England took a two nil lead in the five test series with a comprehensive innings victory at Lords. The third test is at Trent Bridge, Nottingham this week
India were extremely unlucky with the toss, losing it on a bowling day after the first day’s play had been lost to rain. Batting at Lord’s was the equivalent of England batting on the 4th/5th day in India. A Ruthless examination of batting skills. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes & Sam Curran with a new Dukes ball bowling on a venomous Lord’s pitch spiced up by rain and with dark, apocalyptic skies above. Batting doesn’t get much tougher than that in Test cricket.
By the time England batted it was the sunniest day of the test and India were in the game with England 80-5 before Bairstow and Woakes took advantage as the sun shone and the new ball aged. India also picked the wrong team, a second spinner was no doubt the long term aim after the first test but conditions demanded an extra seamer.
When India batted again, dark skies and on-off conditions existed again
That said, there was little sign of any Indian batsmen being able to cope with the swinging ball and the match started on a pitch with a green tinge too
Nottingham, now the weather has turned, might see the same even on a traditionally strong batting ground. The contrarian would like to see India bounce back but it’s tough to see. England’s prospects are in the price at 4/7. No bet