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England vs. India, First Test: Day Three Review

Posted on July 23, 2011 by in Tests

England 474/8 dec. (Pietersen 202*, Kumar 5/106)

India 286 (95.5 overs) (Dravid 103*, Broad 4/37, Tremlett 3/80)

England 5/0 (5 overs)


In a sentence

A superb team bowling performance, led by Stuart Broad, put England in total control of the test.

Player of the day

Whilst Rahul Dravid played a truly great innings to hold the Indian batting together, the day belonged to Stuart Broad. Under considerable pressure to justify his place in the side, Broad bowled one of the best spells of his career to tear through India’s top order. Figures of 4/37 could, and should, have been even better had England’s slip cordon not momentarily lost their minds. A place on the honours board would have been much deserved.

Moment of the day

The afternoon session as a whole was an incredibly intense period of cricket, but the defining moment of the day was the return of England’s much maligned third seamer to the attack after lunch. Dravid and Tendulkar set off like an express train after the interval, but within a few minutes of his re-introduction Broad removed the Little Master before having both Dravid and new man VVS Laxman dropped at slip. The momentum of the game swung on that over, and India never really recovered.

England celebrate the crucial wicket of Sachin Tendulkar

Outlook for tomorrow

England will bat much of the day before having a go at India late in the afternoon. Much depends on how aggressive the Two Andy’s will be. They have been criticised in the past for taking too long over declarations (we’re putting together a sweepstake on when a certain I T Botham will first demand Strauss calls them in, entries at the bottom please), but with the opposition batting line up as strong as it is one would expect them to err on the side of caution.


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James M-Q

24 Jul 2011 11:42

looks like 250 better be enough right now!


Matthew L

23 Jul 2011 19:52

Realistically we should declare with a lead of 380. Botham will be adamant that 250 is enough


James Knight

23 Jul 2011 19:39

Personally I think he’s going to spring a surprise and demand it half an hour before the coverage even starts. Perhaps by sneaking into Sky’s control room and interrupting Watersports World or whatever they show at 10am on a Sunday to tell us.


James M-Q

23 Jul 2011 19:17

I think he will start talking about declaration within 5 minutes of him starting his first commentary stint and about an hour after lunch he will be constantly calling fro the declaration.
Stu Bro :adore:
Dravid :adore: