England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day August 17, 2014

Jadeja incident helped me - Anderson

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'In the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth'

James Anderson accepted he may have benefited from the increased scrutiny of his on-field behaviour as England wrapped up the Investec Test series with a crushing victory at The Oval.

Anderson was charged with a Level Three offence under the ICC's Code of Conduct following an alleged incident with Ravi Jadeja during the first Test. Although Anderson was subsequently cleared, he conceded that the increased focus may have prompted him to re-assess the way he conducted himself on the pitch.

After bowling as well as at any time of his career in the final three Tests, he ended the series with 25 wickets at an average of 20.60 and was named Man of the Series.

But, while he was insistent he had been no less aggressive with the ball since the Jadeja incident, Anderson did admit he may have been a little less vocal with the batsmen.

"Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," Anderson said. "I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don't know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field.

"At Southampton, when the stuff was going on around before and after the game, we were so focused on winning that game, and since then we've not let India back into the series."

But Anderson remained adamant that the aggressive on-field persona that has become familiar over recent years was a key part of his success. Anderson finished the match, his 99th Test, with 380 Test wickets. Only Sir Ian Botham, who claimed 383, has taken more for England.

"The reason I struggled, I think, in the early part of my career is because I was the timid, shy character that I am off the field when I was on it," he said. "That didn't help me. And working with people to try to get the best out of me, we found that it was best if I tried to be aggressive.

"What's helped me in the last five or six years is the fact I've been aggressive on the field and had the odd word. I've tried not to cross the line. And that's why the umpires are there to monitor that."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 19, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I dont think he is much effective bowler outside England.Look at Ashes series results

  • Chris_P on August 19, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Bharat Reddy. I'm interested. What series were you watching? 4-0 to India??? Too funny.

  • on August 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Vilander I agree with you..if Eng didn't get lucky with those decisions and if Eng would have batted first at Old trafford...India wouldn't have won 4-0 and Kohli wouldn't have scored 600runs to be the MOS

  • Abaa on August 19, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @ thozar - Wow that is some big talk going over there! Guess which country won the WC trophy not twice or thrice but a grand total of four times including a hat-rick of World Cup wins ??? The difference between Aussie fans and you lot is we don't live in the past ... They might mean a lot but we needn't bring that up every time there is an argument about how our current performance is not good enough. Keep living in the past. India has absolutely no chance at the next WC so I'll be watching these forums to see what your retorts will be then. And as for the Champions' Trophy who cares? Do you even remember who won the previous editions? It is only the World Cup tournaments and test series wins that people care about

  • tinkertinker on August 19, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Glacier india already make home advantage pitches and England already beat them on those same pitches.

    All teams struggle away but other teams at least win from time to time away, india can only compete on rank turners at home.

  • dunger.bob on August 19, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    @ Lin Comp: I agree with what you said about line and length. Make the batsman play by trying to hit the top of off stump 5 balls out of 6. .. Glen McGrath said that was all he usually tried to do and he ended up with 500+ Test wickets and could bowl on any pitch in the world. .. Gee whizz, he might just have something there then.

  • Chris_P on August 18, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @ thozar. ODI World Cups are the most important are they? When you win 4 (with 2 of them undefeated & none at home), come back & talk to us sunshine. Apart from the Cup winners, no one remembers the majority of games, nor cares, unlike Test cricket. And if India slip down the rankings of both formats, where will you be then?

  • nursery_ender on August 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    osted by Vilander on (August 18, 2014, 13:36 GMT) Happy for Cook, great guy. But India received some very bad Umpiring decisions

    As did England.

  • glacier_143 on August 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Everyone plays by their home advantage, Anderson got help from their pitches. As far as Indian team is concerned, It showed from performance after the Anderson verdict like they lost the credibility in loosing the case which was again against Indian team. But now it is time Indian curator and board learns that when any touring team comes, abuse, play with home advantage and make them feel like they have come for torture, it should be the theme. All the other teams does that count it Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or England. Our major mistake in touring to england is we travel after IPL, and that is where English commentator and media takes advantage of criticizing Indian board. 3-1 result was better than last series result of 4-0.

