Eng v Ind, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day July 9, 2014

England 'frustrated' with pitch

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Anderson: We want a far contest between bat and ball

James Anderson admitted the England team were "frustrated" by another low, slow surface that did nothing for the home attack on the first day of the Investec Test series against India.

Murali Vijay batted throughout the day to make an accomplished century as India lost only four wickets on a pitch that did little to assist the England seamers. The Trent Bridge groundsman admitted he was disappointed with the lack of pace in his pitch.

While Anderson suggested the England attack, who conceded less than three an over, could be proud of their day's work in challenging circumstances, he also hinted that the surface did not allow for an "even contest between bat and ball".

Just as Stuart Broad, in the run-up to the Test, requested enough carry to ensure that edges should carry to the close fielders, so Anderson bemoaned the lack of such carry as two edges dropped short of the slip cordon and another mishit fell short of silly-point.

"It was frustrating," Anderson said. "It's not great, but there is not a lot we can do about it unless some strict directives come in.

"I thought we did brilliantly today. Our attitude was fantastic. We could have moaned about the pitch quite easily and sulked about, but I thought all the bowlers stuck at their task brilliantly and we're pretty happy with our day's work.

"As bowlers we don't expect seam movement. We expect flat pitches at Test level. We just expect our nicks to carry and a more even contest between bat and ball."

Asked if the pitch was good and whether England had utilised home advantage, Anderson replied "probably not on both counts. We're amazing hosts.

"It was frustrating. But the pitch is what it is and there is not a lot we can do about it at this stage. We've got to rest well and stick at it tomorrow. Even two days out we could see the pitch wasn't going to be one with huge amounts of pace in it. But it is something you've got to try and put out of your mind. Our job is to take wickets and all day long we tried to do that. We tried different things: different fields; different balls. We tried everything."

England enjoyed some success with their experimentation. Cheteshwar Pujara was caught at a short mid-on after Anderson bowled a full cutter with an unusually straight field, while Liam Plunkett bowled with six men on the leg side for a while. England bowled nine maidens in 14 overs immediately after lunch, with Stuart Broad miserly and Anderson gaining just enough reverse swing to trouble the batsmen.

"On a pitch like that you have try and be creative and unsettle the batsmen as much as you can," Anderson said. "All the bowlers came up with ideas and Alastair Cook was brilliant with his plans. We worked really well together at unsettling them. The way we came out after lunch was brilliant. We got two quick wickets and could have had a third with a nick that dropped short of second slip."

But despite England enjoying arguably their best day in the field this summer, India have the upper hand in this game.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • markatnotts on July 9, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    To be fair the Test pitches have been heading this way gradually over recent years in this country. England without Swann were always going to struggle more than in recent history especially if the overhead conditions are sunny. That said from what I saw of the highlights the lack of carry reminded me of the last Test played between these sides in India. Though I do recall early in the season against Warwicks, Notts were reported when Steve Birks attempted to put some pace into the pitch. Ever since it has been bland, and with this being a Test Match you have to be ultra careful.

  • GHemrajani on July 11, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Learn to bowl Yorkers and take the quality of the pitch out of equation. Just learn from Malinga. I don't see any English bowler try to even bowl like that.

  • on July 10, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    PatchMaster. This pitch has been compared to many Indian pitches in many articles, from Chennai to Ahmedabad. If what you say is true then Test Cricket would be long dead in India. Instead the ECB is expected to reap a windfall from this series.

  • on July 10, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    @DizzD. Why is it so important for India to prove they are better than SL in a series against England. SL is doing well and should focus on further improving their game. Its time they dealt with their insecurities and complexes. All it would have taken was Anderson to drop his wrists on one ball. Lets just wait for the next SL Vs India series. Meanwhile good luck with the SA series.

  • mtvnjoy on July 10, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    The main theories behind such low-and-slow pitches have been: 1. Advanced drainage, 2. Selling tickets for five days. Fair points, both. During the recent Ashes in England the pitches were similar, and the English players were defending these pitches. The difference between then and now is Graeme Swann, and the ability of the opposition to play spin. Did ECB, et al, not foresee the likelihood of what's happening now?

