England vs India, 2nd Test: Preview.

Though the turf at Trent Bridge was found to be low and lifeless, James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja made sure to bring some sort of controversy which will definitely raise the tempo for the remainder of the series. Anderson and Jadeja will have a million eyes on them at Lord’s in case an occasion arises when the England bowler has to bowl to the left-handed batsman or vice versa.

England: A few positives for the England squad from the first Test but the England pacers just didn’t get the help they expected from the pitch.

Joe Root and James Anderson were the only England batsmen who showed some grit with the bat while Cook’s performance was once again criticized, only adding more pressure to his bad form. Sam Robson and Garry Ballance did played good to get to their fifties but while Bell and Prior must be geared up to overshadow the disappointment in the first Test.

When it comes to bowling, the first test clearly showed how much England yearns for a regular spinner. Simon Kerrigan is the man touted to take Swann’s spot but his performance against Australia where Shane Watson completely demoralised him, shows how much he needs to up his game. Anderson, Broad, Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett are a really great pack of seamers and will be gleefully rubbing their hands thinking about the Lord’s pitch. England vs India, 2nd Test

Originally published at cricwizz.com.