  • thozar on August 18, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    True words @perl57 my friend. At last some sanity in these boards. To all non-Indian fans (and some so-called Indian fans too), the only thing that matters in cricket is the ICC world cup just like the only thing that matters in soccer is the FIA world cup. India hold that title. The second most important tournament in cricket is the ICC Champions Trophy. India are the winners of that tournament too. So haters can keep hating. But no one can take away our achievements. Sri Lankan fans are so proud about their T20 world cup win. Good for you guys but guess who won the very first T20 world cup.....

    We are ranked number 2 in One day and number 1 in T20, the two formats that excite spectators. We will be number 1 in one day also in a few months. Let us see what Lankan and Pakistani fans have to say then.

  • on August 19, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I dont think he is much effective bowler outside England.Look at Ashes series results

  • Chris_P on August 19, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Bharat Reddy. I'm interested. What series were you watching? 4-0 to India??? Too funny.

  • on August 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Vilander I agree with you..if Eng didn't get lucky with those decisions and if Eng would have batted first at Old trafford...India wouldn't have won 4-0 and Kohli wouldn't have scored 600runs to be the MOS

  • Abaa on August 19, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @ thozar - Wow that is some big talk going over there! Guess which country won the WC trophy not twice or thrice but a grand total of four times including a hat-rick of World Cup wins ??? The difference between Aussie fans and you lot is we don't live in the past ... They might mean a lot but we needn't bring that up every time there is an argument about how our current performance is not good enough. Keep living in the past. India has absolutely no chance at the next WC so I'll be watching these forums to see what your retorts will be then. And as for the Champions' Trophy who cares? Do you even remember who won the previous editions? It is only the World Cup tournaments and test series wins that people care about

  • tinkertinker on August 19, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Glacier india already make home advantage pitches and England already beat them on those same pitches.

    All teams struggle away but other teams at least win from time to time away, india can only compete on rank turners at home.

  • dunger.bob on August 19, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    @ Lin Comp: I agree with what you said about line and length. Make the batsman play by trying to hit the top of off stump 5 balls out of 6. .. Glen McGrath said that was all he usually tried to do and he ended up with 500+ Test wickets and could bowl on any pitch in the world. .. Gee whizz, he might just have something there then.

  • Chris_P on August 18, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @ thozar. ODI World Cups are the most important are they? When you win 4 (with 2 of them undefeated & none at home), come back & talk to us sunshine. Apart from the Cup winners, no one remembers the majority of games, nor cares, unlike Test cricket. And if India slip down the rankings of both formats, where will you be then?

  • nursery_ender on August 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    osted by Vilander on (August 18, 2014, 13:36 GMT) Happy for Cook, great guy. But India received some very bad Umpiring decisions

    As did England.

  • glacier_143 on August 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Everyone plays by their home advantage, Anderson got help from their pitches. As far as Indian team is concerned, It showed from performance after the Anderson verdict like they lost the credibility in loosing the case which was again against Indian team. But now it is time Indian curator and board learns that when any touring team comes, abuse, play with home advantage and make them feel like they have come for torture, it should be the theme. All the other teams does that count it Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or England. Our major mistake in touring to england is we travel after IPL, and that is where English commentator and media takes advantage of criticizing Indian board. 3-1 result was better than last series result of 4-0.

  • thozar on August 18, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    True words @perl57 my friend. At last some sanity in these boards. To all non-Indian fans (and some so-called Indian fans too), the only thing that matters in cricket is the ICC world cup just like the only thing that matters in soccer is the FIA world cup. India hold that title. The second most important tournament in cricket is the ICC Champions Trophy. India are the winners of that tournament too. So haters can keep hating. But no one can take away our achievements. Sri Lankan fans are so proud about their T20 world cup win. Good for you guys but guess who won the very first T20 world cup.....

    We are ranked number 2 in One day and number 1 in T20, the two formats that excite spectators. We will be number 1 in one day also in a few months. Let us see what Lankan and Pakistani fans have to say then.