  • RedRoseMan on July 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @John Dickens - in a word, yes! The work done to the major grounds to improve drainage and reduce the amount of weather related down time has dried the wickets, reducing the amount of live grass and deadening the pitches. If you combine that with the fact that there is now competitive tendering to host Test matches, with the successful counties desperate to maximise returns by ensuring Tests last five days, you can see why there is a tendency to produce pitches which last five days (or more!).

    Both teams play on the same pitch, so the relative advantage usually goes to (a) the side batting first (because there is no longer much in the way of first session, it is a substantial advantage to bat first as the pitches do still deteriorate) and (b) the weaker bowling side (because however good your bowlers are, it is difficult to make much impression on a dead pitch where the ball doesn't carry to slip). It is far too early in this Series to say who will benefit more.

  • on July 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    why is it that pitches are getting slower in England?

    Is it that they are too dry with the better irrigation systems and groundwater clearance?

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I think England is struggling cope with the fact that indians batted so well yesterday.Also, they shouldn't forget that a flat pitch is what will help their struggling captain to find some form.

  • markatnotts on July 10, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @chapathishot,

    Utter rubbish, the pitch was flat - and Oval pitches don't help spin massively these days. It was certainly not green or there would have been a 2 day Test rather than India getting within a hour or two of saving the game. And who took a lot of wickets for England - Swann!

  • handlingtheball on July 10, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    I can't believe this England ordered slow and low pitches in last Ashes & complained that they were too quick and bouncy for Johnston in Oz can't have cake and eat it too! While i agree pitch is not great for viewing it underlines England's problem; they should be able to win on any pitch BUT they aren't good enough so they complain

  • markatnotts on July 9, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    To be fair the Test pitches have been heading this way gradually over recent years in this country. England without Swann were always going to struggle more than in recent history especially if the overhead conditions are sunny. That said from what I saw of the highlights the lack of carry reminded me of the last Test played between these sides in India. Though I do recall early in the season against Warwicks, Notts were reported when Steve Birks attempted to put some pace into the pitch. Ever since it has been bland, and with this being a Test Match you have to be ultra careful.

  • GHemrajani on July 11, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Learn to bowl Yorkers and take the quality of the pitch out of equation. Just learn from Malinga. I don't see any English bowler try to even bowl like that.

  • on July 10, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    PatchMaster. This pitch has been compared to many Indian pitches in many articles, from Chennai to Ahmedabad. If what you say is true then Test Cricket would be long dead in India. Instead the ECB is expected to reap a windfall from this series.

  • on July 10, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    @DizzD. Why is it so important for India to prove they are better than SL in a series against England. SL is doing well and should focus on further improving their game. Its time they dealt with their insecurities and complexes. All it would have taken was Anderson to drop his wrists on one ball. Lets just wait for the next SL Vs India series. Meanwhile good luck with the SA series.

  • mtvnjoy on July 10, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    The main theories behind such low-and-slow pitches have been: 1. Advanced drainage, 2. Selling tickets for five days. Fair points, both. During the recent Ashes in England the pitches were similar, and the English players were defending these pitches. The difference between then and now is Graeme Swann, and the ability of the opposition to play spin. Did ECB, et al, not foresee the likelihood of what's happening now?

  • RedRoseMan on July 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @John Dickens - in a word, yes! The work done to the major grounds to improve drainage and reduce the amount of weather related down time has dried the wickets, reducing the amount of live grass and deadening the pitches. If you combine that with the fact that there is now competitive tendering to host Test matches, with the successful counties desperate to maximise returns by ensuring Tests last five days, you can see why there is a tendency to produce pitches which last five days (or more!).

    Both teams play on the same pitch, so the relative advantage usually goes to (a) the side batting first (because there is no longer much in the way of first session, it is a substantial advantage to bat first as the pitches do still deteriorate) and (b) the weaker bowling side (because however good your bowlers are, it is difficult to make much impression on a dead pitch where the ball doesn't carry to slip). It is far too early in this Series to say who will benefit more.

