I thought atleast in the 3rd Test, they will come up with an improved show & retain the No 1 ranking with a commanding victory, but that was not to be. anyway, all credit to England, they are the better team! But my doubt is, maybe England will be the new No 1 after this Test, but how long can they retain their ranking? Just like India are struggling in England, when England tour India or Srilanka, they will also struggle & lose to the home team. Then the Points Table gets shuffled again, isnt It ? So I feel England, South Africa & India all will take turns in being No 1 in the next 2-3 years. Just see, India will be No 1 again.But some fresh, young faces should join the Fast Bowling attack.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Where is all the hype about the number 1 team created by ravi shastri and co. Indian cricket team can only play under the home conditions where they make dead flat tracks, get 7 full time batsmen and thrash the opposition. When it comes to test all departments of indian cricket specially the bowling and feilding, they fail miserably that its not even funny. In addition the comments made by dhoni after the first test match.. omg atleast have the courage to give credits to a better english side.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Fly the India Emerging Players team up from Australia and let them represent India in the Oval Test, surely they can not do worse than this lot. Even by the abysmal standards set in this series by India, the Second day at Edgbaston was probably a nadir but perhaps there are lower depths to plumb such as the 42 all out which we " achieved" in 1974

  • getsetgopk on August 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @only_sehwag there is still time india should run away... hahahahahh man thats the funniest comment i have seen in a long long time. excellent work

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Sachin is a no-show and Dravid's defensive grinding game is only useful for saving tests. Laxman is at the end of his rope. These three need to go now so we can start building a batting line-up around Gambhir and Raina. Bring in Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli, Pujara and Rohit Sharma. In bowling, bring in Ashwin, Ojha and Rahul Sharma to support Ishant and Praveen with Sreesanth as the third pacer. In two years we will be number one again

  • Gamaraala on August 12, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    @boyrocky: Believe that you are just being sarcastic here.

  • Vahini-Sharma on August 12, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    People talk everything when India are at the back-foot,once India is back in form and keep posting victories,Everyone would praise them...people should be on only one side..either scolding or praising..!! I agree batsmen and bowlers are hopeless now,but this is the time they need support from all ends...Come on INDIA

  • pampou on August 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    The current series has shown the weakness of the Indian batsmen against the rising ball and playing on fast pitches. They are a good team but only at home where most of their achievements have come about, elsewhere they have problems which need to be sorted out.

  • Baundele on August 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Zaheer Khan is the reason why India is nr. 1. If he were playing the series could have been much more competitive. Bad luck for India that he is not around.

  • taniap on August 12, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    England team is too good for India. Can't blame India for that. The way England is playing they deserve to be the No 1 test team in the world.

  • DINESHCC on August 12, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    SUDHARSANVM: RAIN HAS BEEN PREDICTED ON SATURDAY. BUT DO YOU THINK THE GAME WILL LAST TILL SATURDAY?

  • DINESHCC on August 12, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    ENGLAND IS WASTING TIME. WITH THE LEAD OF 75 AT THE TEA TIME ON 2ND DAY, THEY SHOULD HAVE DECLARED AND WITH 40 OVERS IN ONE SESSION IS ENOUGH TO BOWL OUT OUR PATHETIC BATTING LINE UP. BUT AFTER BECOMING No.1 TEST TEAM DON'T PLAY LIKE OUR PLAYERS

  • stormy16 on August 12, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    India have blown their one last chance which was yesterday, to do something worthy to even tokenly defend their #1 status. Unfortunately the challneger was simply ruthless and would never let this slip away and the contest has turned in to one question. Can the Indians save this test or will they go 3 - nil down? Never would have thought this at the begining of the series but then again I would have never said india would fail to reach 300 in 5 innings with this batting line up. In reality the contest and series is over Eng are the new worthy number team in the world and question is who can beat them. I would SA have the best chance but in this form I cant see anyone beat Eng for a while - in England anyway.

  • on August 12, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    This Indian team has lost it completely. Can't blame the bowlers, Praveen is trying all he can, and also Ishant is pushing hard on a dead pitch like this, whats the point of bowling if u cannot hold on to catches(sreesanth dropping morgan at point, and then sachin not giving a damn to catch the bowl off cook, even dravid). Utterly pathetic. In batting, Sachin and Laxman(he just scores 30s and gives up as if his job his done) are big flops. So India should just forget about winning now and be content with the fact that they are loosing the No.1 rank to a very able side and just play their all natural game.

  • on August 12, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @hyclass: so very true. Brilliantly put in perspective. @ longlivecricket: thanks for pointing out hyclass' comment.

  • on August 12, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Well I think that the blame must go to Duncan Fletcher too coz nothing like this happened while Gary was there even though ipl was being played. And they had more than 500 run losses in two matches can a series be more 1 sided?

  • on August 12, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Even Bangladesh would give a tougher challenge than this Indian team, what a shame

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 12, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    How is it that Indian players drop catches and some fans claim that's 'bad luck'? I think you'll find that the better teams don't drop their catches, hence the team that is clearly better, England, is winning 2-0.

  • on August 12, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    @Desihungama, if u remember the pakistan series last year, u also prob remember that the pakistani bowlers never let england cross 300-350 runs per innings, getting them all out well before that. despite what they may have done in the batting..and at least they put up a fight...NOT like this.

  • vinchester on August 12, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    What are we seeing here is slaughter of the innocents. What was touted as the matches of the year for which everybody looked for eagerly, is turning out as a damp squib. The present n0 1 should be down graded even below Bangladesh since the latter put up a better fight. nay they should be asked to qualify for test status, by playing against Kenya etc.

  • sandson on August 12, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Complacency.. Utter lack of respect to test cricket and the opposition..India's tour so far.. To jog the public's memory Flintoff hasnt played the last time india toured..so that's equivalent of zaheer and sehwag not playing..this has lulled india that they can jus stir from their stupor and the rankings will play themselves.. India looked good in the first 2 tests becoz they won the toss and had the better of the conditions.. Its sad tht the tour has become a dull drubbing..from a utilitarian point of view indian fans deserve more.

  • SudharsanVM on August 12, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Current indian team back to its worst phase. The similar show happened in 90's. Hopeless team. U can fail in one or two instance. But failing for the fifth consecutive time under 300. Still getting practised to ENG conditions. What the hell fletcher is doing?.

  • McAdnan on August 12, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Why has India's perormance dropped so much since the west indies tour? They r ploaying poorly as if they are not experienced enough.

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Indians are out of order. In the beginning of the series itself they told they want to have fun but it is the English who are doing so. The question asked must be what's right not what's wrong with them

  • MrCrane on August 12, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    The only question remains is whether Test will last 3 days or will go to 4th Day. Currently, Batting for 2 sessions for India itself looks like a tall order.

  • crictalia on August 12, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Future of Indian Team in Test matches is looking so dark as thr top prformers will not last long ...

  • Kashi0127 on August 12, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Get rid of the burden called Tendulkar

  • boyrocky on August 12, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    guys dont lose hope!! i'm pretty sure that the rest of the 7 wickets will fall quickly. PK has been bowling so well. he and mishra will rip through the End batting today and a ENG batting collapse is on the cards. the will score another 70-80 runs max. then the lead is 300. Viru in the 2nd innings will smash a 200 and we will score 500 runs with a lead of 200. then viru and mishra will finish england off. just dont give it up as yet. India, the best!!

  • m_ilind on August 12, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Dropping easy catches, lethargic fielding, batsmen hopping around to evade short pitch stuff, 11 batsmen struggling to put 200 runs on board, captain making excuses upon excuses, when will this tour end? Feel sorry for only two guys: PK & Ishant!

  • Anup82 on August 12, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    they look like they are even not bothered to try and win... they believe that they have lost the series...anyway series is lost... looks like england will declare giving 2 full days to bowl india out...atleast batsmen should use this opportunity to get some quality match practice....i think we should request for a 7 match test series, with first two tests as 3-day games as practice matches with full strength teams.

  • hunnysharma on August 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    who better now Dhoni or Dada...Dada played when their were bowlers like Wasim, Waquar, McGrath, Pollock, Vaas, Murli, Warne n batsmen like Jayasuria, Hayden, Gilli, Gibbs, Inzamam, Flower brothers etc....Dhoni won the cup because Aus had lost their major players...we would have won the cup in 2003 had the gr8 Aussie players not been there....n about this series,its not that they are being defeated there, its the way they are being defeated here...now I miss Dada that attitude is missing...even i used to think Dhoni as a better captain but now i say that Dada made the team...dhoni is riding on his success..

  • bMike on August 12, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    In recent Sri Lanka series (in England) they played much exiting cricket here . Sri Lanka also didn't have any of their experienced bowlers (Murali, Malinga, Vass etc) and most of their young bowlers had played less then 15 tests (some of them had played even less then 5 tests) & they never said excuses but still managed to finish the 3 match test series 1-0. All asian team who recently played in England have played much better cricket than India.

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    No need to comment. . .We get Borred for commenting on our team. . .See after this they will play CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. . .very seriously(For money they will play with injury too). . .Nothing to say. .good team will always spot in No.1. .England only having the ability. .All the best British. . .If India play with Zimbabwe now we will surely loss. .I don't know how they smiling at each other in the field.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    AS A DIEHARD INDIAN FAN I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THIS PERFORMANCE .I THINK FROM THE PAST 2 YEARS I WAS LIVING IN AN ILLUSIONARY WORLD AND WAS CONSIDERING INDIA BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD BUT NOW MY ILLUSION IS OVER AND I AM FACING REALITY . THIS INDIAN TEAM WAS NEVER NO.1 & NEVER WOULD BE IN THE FUTURE . THIS INDIAN TEAM DOESN'T EVEN DESERVE A PLACE IN THE TOP 3 . THEY SHOULD BE AT NO.4 OR 5 . WATCHNG THIS SERIES IS NOW LIKE A MENTAL TORTURE FOR ME .

  • SRT_211503 on August 12, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    India should lose 4-0 and i wish they learn from their mistakes.India should lose 4-0 and i wish they learn from their mistakes.

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    4-0 england. plz india we know u cant win a single test but try put a fight for sachin shake

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    many people said that left bhajji select mishra.now what good he has done? giving runs at an economy more than 4 . balling 11 no balls in a day . bhajji was a lot better than him.indian players have doesn't shown a fight so far in this series . out of 11 players only praveen kumar and suresh are fielding good, others are misfielding dropping catches . this team does n't deserve no.1 . england should be no.1 . worst performance performance by india after 2002 nz tour .

