BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Revealed – Anderson swings both ways and Nasser is the ice man
18:26 GMT, 14 December 2012
JIMMY HAPPY TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH KP
Jimmy Anderson was awesome. He is an exceptional performer, an artist with the ball. He bowls natural swing, then reverse swing, he's accurate, he's got pace. He also hit the middle stumps of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. When he celebrated that Sehwag dismissal, it was obvious there was a lot of lurve between Anderson and Kevin Pietersen – they had come up with a plan to bowl an early inswinger at Sehwag and it worked. So it's official, Anderson swings both ways!
King of the swingers: James Anderson took phenomenal figures of three for 24 in Nagpur today
ROOT'S NO CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCKER
Joe Root has made a memorable start to his Test career. He looked so assured, but don't think for a minute that he's just a monumental blocker. He's an attractive player in county cricket. He simply played the situation here, and the way he opened his hands and played spin reminded me of Geoffrey Boycott. The fact he's playing so well in India at just 21 is down to natural talent plus the great people round him in England's camp. They wanted him in the team and it's a terrific selection.
Howzat: England No 6 Joe Root posted a picture of his early batting career yesterday. He was no dummy…
SHAME CHAMPION SACHIN ISN'T GOING OUT ON A HIGH
Sachin Tendulkar is an icon, a complete champion. The whole of India wanted him to succeed and he was simply trying to stay in on what is not an easy pitch but he got a perfect delivery from Anderson. When he was in his pomp, England had no idea where to bowl at Sachin – now they know they can get at him. It's sad because you want to see a champion go out on a real high.
CAPTAIN COOK IS FIVE OVERS AHEAD OF THE GAME
We all thought Alastair Cook would be a clone of Andrew Strauss as captain, be fairly cautious and wait for things to happen but he is showing real signs of being his own man and coming up with innovative plans. He looks as though he is five overs ahead of the game and that is an invaluable asset as skipper.
I GOT HIT ON THE BONCE A LOT… WHICH EXPLAINS A LOT
Cook started off with young Joe Root stationed at short leg. It's always the same, the young pro gets thrust in there and it's not right. It's a specialist position and you need someone with a feel for standing there – like Ian Bell. So Cook replaced Root with Bell who then took a stunning reflex catch. You've got to be a bit daft to stand at short leg – I fielded there for 19 years! I didn't wear any protective equipment either but I never got hit in the crown jewels…although I did got hit lots on the bonce, which may explain a bit.
Grin and bear it: Bumble's Sportsmail colleague Nasser Hussain and family have been wrapping up warm…
ICE-COOL NASSER… AND MRS NASSER
With all this inclement weather in
England, the boiler has packed up at Hussain Towers! There was lots of
Twitter advice saying his condenser pipe had frozen and it needed a
kettle of hot water poured on to release the ice and kick-start the
boiler. All well and good, but when the 100 call-out fee was mentioned,
Nasser turned white as a sheet. He then said he'll leave it for now and
has advised Mrs Hussain to put on another jacket or go for a brisk
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