They say that batsmen set up matches, bowlers win them. It was another sterling effort from England's pace attack to skittle India out for a paltry 224 at Edgbaston.
But for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 77 batting with the tail, the tourists would have been all out for a meagre 147, thanks to another hugely impressive performance from Messrs Anderson, Broad, Bresnan and Swann.
Indeed, India were 111 for seven at one stage thanks to the menacing, consistent and ultimately potent bowling unit.
It cannot even be argued now that England's bowlers flourish to such an extent occasionally, with four of the stable featuring in the top 10 of the ICC world Test rankings.
Undoubtedly, England have the best bowling attack in the world right now, with only South Africa able to even challenge the hosts' pace attack with Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn distinguished performers.
Graeme Swann may not be enjoying his most productive Test series against India, but in the Nottinghamshire off-spinner, England have the world's best spinner within their ranks.
Cowers has taken a look at the incredible embarrassment of riches afforded to Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss with the group of talent bowling coach David Saker has to work with.
Put simply, England have rarely ever had it better. Here are the bowlers that have fired their side to such considerable success of late, and the statistics below represent their records over the last 12 months, with their respective current world rankings also thrown in.
World ranking: 2
World ranking: 7
World ranking: 10
World ranking: 25
World ranking: 18
World ranking: 4
ENGLAND RECORD (last 12 months)
TALKING POINT OF THE
DAY: The ICC today
announced their long list for Cricketer of the Year with eight England players
From England: James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook,
Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Tremlett.
From India: Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Sachin Tendulkar
From South Africa: Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers
From Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, respectively: Misbah-ul-Haq, Shane
Watson, Kumar Sangakkara
So... who do you think deserves the title: 'ICC Cricketer of the Year
2011'? Post your views below!
USER COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The
lunch time pie strikes! I am thinking about the bloke out walking in the
Yorkshaire Dales looking for some lunch. He comes across a pub with a notice
outside 'A pint, a pie and a friendly word, £3.50' so goes in.
The beer and pie arrive, he pays but no word from the landlord so he asks 'what
about the friendly word?'. The reply is 'don't eat the pie'."
(The Bounder, Thailand).
TWEET OF THE DAY: "Perfect
day for England... I am afraid India fans that your team are in for a long stint
in the field...4-0" (Michael
Vaughan threatens to incur the wrath of more angry India fans with another
STAT OF THE DAY: Andrew Strauss has not enjoyed a
particularly fruitful series, with his average prior to today's innings just
25.5 with a highest score of 32. The England captain has 52 runs to his name
overnight - what can he go on to score?
SNAP OF THE DAY: This was the momentous race between Broad and Swann before the start of play with both bowlers too fast for any professional camera lens - incidentally, Broad clinched the much hyped head-to-head by a whisker.