  • on July 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    why is it that pitches are getting slower in England?

    Is it that they are too dry with the better irrigation systems and groundwater clearance?

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I think England is struggling cope with the fact that indians batted so well yesterday.Also, they shouldn't forget that a flat pitch is what will help their struggling captain to find some form.

  • markatnotts on July 10, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @chapathishot,

    Utter rubbish, the pitch was flat - and Oval pitches don't help spin massively these days. It was certainly not green or there would have been a 2 day Test rather than India getting within a hour or two of saving the game. And who took a lot of wickets for England - Swann!

  • handlingtheball on July 10, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    I can't believe this England ordered slow and low pitches in last Ashes & complained that they were too quick and bouncy for Johnston in Oz can't have cake and eat it too! While i agree pitch is not great for viewing it underlines England's problem; they should be able to win on any pitch BUT they aren't good enough so they complain

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    As usual my fellow Indian fans miss the whole point in this article.All that is being asked for is a even contest between bat and ball who would like to see edges not carrying no assistance to bowlers 5 days of batting spectacle.One person writes wont England bat on same track yes they will but what are we achieving here batsmen making merry dull test matches where bowlers keep bowling and bowling without assistance from pitch remember guys even Indian bowlers will have to bowl in this pitch if this is how pitches are how will it be for them and all big talks of preparing for world cup would be a waste of time unless batsmen and bowlers are tested

  • switchmitch on July 10, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    So, all teams (barring very few....two probably) depend on the "pitch conditions" to win test matches. England and India are not those two teams. And why should England worry about the pitch condition anyway? They are playing at home, with the crowd as twelfth man and are supposedly far superior than India in Batting, Bowling and Fielding. It is just the first day of a long series and already the Englishmen are laying the foundations for a lot of excuses. No matter which way this series goes, the English players and fans will always find fault with the world at large. Typical.

  • chapathishot on July 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @ markatnotts:I think you have short term memmory loss the oval pitch which is one of the pitches in England that helps the spinners was changed to green top to help anderson and co in 2011 series against India

  • DizzD on July 10, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    All and all its says sri lankan bowlers were far more skilled than these english bunch. And again if india need to prove if they have a better attack or similar to sri lankans they need to win this 4 match series 2-0 or more as they playing double the matches sri lanka played.

  • CheerforUnderdogs on July 10, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    This is new strategy from England. They want to make sure that the new look batting unit feels settled/confident /returns to form and using India series for this. Historically many out of form batsman have piles up huge runs against India. Cry about the pitches is foul play. They are not looking for 5-0 and will be happy with 3-0. If batting unit clicks in firs 3 tests then we will see green tops for 4th & 5th test.

    India on the other hand will be happy with 1-1 draw if conditions remains like this.

  • Patchmaster on July 10, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Preparing sluggish test pitches will kill test cricket. Nice one ECB.

  • RedRoseMan on July 10, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Ignoring all the partisan bickering between Indian and English fans, the real issue with the trend towards flat, lifeless pitches in England (and in much of the rest of the Test playing world) is the damage that it causes to Test match cricket as a spectacle. Although the two Test series vs Sri Lanka produced two enthralling finishes, that shouldn't disguise the fact that much of the cricket was terminally dull because the balance between bat and ball was so skewed in favour of the bat. In awarding Test matches the ECB needs to reward those grounds that produce wickets with pace, bounce and carry that encourage both quicker bowlers and spinners alike - which is pretty much what Broad and Anderson are saying.

    As for the drivel written about Anderson being a bowler for green seaming tracks only, who was it who described Anderson as the difference between the two sides when England last won in India? Oh yes, that would have been MS Dhoni!

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    don't blame pitch. As a bowler you should bowl well.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 10, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    The one thing I can't help wondering is how this pitch will behave when the spinners get going. We saw way too little of Moen Ali yesterday. If there's bounce on offer, Jadeja could give the Indians a significant advantage.