  • blondblackberry on August 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    indian fans r ironic they boast one day thrash them another day.they should understand one thing every player and team hav bad days where nothing works and vice-versa.can u name one team who didn't had very bad time at all.also,it happened the same team thrashed all others it didn't happen? so, let's get with it indians r facing a bad time no doubt so atleast not humiliate further rather atleast stay quiet.time is the best medicine things will change nothing stays permanent.

  • hanskishore on August 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    I am loving the comments... bashing all the way from England team and all the fans... loving it.. Indian team feel they are superior, they got to No.1 only bcoz of Kirsten, now he's with SA they will bounce back soon... England got some gr8 coach in Andy Flower.. when he was playing he use to torment Indian team and now even when he's coaching still didn't forget to do the same...

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Bring on the IPL and India will be the NO 1 team with this Knight Riders and that Kolkota something. But put a Test Match for India to win and you hear all sorts of excuses. The IPL and those 20/20 Championships are a detriment to the game. Players hitting almost every ball for 6 do not advance the game. India are in danger of losing 4-0 and it should teach them a lesson. You can't under-prepare for a Test series against England at home.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    I can only say that Indian players are on paid holiday. They don't look interested, no passion, no fight and completely listless. One word shameless, pathetic show.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    India will be defeated by an innings and over 350 runs. England can pile up at least 800 run and have a lead of over 575 runs. India with half centuries from 2 - 3 batsmen and blaming the pitch for detiorating only when they bat will be all out for 200 odd runs. Lets look at it at this way. Has India as World No. 1 beaten any one team so comprehensively in atleast 2 tests let alone 3 tests. So much for our world no 1 test status that has been achieved without any such outstanding performance.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    wow...many of the indian fans are sacking dhoni :d n few months b4 he was the HERO :p plz treat ur team players as human not GOD...no wonder they dnt hv respect

  • ars84 on August 12, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    What is the big deal? India is losing to a better team. This has happened off and on over the past decade and a half. Nothing new.

  • longlivecricket on August 12, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @hyclass : bravo! well said.

  • Hammond on August 12, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    England first XI should rest for the next test and we should pick a second XI with Giles, Caddick, Gough, Hick and Ramprakash in it- that would make the contest more even. Or maybe not- even a 45 year old Hick would hit a double ton against this joke of a bowling attack..

  • longlivecricket on August 12, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Bowling attack for the No.1 team of the world: Praveen kumar, Ishant Sharma, Sreesant, Amit Mishra. No need to say anything further. The three senior citizens of the indian cricket team are 114 years old together but their combined score in this match is less than half of that number.

    I think for the 4th test, England should offer some handicap.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Well, as i have been saying since the tour of the windies, India has been pathetic. Their capt even more so. They will play if you wave some $$ signs in front of their eyes. Gavaskar finally had some tough words for the team, finally. Well if he wasnt toeing the BCCI line earlier and had seen the rot that was setting in, i just think we might have been a little better of. But right now this team is an utter disgrace.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Nice to see the Indian fans are finally beginning to admit that England are a decent team. Whether the series is in England, under swingy conditions, against a 'sub-par' Indian side or not, India are still the Number 1 team and they should act like it. Like an earlier comment said: "Bangladesh put up a better fight than this." So right sir, so right...

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    It seems Indian Team is lifelong contented with WC victory...no more hunger for another win. Very disheartening for fans ....

  • only_sehwag on August 12, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Any chance Kumble and Ganguly can come out of their retirement? Kumble would have bowled better even blindfolded !!!

    Also, can ICC officially award the 100th century to our great man ? At least he can then play his natural game and at least score a 50, instead of being solely focused on his personal record.

  • Rezaul on August 12, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    There were so much hype created surrounding this series, calling it fight for #1 spot. But so far cricket fans from all around the world are disappointed by the continuous one sided affairs and India failing to score 300 for a single innings. SL, Pak and even Bangladesh put better competitive show on tour of England. Indian fans and autocrat administrators are going to realize that only bullying is not enough. Its time to show up at least a fight.

  • SudharsanVM on August 12, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Rain has been predicted on saturday. So only way to save the match is hope for rain. Still the series will be lost.

  • satanswish on August 12, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Match will be over on Day 3 & England is new No.1 Test Team.

  • Rowayton on August 12, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    I see all these Indian fans blaming the IPL for a drop in standards. So, Gideon Haigh was right all along, eh?

  • on August 12, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    I don't know why they always try to play outside sub-continent!! come-on INDIA make money by playing IPL only. Why are you trying to play test cricket which doesn't suits you!!

  • SudharsanVM on August 12, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Shame on you guys. All asian teams have performed better than Indians in ENG in the last two seasons. Pak won a match and asif and AMIR was excellent. Tamim iqbal scored century. And SL fought really well this season. No fight at all from this team. Simply hopeless. Dravid might have taken most catches in world? Hope he will be leading the way in dropped catched also.

  • Mahesh4811 on August 12, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    time for a heavy innings defeat....england are simply DESTROYING india.

  • ssmani on August 12, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Well, India has a chance of saving the test provided the 12th man, Mr. Rain (supported by Ms Lightning) gives a dazzling performance today. They can even win the match if Father Time is kind enough to roll back 3 days and Ms Fate can knock down 10 of the 11 English men (sparing Swann). On second thoughts, even a second string English team might thrash Team India! :)

  • TonyHancock on August 12, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    This has been a very disappointing series. India really do look a poor team - disorganised, ill-prepared, and lacking mental toughness. It is a pity, this should have been a series full of ebb and flow, but apart from one or two glimpses of a fight it has been all one way.

    I find it hard to believe that this Indian team could ever have been rated the number one test team in the world. When England takes this title, presumably sometime in the next three days, it does not make them a great side either. England will need to demonstrate they can hold on to the title by performing like the great Australian and West Indies sides of recent times.

    @Jeovanic Henry. I'm not sure why you believe this is one of the "worst" cricket pitches. It only appeared to be flat when England were batting on it, and I quite enjoyed 308 for 10 wickets on the first day.

  • timmyw on August 12, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    @RandyOZ- were you watching the same tests I was? I was embarrassed to be supporting the Australian cricket team they were woeful. England had the hunger, the drive, the skill and the willpower. Just like they do now. As for the complaints about the pitch at Edgbaston.. I didn't think it was flat. I saw turn from the spinners and movement from the fast guys. India were terrible and England are just better, simple as that. They have worked very hard to get where they are I wish them all the best and hope they can continue this form. The pitch has nothing to do with it, because as we saw in India's first innings (remember the game is only two days old) the English bowled very well and got very good reward.

  • on August 12, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Criticizing Duncan fletcher is unfair...the team playing is the eleven possible at the moment, the tactics and plans work, only when they are executed by the Players.. and at International level..it has to be done meticulously.. For sometime, the players are being allowed to represent India, with known injuries , undisclosed Injuries, not being fully fit (physically and mentally) and being under-prepared... and Team India were lucky to have got, some players playing exceedingly well to conceal those flaws up untill now...

  • ABZ006 on August 12, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Pls don't underestimate INDIA.We all know cook will make his double century but don't ignore our Sreshant and Ishant Sharma . They will both make double hundred at the end of England's 1st inns. SRE - 40-0-205-0 and Ishant 50-0-230-0...............JOB WELL DONE SRT........we don't need hundred from you they will cover it up for u , so keep doing what u r doing.......

  • johnathonjosephs on August 12, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Ahhh..... this was seen a mile away by most cricket fans (most were predicting 3-1 or even 2-1, but so far it looks like it might be a 4-0 whitewash), but comes as a surprise to Indian fans who only watch IPL and Indian cricket. England is a very strong team, but I must admit, even Sri Lanka put up a way better performance (it was raining which makes it harder to bat and they still managed to make 400 twice and 300 in every single innings except for 2, one of which was cardiff). Hell even Bangladesh put up a better fight and at least Pakistan won a match! Well I must say, even though I feel bad for the INdians, the No. 1 spot has gotten to their head and I sincerely wish for a whitewash. That'll teach them they can't bully the world into doing what they want them to do and that will also teach them to stop being spoilt brats and accept the magnificent UDRS system.

  • hyclass on August 12, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    This series puts the Dhoni/Harper incident in perspective.India cant blame Harper for their inadequacies.UDRS wasnt being used then,but was available to the commentators and showed that Harper was correct in 8 out of 9 disputed decisions and had a 96% success rate in tests involving India-far above the umpiring average.His demotion from the Elite Panel was a consequence of his retirement announced almost a year earlier.Some Indians suggested it was a due to his performance.I saw no apologies when they were proven incorrect.Dhoni went public.The match referees failed to act on behaviour bringing the game into disrepute.Harper was forced to issue a statement.It was suggested australians could get away with poor behaviour with impugnity.Totally wrong.They are forced to publicly apologise or banned,fined and made to issue retractions.Be gracious to those you meet on the way up as you will see them again on the way down.Its then that you will understand the value of your manners and grace.

  • on August 12, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Indian team Waiting for the test to end....If England declares now with the lead they have at the end of day2, they can spend 2 days with their families....England Team can bowl them out on day 3, easily ! Strauss, Pls..pls do that !!!

  • Chennai_Voice on August 12, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Anyone wanna bet on Innings defeat by India? Eng is likely to take a lead of minimum 300 or even 400 and leave India to bat 5 session to erase this deficit. What they dont know is India wont even last for 3 sessions. By 4th day Tea, the match will be over. Eng will be no 1 test team in the world. They are relentless by the way Cook is cooking India !!!!

  • HazimEjaz on August 12, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Team India should only play stupid IPL on dead pitches. Where you make 400 runs in 20 overs.

  • HazimEjaz on August 12, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Average Age of Team India Player 34 yrs cool. Fresh blood i should say.

  • Bacflip15 on August 12, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    I've got to say, even though India have been injured, and struggling to practice and concentrate with less then a full team. But England truly are amazing, on form and def. the best team in the world right now, not just statistically, but truly

  • on August 12, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    England is super Team. Our Indians is so bad to bat in test cricket they play only 50 overs in the test cricket wat a shame this is bad and forgettable series for India i did not hope that india will bounce back the England team are play like Number One team but our team not doing so. If there is bangladesh are even Zimbawea they are not give up easy but india not mind that. They not play for Country Even my best cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. In this match they diclare wich about 350 runs lead the Indians in 2nd innings 91/10 this is india, WOW I am not proud to be a Indian Cricket Fan

  • on August 12, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    The Indian team is clearly out of place, in more ways than one can fathom... They cannot even be a decent opposition to an inspirational Team England... How many tests, Team India have won while they are the No:1 Test team? Can anyone highlight the Dravid's recent dropped catches and impact those had on the test?