  • perl57 on August 18, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @Khalique, good comments but mostly made up. Anderson is the second most effective bowler who requires the help of umpires, board and bad mouth to get his wickets. Fact to understand is England is only good at Test Cricket and may be ODI at home and in tournaments even that one fails too. Sri Lanka and Mahela had lost to MSD in almost all formats and all locations and how on earth are you even comparing SL to be best from Asian nations. It is a distant third just above Bangladesh. Just because they won a test in England after narrowly averting a defeat does not say much about it. In Test Cricket at the moment, no one is better than others. Including the great OZ. The last # 1 in tests was really Windies as Oz from Taylor, Waugh, Ponting to Clarke were helped by poor umpiring standards. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, I think in tests it does not matter whether they stand and ODIs they are after India, Oz, SA, Eng, and Pakistan.

  • Vilander on August 18, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Happy for Cook, great guy. But India received some very bad Umpiring decisions esp in 3rd test, Eng got very lucky. But credit to Eng they made full use of that luck, and some bad decisions from Dhoni like batting first in the 4th test. last two tests where shambolic from India.

  • ChrisMarx on August 18, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    This should put an end to any future discussions on the benefit of sledging as an effective weapon in a bowler's armoury. Focussing on sledging only detracts from where your focus should be - bowling well. Rather channel your energy and aggression into performing your primary task and not only will you perform better, you will also earn some respect in the process. Win-win. Why anybody should think otherwise is beyond me.

  • CricketChat on August 18, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Anderson got better and better while Jadeja and his team went down and down after the drama. In effect, India helped lift a downward spiraling team back into a world beater.

  • ideal123 on August 18, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    @khaliquezafar: beg to differ with you. No visiting teams have proven in host countries that they can sustain over 4 or 5 match series. Be it Australia playing away in England (3-1 loss last year), England playing away in Aus(5-0), India in England (3-1 loss). If this had been a two test series (like Srilanka vs England earlier this year) - funnily India would have been winners (which would have been so wrong based on quality we have seen). So, i beg to differ with you that srilanka can do it. I dont think any body other than Aust or Engl have played 5 test series in recent times. There are 4 test series in between here and there. But, any thing over 3 test series is a rarity. So, my observation is no team in last 10 years (including great aus who lost 2005 ashes) is good enough to sustain it outside their home in a five test series.

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    The jadeja incident may have helped bit but the main thing helped anderson (and other england bowlers too) is they improved their line and length after losing the lords test. There is nothing like natural length for a bowler - a bowler is supposed to bowl what is the best length (and line too), in the first two tests anderson & co bowled short pitched and wide deliveries and let indian batsmen settle and only occasional deliveries came near the wicket but once they improved their line and length and made most of the balls reach the off stump then there was huge profit for them. In any pitch the maximum benefit to the bowler comes by tight line and length and there is no exception to this rule, and in these bowling friendly pitches as in england tight line and length can be the death sentence for the batsmen and once england bowlers understood this truth there was no looking back. If they did this in lords test too then england would have won that test too so it would be 4-0 now.

  • nursery_ender on August 18, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    The whole Anderson/Jadeja thing was symptomatic of India's poor management on the tour.

    Once it became clear there was no independent corroboration someone, whether within the camp or at Board level, should have said 'we can't win this one, let's move on'. All the time and energy wasted on that could have been more profitably employed. Apart from anything else Anderson was woefully out of form prior to the charges and from that point on he found his rhythm.

  • khaliquezafar on August 18, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Some interesting comments;-) @ john_abey: your references for India's wins are all from ODI/T20 limited cricket. Here question is regarding 5 days mentally challenging cricket for which all subcontinent teams except SL are not good enough to play overseas. Anderson is by for the best bowler of test matches in this era. Keep in mind India lost to England in their home series where this magical fast bowler played a catalyst role in destruction of Indian batting line. I think old age players should quit and pave way for the new player. MS and Misbah are the prime candidates of leaving the field for the good to their side. They should take advice from great Kallis and Jayawardene. But it seems no one is in state of mind to learn from their mistakes and take responsibility of the loses. MS is in fever of IPL and T20 and not even considered Test cricket worthy of game is the greatest joke and the bad for the indian cricket WI home series coming up for hiding dust under the carpet ;-)

  • dunger.bob on August 18, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney: Well said. Aggression is fine, necessary even, but players need to keep it focussed and under control. .. When you look at it, why use your gob when you've got a legal right to hurl a missile at a bloke as fast as you possibly can. 5 1/2 ounces of rock hard leather from 20 metres should be enough to satisfy most aggressive streaks. .. as long as you keep your head.

