It would be an outright lie if I said I didn't care who wins the Ashes. I wear a Team Cook t-shirt, not Team Clarke. But I certainly don't want to see a 5-0 whitewash of the Aussies. A close fought series, a taster of which we had at Trent Bridge throughout the first Test, should be what every cricket fan craves.
If you were one of those who followed the first test over the last five days, you will have no doubts whatsoever in your mind that England was the better of the two sides and India kept playing catch up all the time, only to succumb before the sun had set on the pristine turf at Lord's.
After claiming the first bout of the battle, England is moving in for a kill with a clinical bowling performance on day three of the Lord's test riding on a brilliant day in the park for the comeback man Stuart Broad (4/37). His spectacular show with the ball has reduced Rahul Dravid's fine century to more of a consolation for team India.