  • ranilranathunga on August 12, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka even in a rebuilding phase did much better than the Indians, Where are the Indian fans who commented when the SL were playing there? Sri Lanka scored 400+ in two innings and just lost one match in much worse conditions.

  • Aane_do on August 12, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    now i feel sorry for india.they cant play outside :( i was not expecting it from sachin and laxman ...both of them shd retire n give their places to youngsters for better prospect of indian cricket.

  • on August 12, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    I don't know what the fuss is all about. Yes, India is playing very very poorly. But don't forget that England is an extremely good side, rested and fit. India won the WC not so long ago. They are the current no.1 team in the world. This didn't happen by chance. If one pauses to reflect on the facts, he would realize the odds facing the Indians. Zaheer not playing, Sehwag just back. Their workload has been unrelenting. The Indian media and the cricket loving public are very fickle. If I was the Captain, I would refuse to give press conferences. I would also refuse to participate in any post victory events. When India wins everyone is over the moon, when they fail, houses are burnt. Where is the loyalty, the empathy, the tolerance, the loyalty? Aren't you guys proud of Dhoni, Sachin, Dravid, Luxman, Sewag, Zaheer and Harbajan? One series defeat is not a disgrace. At a time they need you most you desert them . They don't deserve this, you don't deserve them.

  • Sidura on August 12, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    My sympathy goes with the Indian Team who get worshiped when the win and humiliated when they loose. The whole nation want India to win all the time and loosing is not an option for them. All these players are much better off playing for other countries who accept both outcomes equally.

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @Jeovanic Henry, you would have seen more wickets falling had India managed to hold on to their catches. Must be demoralizing for poor Ishant and Sreesanth to see all those catches go down.

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Gavaskar was upset about having a third-man for Mishra. True, but he failed to see who it was. It was his favorite Sachin. Dhoni had to "hide" him somewhere and that was the perfect place.

    As long as Tendulkar and the other seniors are scoring fun, fans shouldn't be asking them to consider retirement. At the same time, these grandpas should consider keeping themselves fit and should be agile in the field. Dravid looks fit but Sachin and Laxman don't. Dravid and Laxman are good slip fielders but fielding at slip requires a lot of concentration and even Dravid had moments of lapses of concentration today (and in the last two tests). It is the aging factor. Runs alone are not enough. Fielding is very important in modern day cricket.

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Breaking News: India invited Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for 3 tests series (each) before heading down under. Condition is that DRS will not be used and if the ball crosses inner circle, it will be boundary for Indian batsmen.

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    The body language said it all. Kevin Pietersen had to be dragged out of the field after given out leg before. He knew that he had missed out on a golden opportunity to score another century or even a "daddy". It was as if he knew that he won't get another opportunity in this test since England intend to bat only one innings. At the same time, the Indian players looked resigned to another defeat. India started bowling wide at the start of the day instead of attacking. And, what was that with Amit Mishra's no-balls? It is inexcusable for such a short spinner to keep bowling no-balls like that. The one wicket he got was off a no-ball too and luckily for him, the umpire didn't spot it. His was a miserable performance even though he got a few to turn. And, Dhoni, what is it with bowling Raina when the ball was only 17 overs old and placing Sreesanth at point? One can hardly blame him though - how many fielders can he "hide" in the field?

  • Bang_La on August 12, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    What Bangladesh did wrong then?

  • PaddyRasta on August 12, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Excuses, excuses. Blame the pitch and conditions but hold on - both teams must bat and bowl on the same pitch. Which team is number one now? I cannot wait for England to do exactly the same on Indian pitches and I have no doubt they will beat India in their own back yard. Then doubters of their number one status, which they have rightly earned, will have no excuses. Well done England!

  • only_sehwag on August 12, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    time to organize a one off test with Bangladesh/Zim so that the old one can get his record and hopefully retire and relieve us of this charade

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Well done to England they are the #1 test playing nation at he moment enjoy the dominance while it lasts,probably for 20 years.The way they are playing remind me of the days of West Indian in the 80's an early 90's thru to Australian dominance of the mid 90's till2005 now its Englands turn enjoy it while it lasts

  • only_sehwag on August 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    there is till time...indian team should run away right now...run and leave to fight another day..we can't win this battle...bcci should make some excuse and stop the series midway..

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @hitu_81 : You have hit BULL'S EYE mate. Tendulkar always HIDES in the middle order and waits till the pitch turns frienndly and bowlers get tired. And then slowly he will accumulate his runs and make all sorts of records. He was NEVER a team player. When Dravid, Ganguly and even Laxman have been made to open why not him taking the responsibility for a change instead of hiding???

  • chad_reid on August 12, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    GET 700 TODAY AND GIVE YOURSELF 2 DAYS TO BOWL INDIA OUT WHICH IS TOO MUCH TIME TO GET 10 WIKS HOPEFULLY ENG CAN BEAT THEM BY AN INNINGS AND WELL DONE TO COOK

  • Finn92 on August 12, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Jeovanic Henry, if the pitch is so flat, why were you dismissed for 224? Seems like you need to recognise the difference between a flat pitch and application by a good top order and determination to bat for a long time!

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Praveen Kumar would be such a great bowler to have as the third man in an attack, along the lines of Bresnan. But he's pretty much leading the attack, in effort at any rate. I feel sorry for him! Take nothing away from Cook though - there's nothing more beautiful in cricket than Cook playing the cut!

  • SwiftSmile12 on August 12, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Jeovanic Henry. England didn't have any hectic schedule and were very relaxed before the World Cup 2011. Did you forget England's performance ? Of course we all know how many World Cups England has won. Forget about a tournament like IPL. England is struggling to keep cricket going in general.

  • Reef08 on August 12, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Several reasons for the lack of quality in the Indian side. Firstly there's the post world cup hangover, combined with fatigue following the tour of the West Indies. The players look like they just want to go home. Secondly they are chronically under-prepared, those who did not go to the Windies seem to have not had enough game time since this tour began. The fielding is an insult to the game, although India truthfully have rarely excelled in the field. They know that England are up for the challenge but they can't find a way to compete. And lastly they are not having luck with form and injuries. Fletcher, or any foreigner, will never get India to train hard as they are too proud to listen. His methods will not work, nor his excuses. India have become reminiscent of the terrible England sides of the 90s when, as pointed out in previous posts and blogs, they only turned up to hoping to compete, not to win.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 12, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    All this blame should go to Gavaskar. After winning the 2007 England series he announced India was going for the number one spot. He is clever in talking but he is not honest and a disgrace. He once in a WC mactch gave it up just like India do now. He scored some 30 odd runs batting the full 60 overs. Just like 2007 statement Indian fans too boasted about India being number one knowing India's bowling is always substandard and its batting is always vulnerable against quality bowling. And they always boast about Sachin and others. Sachin it now seems is not a great player.

  • RandyOZ on August 12, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    @ Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, youve got no idea mate, what about the final day in Adelaide in 06. That beats yuor pathetic boxing day example hands down. Made 550 in the first innings then bundled out for 129 by Warne and co.

  • asadalimalik on August 12, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    India #1 test team..... hahaha.. they can only win matches in india and their players can score centuries against bangladesh or while they are playing matches on flat pitches in india. I won't be surprised if the result at the end of series will be 4-0.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 12, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Not England's fault they got to use heavy roller on Day 1 and today. Blame India for giving England that opportunity with their disgusting batting. Fun day tomorrow. Last thing I bet India want to see is Morgan, Prior, Broad, Bresnan, and Sawnn getting a license to swing away as they please.

  • S.M.Tahir on August 12, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    from the team like india i never expect such performance. but england deserves to be number 1. they outplayed india in all departments. only southafrica is the team who can give tough time to england bcz of the bowling attack they have. Surprisingly this strauss, cook and piterson have no answer against our bowling last year but in this series they just milking the bowling attack

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Man! the haters are out in big number's. I still have faith in my team. They are going thru a tough phase and this can happen to anybody. Yes the bowling is little weak but our batting is as good as any so draw is still not out of picture.

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Mukund socres a century at Northants and Raina get to play in the team. Just who is running this team?

  • Jharsha09 on August 12, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Well, well, well...all that talk the Indian supporters did during the Sri Lanka and England series saying 'wait till the mighty Indians arrive' and making fun of the Sri Lankans in the process. Perhaps, the 'islanders' should have had the Five test match series instead of India?

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    That was one of the worst cricket pitches i have ever seen although India bowled terribly. The wicket was flat. I believe it's time they stop passing the heavy rollers on the pitch. It's killing the pitch and test cricket.Wouldn't we prefer seeing a day of total 390/3 or 300/7. Think about that. Anyways i believe with an already hectic world schedule the longer the ipl continues, the worst indian cricket will become!

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    India should have 8 bowlers and 3 batsmen in their side, that way they can spread their bowling across 4 days out of 5, which they usually get on bowling to England on Test macthes.

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Simply England kicked Indian player from every corner of ground. Look to see same in next test match...I hate the way Indian players r approaching the Tests now. Its hard to believe this team have beaten SA at Durban (one of fastest track in world) in recent series. IPL sucks ....

  • RandyOZ on August 11, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    #1 team in the world? hahaha. Apart from PK and Dravid the rest of the team is an embarrassment to the country. Even when we got spanked 3-1 to England and lost by an innings on multiple occassions, we still didn't look that bad!

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Just a quick reminder, Bangladesh played much better cricket in England last year compare to these master Indian batsman, hahaha... feeling much better =) Kudos to England team... JOB WELL DONE! India deserves a white wash!!

  • coldcoffee123 on August 11, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    I do not know what is Tendulkar waiting for? Why is he hiding in the middle order? Poor Mukund is being slaughtered by team India. With India not getting a solid opening stand, we are not getting a chance to build a decent total. If Tendulkar is worth his salt, he should have volunteered to open the innings, put runs on the board at a decent rate, give India a platform to launch. Only then will he be considered selfless and committed to Indian cricket. Look no further than Dhoni when he promoted himself ahead of in-form Yuvraj in the WC final. Shame on Sachin. Where is Pujara ? The guy smashed England counties a couple of years back.

  • Silloh on August 11, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Well done England . Cook is certainly making a meal out of the weak Indian attack. It's the same pitch that India struggled earlier on and its difficult to restrain a rampant well knitted English team from going three up. Let's hope India deliver a more spiritual second innings display for their supporters. Pleased to see that from all appearances their has been a good crowd turnout so far and no apparent disturbances.