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    In the course of 5 days, the BCCI and ECB will, between them, have sunk yet another nail in to the coffin of Test Cricket as a spectacle. Do these people not realise that the paying public want to see a contest? And thank heavens the match isn't on free-to-air TV as the BBC would be receiving thousands of complaints about the schedule being taken up by something far less appealing than the diet of reality TV.

  • vijaypakka on July 10, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    pffff ... same old stuff from anderson and broad. correct me if i am wrong, but england do get to bat on this pitch right?

  • markatnotts on July 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    I thought this story would attract the usual drivel. I haven't heard any "whining" but fair criticism of a lack of carry in the pitch that yesterday gave the impression of being like the one in Nagpur 2012. Anderson even states in the article England bowlers don't expect seam movement on Test pitches but so many here are choosing to ignore that statement.

    For those who think Anderson has only played well on green tops - name me one that England have had prepared for them in a Test in England in the last five years.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 10, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @Anshuman Singh

    You think that India can't bat anywhere but subcontinental pitches? Get off your high horse! India has seen swinging conditions in SA, green tops in NZ and some reversing surfaces in both SA and England! They've done far better than any other team when it comes to batting and that is a fact! Ignore the bowling for now. That's for later.

    The pitches in SA against Aus earlier this year were slow and low as hell in order to nullify Johnson. What did the Aussies do? They got Harris to reverse the ball. And Clarke toughed it out on a dead pitch in Cape Town against Morkel. No one devalued his innings! Vijay should not be devalued either! They didn't talk about no grass or clouds or wind. They played with grit.

    I may dislike Clarke a lot but he and his team have my respect as sportsmen who don't complain. England make too many excuses. They don't even acknowledge their opponents if nothing works. They're too self-indulgent. At least MS knows when he could've done more!

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    come to think of it, if it was little greener pitch, kohli would not have got a ball reverse swing so early and would have been at the crease instaed of Dhoni.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 10, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Anderson's weakness is being exposed and he is feeling the heat. he knows his days are numbered.

    He is a "one-story" bowler - unless its a green top he is ineffective

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    It is like the return of 2007, when where ever India toured the pitches were made so that India remain competitive for 5 days and the TV revenue is not lost. Remember New Zealand having spinning wickets. This is the norm at ICC events too where we have seen the champions trophy played on pitches perfect for sub continental teams. We saw only over the past 3-4 years where India got some (not many even then) hard wickets. So, we need to get used to it, TV companies rule the game and if India is not successful ICC makes no money. Good for sub continental teams so we are not complaining.

  • sweetspot on July 10, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    If you see edges fall short, move your slips forward! Oh, wait a minute! This is England currently going backward!

    England look a tired lot, and that's understandable after toiling and facing big losses for a while. It happens when plans don't work out. But this is where England need to learn from Dhoni. He just absorbs and waits out bad phases.

    To not give credit to how India have taken this series seriously and have prepared well is just rubbish. Vijay's application is exemplary, and Dhoni's new approach means nothing goes to the slips when he is batting, so it doesn't matter that edges don't carry, because there are no edges!

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Thats why Anderson is not a great. England tours overseas, complaining about the conditions. When conditions are not favorable at home. Never saw Steyn complain. Somebody give him a cloud cover please. Then he"ll cheerup. The ball was reverse swinging and thats how Eng won their last Ashes series,adding to that Swann's brilliance in slow,low conditions,which now they potray as "flat" or unfair conditions. India would want green tops more than England as that is the only chance for their pacers to do well. Their batsmen have done well on green tops,so the only issue was bowling. Poms crying on the 1st day itself. Same pitches have been prepared since Ashes home series. Why complain now when things not going your way? So Typical.

  • guru100023 on July 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I agree to some extent with the English players....I support india in this series but the kinda wickets England is dishing out for the visiting teams is completely in favor of the visiting teams....I don't understand why they are doing this....this is suicidal. imagine England going to india or srilanka and getting a green pitch. that will never happen.

  • SaifS on July 10, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    I dont understand a bit...if edges are not carrying all day why cant the slips and the keeper come up a step or two? Common sense, isnt? Our kids do it.

  • cricaddict9118 on July 10, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Is this Anderson the 'world class' bowler??

    Never heard Steyn being frustrated with pitch in his career. The losses are now taking its toll on senior experienced members of England team.

    India should drive home the advantage with 450 in Ist innings and put England in for 20 overs today

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 10, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    The ECB done a large mistacke to make flat pitch .but as a indian i thanks te ECB To given such a track because its given condifidence to indian players reamaing matches.

  • DarrylRod on July 10, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    As usual, English gripe on everything that doesnt go their way. Flat, low, slow, green or brown, its how you adapt to the pitch. Considering that England arent really winning at anything, the least you could do is get your bowlers to adapt! Looking at Cookie, he has really no idea on the field. He's just hoping to get wickets and not working to get wickets. If India goes to 380-400, England might be under the kosh! I really dont see anything happening realistically under Cookie!

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 10, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    It is not looking promising for English cricket. On a home series after losing the upper hand on day one, their premier bowler is coming out blaming the edges did not carry!!! And he wants "strict directive" so that edges do carry!!! This is one side of the coin. When they tour to subontinent the compaint is pitches are turning. Now dont ask how about "adjusting to the conditions"???

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Had Cookie won the toss,he'd be jumping like anything. Same pitches were prepared since the last Ashes to make sure the test matches last 5 days to get more crowds. Eng won with the same kind of pitch last year when they had swann to exploit conditions. Had Eng been 270-3, Indian bowlers would be taken to the cleaners by the media. Hypocrisy really. When India does well,its the pitch always, When India doesnt the opposition is "Brilliant",nothing discussed about the pitch. Suit yourself guys. What a poor sport Eng has been.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    @by Desihungama - You have no idea what you're talking about. The best chance for India to win a Test Match would be green pitches that can actually help their pacers take wickets like in NZ/SA. And their batting is perfectly capable of piling up scores on good tracks as we have seen in NZ/SA. With such an inexperienced batting line up,they've done well overseas. If the pitches are flat, the same types of Flat pitches are being prepared since last Ashes in England, get this point, the staff is making sure that Test Matches last 5 Days,did you miss the previous Sl Tour(specially lords) or Last Ashes, the pitches were slow,low on which Eng won the Ashes because they had Swann to exploit those conditions. How that has to do with the opposition ? Had Eng scored 300-2,Eng fans wouldn't be talking so much. How ignorant can people be ? You'd be tearing apart the Indian Bowlers,not the pitch if this was India bowling.

  • on July 10, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    what if cook had won the toss!! completely different headlines, different stories!!

  • Sexysteven on July 10, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Yea no wonder Anderson is frustrated running in all day on the pitch would take so much energy out of him for very little reward and yes Cook should look at the wicket of pujara a lot cos that was his wicket I'm not saying he should be aggressive all the time but u do have to be proactive with field placements when nothing is happening just tinkering with the field can help weather your aggressive or trying save runs it gets the batsmen thinking playing mind games with them and in pujaras case it worked it won't always work out that good but there's never any harm trying things and if don't work after awhile you can always go back to your original plan it's better to retreat as late as possible then retreating from ball one

  • IanHosier on July 10, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    To see the wicket being helpful to the bowlers, no doubt we will have to wait until England bat. Then it might well look rather different, as Headingley did in the Sri Lankan Test Match. Where are you Monty?

  • Vindaliew on July 10, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    Ah, but if Cook had won the toss you wouldn't be so upset....

