Can India pick up the pieces for 4th Test?

Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 9:51 [IST]
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India to pick up the pieces in 4th Test?

Birmingham, Aug 14: What Germany did to Poland in World War II, England have succeeded in doing to India in three cricketing theatres through this infamous Summer of 2011 - Lord's, Trent Bridge an Edgbaston. The only word that surfaces in defining the nature of these trio of routs is quite simply, "blitzkrieg". A glowing visitors' side who touched down on English soil as the World's No. 1 team are now a battered, bruised and bundled out side.

But their engagement with England is still one Test shy of being over. India has all of four days to reflect on their egregious series defeat and to recover from the mental and physical torment that has accompanied it. Along with a clueless captain and coach, Team India will have to sit around the table and try to sift out some meagre positives from the rummage and rubble of their loss. It's never too late to learn and a thorough post-mortem can indeed provide answers.

The chief point of distinction between the two sides that emerges outright is that England played like a truly cohesive and integral unit. If the top order couldn't quite set up a foundation, the middle order was ever-ready to cover for them while the baton was seamlessly passed on to the latter order to launch out toward a challenging total.

For instance, Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan who were initially slow off the blocks in terms of dishing out meaty innings, were well compensated for by the gumption of near-tailenders in Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan. And as though that resolve wasn't enough, the two aforesaid batsman themselves made amends with centuries no less.

Where England's highly penetrative bowling was concerned, paceman Tim Bresnan hit the nail on the head when he said that his side's bowlers hunt in packs. Indeed, like insidious cayotes they would deceive and beguile the Indian batsmen with a well-crafted three-pronged pace strategy, leaving the befuddled willow-man no option but to succumb to their encroaching trap.

So as India picks up the pieces, they have now to put them together. Sustained partnerships, backing up from the middle order, bowlers hunting in packs, pacy counter-offensive batting - all these are the lessons that India must glean from the English if they are to sign off from the Test series by coming up with a genuinely-fought contest.

Oneindia Cricket

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