  • rp02 on August 11, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    I say it is not fair for people who come to see this match. They pay large sum of money to see some quality cricket but it turned out to be high professional players against street players. I mean comeon... being Indian team supports, I am not sure Indian cricket is aware about how their fans are hurt, I hope they have a session where they have to sit in auditorium and someone reads all these comments one by one and that has to be recorded as well, may be that might send them a message that is is not a joke. Compare both team in fitness aspects, all english players are fit and ready to go added bonus of their body language, while Indian team looks like they all lost their dearest one inthe family and they are playing just cause they are selected. There is limitied space here, but beleive me I can go on and on for many hours....still we all Indian as world knows us, and we will forget this in 20 days....Jai ho...

  • thebarmyarmy on August 11, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Fantastic day from England! Could be over by the end of day 3 but probably will be day 4. Average Indian bowling in all departments (maybe for the exception of Kumar) We seen they could bowl good at times (random ball every hour or so) but could'nt do it ball by ball and create any type of presure. By the time England are finished with India in this series, India could be ranked 3rd.

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    This is the end of Indian media's attitude towards cricket of world that they are the king of cricket Indian team is in same position where they were 5 or ten years ago dependent on some players not team work still relying on sachin's 100th century and and almost ruined zaheer khan's career by playing him injured

  • mensan on August 11, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Yesterday I predicted a 200+ opening partnership and a 500+ total. We are looking at nearly the same now.

  • aracer on August 11, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    @Trickstar - I'd expect England to declare rather earlier (some time after lunch having made 600) - some bad weather is forecast, and they're not going to lose with a 350 run lead.

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    The BCCI and the selectors of India are preparing for the tour of England to India. They will give them dust bowls and tracks which will turn from day one. Bajji will once again become a world class off spinner (equated to Prasanna and Venkat). Beware, West Indies, prepare for the uneven bounce and dirt tracks. If India win 3-0 they will number one again.

  • C.Jordan on August 11, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Well, Bangladesh Team , we know very weak, but i think they performed better...... in the test series and the ODI series............ It is always hard to play in diff English conditions, I think IPL is destroying INDIAN cricket.

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    now that's how india gain no. 1 position.. playing and winning in subcontinent flat dead pitches. :P

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    The one thing that has stood out in this series is that Eng. has played as a team in all departments whereas India has not. India must stop coming up with all these excuses(Eng. was about 80 for 6 in one of the matches) and just admit that they are being beaten by a better side/team.I (WI fan) remember all the trash talking about the WI side during the last India series in the Caribbean(Indian team being the C team). Can we say that PK(similar type cricketer to DSammy) shouldn't be in the side because he can't make the side as either a batsman or a bowler? In cricket, the team performance will always come before an individual player performance and India is being consistently outplayed; someone on the English side always steps up. I honestly dont see a way back for India in the match. If the fans are demoralised, just imagine the actual players o having to go through the day with a sense of absolute nothing accomplished. Take it on the chin and hope for better in the ODI's

  • Herath-UK on August 11, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    The two series should have been reversed,Sri Lanka should have visited in the summer instead of India;they would have given much better performance.Had India come in May?? well,what worse result could have happened? Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Munkeymomo on August 11, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    @anuAddict Crowds in England usually start booing sometime in the evening session whent he security guards start confiscating all the fun things like beer snakes and beachballs.

    I feel for the Indian fans right now, as a England fan I definitely know how you feel. These things happen, teams underperform when they don't warm up enough (06/07 ashes springs to mind, under the watchful eye of Mr Fletcher no less). The team has probably not played this poorly in a long while and wont for a long while yet. England have brought in South Africans to strengthen their batting, why not get some quicks in the Ranji trophy and get them on board at the national level!

  • vickyrIND on August 11, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Indian team was physically and mentally fatigue and overconfident. By the past achievment all our players are thinking that they will be able to nail this series as well but its good that English team shown them the real picutre in the mirror instead of illusion. They are thinking themselves as a bolywood super star who always won at the end but in this series its not the case.

    I also feel that the dressing room environment is not the same as earlier and the new coach also have a big role in that. Whatever the case is but Indian team need to pull up altoghether to put up some fight for their self

  • gothetaniwha on August 11, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    I think England should bat for another day and 1/2 score 1200 then declare .

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    They always said that its hard to beat India at Indian soil and now same thing happening with England. They doing awesome job on their own soil and it's hard to beat them but not impossible.

  • sreesam on August 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    The pakistani fans seem to be out in full strength today...since their 5th consecutive defeat to India in the ODI World Cup!! LOL

  • Valavan on August 11, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Well said John price, that 1993 series should be payed back now. as indian spin trio (kumble,Raju,Chauhan) dominated and now English pace quartet (Andy,Broad,bresnan and tremlett) doing the same. PAY BACK TIME.

  • Sabbir007 on August 11, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Hmmm......What a shame for the WORLD CHAMPION!!! I can't remember any other team which faced such a worse experience within the next 3-4 tours after winning the world cup. They don't even have the ability to face a quality seam attack on a live track, even with a world best(?) batting line-up! And their bowling attack is also terrible! It proves again, India is only best in the sub continent condition! Outside sub-continent, against a quality opponent, they are just nothing!

  • khiladisher on August 11, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Indian cricket has never had it so bad-the #1side in the world {as of today }cannot bat,bowl nor field-to see Tendulkar not all reacting to a top edge from cook,and also escorting the ball to boundary on numerous occasions was appalling and a shame to the indian fans watching at home{in spite of constant taunts from friends and cousins}-We became the #1 side in test cricket relying on Sehwag,Laxman,Zaheer ,Gambhir,and Dravid,not by playing as a team-Most cricket experts have already said that with a very poor bowling attack and very abysmal fielding it was a matter of time before the cookie crumbles We indian fans should accept that this is the end of an era regarding Indian cricket,TENDULKAR SHOULD BE GIVEN A GOOD SEND OFF AND YOUNGSTERS RECRUITED WITH PROPER TEST MATCH TECHNIQUE{NO MORE RAINAS AND YUVRAJS}-WE MIGHT LOOSE INITIALLY BUT IN THE LONG TERM WE MIGHT SEE RESULTS.DRAVIDS CATCHING LEVELS HAVE DROPPED{AGE OF 39},BUT WE NEED HIM FOR NTHR 2 YRS

  • on August 11, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    This means Pakistani Team was better then Indian,they at least won a test match !

  • on August 11, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    This one will be a innings defeat experience for India. Lucks don's run forever!!!

  • anuAddict on August 11, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Kumble said in an interview after watching todays play that talent is more or less comparable at test stage (within a team). It is the mental strength to push yourself to analyze, introspect and fight back that makes you different. I think selectors should stop ignoring class and temperament and select on the basis of domestic scores only. Rohit Sharma has class and is the best talent around, he has played 0 tests so far. Granted he has been given chances in ODI's but if he has the class and temperament selectors are better off persisting with him rather than likes of Raina, who might sparkle on favourable pitches but will always be found out by quality bowling. Similarly look for bowlers with heart, who quietly soak up beatings to become more determined than ever to fight back, than those who start drooping. Srikanth you lost the trick, how could you!!

  • John-Price on August 11, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    It is starting to look like England's tour of India in 1993 in reverse. These things happen.

  • Trickstar on August 11, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    England will not want to bat again at all, so with 3 days left, they will bat all day tomorrow or until they get bowled out, leaving them 2 full days to ball India out, on what appears to be a turning track, by day 4 Swanny will be getting it to rip and he'll come into his own. I hope he gets a hat full because he's bowled on some really poor pitches for spin lately, even though he bowled really well at Lords, bowling 40 odd overs at just over 2rpo and taking a couple of wickets, since he's injured his hand he looks in discomfort when bowling. I imagine England will try to add maybe 250 take them up to 700, bat India out of the game, set them 500 and they will easily bowl India out in 2 days or so but I wouldn't put it past India, to have their best batting performance of the series.

  • Deepfreezed on August 11, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    sad sight when so called number 1 team cannot take more than 3 wickets on a day.

  • gestapo on August 11, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    am so happy that India finally gained Test status and has just been drafted into the Test nation club.Playing against England in England is an honor and how many teams get that chance as their first assignment? Its ok for a new entrant to get shot out for not more than 200, drop catches, and let the english batsmen feast on our bowling as they have been bowling just for the sake of it. It will take 5 years at least for India to be a force in Test cricket.So all my dear fans, please be patient as you cannot expect a club team that has just graduated to the national level to set fire on the international circuit.

  • Desihungama on August 11, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    All I can say looking back last year the series with Pakistan, they performed much admirably then the current Indian squad. The comments from Indian readers from that series are still afresh. A mockery was made out of the batsmen then. I wonder how it is being felt this time around with Indian batsmen on the receiving end?

  • citizenkc on August 11, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Does anyone know how much we are paying Duncan Fletcher? Since taking charge, we have labored to beat a number 8 team and have been thrashed by England. The compulsion nowadays to hire expensive foreign coaches is another way style has taken over substance. Why don't we spend money instead on developing and nurturing young players? Varun Aaron just picked up 4 wickets in Australia in the emerging players match. Take him out of the IPL, give him a decent national "emerging player" contract (start doing this), and let him play some county cricket. That's how we can protect and nurture our players. Save him from the circus. Let the Yusuf Pathans and the Rainas play in the IPL. They are good at hitting sixes on flat pitches; they will never play test cricket anyway. Let's take the ones who have genuine talent and support them financially and structurally. This is the only way we can safeguard the future. If we let greed guide our path, we will spend the future lost in the wilderness.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 11, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    its refreshing to see this indian team lose. well done england. where are all these indian fans lol who are commenting againts sri lanka? sri lanka reached 400 twice. lost only 0-1. this is going to be a white washlol

  • Jonah58 on August 11, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    I find it rather sad seeing some of the indian fans coming on and hoping to see India salvage some pride and get a 3-0 or 3-1 result in the series. It reminds me far too much of the years I spent supporting England when we used to wait for the last match in a dead rubber so we could hopefully cheer a consolation victory or even a spirited draw. I hope India do come back, but the board and the selectors in India have to do some serious soul searching and decide just where they want thier team to be in 2 or 3 years time. Do they want to become one-day and T20 specialists or do they want to start to fight for their test crown back. If so they have to spend some of thier vast wealth do something to improve the quality of wickets in India to allow bowlers a chance to develop. Scores of 500 and 600 per innings are regularly seen even in Schools cricket and that cannot be good for the development of bowlers, it takes 20 wickets to win a match!

  • allblue on August 11, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Good Test cricket has ebb and flow, and this series had that at first. With England at 270 for 5 on a flat Lords track, then 62 for 5 in the 2nd innings India had the chance to take control, but England's phenomenal lower order took it away. Even more so at Trent Bridge, at 124 for 8, then 267 for 4 India had England on the ropes. But Test cricket is the supreme form of the game because it tests your character as much as your skill, and this England side has both in buckets. That last turn round broke India, mentally and physically they're 'gone', and now they're facing not just defeat but humiliation. They arrived on tour full of hubris, even arrogance but now there are serious questions to ask of the BCCI. They have the means and resources, they need to show some humility and start to build again from the bottom up, because this team is finished. As an England fan I'm thrilled at the performance of our team, but cricket needs a strong India and this showing is inexcusable.

  • on August 11, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    India look tired and dis interested. But the real blame comes down to Duncan Fletcher who is simply a waste of space. Whats Duncan got to say about his teams pathetic display? Is Duncan Fletcher the right person to see through the transition of our older players retiring? Can you see Duncan Fletcher travelling around India for the next however many years trying to find bowlers with the pace? No No No he aint so please BCCI - sack Fletcher with immediate effect coz hes no good and reinstate G Kirsten or someone else of that stature. Its embarrasing being an Indian fan right now!

  • Lord.emsworth on August 11, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Cook might well end up as the greatest of them all at least in the number of centuries and half centuries scored. He's 26 and barring injury(touchwood) has another 10 years or more. He could end up with more than Tenhdulkars 50 odd unless Kallis gets a sudden rush. Cook wont be remembered for batting Like Viv Richards,Brian Lara or Garfield Sobers just to mention a very few brilliant dashers ... but to 'each his own'.

  • Dave_Chatterjee on August 11, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Its a trend, which Indian Team is finding it hard to shake off. Remember how our team was steam rolled by West Indies after their world cup win of 1983 and Kapil lost his captaincy?.

    I think the same thing is happening here. They are yet to get out of the aura of winning a world cup

    Its time for a change in approach towards the game which includes change is captaincy, coaching ( Duncan is old enough for retirement) and some key players. Some guys have reached their pinnacle of career - with nothing more to achieve in life. Please give them a golden handshake.

  • cricpolitics on August 11, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    This continuous Indian performance is proving how flawed the ICC ranking system is. The current Indian cricket team is a shame to the number one ranking. Can you imagine this team being the one day and test cricket champions?

  • rp02 on August 11, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Great article...Well played by England and good allround performence and what a shameful day for India, spilling catches, bowling not on target and now it looks that bowlers are tired physically (mentally indian bowlers were alredy tired before match) and Indian team might be thinking "when this tour is going to end and eagerly waiting for that day". Our spinner mishra cant get turn, I bet swann will get lots of turn on this pitch and we called ourself as spinners country. We have great batsmen but they dont know how to play swing and seam and even now Fletcher is looking for excuse and might be thinking why did I get in this mess? My prediction is whitewash. If you want Indian batsmen to perform, put a IPL ad with lots of money on it and see the result..All England picthes looks like batting pitch when England are batting and looks like green turn when England are bowling, I have not seen such humiliation of any team around the work, hopefully BCCI will learn, not sure of that even.

  • IndianCrazyFan on August 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    This is one of heart breaking series for Dhoni's captaincy and clearly proved why we miss Kumble a lot. Very rarely these days I saw Big 2(Sachin/Laxman) failure. It was during 90s whenever India toured Aus they were just hammered by their batsman and could see our batsman couldnt get into the groove with conditions. After nearly a decade I am seeing weakest performane by the team.

    It clealry proves that team should have taken a long break from cricket and prepared in much better way. Aleast by having 2-3 3 day games before 1st test.

    BCCI must stop thir greediness in scheduling more and more meaningless tours. Otherwise we will see more worst peformances.

    Still hopeful to see Littleman score 100

  • LokuMahaththaya on August 11, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Indian selectors, you brought Shawag onto this match at the critical moment. What he can do to save the match for India. He is also Technically wrong, so he cant face quality swing bowling attack.

    Shewag, Sachin, Dhoni and Riana are also technically wrong, they can not face England bowling attack.

  • LokuMahaththaya on August 11, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Indian selectors, you brought Shawag onto this match at the critical moment. What he can do to save the match for India. He is also Technically wrong, so he cant face quality swing bowling attack.

    Shewag, Sachin, Dhoni and Riana are also technically wrong, they can not face England bowling attack.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    I think Indian is still the number 1 team in the world. Give us the lifeless pitches of the subcontinent and a quality opposition like Bangladesh and we shall show you !!!

  • KabaabRoll on August 11, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    this is why harbhajan is so important.

  • Bilal94 on August 11, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Three words describe Indian batting flat track bullies.Even on flat tracks they can falter against quality bowling like they did against Pakistan in the semis.Too bad Pakistani fielding and batting are school boys level.Now we await the dawn of test cricket domination by a new United Front.A United Front of Englishmen,many South Africans,few Asians and one Irishman.

  • aracer on August 11, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    @Alexk400 - an innings and 420 run loss would be a record for India, though nowhere near Australia at the Oval in 1938. They did already set a record in the last test though, for the margin of defeat for a team holding a first innings lead.

  • ChuckyDoll on August 11, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    What David Gergen said today is soooo apt for Duncan Fletcher. Here are David Gergen's words: "Ordinarily in a crisis, people keep their hopes up because a leader steps forward and instills faith that eventually, this, too, shall pass. Think of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Depression and World War II, calming the country with his fireside chats. Think of John F. Kennedy in the Cuban missile crisis. Or Walter Cronkite during the Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations. Ronald Reagan after his shooting. Or Rudy Giuliani on 9/11." Are you listening, Mr. Fletcher ? The Indian Team needs you now. They are all talented. They need words to hold on to.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    The way England is playing it seems there is not much diffrence between Canada, India or Kenya or you can say Zimbabwe. They are all way behind against this amazing English team. Everyone related with ICC test ranking should be ashamed to see the world No 1 team is still India!!

  • aracer on August 11, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    @DazTaylor - well we have the answer about what the India fans will say now: "In form Indian team is always a threat and its no time before we can win back the No.1 status" - I've got news for girdoc1, you're going to Australia next, and won't be winning back no 1 status there!

  • george204 on August 11, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Probably the most gratuitous cricketing insult I know is to compare a side to '87-'99 era England, but watching India today, I started to feel this strange deja vu. Sorry.

  • Tasneem on August 11, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    what a woeful bowling display by the indians!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CandidIndian on August 11, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Thanks a lot England teaching India a good lesson ,hats off to them, congrats English fans, this is coming from a die hard Indian fan but its time to accept the reality.We saw something similar in first test on SA tour where it was no contest and India never looked like competing.That thrashing should have been taken seriously by Indian team but since they won at Durban everything was forgotten.The debacle that happened in that first test has happened three times already in this series,you may be with great batting line up ,tons of experience,but you cant get into a series totally unprepared,Indians were playing in WI 10 days before the most important series,with no 1 ranking for the taking.No excuses, when they have chosen to go under-prepared i think they deserve the thrashing like this.As an Indian fan i am embarrassed ,although will continue to support Indian team the same way.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    This is a pathetic series from Indian point of view. I think our future is visible now as a test playing nation. We dont have even a single quality bowler in favourable conditions. Even the most reputed batsmen are struggling a lot.I think they should show some guts and determination in the 2nd innings atleast, so that the margin of defeat is not breathtaking. Never pray for rain Team India....rather pray for a change in your attitude.... We need centuries from all top 5...its a miracle...but not impossible...

  • moses678 on August 11, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Rain Rain come again little Dhoni wants you today. Only Hope for India is heavy rain for next two days and some more heroics from Dravid and Praveen to save this match. Based on current performance and without divine intervention from mother nature India will go down 0-4 in this series. It seems more like Indian team is here to enjoy English summer instead to compete against England.

  • Angad11 on August 11, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    The English seem to be having a lot of fun out there. Make the most of it kids, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you. Payback time isnt too far.

  • om.pani on August 11, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    give a chance to sunil gavaskar & ravi shathri to playing 11 in 4th test match. then they will show how to play in england.then we can decide how good their expert advices.

  • anuAddict on August 11, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    The series has sure degenerated into sorry state of affairs, and its not just for India and Indian fans. English fans deserved to see a better contest, players needed to feel that they have overcome a challenge, fans needed to get their moneys worth. All that remains now is sympathy and apathy (for a bunch of guys in you-know-which team). What I have to say to English fans is, don't let lack of fight deter you from taking it out. We were arrogant as fans, team, establishment when going was good, and now ultimate humiliation is sympathy, which seems to have overtaken sense of triumph. Let it come, we will soak it and I hope people who matter soak it as well, without making excuses, sounding defensive, complaining. Its needed to shake up the spirits that seem to have expired in slumber.

  • Pritt32 on August 11, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    India is heading for another crushing defeat in the third test and in the process loosing the series. Rain will not be a saviour, as weather prospects look favourable and it gives enough time for England bowlers to dismiss a tired Indian team within a space of 1 and half days. It is a similar losing pattern. Indians are incapable of playing for a draw, as their technique is ragged. The bowling and fielding is school boy level. The captaincy of Dhoni is unimaginative and clueless. Well done to England for playing excellent cricket and completely outplaying a very weak Indian team. They truly deserve to be no 1. India needs to go home and find out where they are going wrong. I feel the team is ageing and they have lost the desire to win, due to IPL nonsense. Indian cricket is heading for its darkest days as their veteran players are like announce their retirements soon. I do feel sorry for the Indian team and I hope they can fight back, but I cannot see that happening.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    This happens to sub-continents team in England. india should wish for a win in last test.

  • indian1980 on August 11, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    This is one of the worst perfomance by the Indians. Dravid ,Laxman and Sachin should retire and Dhoni can't lead this team, his wicketkeeping is poor and batting is also bad, His on field decesions are really bad. India should try to build a new team with more yonger players.

  • Domzo on August 11, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    I think what has been the biggest disappointment for me in what I hoped would be an excellent series has been the standard of the Indian fielding - they hardly even seem to be trying any more, which is probably making the attack look more toothless than it actually is. Dhoni's wicket keeping has been dreadful - 7 byes and 26 leg byes in the innings so far alone, fielders are just letting the ball run through their legs, slips standing around with hands in their pockets (Laxman). You can't say that's IPL - fielding is absolutely vital in limited overs - in a test you might just have time to recover from a bad day in the field, in a limited overs match you don't. Praveen needs to give lessons on playing with fire and spirit under all circumstances, he's the real deal, potentially a new (and hopefully much less self-destructive) Asif. It's the job of the fielders to support the bowlers, India's fielders really aren't. When that happens the bowlers probably think "why bother".