  • jmcilhinney on August 18, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    I believe Anderson when he says that aggression makes him a better bowler. I'm all for sports-people showing aggression on the field but it has to be controlled aggression.Sure, venting a bit of frustration now and again is to be excused but I am really not a big fan of targeted sledging. Anderson is one of a number who are guilty of that I don't think it should be allowed. The fact that Anderson carried things off the field is even worse. He has admitted that that was against the spirit of cricket so hopefully we won't be seeing that again. Hopefully we'll continue to see more venom in his eyes and from his hand, as in the last few games, rather than vitriol from his mouth.

  • jmcilhinney on August 18, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    It's interesting that, early on, Jadeja said that this incident was motivation for him to perform. It just dragged on for so long though, I find it hard to believe that it wasn't a distraction for India. To maintain their indignation for such an extended period would have to have detracted from their ability to perform on the field. Once the decision went against them, as everyone knew it would, there must have been a big emotional let-down and possibly even some embarrassment at the insistence that the ICC appeal even after that. If there was any positivity to come out of it for India, it was short-lived.

    As for England, I think that they and Anderson had just as much of a point to prove so drew just as much motivation from it early on. The thought of maybe missing some games would have spurred Anderson to perform at his best while he could. Once the decision came down in their favour, as everyone knew it would, it must have been a further emotional boost.

  • john_abey on August 18, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Congrats to Anderson for the superb bowling display!Being an Indian fan,me as well as many would agree that Anderson has crossed the limit many times in the series.Surely there were clear evidence for he getting banned for a match.But Indians were really unlucky on this.Being a proud Indian fan,i would say we live to fight and we are known for our comeback ability.India lost test series 4- 0,Odi series 3 -0 and T20 series 1-0 to England in 2011.It was the worst result for team India in an oversea tour.But revenge also has its own time.India went to play champions trophy in 2013,won the practice matches,won all the group stage matches.Won Semifinal and finally dashed England's hope for a first ICC trophy in 50 over format by defending just 130.The end result being 7 - 0 to India.And the same Anderson who was aggressive in his character in the 2011 series,who was arrogant for his on-field behavior in 2012 Test series in India,was hit for a long-on six of a yorker by same Sir Jadeja!!

  • mzm149 on August 18, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: You can only wish to have such a great fast bowler in your team. He actually helped his team win series in India too when conditions were not at all favorable to him. Learn to appreciate others instead of finding faults.

  • FlatTrakBully on August 18, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Anderson kept bowling the same line, Batsman never dominated him.Team should move on. 3-1 is similar to 4-0 loss, but its better than England's record of 5-0 loss,. (Practicing county without IPL, BBL)

  • landl47 on August 18, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    I've been saying all along that a side as young as this England squad (8 out of 13 in the squad 25 or younger) will take some time to develop. The secret is perseverance, knowing that the ability is there but needs experience for it to be harnessed. Ballance and Root are already looking like future stars. Jordan and Woakes were much improved in the final test. Stokes is going to be a good one. Stick with Robson, he will get better and better as he learns how to play tests. Buttler batted with maturity and didn't keep badly at all. Moeen gave England more than they could have expected with the ball. Finn is getting back to form.

    There are others coming up- Lees, Vince, Taylor, Topley, Riley, Ravi Patel. Australia and South Africa, the test sides ranked above England, are older sides with fewer promising young players coming through. They'll likely rule the roost for the next couple of years, but after that.... watch out for England.

  • osteo on August 18, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    if it is 2 match series like sri lanka played india won the seris 1-0

  • dunger.bob on August 18, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    I'm going to do the unthinkable and make a comment that stays within the context of the article. What a fool I am.

