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Gatting credits James & Stuart

London: “Did the James Anderson issue take India’s focus away from the game? That’s a question which needs to be asked,” former England captain Mike Gatting told The Telegraph.

Speaking at The Oval on Sunday afternoon, Gatting (now president of the MCC) added: “Had we bowled well on the first day at Lord’s, then that Test wouldn’t have been won by India...

“Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled much better from Southampton, placing us in the position we are in. To be successful, you need luck and we’ve had our moments on that count too....

“Also, the change in ’keeper has been a factor. Matt Prior hadn’t been up to it and, after Lord’s, we’ve had young Jos Buttler, who is so good with the bat as well.”

Gatting acknowledged that India had some “good players,” but technical issues and a complete lack of confidence hadn’t helped.

“While India’s batsmen have struggled, our guys have shown admirable consistency... Gary Ballance, Joe Root... Alastair Cook is back among the runs,” Gatting pointed out.