Not only did the first Test between England and India revive the public’s love of Test cricket, it also put England in a position to become the best Test team in the world.
A clear two-match victory over India in this current Test series would be enough to send England to the top of the cricket world rankings for a Test team.
Andrew Strauss and his side are 5/6 to finish the series as the world number one team and following the victory at Lord’s they are in a great position to do so.
Both teams head to Trent Bridge for the second Test which starts on Friday and England are the 11/10 favourites to win the Test with the draw available at 7/4 and India at 3/1.
As they take a 1-0 lead into the second Test, England are 1/4 to win the series but with three more Tests to play, talk of a series win is premature.
The Indian squad has been hit with injuries and Virender Sehwag will continue to remain on the sidelines for the second Test while Zaheer Khan looks certain to join his team-mate on the bench.
Sachin Tendulkar should have fully recovered from a virus by Friday but Gautam Gambhir remains a doubt following a terrible blow to his elbow when fielding at short leg.
India’s injury count has taken the shine of England’s victory somewhat and Andrew Strauss and company will be keen to face a full strength Indian team before the series is over.
By that time England may have already wrapped up the series victory but there were glimpses of impressive cricket from the Indian side during the first Test and England shouldn’t take the second Test for granted.
However with a formula that is now proven, England look the best bet for the Trent Bridge Test with a dry forecast expected.