England vs India : Hosts record a remarkable victory against world's best
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Previously I have written about the recent humiliations of the English Cricket Team. Now I am glad to be writing about the successes and the massive turn around in fortunes for the test side. Yesterday, England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India at the Home of Cricket (Lords), on the back of last weeks thrilling victory at Edgbaston. The Test was the perfect one for the English bowlers, with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all shining, in favourable English conditions. Going into this series there were question marks above India and their ability to cope against a swinging ball, this test proved why there was this initial apprehension. In the first innings they were bowled out for 107 with Anderson taking 5-20 in a remarkable spell of bowling. The usually reliable Virat Kohli was only able to score 23 before being dismissed by the bowling of Chris Woakes. In reply to the low total set by India, England scored 396 before declaring with Chris Woakes top scoring on 137 not out, his maiden test century. With Ben Stokes currently on trial for affray, Woakes filled his shoes with both Bat and Ball. India's second innings was more of the same woeful batting, that was witnessed in the first, with them scoring only a feeble 130 runs. The second innings played host to a familiar remarkable Stuart Broad spell, where he took four wickets for seven runs in seven overs, before finally finishing on 4-23 at the close of play. Despite the joys of winning, the same old cracks are still prevalent within the English Test squad. The top order are still struggling to score runs. England found themselves 89-4 on Saturday before being saved by Chris Woakes. Aside from batting, another major question has been raised and that is - What are we going to do once Jimmy Anderson retires? Anderson has now taken 100 wickets at Lords and has also now taken the most test wickets against India, with that figure standing at 99 from 24 matches. His prowess in English conditions showed, with some outstanding and unplayable bowling which was a massive factor in England's victory. Anderson, however is now 36 years old, which for a seam bowler is quite old, he is very much in the twilight of his career, yet is still indispensible to the English team. The series is now very much in Englands favour leading 2-0, moving in to the next test at Trent Bridge. I can only believe that India are yet again going to struggle, especially as England have won 6 out of the last 8 tests in Nottingham. Image rights - Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lords_test_match.jpg
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