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England v India, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day
'England have their work cut out' - Lloyd
July 27, 2007
David Lloyd analyses the first day's play of the Trent Bridge Test
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Andrew Miller: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo Talk. I am Andrew Miller and alongside with me I have former England coach David Lloyd, to discuss the first day of the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge. It was very much India's day, they bowled superbly throughout, and finished at 169 for 7. Really, magnificent performance all round, wasn't it David?

David Lloyd: Yes, win the toss and bowl first, it just had that feel that it was a bowling day. Michael Vaughan said at the toss that he would have liked to bowl given the opportunity. The ball swings here, since the new stands have been built here at Trent Bridge the ball has swung consistently. It's almost a reply of Lord's - if you pitch the ball up, and, left-armers tend to do that, the ball was swinging late. It was not one of those things where the ball swings from the arm, and it was a real problem for the England batsmen. Great response from the bowlers to Rahul Dravid's decision of winning the toss and bowling first.

AM: It was all set up nicely for them early on by Zaheer Khan, he picked up two important wickets early on - Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan - both went cheaply. And, really, after that it was India's day, wasn't it?

DL: Yes, again if you look at both the dismissals - they have done their homework. Andrew Strauss with minimal footwork, on the drive outside off stump and Michael Vaughan, once again, Zaheer Khan going round the wicket. He did him round the wicket, and Vaughan was out round the wicket in the previous Test match. So, it worked perfectly again, the edge through to Sachin Tendulkar, so India were on top with England 47 for 3. There was a partnership which steadied things down, but really it has been the bowlers day, and India have controlled the day.

AM: Difficult innings for Kevin Pietersen, once again a late start and he got out quite cheaply. Is there a pattern forming here, for him?

DL: People would say so, and he would be quite critical of himself. He usually is, and he opens his heart out and perhaps would tell us that he hasn't been concentrating throughout the day. But again, it was a good piece of bowling to have the confidence to keep pitching the ball up, and Pietersen was out lbw. You just felt, watching the game, that if the bowler got it straight, the ball swinging - the batsmen kept putting their feet in the way, and there was chance of lbws coming along, and so it showed.

AM: A very important little spell from Sourav Ganguly as well, he obviously got the main man for England, Alistair Cook.

DL: Well, he has got the wood on Cook. At 70 miles per hour, if that sometimes is 68, Alistair Cook played as if there were two balls going down at once. He couldn't play a shot at him, Ganguly did him at Lord's and he has done him again, exactly the same - another lbw. So, umpires are bid in this game today and they have done very very well. All the lbws were out and there are more to come.

AM: Not a lot of work for Anil Kumble, although he did come in late and got the wicket of Matt Prior. I imagine he will play more of a role as the game goes on.

DL: Yes, and I think that the game plan for India - get rid of these three wickets, and there is every chance that they would do it quickly, England's tail is not very good, tailenders are in. These batsmen will fire at one stage, and this could be the game where the big three or the big four get a lot of runs and then there is Kumble. If they [India] get a big lead then Kumble is right in this game, on a pitch, we talk about swing, but it also goes up and down as the game progresses here.

AM: Also, for England, at Lord's, the big talking point was there bowling attack. Clearly, if India's seamers can do the job then you would back Jimmy Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom on his home ground?

DL: Well, I looked at the England balcony and they looked very relaxed up there and there were few smiles, and you look at 169 for 7 and you think that England is in big trouble. But, they looked as if saying exactly that - well, if you can do it we will also do it, conditions will not change. I don't think they will, I think it will continue to swing, it does here. They [England] have their work cut out, to do it all again. Against this batting line-up, I just have a feel that India, if they pounce, they have every chance of sneaking this game. They have got to nip these out tomorrow, get big runs on the board, and I don't care what the situation is, if Kumble bowls with big runs on the board then, he will win the game.

AM: Just the final word on the ground itself, Trent Bridge has just announced that they are going for this 8 million overhaul, new stand etc. But, we did have that frustrating delay this morning, which was such a contrast to the situation at Lord's where the outfield drained so quickly. Do you see a scope for having outfields that drain quickly at all Test grounds?

DL: Yes, that was talked about in the media and the press. The thing to remember about this ground that it is the third oldest in the world, it's got lots of undulations, as it was, all those years ago. The area that is the biggest problem is the bottom corner near the old pavilion where the water congregates. It is the lowest part of the ground and all the water was congregating there. But, it is a very, very old venue, it is a lovely place to play cricket. The stands are being redeveloped, and the next thing - the next port of call for all the grounds in England - is to follow the lead of Lord's and to put this outfield in, that the water just drains straight through it - play as soon as possible. I know it will be a lot of money to do that, but the revenue that would save in the long run will be the right thing to do.

AM: David Lloyd, thanks a lot.

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