Shastri-Kohli duo might face BCCI questions for debacle in England

Arjun Tendulkar,Harbhajan Singh,India vs England

Broad struck with his next delivery as he pinned Dinesh Karthik lbw, barely turning to appeal as the ball clattered into the wicketkeeper on the knee roll, but the hat-trick ball swung down the leg-side for four byes.

If Broad's rhythm had not been interrupted it could easily have gone down as another of his fabled match-winning spells but instead it was confirmation of his absolute return to his best, summed up by a late inswinger to bowl Cheteshwar Pujara as good as anything Anderson managed in the match.

Anderson continued his brilliant form from the first innings as he once again accounted for both Indian openers within the first seven overs.

Concerns over Anderson and Broad's recent injury troubles, a relentless schedule of five Tests in six weeks and injuries to Chris Woakes and Mark Wood only exacerbated this suggestion - with some even theorising that England's fast bowling, long believed to be their biggest potential weapon against India this summer, could prove something of an Achilles heel. "We've got to pull up our socks and produce better cricket India", he wrote. "We were lucky, but the way Jimmy [Anderson] swung it was unbelievable in the first innings".

Sunday followed the same pattern of English domination as Friday and Saturday with Root, who appears to have visibly grown as a captain in the last two games, understandably deciding to extend England's first innings.

"[Chris Woakes' century] shows the importance of batting deep".

"To get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership, I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred", said Root. "It's unbelievable what confidence that kind of spell can give you, and also to bat with Jonny in the manner that he did". "England deserved to win; we deserved to lose".

A Hindustan Times headline read: "India shamed at Lord's as bastmen surrender again". I don't see any lack of fight, or lack of trying (from them). They not learning from mistakes has been very disappointing to watch.

"To get a hundred and be on the honours board is something that will stay with me forever", said Woakes.

"An India side with Kohli struggled, so if they were to go without him then I would really fear for them in the last three Tests. We need a competitive game, and a close series".

There was also good news for the world's No 1 bowler, James Anderson.

"Not very proud of the way we played". Chris Woakes broke the stand by dismissing Pandya.

There was a second mature performance in a row too from another all-rounder in Sam Curran while any thoughts of Stokes playing instead of a batsman would surely be ruled out by a debut of promise from Ollie Pope.

Virender Sehwag lamented the poor showing from the visiting batsmen and hoped that they have the mental strength to overcome disastrous displays in the remainder of the England tour.



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