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    frustrated with the pitch???? no my dear English boys... you must be frustrated with alaister cook for not winning toss, you must be frustrated with cook for not providing you a gully when Vijay was edging the ball.to 3rd man area in his early inning, you should be frustrated with you one dimensional captaincy of waiting.for wicket instead of going for one... you should be frustrated with ECB for not.giving you enough time to relax after Lankan series... you should be frustrated with your captain for giving you defensive fields.... and here you are saying that you are frustrated about pitch.... this this the frustration that happens to spinner all over the world then they don't get assistance and conced 100 runs with out any wickets... this is your time to be frustrated

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    I would have thought if the nicks aren't carrying, the captain should bring the close fielders in a metre or so. But that might require a bit of courage and thinking on the part of the captain. While it may mean a few extra runs, wickets are required to win a match.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 10, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    England should admit they are an ordinary side deservedly in the middle of the rankings. India would have played on any surface offered to them. Didn't England beat India IN India in the recent past ? I don't think those were surfaces with pace and bounce or swing. Come on England, you are better than this. Sure you may lose this test and the series but lose it like true gentlemen. And Anderson needs to keep quiet. He's not the same bowler he was say 3 years ago.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 10, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Look, slowness of the pitch is not an issue. The new ball will almost always swing, and the old ball is going to reverse like mad. England demonstrated that when they put us under pressure. It is to India's credit that they survived that period and came out on top. Edges falling short are all part of the game. Why doesn't Jimmy acknowledge that the batsmen played well? Because he's a poor sport who mouths off all the time. Anyways, Shami should enjoy himself here, especially with the deteriorating track which should assist reverse even more over the next few days.

  • Nampally on July 10, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Anderson may be frustrated with the pitch. But he has to realise that England will have their say in batting on he same pitch too. I think the match is evenly posed thanks mainly to Vijay & Dhoni's 81 run unbroken stand. Only if India continue on day 2 to build on this stand, will India have any advantage. In a way Kohli & Dhawan missed a golden chance of scoring runs due to their unnecessary poking of the ball outside the off stump. Also Rahane's dismissal was a stroke of luck going the England way. While Anderson keeps talking of balls falling short of the slip fielders he fails to point out that England took some fine catches & the one to dismiss Pujara saved them another Ton! The first session on Day 2 will decide which way the pendulum swings. India need at least 200 more runs to remain in the game. Dhoni missed a golden chance of playing Ashwin instead of Binny. Hopefully Binny will justify his selection. Ashwin & Jadeja would have been handful on this pitch for England batting!

  • parvinder7 on July 10, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    well done vijay, u were denied in durban for your century because had india played nearly 80 overs that day u would of got it. You have just proved me right. To start again on 180-1, 10 or 15 short of a century is harder. Now u have a century u can concentrate on getting india close to 430. India has been in this position before and collapsed to 330. I dont understand fletcher and dawes. Fans can see india has not made runs from no8 -11. They have also not bowled teams out. Why do we have a coach and bowling coach. I think india will do better with no coach or a different captain in tests. We dont need a bowling coach.

  • on July 9, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Prior consistently stands too far back, he does this on all pitches irrespective of their pace and lift. He seems to prefer taking the ball shin high instead of waist high. He even did it in Australia and I reckon it's because he needs that extra time it affords. If he studies film/videos showing the great keepers of past eras they invariably took the ball waist high. The position of the slips is determined by where the keeper stands, as a result England's slips are continually faced with taking the ball on the first bounce. If he can't or won't stand closer get a keeper who will............Foster or Read should be there anyway, as they are genuine keepers not a fielder with pads on.

  • __PK on July 9, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    But are India really on top? They have a tail which starts at 7, so they may as well be six or seven down for 250. And Vijay has made it difficult for them by batting so slowly, much as Cook traditionally does for England. Two quick wickets tomorrow and England are well on top, with India struggling to make 350.

  • gandabhai on July 9, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Mr Anderson, It's the the same for both teams mate.A bad tradesman always blames his tools.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 9, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Had England batted first, I wonder would we see/hear this same constant moaning about the pitches. If the ball isn't carrying to the slips, take a step forward! It's that simple! Every time the bowlers used their heads and slipped in e.g. a slower ball, they got rewards. I'm beginning to wish Dernbach was playing as one of the seamers here; he's been nightmarishly expensive in short formats, but his variations could be useful for pitches like this - especially in the absence of a frontline spinner.

  • xylo on July 9, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    While I agree with Anderson's frustrations, given the lowness and slowness of the surface, shouldn't Moeen Ali have been given more overs to bowl?