  • wheelspoke on August 11, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    @Daztaylor - here are the answers to your questions So, what will be the excuses this time Indian fans? Wait till the 4th test and we will win. & if we lose that we will say wait till the one dayers. & If & when we lose that we will say wait till the T20 and if we lose that we will say wait till we meet again :) After all HOPE is a beautiful thing isnt it? On the contrary English bowlers could possibly get a fan following if they attack the body more and injure some of the older Indian players long time, thereby forcing the BCCI to form a new team. Otherwise, I dont see this team going anywhere in tests, after this beating. It is high time sachin retires with dignity, for otherwise he may face the same deal that Kapil got. As I said yesterday we dont have fast bowlers who can take 15 wickets in 2 innings period. So what are the plans for celebrating English victory?

  • aracer on August 11, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @Dave Rothery - I was wondering when Sachin came on to bowl whether that was so he could get his 100 ;) If it's of any consolation to the India fans, we got beaten 5-0 in 06/07, and look what happened a few years later.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    We are cooked by Cook and co. This is what happens when 11 Millionaires' plays instead of 11 Players.......!!!

  • m_ilind on August 11, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Looks like Eng will finally beat India by an innings. Honestly, these pampered cricketers deserve the humiliation. Feel sorry for the bowlers though especially PK & Ishant.

  • CandidIndian on August 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Thanks a lot England teaching India a good lesson ,hats off to them, congrats English fans, this is coming from a die hard Indian fan but its time to accept the reality.We saw something similar in first test on SA tour where it was no contest and India never looked like competing.That thrashing should have been taken seriously by Indian team but since they won at Durban everything was forgotten.The debacle that happened in that first test has happened three times already in this series,you may be with great batting line up ,tons of experience,but you cant get into a series totally unprepared,Indians were playing in WI 10 days before the most important series,with no 1 ranking for the taking.No excuses, when they have chosen to go under-prepared i think they deserve the thrashing like this.As an Indian fan i am embarrassed ,although will continue to support Indian team the same way.

  • Patchmaster on August 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Good job ENG have some injury problems otherwise it might be all over by now ! Great performance by Bresnan, he'll probably be overshadowed by Cook here, which is fine, but boy oh boy did he bowl well - fascinating decision on the horizon - when Tremletts fit - do they pick him over Bresnan ? I hope not, because Bresnan has earned his place I reckon.

  • Herath-UK on August 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    I think the tours should have been reversed and Sri Lanka should have come in the summer and definitely would have given a much better performance.India looked a spent force and have a toothless attack;please stop mentioning No.one tag with them anymore;Some had high hopes that India starts slow and then come back strongly;well,this is sort of a tiger skin draped over a lamb and calling the lamb a vicious tiger. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • landl47 on August 11, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    This has to rank up there as one of the hardest days for any Indian cricket fan to watch (and even then it should have been worse, since Strauss was given out off a no-ball). Today the Indian side saw what the Australians and Sri Lankans saw- Alastair Cook batting on and on, never getting tired, never losing concentration. By the time England finish their innings India will be totally exhausted; in fact, Sehwag couldn't even make it through today. Unless there's three days of rain England are going to win this test and become world #1- and please, no nonsense about having to win in the sub-continent. This England side would beat India in the middle of the Sahara desert.

  • on August 11, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Dhoni will be first Indian captain to loose a series by 4-0... His golden time ends.. Sourav Ganguly is the ever best captain of India..if even dhoni have more WC crowns..he never come to near Dada... Dada fighted n' won d matches in Aus,Pak,WI,Eng with an Average Team(Only dada,sachin,dravid,vvs n Kumble are seniors) ..But its pathetic dhoni... u got very gud team..but .... And dont pride that India No1..compare the 2000-06 WI,Pak,Aus,SL team with Now.. ENG also not much changed....Its time U to go... pls bring karthik,pathan,jaffer into the team

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 11, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    @@ DazTaylor: Do not harp on Indians giving excuses. Indian team is getting flogged. That is it. By writing in the same tone, what are you trying to prove? What do you want Indian supporters to say? You seem to be wanting to have a fight with Indian supporters. Enjoy the game. I am finding this England team showing so much grace in winning and it should not matter to you what Indian supporters are saying. Please do not tell me to read comments from 1st test. I very well know how England used to complain from the moment of landing in India in the past. My request is you must enjoy this England team just as the way an Indian supporter like me enjoyed when you guys won the Ashes 2005. Your team is moving towards No 1 and I feel will stay there for few years. SO Enjoy. You must note not many people are replying to your comments which are negative. Apart from that many of your comments show that you are just like people like me in appreciating the game as it is. Good Luck.

  • lankaforyou on August 11, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    FANTASTIC ENGLAND.......... U have shown the likes of SEHWAG,SACHIN,LAKSHMAN,GAMBHIR,DHONI how to bat on england pitches.... Fantastic display of batting with some lathargic indian fielding.... I dont want to point out dravid in particular...... Becoz he is the player who is on field for maximum number of hours on all the 3 test matches till now from both sides..... At the same time cannot wait to point out Dhani for his pathetic captaincy...... Also watever success dhoni saw is becoz of the team he has and not becoz of his captaincy and tactics... adding a huge amount of luck to it.. Pls dont say he won the worldcup to us... He was due for a a reasonable score till final match in the worldcup and by his good stars he got that in the final.... nothing more than that

  • C.Dila on August 11, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    please don't play 4th test match let india team to leave england. England please play with zimbabwe they are better than india in these conditions.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 11, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, and especially, Sachin must look at how English batsmen are playing. This is 6th test and 11th innings, people expecting Sachin's 100th International century during every inning. This series must be the lesson for every fan of Indian cricket team and every Indian cricketer because in almost every match and every innings, the only one English batsman made more runs than all Indian specialize batsmen grabbed except Dravid. Don't you think that is odd to watch. I mean India's only 3 batsmen-Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, grabbed more runs than the whole English team made in Test career. It is really sad to watch that Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman,Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Suresh Raina hardly pass 20 runs mark these days. They all have their own records, but in here they showed they are only and only goats. I haven't been laughed for few weeks because India's poor performance without fighting. Shame on those Indian Cricketers who can laugh on/off field.

  • phoenixsteve on August 11, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Another great display by England with plenty more runs to come I hope! Some excellent batting on show and how unlucky was Andrew Strauss? The unpire made a severe error which could have been corrected had he used his noodle.... Great full hearted effort from Praven Kumar - who sets a standard far above that of his lacklustre team-mates. If Englland press the batting accelerator tomorrow a declaration at an hour before close should see them with a lead of 500+ which should be more than enough against a side who have yet to score 300. India are a poor side and when are we going to see the much hyped batting? Talk from the Indian fans seems to be about "wait 'til we get England on our flat tracks" Laughable really! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Well played cook and the english team they have outclassed india in every department of the game congrats on becoming the no 1 team in the world

  • 5wombats on August 11, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    This is not a fair contest. I thought it would be a lot closer than this. Lucky India that Tremlett and Trott aren't playing - otherwise it would be even worse than it is, and it's already shocking. Only rain can save India now. They have been several notches south of abject. I had been looking forward to this series - but it's unedifying to see a team so vastly outplayed.

  • rajesharm on August 11, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    I think England can declare around 550 or so. India will be all out with in 150. So England can have innings and 200 runs win. They are updating every match. First test was just around 200 margin, second test was 350+, now this will be innings and runs. 4 th test India will loose both innings together. Let India bother about IPL 20-20 and making some money. Why waste energy in playing test cricket. This was expected after a year, when all veterans retire. But it became a bit early. Hopefully this will make veterans to leave the game sooner than expected

  • Yazdegerd on August 11, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Another good day for England players and really misery for Indian bowlers. You always need quality bowlers to win a test match regardless, how strong your batting line is? India should once again consider Irfan Pathan. I am sure, he can better perform than Raina.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Do India have no bowlers who bowl above medium-fast pace? Top quality batsman aren't going to be troubled by this kind of bowling, it's hard to blame the spinner for doing a poor job on day two- he can only exert pressure and tie up an end, if the seam bowling attack look dangerous.

  • wheelspoke on August 11, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Let us move on to the fourth test and the one-dayers. If the Indian management has any sense they would rest Ishant and Sreesanth from the next test, for otherwise we may not see them for a long time. Bring on Munaf, RP and Kohli, it would make no difference to the series anyway. Of course Sachin probably would score a needless century or 50 in the 2nd innings a few runs here and there among the other batters, but for the most part this test is done and dusted.WELL PLAYED ENGLAND!!! Point to note thought is England seem to be so obsessed with the ranking part, everyone in the team and commentary team keeps talking about it so much, that they probably might loose intensity after they get to #1. Hope that does not happen, atleast for the next year or so.As for India, I think Sachin should seriously go out with dignity and not let what happened to Kapil Dev, happen to him. Indian fans are ruthless when it comes to criticizing and I am one of them I guess :)

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    West Indies tour was needless in front of a long english summer for India.

  • Cricketsphere on August 11, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    It is strange that on a turning wicket, the only thing right that Mishra has done is land his feet accross the crease, and that too eight times. A nice comparison by espncricinfo - in last 11 tests Mishra has bowled 61 no balls, and in contrast the whole English team in the same number of test has bowled just 39. Well, people root for wrong stuff all the time - and here is Mishra for you. Well done indian sellectors!

  • Valavan on August 11, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I thought india will miss Cook special, yet again Cook is teasing Indian bowling lineup, he doesnt go for a poke when the ball is pitched outside offstump. Well since occasional showers predicted on the weekend, England will go for a lead of around 400 and bowls the Indian out of the TestNo.1. This england batting seems to dictate things. As far as india is concerned, they must think beyond big 3 and zaheer khan.

  • frazell on August 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    If England continue like this, then 800 could even be on the cards. Declare with an hour to go to give 6 and a half sessions to bowl India out, although hopefully it won't take that long. However, one feels the Indian batting line up is going to fire at some stage. Exciting times for English cricket, although if I was a South African fan I would feel as if my team was being ignored. South Africa will be England's biggest test at home, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa away.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    India look ahead for 3-0 or 3-1...!!!!

  • Stark62 on August 11, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    What's the best way for Indian to get a double century? By bowling! :P

    This is just simply humiliation for the "no. 1" team in the world!

