“Stand up if you’re No.1, stand up if you’re No.1″
Close: Third Test, day four, Edgbaston
Match score: India 244 (MS Dhoni 74*; JM Anderson 4-85) and 224 (MS Dhoni 77; SCJ Broad 4-53, TT Bresnan 4-62); England 710-7 dec (AN Cook 294, TT Bresnan 53*, EO Morgan 104, AJ Strauss 87, KP Pietersen 63) Full scorecard
Session score: India 128-4. England win session. England win by an innings and 242 runs session. England win series 3-0 with one match to play.
England smashed India, bowling them out for 244 to lose by an innings and 242, the 15th biggest defeat in Test cricket. It could have been a lot worse.
James Anderson led the way with a blistering spell in the morning, taking the first four wickets. He strained for a fifth that cost him some runs and finished with 4 for 85.
The resistance was fun while it lasted. Much like India’s first innings, the unlikely partnership of Praveen Kumar and captain MS Dhoni rescued a small degree of respectability.
Dhoni-Kumar added 84 in the first innings and 75 in the second. That’s 34% of the total runs India scored in the match.
Kumar’s swiping Swann for sixes and fours over long on and midwicket was joyful respite for Indian fans. He’s bowled with great heart, he’s batted with vigour and he has always looked a bit grumpy. As a result, he’s made plenty of friends.
Swann has not had a good series with the ball. Here he conceded 88 from 13 overs – taking two wickets at least. His series figures are 73-7-321-4 – but I am sure he’ll be forgiven, being an integral cog in England’s chart-topping machine.
Dhoni has rediscovered his early-career form – he plays best when he hits it. He made 77 in the first innings and 74 not out in the second. That unique club-player style, all wrist and eye, producing brilliant clean striking.
England’s coronation came when Sreesanth poked Bresnan to KP at gully. It was all set to the backdrop of a raucous, wonderful Edgbaston, full of a crowd here to celebrate this supreme England side. If the entertainment on the pitch wasn’t interesting enough (it was), the Hollies Stand’s exuberance was a bright distraction. Fancy dress day had reached new levels.
England are world No.1. On this form, there is little debate.
Stat of the day Six innings in succession that England have bowled India out for under 300.
Shot of the day Praveen Kumar’s first six off Swann, into a pint of beer, spilling the contents over the owner’s shirt
Sight of the day 20 gorillas chasing two bananas
Catch of the day Stuart Broad took a cracker at extra cover to dismiss Amit Mishra
Ball of the day Anderson to Laxman. Again.
Muddled thinking The BCCI seems to have completely befuddled Indian batsmen so they do not know what they are allowed to review.
Edward Craig is the deputy editor of The Cricketer magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Cricketer_Ed