Andrew Strauss believes England showed at least twice over at Trent Bridge just why they are and will continue to be a match for the world’s best in Test cricket.
They tapped into the individual brilliance of man-of-the-match Stuart Broad to come back from highly improbable positions to prevail after all against India - eventually by the widest runs margin in any Test between the two countries.
Ian Bell and Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan took their turns to consolidate an increasingly favourable equation so that in the end England beat the world’s number one team by a landslide 319 runs to go 2-0 up with two to play in this four-match npower series.
One more victory at Edgbaston will put them rather than India at the top of the rankings.
But before he starts plotting the next success, England captain Strauss reflected with pride on how Broad’s counter-attacking 64 from number nine had revived his team from a perilous 124 for eight in the first innings and then the same player had delighted his own home crowd with a hat-trick as India’s reply collapsed from 267 for four to 288 all out.
England still conceded a 67-run deficit. But Bell responded with a wonderfully-skilled 159 - and among three other half-centuries, Bresnan made 90 from number eight as the hosts piled up 544.
“One of the real measures of a good side is whether they are able to come back from difficult circumstances,” he said.
“Most sides are pretty good when they’ve got everything their own way.
“But in the last two Test matches we’ve had to dig pretty deep, and it gives me a lot of pride to see guys putting their hands up and delivering when it matters.”