    They got to the top with a legendary batting line up but you'll only lose the spot very quickly without a strong bowling attack.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Excellent ending to the article with the line "India looked anything but the No. 1 team in the world and soon they won't be", Andrew. One sentence has captured the emotions of various people, from the Indian supporters to the English supporters. India's lethargic performance is actually a disrespect to England's ability too. It feels better to best a team that is up for a fight than to beat a team which meekly surrenders at the first sight of a challenge. Unfortunately for England, the Indian team has found it a better way to not put up a fight and let aside the appalling performances with petty excuses.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 11, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Bring in Badrinath, Rahul Sharma and Ashwin please. Don't be fooled by Dravid's centuries. He, Tendulkar and Laxman make India old and expired. Sehwag also looks old; he doesn't move well in the field. Just say good bye to Zaheer and bring in Varun. Pujara didn't look that safe in SA but persist. Prsist with Kohli too but Raina should go with Dhoni. We need a captain who is visbly aggressive and makes players aggressive;a Jonty Rhodes like agile captain.

  • cricchic on August 11, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    My Goodness...England on Fire..everything is clicking, batting, bowling, fielding..India has nothing going their way weak bowling attack, out of form legends..poor fielding and low confidence..maybe England deserve to be number 1..The pressure will be on England to remain there...

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 11, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Congrats Alistair !! well played. The Indian batsmen need to attend your batting lectures after the game INCLUDING Sachin Tendulkar. He's a legend but even legends die if they are repeated without purpose. Who cares you have scored over 14,000 runs; on the day if you don't deliver you are NOTHING. I feel sorry for the Indian bowlers. They are only fit for T20s and ODIs. Even then they could be taken for plenty. They are not test class. India as a team don't look test class and must play with minnows given their performances thus far this series. Now they need to forget this series and 'PREPARE' for the next test which will be Australia during the winter. The BCCI has to truly behave like a SUPERPOWER and manage the team well grooming fit players and players will true skill and grit. We don't need reputation tags like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni etc who have proven toothless. England looking good for 600+ runs by tomorrow.

  • yamin101 on August 11, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Cook is going to cook india.

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 11, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    O' My India. The last we got flogged like this was in Pakistan 1982. Everyone in England team can bat. I am looking at @700 for england and will thank them if I am relieved soon of watching this flogging. England declare at 525 and you can win. India is yet to make 300 in this series and it appears India has thrown in the towel already. So 300 will be sufficient for Innings defeat.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    The series gone.....for INDIA....now they should concentrate t get it back on their home series...

  • roxap on August 11, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    There is only one place where you can get good fast bowlers in sub continent and thats Pakistan,

  • girdoc1 on August 11, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Its great performance by England. Unfortunately like every other sportsmen who lose there form during there career - so did Indian players. In form Indian team is always a threat and its no time before we can win back the No.1 status. Cmon India dont lose heart - not all is lost. I supported you during winning days and will support you during the days when you lose. You are truly No.1 INDIA

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    wow thats gr8. I will be very happy to see INDIA slump to No. 9 in the Test and ODI rankings.

  • Nick_sp on August 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with India's performance in this series. Winning and loosing is part of the game but making it a one sided series never expected from world no.1 test team. I wish this is the last match of the series.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    The series gone.....for INDIA....now they should concentrate t get it back on their home series...

  • Bilal94 on August 11, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Well I guess Indian fans have really nothing to comment on.

  • kevinpp24 on August 11, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I wont be surprised if Indian team is completely depressed and admitted in Hospital for a week atleast.

  • alexrdavies on August 11, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Cook and Strauss have a lot of centuries, but then, they've had a lot of innings.

    For one of England's most prolific partnerships, they've actually got one of the worst averages: http://bit.ly/qUozDr

    and if you restrict the examination to our most prolific opening pairs, they still look pretty poor: http://bit.ly/qiskvu

    simply going by the numbers, the men at the heart of our most successful partnerships - at least in recent times - have been Pietersen, Trescothick and Butcher: http://bit.ly/pwfYz5

    Just imagine if the three had played together in their prime!

  • kevinpp24 on August 11, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    I've been watching cricket only since 2005 ashes and I never saw such a humiliation to India. England were dictating terms all the way. Whenever India seems to step up, England just crawled back and stole the momentum from the opposition. The closest humiliation after 2005 would be 2006 ashes for England but they atleast showed some fight. UTTER HUMILIATION. And to top it all there is one more TEST MATCH. Unbelievable.

  • citizenkc on August 11, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I had been looking forward to this series, not because I wanted India to win, but because I thought it would potentially be a decent contest between two teams. Now the series is lost and India will probably lose this test by an innings inside three days. It is not the result that is so disappointing, it is the way India has lost: poor batting, listless bowling, shocking fielding, no-balls, lack of discipline, clueless captaincy; I could go on and on. This is the time for serious reflection for the BCCI. The fans, judging by this site, largely blame the IPL for the shocking deterioration of standards. Why should someone earning in the crores care about performing at the test level? When Holding, Imran or Kapil ran in to bowl or Richards, Miandad or Gavaskar went out to bat, they were performing for their own and their nation's pride. Now Dhoni et al are standing on the field wondering about their next endorsement and how many sixes they will hit off some worthless bowler in the IPL.

  • NairUSA on August 11, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Well, water under the bridge. India has to play well tomorrow and give no ground to the English. No match is finished till it is finished. Best luck, Team India!

  • om.pani on August 11, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    some tips to improve indian team *Time's up to dravid and sachin to wear spectacles. then they can take all the catches comes at them. *before win the world for Chennai super kings dhoni should learn how to lead team india in overseas conditions. *if team india want to stay at number 1 or 2 in test ranking they shouldn't allow DRS & hotspot system.then india can have at lest 4,5 decisions for their favor in a match

  • anuAddict on August 11, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    My rest of the evening is likely to be spent spamming boards all over venting out my frustration, indignation, humiliation as an Indian fan. I feel I am pretty close to announcing retirement as a cricket fan (but won't do it unfortunately) and I have a feeling that I am not alone. England, you are deservedly number 1, you beat us blue and black so far and this holds true regardless of what happens in 4th test. Congrats.

    Next interesting thing for me is to hear about drastic changes that I am so keen to see, former players slamming performance, and folks owning up responsibilities. When do the crowds actually start booing in England usually?

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Before this series every one was expecting that IND vs ENG test would be the fantastic series.....and now at 3rd test...even ENGLAND fans were not cheering their players boundaries...rather they look supportive to INDIAN team who is in a complete disarray now........ No.1 position lost for sure....but i guess they would retain it as they have 2 home series against ENG and WI....

  • shrastogi on August 11, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Completely England's day. Indian shoulders are dropping and that reflected in shoddy effort at field. What one would like Inida to show some spine. They should appreciate the fact that England have 4 players in the top scorers of 2011. They bat deep down and their bowlers are producing the type of beauties on regular basis like the one with which Pravin Kumar castled Ian Bell. If India takes the bad day too much on them they would be mentally down which would affect their batting. They should lift themselves tomorrow and show some fight. Its not just their fault. The selectors and BCCI should also take the blame for schedules, picking only two openers and allowing injured players to play in IPL. The whole establishment underestimated England. The selectors were in their own world hoping that everything would work out even if they select a ridiculous team the way it worked out in the world cup. Its a wake up call before the tour to Australia.

  • on August 11, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Before this series every one was expecting that IND vs ENG test would be the fantastic series.....and now at 3rd test...even ENGLAND fans were not cheering their players boundaries...rather they look supportive to INDIAN team who is in a complete disarray now........ No.1 position lost for sure....but i guess they would retain it as they have 2 home series against ENG and WI....

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 11, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    What a great day for English cricket! Wonderful batting display. But this is not the most dominant day of test cricket by England in recent memory. The first day of the Boxing day test match remains by far the most one-sided day in the history of test match cricket. Nothing can beat bowling Australia out for 98 and then scoring 157-0 on Boxing Day at the MCG.

  • donda on August 11, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    My suggestion, India should give rest to all his senior players who are playing consistently for last two years day in day out and give chance to young players.

    Current Indian team needs long time rest, like aussies and SA teams had after WC.

    Fresh legs are required and current indian team lacks desire to even play.

    BCCI wake up and give rest to your team otherwise some day these players will die on the ground. It's to hectic . Wake up BCCI.

  • VAS4 on August 11, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Painful to watch Indians. Two easy catches dropped by Dravid. Looks like finally age catching up with him, slowing reflexes. What is up with Tendulkar? May be it is time The BCCI think about replacing the 38+ one by one. Hope someone advice Tendulkar to retire when at peak rather than wait to be removed. Another poor performance and people are going to turn against him. I'm afraid Vaughan's prediction of 4-0 may come true. Even zimbabwe could easily defeat this India team. Sorry for the fans!

  • AjaySridharan on August 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The Englishmen's fitness level is fantastic! Cook batted all day long for an excellent almost double century, and he looks fresh as a cucumber! I can visualize some of the Indians sweating buckets and panting their lungs out if they had been out for that long

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Its practically impossible for India to take 20 wickets of England.... I don't think England will declare and I don think they will bat again..... If they score additional 150 to 200 Runs (in next two sessions) then I believe India will have no chance at all .... Its too much ... Even if India score 600 (A very difficult possibility) it will take them 2 days and eventually it will be a draw unless England bundled out cheaply in 20 overs ...

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Congrats to England on becoming the number 1 test team in the world, 4-0 is waiting India.

  • raza_87 on August 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    There is a lot of tom-tom about the so called great Sachin Tendulkar. He has been an absolute failure .He has not been able to perform in all the 3 tests. What is the use of having records when they do not fructify into winning matches for India? He should be dropped to make ways for others. Considering the fact that Sachin was rested for the West Indies series, he should be more prepared for the match….Very sad state and very embarrassing to watch India getting clobbered

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    It can be england's 3-0...

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    What a terrible Indian performance, I watched England play Bangladesh yesterday and have to say they put on a better fight than this toothless Indian side.

    on the other hand, Well done England. we're probably being overly bashful and won't admit it, but this is a great English side which is becoming ever difficult to beat with each innings. no matter who seems out of sorts in a series, they seem to all come around and put in a whopper at some point.... Looking forward to Cook's 250 tomorrow.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    only if they could win this match from here, they don't deserve to be no 1 in test & if they do then they are the champions......

  • amilag on August 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    India shows this ranking system is a joke. More points should be allocated to win and draws for the matches played away from home country and vis-versa.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Good as England have been, and they have been very very good, India have been atrocious. I was really looking forward to this series, but Bangladesh gave us more of a challenge and showed more fight and spirit. Very disappointing.

