Storming victory of England in the first ODI against India, here is what the papers made of it:

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo: India were lethargic on the field and static with the bat. Not only did they lack a fifth bowler but also missed the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth fielder. It might have helped if they had 70 overs to bat. A runner for every batsmen would have come in handy.

Richard Hobson, The Times: With two hundreds from the top three, a Monty Panesar run-out and an outstanding leg-side catch by Matt Prior, England saw fantasy turn into fact at the Rose Bowl last night. Add some 90mph balls by Andrew Flintoff on his international comeback and an incisive first spell by James Anderson and it made for a near-perfect display.

Jonathan Agnew, BBC: Neither Bell nor Cook is known for being comfortable at improvising. But how well they played, and the fact that they have both shown that they are able to score centuries in this form of the game will have a huge impact on their confidence. There were no silly shots and, importantly, no getting out when they were set.

Derek Pringle, Daily Telegraph: Big Freddie bowled fast and furious, his choirboy haircut at odds with the brutal energy he imparted on the ball, which, according to the speedgun, occasionally reached 92mph. It was certainly too much for Mahendra Dhoni, India’s big hitter, taking 60 balls before gloving a short ball from Flintoff behind. There was redemption too for Matt Prior.

Angus Fraser, The Independent: The selection of Cook and Bell ahead of Owais Shah surprised many of those attending a dank and dreary Rose Bowl yet the combination provided England with the pivotal partnership, adding 178 for the second wicket. The pair are two of the less glamourous members of England’s one-day side and it was brain rather than brawn that dominated the 31 overs they spent together.

Paul Weaver, The Guardian: Andrew Flintoff threw back his head and screamed at the night sky like a werewolf. In his comeback match and his first home one-day international for two years he had already bowled heroically fast.

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