Andrew Strauss praises spirited England

England captain Andrew Strauss praised his side for overcoming struggles in the early stages of the match against India to claim a crushing 319-run victory on day four of the second npower Test at Trent Bridge.

Strauss said, “I thought it was an outstanding performance from the guys, we had to dig very deep. We were twice in the position where India looked very much like favourites to win the game and we dragged it round.

“There were some outstanding individual performances. Stuart, with both the bat and the ball in the first-innings to rescue our batting performance and then to turn the match on its head with the second new ball.

“But also Ian Bell’s and Tim Bresnan’s batting. They gave us breathing space to be able to go and be favourites to win the game from there.

“I think it’s one of the real measures of a good side is whether they’re able to come back from difficult set of circumstances.

“Most sides are pretty good when they’ve got everything their own way but I think in the last two Test matches, we’ve had to dig very deep and it gives me a lot of pride to see guys putting their hands up and delivering when it matters but also it fills me with a lot of confidence for the future that we can go on and become a better side.”

Strauss acknowledged Broad’s batting in the first innings when the top order failed to fire.

“I think our batsmen have done extremely well to earn the initiative in both Test matches,” said Strauss.

“It’s fantastic to see Stuart scoring runs as well as taking wickets and Tim Bresnan showing his all-round capabilities as well. It’s very hard for opposition captains when guys in your lower order can play as well and as freely as those two are.”

Strauss was quick to commend Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his decision to withdraw the run-out appeal against Ian Bell.

“I think it was very commendable that they changed their mind and took back their appeal. I think it’s one of those circumstances where there’s always shades of grey but I think it was good for the game of cricket,” said the opener.

“I think in years to come, it will be looked on as a step in the right direction and hopefully other people will follow those sorts of decisions.”

Broad was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance with both bat and ball in the first innings.

”It’s great to perform in a Test match victory, it’s been a fantastic Test match to play in, I imagine it has been to watch as well,” said the Nottinghamshire’s bowling all-rounder.

“It’s swayed India’s way, it’s swayed our way and there’s been chances there for both teams to really grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

“To make an impact in a game that your team does well in is the most pleasing thing and getting a hat-trick at my home ground is something I’ll look back on with a lot of pleasure in the future.”

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