Trent Bridge: The irony was as heavy as the grey skies hanging over Trent Bridge. Zaheer Khan, India's bowling spearhead, gingerly loosened up in front of the pavilion. At the same end, at one corner, a smiling James Anderson, Zaheer's opposite number for England, handed over the keys to a school bus donated by the Lord's Taverners Foundation to a local school in Nottingham. One man wore a forced smile (Zaheer). The other, a genuine one (Anderson). Between them both these fast men hold the key to the world No.1 Test ranking.
Minutes later, Anderson declared that England were ready for taking over the world No. 1 Test ranking, currently held by India, after a bowling display at Lord's which he believed might have surpassed what Andrew Strauss' team did during their victorious Ashes campaign.
In a gripping series opener witnessed by fullhouses across the five days at Lord's last week, England's fast bowlers dominated the Indian batting thoroughly in the 196-run victory. To topple India at the top of the rankings table, England need to win the four-Test series by a margin of two. Anderson felt England were marching towards their target confidently.