    A fast bowler needs a big reserve of controlled aggression imo. The key word being controlled there. .. Maybe India have done Anderson a huge favour by forcing him to channel his aggression through the ball rather than his mouth.

    We call his syndrome White Line Fever in Australia. It happens as soon as he crosses the chalk and enters the field of play. All the greats have it. Aggression, self belief, confidence and a pathological hatred for batsmen. It's not always obvious and visible because most guys can keep a lid on it but it's always there just below the surface, just waiting for an opportunity to rear it's ugly head.

    Anderson obviously has it. It's one of the things that make him such a good bowler and if you took it away completely he would not be the same bowler. Let's see if he really has got it under control. .. It will take some pressure to pop his cork imo.

  • Dr.Vindaloo on August 17, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    @indianzen - you could have watched Anderson in the recent series in India. He was the best bowler on either side. He has nothing to prove.

  • hhillbumper on August 17, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    To the Indian fans going on about anderson.he bowled well last time in India. Unlike Kimble and harbhajan who were awful away from india

  • JustIPL on August 17, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Dhoni should continue in tests as a batsmen only. Relieving pressure of captaincy and keeping will do a lot of good for his test career. The only emblem in the rubble was dhoni with second best average from the series. He come good on many occasions with the bat but needed someone for company. Give captaincy to Bhuvi/Ashwin, in the meantime. An all-rounder, like kapil dev or imran khan can take good decisions as has been the case in the past.

  • JustIPL on August 17, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Anderson has intimidated indians both on-field and off-field and never had to be vocal again after that incident. While Jadeja was done and dusted, Anderson emerged as the man of the series.

  • on August 17, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    1st ODI side rouit dhawan virat raina dhoni karin sharma binny ashwin kumar shami aaron

  • Nathan_123 on August 17, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    To an extent I sympathise with Anderson. Being a shy person in his early career; he has found a way by deliberately starting fights with oppositions in order to pump himself up and perform better. In recent times he has done this against other oppositions too. Nowadays these behaviours have been used by teams like Eng, Aus, SA. What admirable here is that Anderson used his mouth and aggression to boost his performance, but for Jadeja he got blown away by Andreson's aggression. This is the big difference between Eng and Ind, where one team had the stomach for fight and the other clearly didn't. The clear difference between the SL side (who visited in the Spring, which is the worst condition for any touring team to play) and the Indian side is that SL had a stomach for fight they were determined, gutsy and matched the English aggressiveness. I believe Ind would learn few lessons from SL.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 17, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Anderson remains an inferior bowler compared to Dale Steyn and Mitch Johnson. The records prove it. If there is one thing to say about Anderson, it's his ability to bad mouth the opposition. That's the only thing he's good at. Give him 'favourable' pitches and he will give you wickets. He needs to learn humility first of all. He's not even half good as his contemporaries. He has lost my respect ten folds this series. Enjoy your time Jimmy for it will be short lived.

  • Chris_P on August 17, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    @indianzen. He already has & last series averaged 30 over there, so your point?

  • mzm149 on August 17, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    England team was unlucky to lose against Sri Lanka as both the matches were decided in last over and both the results went against them. That is why 4 or 5 match series should be played. Teams can get unlucky once or twice but not four or five times in a row. Had this series been a 2 match one, India would have escaped after that Ishant Sharma's fluke or England's suicide.

    England was thrashed in Ashes in Australia but they beat the same side at home just a few months before. Most of the teams play good cricket at home but away series are usually lost or drawn with a few exceptions. Australia beat South Africa in South Africa but they themselves lost to them in Australia on last tour.

    My point is that England had not become a pathetic team after whitewash in Ashes and they have not become world beaters after this series win. They are well deservedly placed at third spot in ICC rankings.

  • PeerieTrow on August 17, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @Damian Rakitha Gunasekera: Sri Lanka, but for a mistake by Anderson, were two deliveries away from a test series with two drawn matches. In that series England played worse than India in this recent series and Sri Lanka weren't much better. Nothing to gloat about.

