James Anderson, the true 'Lord of Lord's'

Arnold Nichols
August 14, 2018

Things, it has to be said, are going pretty well for England and nowhere more so than in the bowling department.Batting concerns remain, but with the ball in hand England have been rampant, with nearly everything going their way.Perhaps nothing sums this up better than the performance of Stuart Broad on the final day at Lord's on Sunday. At lunch, India were 17 for 2. "We were lucky, but the way Jimmy [Anderson] swung it was unbelievable in the first innings".

India has been outclassed by England yet again as the hosts won the second match of the ongoing five-match Test series by an innings and 159 runs at Lord's.

Indian batsmen showed poor batting display in both the innings.

After conceding a lead of 289 runs in the first innings, India were all out for 130 runs in their second.

Ultimately as anyone who paid even a fleeting moment's notice to the second Test could tell you, everything worked out all right for England, Woakes coming in, bowling beautifully and making 137 not out as well. Any chances of avoiding an innings then soon disappeared after Broad removed Kohli to leave India reeling at 61 for 5. Kohli & Co. dropped a few crucial catches in the first Test, especially in the second innings when they were dominating the match.

Arjun Tendulkar, the son of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, helped out Lord's cricket staff during the rain-affected 2nd Test between India and England. Woakes and Anderson conceded just 14 more runs as they shared the final four wickets - India were comprehensively beaten.

With the India captain hampered by his back, Broad forced him on to the back foot and kept him playing and missing outside off stump, before Kohli gloved the ball on to his hip and the catch was taken by Ollie Pope at a deepish short leg. Three more Test matches to follow. But credit to England, they were clinical.

However, Trevor Bayliss, England's coach, believes that the key component for Rashid's game is confidence, and in spite of his TFC status at Lord's, the experience of being a part of a winning Test team will transcend any other concerns that he might have about his role.

"This is payback time a little bit for England after losing 4-0 in India and I don't see them letting up".

As much as Virat Kohli is revered and will be remembered as one of the finest batsmen to grace this game, he'll also be remembered as a captain who didn't play an identical XI in two consecutive games for 37 games and counting, and also as someone who made some interesting choices!

The team for the fourth and fifth Test would be picked after the third game, starting in Nottingham on Saturday, the result of which would decide the Board's course of action after a disastrous performance left Virat Kohli and Co. They not learning from mistakes has been very disappointing to watch.

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