  • bumsonseats on August 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    its a long time ago as i remember but as the get to 40 you may look the same. but your bones ,reflexes and eyes deminish. today at warwickshire some indian greats felt it. dpk

  • krici_lover on August 11, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Pathetic performance. I have been following cricket since 1986. Not seen such a dismal, disappointing performance by any team against any. I am sure even Bangladesh would have done better or even Kenya would not have bowed the way Indian team has. No words are enough to show disappointment for Indian fans like me. I can only express obituary to sudden demise of Indian International Cricket in current incarnation. LONG LIVE IPL.

  • puneet_usa on August 11, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Being an Indian Cricket Team Fan- I would like to congratulate England for playing so well in this series so far- Yes there were moments where India looked like taking control of the first two tests but England proved in the end that it's not over till it's actually over. I am also positive that Indian Cricket Team will get full support from its fans and media because we are the ones who appreciate them when it's all rosy but when going gets rough, we tend to get too harsh/critical. There are many teams around the world who got thrashed when they visit Indian Sub-Continent with turning flat pitches- And I am speaking of top teams like Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand to an extent- A lot of people have changed their opinions from the past when they were over critical of the team with expectation of billions varying up and down every day on team's performance but guys- team needs support more in adversity than any other occasion so all please try to look for solutions-

  • Alexk400 on August 11, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Hust give 4-0 result to England and stop the 4th Test. It is becoming time wasting exercise. England worked out India. Just ideal wicket for engalnd. just slow wicket but same swing. England tall bowlers can make purchase out of it but indian bowlers can only toil because of lack of speed. Ishant sharma can't do anything without zaheer khan. He needs to grow up. he is ideal moud of average indian bowlers who bowls well in first 3 test and then fade away. RP singh , munaf patel ...like 100s of BCCI hand picked fast bowlers can only do that much. England bat until tomorrow tea with 500 runs lead. Game may be over by tomorrow. India may be 80 all out by tomorrow evening. Will that be a record?. England just destroying clueless impotent india.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Sehwag a la savior of India's fortunes gone for a first ball duck..I say, what has become of the Indian fans ? It's a tragedy how a full strength Indian batting line up failed to come to terms with an England attack lacking Chris Tremlett. I'd say they're rather the very epitome of mediocrity.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    there is no fast bowler from years, Do we still have ICC cricket playing status now?

  • Crazy_Cricket_Fan on August 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    well India deserves this thrashing for lack of fitness awareness and taking things granted(including # 1 spot)..i'm Indian fan

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    A disgrace performance so far by this Indian team! The lure of money is very much behind this debacle .The power weilded by the BCCI is destroying Indian cricket. Guys like Sachin,Laxman,Sehwag, Dravid,Zaheer.Dhoni etc chose to play IPL games for huge amounts of money,with out proper rest or planning and look how tired they look now in England holding India's pride up! For the final test atleast ,let all these oldies be rested and let all the young players who are in England play .I am sure they will do better than this team is doing now.Play Sachin & Harbhajan in India only

  • surge0017 on August 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    BCCI needs to arrange a Bangladesh test tour ASAP.. so India can climb up to the top of Test rankings again.

  • MartinC on August 11, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Well with a reasonable weather forecast of clouds and sunny spells over the next 3 days India are going to have to save themselves in this match. England will probably bat another two sessions and declare over 400 ahead.

    Can India's batsmen show some fight and finally post a total over 300 in reply and maybe take the game into the final day. They are playing for pride now.

  • Nathan_123 on August 11, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    This is the worst Indian team I have seen for the last 30 years. Before the series began, I believed that this so call no 1 team in the world would stand up and play like champions. What I saw of the players were lack of purpose and energy. Can the Indians avoid the ultimate embarrassment, which is the whitewash.

  • SDHM on August 11, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    The dropped catch off Morgan summed up the performance, but the reaction did not. Dravid looked furious at himself, when the rest of the team barely seemed to care throughout the day, so at least he's still fighting along with Praveen, who again bowled well. Sehwag wandering off before the end of play, not even deigning to finish the day with his teammates out on the field, was disgraceful. I know all teams (England especially) abuse the substitute rule, but I've never seen anyone go off simply because they couldn't be bothered, or at least not hiding the fact they can't be. As happy as I am that England are playing well, today it ceased to be a contest. It just got boring.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Zero fighting spirit in Indian team and they look exhausted. This is heading towards a white-wash.

  • bddhika_harindat on August 11, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Having looked at the performance of so called Indian team so far in this series, it is evident that they cannot live up to the expectations as the no.1 Test Team which should soon be handed over to a great English team whether like it or not. Even before start of this tour, it was Indian fans those who had high talks even without facing to a single ball on english pitches boosted about their performance once they land in England. So now it's quite evident that just because they won the World Cup recently, they cannot win every match and they're so called little master too is getting outdated, but Indian fans still dreaming about his 100th international centuary. As a Srilankan I am very proud about the perfomance of Srilankans during their english tour as they were able to manage the series 0-1 loose during the 1st half of English summer under great difficulties. So far, Indians have not been able to win a single macth on their tour and they have not been able score 300+ in any innings

  • 200ondebut on August 11, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Great day for England. Well played. C'mon India show some fight.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    England will add 250 more runs to the lead, total would be around 500, then India would come out to bat, will be bundled out for less than 300, and England will win by an innings plus 200 runs :D

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    It's difficult to judge how good England are because the Indians are so poor in every respect and even worse they don't look as though they care.

  • CricketChat on August 11, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    As I had suspected, Ind are done with this test by the 2nd day itself. The match is in danger of finishing by 3rd day or by lunch on 4th day. Batting and bowling both have not fired in this series. Remember, the current bowling is pretty much same as the one in WI which they barely won 1-0. Eng are a class apart compared to WI and the results show that. With all the Sr Ind batsmen in woeful form and/or fitness, the result is easily predictable. Eng win series 4-0.

  • DazTaylor on August 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    So, what will be the excuses this time Indian fans? We have had "We will win easily." Followed, after the heavy First Test loss with "We are slow starters. We will still win easily." After an even heavier defeat in the Second Test, we got "Sehwag will destroy you! We will now win easily." Well, England are over 200 ahead and only 3 wickets down. I await the excuses with earnest!

  • Rahulbose on August 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Every day in this series get progressively worse for India. The team truly is in free fall. BCCI will soon announce that India will only play in home series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for the next 3 years after this tour.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on August 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    I strongly support Arjuna Ranatunga's view about fun cricket IPL, a complete money-making farce in the name of cricket. BCCI should ban test-players in IPL to keep test cricket enjoyable, interesting and contesting. IPL can never help preparing playing cricket to its test level.

  • Hurricane08 on August 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    There are 3 issues working against India at the same time - the team is ageing and needs to desperately start replacing with new blood. Unfortunately, the oldies are the ones who are at least scoring. The bowling attack is essentially geared towards limited overs cricket - they lack the ability to plan a dismissal - a typical 5 day skill that Zaheer possesses. It is a good wake up call though and team India will realize that a very different mindset is needed to stay at the #1 slot.

  • knan on August 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Dravid drops catches and then scores hundreds to make up for them. What a pathetic display by India on the field. Looks like a defeat in 3 days this time

  • Romansoul23 on August 11, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Well done team India. You have shown your class. I am proud of not supporting you guys. You better play at domestic level, groom yourself, develop tough mentality and then think of taking big teams..............

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    zaheer had never been a champion bowler so its silly to hear indians saying that zaheer would have made difference.

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    At least 3 Indians have managed to get 100's against their names....... Shame they're bowlers though eh!

  • pom_don on August 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Shame Strauss was given out on a no ball it would have been nice to see both openers pass the ton, India just didn't turn up, well their spirit didn't I have never seen such a poor showing from one of the big guns......forget the score that is unimportant it was/is their attitude that is quite frankly abysmal & fielding & catching is better on our village cricket green, just a show of total defeatism & not what should be seen from peoples sporting heroes.....India, shame on you!

  • MeraBharatMahaan on August 11, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I don't know why my articles are not getting published. read my article on great Sachin and you'll realize how great he is: http://blog.yahoo.com/_YC2PEQ34OS7WNX4ARD2QMHSFCQ/articles/117004/index?bb=0

  • John_the_equilibrium_Nash on August 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    India's test status should be revoked. Pathetic performance.

  • AjitNarayan on August 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Bowling failure, batting failure and now fielding failure! God help INDIA!!!

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Another great day for England and they are absolutely dominating in Steve Waugh's Australia Team style. Good to see Cook get some runs. Lets get 700 tomorrow and then Swann gets among the wickets.

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  • on August 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Another great day for England and they are absolutely dominating in Steve Waugh's Australia Team style. Good to see Cook get some runs. Lets get 700 tomorrow and then Swann gets among the wickets.

  • AjitNarayan on August 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Bowling failure, batting failure and now fielding failure! God help INDIA!!!

  • John_the_equilibrium_Nash on August 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    India's test status should be revoked. Pathetic performance.

  • MeraBharatMahaan on August 11, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I don't know why my articles are not getting published. read my article on great Sachin and you'll realize how great he is: http://blog.yahoo.com/_YC2PEQ34OS7WNX4ARD2QMHSFCQ/articles/117004/index?bb=0

  • pom_don on August 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Shame Strauss was given out on a no ball it would have been nice to see both openers pass the ton, India just didn't turn up, well their spirit didn't I have never seen such a poor showing from one of the big guns......forget the score that is unimportant it was/is their attitude that is quite frankly abysmal & fielding & catching is better on our village cricket green, just a show of total defeatism & not what should be seen from peoples sporting heroes.....India, shame on you!

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    At least 3 Indians have managed to get 100's against their names....... Shame they're bowlers though eh!

  • on August 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    zaheer had never been a champion bowler so its silly to hear indians saying that zaheer would have made difference.

  • Romansoul23 on August 11, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Well done team India. You have shown your class. I am proud of not supporting you guys. You better play at domestic level, groom yourself, develop tough mentality and then think of taking big teams..............

  • knan on August 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Dravid drops catches and then scores hundreds to make up for them. What a pathetic display by India on the field. Looks like a defeat in 3 days this time

  • Hurricane08 on August 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    There are 3 issues working against India at the same time - the team is ageing and needs to desperately start replacing with new blood. Unfortunately, the oldies are the ones who are at least scoring. The bowling attack is essentially geared towards limited overs cricket - they lack the ability to plan a dismissal - a typical 5 day skill that Zaheer possesses. It is a good wake up call though and team India will realize that a very different mindset is needed to stay at the #1 slot.