  • indianzen on August 17, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Mr. Anderson, outside England your stats shows a very very poor record... I will wait to watch you come to India bowl and get wickets and open up your mouth...

  • Manush on August 17, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    I am one of the strongest critic of Cook's captaincy when his team went to rock bottom with his poor handling of all issues including his own game but now at the end of the season I have to admire him for his fighting spirits and molding a new team for England..Congrats to him and his two best senior fast bowlers who worked hard with total commitment to the team's cause ably supported by new bunch of young batsmen.Dhoni must quit Test Cricket without wasting time as he was seen looking totally disinterested in this format. Please do not blame anybody again and quit gracefully.It is the definite end of Gambhir,Dhoni and other poor new entrants who are not capable of handling such situation barring Vijay,Rahane B.Kumar. Kholi and Pujara are the worst disappointment of the series and will extend their stay for another season to prove themselves.

  • Balladeer on August 17, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Well said R_U_4_REAL_NICK (although you'll always have a couple like Tony Khan). We have a side with potential and confidence and some standout performances. Several problems too. Cook and Bell's consistency, Moeen's batting, the old-ball pair's bowling, Robson's everything... But there's not the same feeling of ennui and lethargy, either from us fans or from the players. There's the possibility of winning against other tougher opposition - who knows whether it'll actually happen.

    As for Jimmy... well that turned out all right for him, didn't it? Man of the series, and Jadeja dropped for the final test. Wish he wouldn't sledge so much, though.

  • Big_Chikka on August 17, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    england have work to do ahead of next series, can't imagine all the opposition crumbling like india, reminds me of the lack lustre india performances of old, erm well even they were better...kapil dev, gavasker....and all must be sharpening the knives

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    England are the best in the world

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    For Cook, Show your talent against some mature sides don't simply jump for winning against India.

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    It's pretty clear that Indian don't want to play tests in which they are getting same amount as they get in 3hrs T20. But for sure they can't do even in T20 or ODI. I'd say "throw such players not only out of Team but also out of Country".

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 17, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    So before this thread becomes awash with negative comments from the neutrals, warning us England fans that future series will not be so easy, let me just make it crystal clear that us England fans are NOT under some illusion that we're suddenly world-beaters (and neither Cook nor any of the other England players are implying so either). When you look back and see how desperate/poor England were before this series, and now look at what's happened and where we are, at least let us acknowledge and celebrate some positive signs, and at the very least HOPE that future upcoming series will be competitive and not so one-sided as they appeared destined to be not so long ago. Stronger opponents/conditions are indeed on the horizon. At least now us England fans can envisage a deserving squad of some sorts playing competitive cricket again.

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    It's pretty Clear that Indian don't want to play tests in which they are getting same amount as they get in 3hrs T20. But for sure they can't do even in T20 or ODI.

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    A fantastic series win for england. Although I was initially hoping for 5-0 by england, or at least only england win without a single win for india but in the end I will take 3-1 happily because the manner in which india was thrashed by england was spectacular. Even in his wildest dreams doni would not have imagined he would lose the series like this. Extremely well done England, fantastic job!!!!!

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Its pretty Clear that Indian don't want to play tests in which they are getting same amount as they get in 3hrs T20. But for sure they can't do even in T20 or ODI.

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Effect of too much money in IPL. Who wants to play test cricket ? Only fools will watch these paper tigers play cricket of any form. Anyway world cricket will be the looser. Indian economy will be the gainer as crores of working hours will not be lost!

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    well deserved for cook he is a great character filled sportsmen!!! wishing u all the best sir for ur future tours!!!

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    So India flattered to deceive. England's victory is well deserved. But without taking any credit available from England, they've not become a better team than they were at Lord's. They've streamrolled a team which deserves minnows tag outside the subcontinent. Well done England. India would do well to look within themselves. Do we have batsmen to cope in overseas conditions? Who amongst this lot will overcome the psychological scars? Apart from Kohli, I do not see anyone having conviction to improve themselves. And even by saying that I'm taking a huge punt on Kohli. As far as the rest are concerned, they can look pretty playing their slogs at IPL. Bottomline - tours outside the subcontinent will be very painful for the Indian cricket fans. Viewer discretion advised for such tours!