  • xylo on July 9, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    While I agree with Anderson's frustrations, given the lowness and slowness of the surface, shouldn't Moeen Ali have been given more overs to bowl?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 9, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Had England batted first, I wonder would we see/hear this same constant moaning about the pitches. If the ball isn't carrying to the slips, take a step forward! It's that simple! Every time the bowlers used their heads and slipped in e.g. a slower ball, they got rewards. I'm beginning to wish Dernbach was playing as one of the seamers here; he's been nightmarishly expensive in short formats, but his variations could be useful for pitches like this - especially in the absence of a frontline spinner.

  • gandabhai on July 9, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Mr Anderson, It's the the same for both teams mate.A bad tradesman always blames his tools.

  • __PK on July 9, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    But are India really on top? They have a tail which starts at 7, so they may as well be six or seven down for 250. And Vijay has made it difficult for them by batting so slowly, much as Cook traditionally does for England. Two quick wickets tomorrow and England are well on top, with India struggling to make 350.

  • on July 9, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Prior consistently stands too far back, he does this on all pitches irrespective of their pace and lift. He seems to prefer taking the ball shin high instead of waist high. He even did it in Australia and I reckon it's because he needs that extra time it affords. If he studies film/videos showing the great keepers of past eras they invariably took the ball waist high. The position of the slips is determined by where the keeper stands, as a result England's slips are continually faced with taking the ball on the first bounce. If he can't or won't stand closer get a keeper who will............Foster or Read should be there anyway, as they are genuine keepers not a fielder with pads on.

  • parvinder7 on July 10, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    well done vijay, u were denied in durban for your century because had india played nearly 80 overs that day u would of got it. You have just proved me right. To start again on 180-1, 10 or 15 short of a century is harder. Now u have a century u can concentrate on getting india close to 430. India has been in this position before and collapsed to 330. I dont understand fletcher and dawes. Fans can see india has not made runs from no8 -11. They have also not bowled teams out. Why do we have a coach and bowling coach. I think india will do better with no coach or a different captain in tests. We dont need a bowling coach.

  • Nampally on July 10, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Anderson may be frustrated with the pitch. But he has to realise that England will have their say in batting on he same pitch too. I think the match is evenly posed thanks mainly to Vijay & Dhoni's 81 run unbroken stand. Only if India continue on day 2 to build on this stand, will India have any advantage. In a way Kohli & Dhawan missed a golden chance of scoring runs due to their unnecessary poking of the ball outside the off stump. Also Rahane's dismissal was a stroke of luck going the England way. While Anderson keeps talking of balls falling short of the slip fielders he fails to point out that England took some fine catches & the one to dismiss Pujara saved them another Ton! The first session on Day 2 will decide which way the pendulum swings. India need at least 200 more runs to remain in the game. Dhoni missed a golden chance of playing Ashwin instead of Binny. Hopefully Binny will justify his selection. Ashwin & Jadeja would have been handful on this pitch for England batting!

  • ThePacifist10 on July 10, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Look, slowness of the pitch is not an issue. The new ball will almost always swing, and the old ball is going to reverse like mad. England demonstrated that when they put us under pressure. It is to India's credit that they survived that period and came out on top. Edges falling short are all part of the game. Why doesn't Jimmy acknowledge that the batsmen played well? Because he's a poor sport who mouths off all the time. Anyways, Shami should enjoy himself here, especially with the deteriorating track which should assist reverse even more over the next few days.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 10, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    England should admit they are an ordinary side deservedly in the middle of the rankings. India would have played on any surface offered to them. Didn't England beat India IN India in the recent past ? I don't think those were surfaces with pace and bounce or swing. Come on England, you are better than this. Sure you may lose this test and the series but lose it like true gentlemen. And Anderson needs to keep quiet. He's not the same bowler he was say 3 years ago.

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    I would have thought if the nicks aren't carrying, the captain should bring the close fielders in a metre or so. But that might require a bit of courage and thinking on the part of the captain. While it may mean a few extra runs, wickets are required to win a match.