Thursday 7 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: A Good Toss To Lose & England's Day

England celebrate an Indian wicket
It was England's day, but Farokh says India gave them a helping hand or two
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This was very much England's day, driven by James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who took nine wickets which was an excellent performance but this really was a good toss to lose.

Had India fielded first, a few English wickets would certainly have fallen. The wicket eased up a bit later but this was another case of India throwing away an advantage.

When I heard India were batting, I said 'God help our batsmen' because this is a green-top pitch.

It was obvious to me that you had to bowl first, Alastair Cook must have thought he was hearing things when he heard MS Dhoni say India would bat!

I can't believe the decision and this could be a three or four-day Test match - it's shocking.

India's bowlers are not as effective as England's bowlers but they would still have proved difficult to play on this.

I know I have been calling for Ravichandran Ashwin to be included throughout this series, but now he's been brought in for the wrong Test - he should have played in the previous matches when the wickets were turning.

He would have been a real handful at The Ageas Bowl.

Credit to England though, they bowled in the right areas, made the batsmen probe but India could have batted better. They are just not used to wickets that are seaming about all over the place and their technique isn't good enough.

You need perfect technique to survive on this wicket and they just didn't show it. Three ducks from the top four batsmen is just not on.

However, they rallied a little bit, but if England get a lead of around 150 or so, the game will be very much in their favour.

Credit to Dhoni for his batting, because he knew he had made a mistake by electing to bat so the responsibility lay on his shoulders but he's a fighter, scoring 71, and that was the saving grace for India to a certain extent.

Mind you, I don't think it will make much difference because England still have seven wickets in hand, trail by just 39 and the wicket will ease further tomorrow - depending on what the weather brings tomorrow - but England are on top.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer is covering India's tour of England for Cricket World. To win a holiday to India with Lycamobile click here.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs