What a performance. People will say India played badly and were unlucky with injuries but England have blown them away in this series. The winning margins have been nothing short of incredible and suggest that this England team really are out of the top drawer. I have seen two great cricket machines in my lifetime - that terrifying West Indies side and the blistering Australian team - and England have to keep this up for at least 5 years to even be mentioned in the same breath as those sides, but they are as good as any other side I have seen - including the South Africans in their pomp.
It was fabulous to see Swann come to the fore today. He has played second fiddle as a bowler all series because the quicks have been so awesome, but he showed today why he is the number one spin bowler in the world. These Indians see off spin as meat and drink, but Swann was too good for them. And Broad backed him up superbly when that second new ball was taken. And what a ball from Bresnan to dismiss Tendulkar; oh the irony of the Indian master being out lbw 9 runs short of that hundredth international hundred with no review available! But it was out anyway and would have been out earlier with the review system in place for lbw! Would he have been given out to that ball in India 9 runs shy of that landmark? Not in a million years! That would be like Clattenbung giving a penalty against Man Utd at Old Trafford!
262 for 3 to 283 all out! Incredible! The Windies attack did that sort of thing. McGrath and Warne did it too. And remember, these Indians have pretty decent test match records with the bat! And it's not just the bowlers! Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Trott, Prior, they would walk into any test side in the world and will all be ranked with the greats of English cricket!
I was too young to understand in 66 when we won the World Cup and rugby leaves me cold. This is the first GREAT English sporting team I have known and I am loving it!