London, Jul 26: England skipper Andrew Strauss on Jul 25 said that his bowlers' performance in the team's 196-run annihilation of India in the first Test here, was as perfect as it has been in recent years.
"Over the two innings, it was as close to perfect bowling performance as it has been in the last 2-3 years which is saying a lot as we have bowled quite consistently well in this period," stated Strauss after England dismissed India for 286 and 261 in the two innings at Lord's.
"It was an outstanding performance by the whole attack. They showed if you work hard with consistent line and length you could have results on any track."
Strauss picked double centurion Kevin Pietersen for special praise.
"Our first innings was a magnificent performance. Kevin was responsible for it. It was one of the best innings I have seen. He was smart enough against seamers, was prepared to graft and when the opportunity presented itself, he attacked. Others batted around him."
"It was critical that we survived the tricky first day and on the second day, after the second half it got easier. Jonathan Trott as well on the first morning of the Test gave a good example of his temperament and technique."
Strauss claimed that this win has demonstrated that if the present team play to its potential, it can beat any side.
"To be a number one side, you need to grab your opportunity and we did so very well today. We demonstrated when we play well, we are good enough."
Strauss was also full of praise for Stuart Broad.
"His position has lately been called to question. It was a big test of his character and Stuart showed immense quality. He bowled very well, his 70 runs were critical to the outcome, he showed his class. It was a tiny reminder to everyone what a great talent he is."