Buttler prevents humiliating England Test loss - for now

Paul Farbrace of England during a training session before the 1st Specsavers Test Match between England and India

The formalities took 10 minutes on the fifth morning at Trent Bridge, when James Anderson hacked at a short, wide leg-break from R. Ashwin and gloved the ball high.

An important contributor to the victory was India's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.

India's slip catching was quite sharp during the third Test match and that was the difference between the two sides.

"I was always used to bowling a lot of overs in the Ranji Trophy which always helps", said Bumrah, who ended the day with an impressive overall innings haul of five for 85 in 29 overs. It was just that.

Missing the first two Tests, Bumrah certainly couldn't have asked for a better comeback in the longest format.

He added, "One thing that's come from this game is that partnership between Jos and Ben, and it's a great example and lesson of how to go about things in Test cricket".

If Cook were to miss the Test to attend the birth, it would leave England in a bit of a hole, with Keaton Jennings looking devoid of form or technical improvement since he was dropped for the first time previous year.

England's defeat in Nottingham was as a result of a terrible batting collapse in their first innings, where they lost all 10 wickets in a session to be bowled out for 161.

Rahane's 81 on Saturday came at a similarly significant juncture - in the match, the series and perhaps his career.

"He [Rahane] is very positive, we love that about him". He prepares that way and when he goes out and plays like that he's very attractive to watch and he changed the whole complex of the game.

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"Root said: "[Our first innings] was obviously not good enough.

India's batting at Lord's had been characterised by a singular lack of fight, of a determination to survive.

While England have work to do with the bat, they also continue to be let down by drops in the slips, with Root insisting the players are hard at work to eradicate the issues.

And then there's Virat Kohli, by a distance the outstanding batsman this series. Dhoni has led the Indian side to 27 victories in 60 Test matches.

Everything that could have gone right for India at Trent Bridge did.

"We know we will thrash teams at home".

"We have to find ways to deal with him".

Given the most any side have made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the West Indies´ 418 for seven against Australia at St John´s Antigua, in 2003, there was little prospect of an England victory. A 0-2 scoreline after two Tests can be deflating.

The heartening aspect was the kind of domination shown by the Indian team in what can easily be termed as a complete performance under Virat Kohli's captaincy outside the sub-continent.

"We just have to give the credit to India".

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