Kevin Pietersen likened the arrival of India this summer to the 2005 Ashes after a sold-out Lord’s watched England complete a 196-run victory.
With England needing nine wickets to topple the world’s number one side, thousands of fans lined the streets of St John’s Wood from the early hours of the morning, snapping up 25,227 tickets.
The public clamour for a piece of the action, not to mention the calibre of the opposition, has not been seen in this country since that famous series six years ago.
“Obviously this is a huge series for both teams and for the public,” said Pietersen after James Anderson’s five-wicket haul saw the tourists dismissed for 261 on the final day. “Potentially, this is as big (as 2005). You can see that from the number of people who turned up this morning.
“As we drove here the lads were commenting on the number of people outside. For us as players it’s magnificent that the public thinks it’s such a big series and hopefully we can get another full house at Trent Bridge now.
“It’s going to be a huge summer and a huge series with the crowds showing such interest.”
England have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the second npower Test with India, starting at Trent Bridge on Friday. National Selector Geoff Miller has confirmed that the same group of players, along with Tim Bresnan, will meet up in Nottingham.
Bresnan was edged out of the reckoning by Stuart Broad for the Lord’s Test, and returned to Yorkshire to play in their narrow loss to Lancashire, while Broad vindicated his selection with a fine performance with bat and ball.