England have taken a 1-0 lead against India in the Test Series following a spirited victory over the tourists at Lord’s on Monday, with each member playing their part to ensure that Andrew Strauss’ team continue on the road to becoming world number one.
There were points over the five days where the match appeared to be slipping away from England, although James Anderson clicked into gear when it mattered to claim five wickets including that of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Strauss was clearly a delighted man when speaking to the press on Tuesday, hailing the best bowling performance he had witnessed from an England team.
“It was a great atmosphere,” said Strauss. “We all appreciate playing Test matches in front of full houses. It makes you feel that you’re doing something important, that every wicket you take, every run you score is appreciated by someone. The bigger the crowds we have over the course of the summer, the better for us and for the future of Test cricket as well.”
Kevin Pietersen was a double century maker at Lord’s and the batsman echoed Strauss’ thoughts, saying: “It’s a huge summer, a huge series for both teams and the public. You can see by the number of people who queued up on Monday. When we drove in all the guys were commenting on the number of people who had shown up.”