Sing when you’re winning, England are still second in the ICC Test Rankings. The third and final test fizzled out with a Pietersen ton and some strokes from Bell as Test Match Special debated whether England should have pushed for a win by scoring more than 400 on the final day. Bookies were incredibly stingey with their odds, 40-1 to chase down 500 in the final innings? Ridiculous. Should have been more like 1000 – 1. Its not going to happen.

The series belongs to India. There is an old saying that it is better to be lucky than good, and Dravid’s side were lucky. England were robbed at Lords, and the toss at Trent Bridge was crucial. Having said that, had England held their catches in the Indian first innings at the Oval India would have only scored 400-odd, which would have left England well and truely in the game.

Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers throughout the series. Sidebottom and Panesar were steady. No matter how well the commentators said that Tremlett had bowled, he does seem to give the impression that there is more pace in the tank. I want to see him really make the batters jump around.

Batting wise, Pietersen again was the best batter in the England side and Vaughan looked quality on occasion. Alastair Cook too often did the hard work and got out, something he didn’t do in England colours earlier in his brief international career. Strauss looks like he needs some time off and a good net session with Sir Geoffrey.

This was Vaughan’s first loss in a test series in England, and hopefully should make his team fight even harder in future series. The good news for England is that they have 6 weeks of ODI and International Twenty20 cricket to come. TVC is licking his lips.

Sing when you're winning

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