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'Bowlers put Indians under pressure'

England captain Michael Vaughan lauds his inexperienced bowlers and hopes they will get better as the tour progresses.

cricket Updated: Jul 24, 2007 18:35 IST

England captain Michael Vaughan has lauded his inexperience bowling attack for bringing the famed Indian batting line-up under pressure and hoped the bowlers would get better as the tour progresses.

"We had conditions that helped our bowling but they still put the ball in the right areas. They put India's experienced batting line-up under a lot of pressure," Vaughan said.

"I don't think our young bowlers allowed them to play the way they'd have liked," he said.

England bowlers restricted Indians to 201 and 282 for nine after putting on 298 and 282 in the rain-curtailed drawn first Test at Lord's.

"For someone like Chris Tremlett on debut to bowl the way he did and Jimmy Anderson (7 wickets inclusing 5-42 in first innings) coming back into the team to show the skill, control and pace he did was exceptional," Vaughan said.

"Ryan Sidebottom (match haul of 7 wickets) continued where he left off against the West Indies and we had the attacking threat of Monty Panesar as well -- the four of them produced a real performance.

"We have the left-arm option (Sidebottom), the tall man of Tremlett with pace and bounce and Jimmy with the ability to swing it both ways."

"It's a great option as a captain to have but they still have to put the ball in the right areas and that's exactly what they did."

Vaughan, however, said the turn of events in the first Test would have no bearing on the second Test in Nottingham starting later this week.

"Friday is a completely new start and I'm sure they'll get better as the tour goes on," he said.

The England captain said his bowlers would work harder in the remaining of the three-Test series.

"When you're playing against world-class players they'll analyse their performance and go away and work very hard."

Vaughan praised the Lord's wicket, saying it had something for everyone.

"It was a very good Test match wicket, there was a bit in it for everyone and if you batted well you got runs on it but also if you bowled well you were always going to extract some movement and bounce from it."

First Published: Jul 24, 2007 18:14 IST