England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day August 1, 2010

Anderson swings England to 354-run win

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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England 354 (Morgan 130, Collingwood 82, Asif 5-77) and 262 for 9 dec (Prior 102*, Gul 3-41) beat Pakistan 182 (Gul 65*, Anderson 5-54) and 80 (Anderson 6-17) by 354 runs
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England needed less than one session to complete a massive 354-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first Test at Trent Bridge. James Anderson continued to profit in swinging conditions, knifing through Pakistan's line-up to take 6 for 17 and pick up his very first ten-wicket match haul after his 5 for 54 in the first innings.

Pakistan were in a tenuous position to start with at 15 for 3, and after a muted start by England's bowlers they quickly capitulated, crashing to 80 all out fifteen minutes before the scheduled lunch break. Imran Farhat and Mohammad Aamer resisted for more than seven overs before the breakthrough came, but after they were parted what little belief Pakistan may have held quickly dissipated.

With Anderson curving the ball both ways through the air, Farhat had been feeling at deliveries outside off stump all morning and eventually pushed at one away from his body to send a thick edge to Andrew Strauss at first slip.

In his next over Anderson trapped Umar Akmal with a hooping inswinger that thumped into his front pad and would have crashed into leg stump half way up, Umar using his team's final referral in a futile attempt to stay at the crease. Had he simply walked his brother, Kamran, might have been able to avoid bagging a pair as HawkEye suggested that the ball from Steven Finn that brought his dismissal would have missed leg stump.

A despondent Kamran could barely drag himself off the field, and with Aamer and Umar Gul also removed to catches behind the wicket in quick succession Pakistan were in freefall at 50 for 8 and in real danger of crashing to their lowest total in Test cricket. They managed to avoid that particular embarrassment, but still crumbled to their lowest Test score against England, failing to pass the 87 made in the country's third Test, at Lord's 56 years ago.

Anderson reached his personal milestone by snagging Shoaib Malik with a perfect outswinger that angled in and swerved away very late to take a healthy edge and give Paul Collingwood his third catch of the innings at third slip. Danish Kaneria went down swinging, putting a minor dent in Steven Finn's figures by hoisting him for a six and a four through square leg, but Anderson took very little time to get rid of Mohammad Asif.

Another probing, swinging delivery on off stump found the edge of the bat and flew to Graeme Swann at second slip, and Anderson's sixth wicket gave him match figures of 11 for 71 - the best match analysis by an England bowler since Matthew Hoggard collected 12 for 205 against South Africa at the Wanderers in January 2005.

Pakistan's young side will be mentally scarred by the scale of their defeat, and It is hard to see how they can pick themselves up for the second Test at Edgbaston. They won't have too long to dwell on things with the match starting on Friday. They could find some hope in the way they bounced back after a loss in their first Test of the summer against Australia, and had they held their catches in the first innings here they could have put England under more pressure.

The signs are much more positive for England, with two batsmen making hundreds to guide their team out of tricky situations and Anderson leading the bowling attack with aplomb in helpful conditions. An inconsistent and inexperienced Pakistan will have to make a dramatic change in their focus and approach if they are to mount a better challenge in the next game.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • AllRoundView on August 4, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Nice to see Lancastrian running in swinging the ball. Jimmy Anderson one of the best English bowlers, continue on with your form surely England will regain the ashes. Ryan Sidebottom need to be considered too,should be selected it long summer before the big summer in Australia

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    If Yousaf, Younus , Yasir , Fawad not included in the last three test then I believe the scoreline will be England 4 Pakistan 0. Amin, Malik, and Kamran should be dropped. Azhar Ali seems to be good bat but must be rested for England tour. Pakistani team and management lacks proper attitude towards the game. Salman Butt in the closing ceremony of Nottingham test said that we lost this test but the next test will be a new test on new day, he want to forget Nottingham test ASAP, but Pakistani camp must have forgetten the leeds victory against Australia especially the way it occurred. The celebrations and relaxation should not lead upto the Nottingham Test. I highly regard Australian team for their attitude for every new test match they played whether they have won or lost their previous test. In test match they seldom relax for a single moment thats why they have better test record (win/lost) against all the opposing teams.

  • smjr on August 3, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    There is a lot of talk going on when a team lost a test match. I think test batsman are born players and have got grit, determination, patience, application. Talent alone cannot work in test matches. This today Pakistani team is the worst selected side ever due to favouritism & nepotism of Ijaz Butt, Yawar saeed and co. I fail to understand where players who has performed well like Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Taufiq Omer Asim Kamal are not selected for England tour. They have better test averages than the likes of Umar Amin, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, and Shoiab Malik. The notion of Waqar Younis is not understandable when he said that young players will be given chance then why bring a complete new crop of young players (amin and azhar) for England tour who have not yet played test cricket. The coach, manager & selection committee has a wishfull thinking. If you look at test cricket history then teams with experienced batsman will win you the test.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 3, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    they have to bring back amir sohail and saeed anwar too apart from inzy, wasim, waqar, imran khan and javed miandad.

  • hammadpakistan on August 3, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    hammadpakistan

    Ironically the Indian ans all the time express their enemity against our players. This is not so and it is ater all, a game, and ups and downs are part and parcel of it. They have been loosing pathetically against Pakistan and other teams, do not forget it. Anyway, the trouble lies with our stalwarts in the board. SElection of the team is a serious issue and dropping of Akmal brothers, Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Malik is imperative. Stick with Azhar and Umer Amin, they should be real prospects for the future. Play for the nation, play for the spirit and with total commitment

  • mikalhowell on August 3, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    The man of the match should be Mr. Morgan whose innings made the difference. Mr. Anderson merely sealed the victory in helpful conditions. The decision was made on the emotional recency of his performance.

  • Chaity on August 2, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    At first, obviously congrats england...played well n deserved it...whereas pakistan just bowling well won't help anything...they desperately need to think about their batting tactics...n i dnt knw y i hv a feeling wht goes around comes around...according ramiz raja's comment tht BD team plays "disgusting" i dnt knw wht he has 2 say abt this!!! At least evn though BD lost...they did bat better!!!

  • Avicenna on August 2, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    So, everything boils-down to the poor selection. I have serious misgivings that Pakistan is playing their best Eleven. Butt & Farhat after playing a couple of uncharacteristic innings again seem to be their usual former-selves. Kamran Akmal is probably the worst man with gloves in international cricket. Umar Akmal is a T20 or ODI but certainly not a test player. Performance of Umar Amin does not warrant his place as a regular batsman. Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik are ordinary at best. Even if PCB does not think that either of Yo /Yo deserve a chance (which I seriously doubt it should, given their performance in the past three series) Pak still has bucket full of batsmen superior in both talent and ability than the current pathetic bunch. Banishing Asim kamal, Fawad Alam and Taufeeq Umar from test cricket is unintelligible as they have far better technique and temperament for playing test matches than most of the batsmen in current team.

  • dummy4fb on August 2, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    @Saurav - Be mindful of making such general statements. Its a game and should not be judged on single performances. Don't you agree that pak's bowling is one of the best? Lets focus on how to make things better. Never ever let e bitter thought overtake us.

  • Harry0009 on August 2, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I think it's just those days when nothing can go wrong for England. Whatever they are touching is turning gold. When Pak levelled the series against Aus, evryone talked of a tough series for Eng. But the lady luck seems to be favouring Eng against any team they are playing. This is just the team to watch out for WC 2011. To put it, they are right now playing flawless cricket at best.

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