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Pathetic display from the Indian team. I guess the win at Lord's was a curse in disguise. MSD dropped the ball by not picking Ashwin for the Old Trafford test, where Mooen Ali picked up 8 wickets. Credit where credits are due, England team outplayed the Indian team in all aspects.

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    India's loss to England in the test series gives the SL win in England in all formats great meaning and value and proves the point like the last time around these 2 Asian teams played in ENG SL has performed better even in the early English summer! Sadly SL lost ONE test this time around to India purely for money and not talent!, it would have been great great if SL had that 3rd Test because the competitive cricket played between SL and ENG through the complete tour in all formats was great and SAD money was the reason for India to play 5 and see the ONE SIDED series it gave cricket lovers!!!!!!!!!!! SAD to see Cricket taken for money and not true talent!!

  • siddhartha87 on August 17, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Root scored 149 today, Kohli scored 140 in the entire series

  • Dunross on August 17, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Very Happy for Cook!...please let the man enjoy his baby. England: the level of play of India was very poor and honestly: NZ and Sri Lanka deserve more credit.

    Getting worried about the level of test cricket at the moment.

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  • Dunross on August 17, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Very Happy for Cook!...please let the man enjoy his baby. England: the level of play of India was very poor and honestly: NZ and Sri Lanka deserve more credit.

    Getting worried about the level of test cricket at the moment.

  • siddhartha87 on August 17, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Root scored 149 today, Kohli scored 140 in the entire series

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    India's loss to England in the test series gives the SL win in England in all formats great meaning and value and proves the point like the last time around these 2 Asian teams played in ENG SL has performed better even in the early English summer! Sadly SL lost ONE test this time around to India purely for money and not talent!, it would have been great great if SL had that 3rd Test because the competitive cricket played between SL and ENG through the complete tour in all formats was great and SAD money was the reason for India to play 5 and see the ONE SIDED series it gave cricket lovers!!!!!!!!!!! SAD to see Cricket taken for money and not true talent!!

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Pathetic display from the Indian team. I guess the win at Lord's was a curse in disguise. MSD dropped the ball by not picking Ashwin for the Old Trafford test, where Mooen Ali picked up 8 wickets. Credit where credits are due, England team outplayed the Indian team in all aspects.

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    So India flattered to deceive. England's victory is well deserved. But without taking any credit available from England, they've not become a better team than they were at Lord's. They've streamrolled a team which deserves minnows tag outside the subcontinent. Well done England. India would do well to look within themselves. Do we have batsmen to cope in overseas conditions? Who amongst this lot will overcome the psychological scars? Apart from Kohli, I do not see anyone having conviction to improve themselves. And even by saying that I'm taking a huge punt on Kohli. As far as the rest are concerned, they can look pretty playing their slogs at IPL. Bottomline - tours outside the subcontinent will be very painful for the Indian cricket fans. Viewer discretion advised for such tours!

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    well deserved for cook he is a great character filled sportsmen!!! wishing u all the best sir for ur future tours!!!

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Effect of too much money in IPL. Who wants to play test cricket ? Only fools will watch these paper tigers play cricket of any form. Anyway world cricket will be the looser. Indian economy will be the gainer as crores of working hours will not be lost!

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Its pretty Clear that Indian don't want to play tests in which they are getting same amount as they get in 3hrs T20. But for sure they can't do even in T20 or ODI.

  • on August 17, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    A fantastic series win for england. Although I was initially hoping for 5-0 by england, or at least only england win without a single win for india but in the end I will take 3-1 happily because the manner in which india was thrashed by england was spectacular. Even in his wildest dreams doni would not have imagined he would lose the series like this. Extremely well done England, fantastic job!!!!!

  • tausif.khalil on August 17, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    It's pretty Clear that Indian don't want to play tests in which they are getting same amount as they get in 3hrs T20. But for sure they can't do even in T20 or ODI.