London: Somerset believe they have played an important part in giving England a head start to the Test series against India after being able to "bully" the visitors for three days at Taunton. The Indians were never a threat in their lone warm-up match before Lord's as their bowling was twice taken part and the batting folded for 224.
For most of the contest, once they had lost the toss on a flat pitch, the Indians didn't appear to have their heart in the game whereas the county side took it very seriously. They were determined to limit the value India could take from the outing which is why they didn't enforce the follow on, and Peter Trego them embarrassed them with a 57-ball 85, which left them looking well short of readiness for the first Test.
"I fully understand it's quite difficult for Test sides to get themselves up for these games, however it's about practising good habits," Andy Hurry, the Somerset coach, said. "They are going to come up against a stern test against a side challenging to be No. 1 so they'll have to lift their game. I'm sure they will, playing at the home of cricket, but it's been interesting; their approach and how that reflects in the way they performed.