England demolished India in the third test to take over from the visitors as the number one test side in the world.

England won at Edgbaston by an innings and 242 runs after an emphatic display from Andrew Strauss’s side.

…it could have been worse for the tourists…

England laid down a marker on day one by bowling India out for 224, it could have been worse for the tourists if it wasn’t for captain Mahendra Dhoni batting a 77 when they were in trouble at 111 for 7.

England’s pace bowlers prevailed again, with Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad taking four wickets each and James Anderson with the other two.

…ended the day with a solid batting display…

Strauss and Cook ended the day with a solid batting display leaving England in control at 84 for 0.

On day two Alastair Cook carried on where he left of and batted his way to 182 not out, and the hosts closed the day on 456-3 with a lead of 232.

…shared good partnerships with Cook…

Pieterson and Strauss shared good partnerships with Cook, each scoring 63 and 87 respectively.

The 26 year old reached his 19th test hundred in his 71st test to move him to within three of the all-time England record, currently held by Colin Cowdrey, Geoffrey Boycott and Graham Gooch.

After batting for 13 hours and piling misery…

Day three saw Cook stride to a mammoth 294, falling six runs short of a triple century.  After batting for 13 hours and piling misery on India, his dismissal prompted Andrew Strauss to call time, with England on 710-7, and a first innings lead of 486.

When England picked up the ball Anderson immediately bowled out Virender Sehwag for a golden duck. The visitors ended the day on 35-1

…England skittered through India once more…

Day four almost became a formality as England skittered through India once more for a dreary 244. Anderson led the way with four wickets, Broad and Swann with two and Bresnan with one.

While basking in the glory of thrashing India 3-0 in the series, and becoming the world’s best, their heads turn to the final test at The Oval on Thursday where the team will hope to remain unbeaten.

 

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