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Michael Vaughan In-Play update: Anderson to fire England to victory

Joe Root made an impressive start to his England career

"I tipped England pre-Test at 3.55/2 and I'm not laying out, even at 1.9720/21 - there's only one winner in this game."

Having backed England to win pre-Test at 3.5, Michael Vaughan is confident Alastair Cook's troops will go on to complete victory after their excellent start. 

It's been a very good batting display from England, followed up by a stunning display from Jimmy Anderson to put them in a strong position going into day three.

The score of 330 was just over par really but, by taking so much time out of the game, India are now in a position where they have to chase the game, as it's must-win for the series.

Kevin Pietersen batted maturely and Joe Root was superb to get a 73 on his debut. He's a mini-me isn't he?! He grew up in the same village as me, played for the same club and in my academy. He'll be dancing in a few years!

Jonny Bairstow will feel like he hasn't done much wrong, but I think he'll put pressure on Ian Bell's position for the New Zealand tour. Bringing in new blood, even when playing well, is good for a team - it keeps everyone on their toes.

I tipped England pre-Test at 3.55/2 and I'm not laying out, even at 1.9720/21 - there's only one winner in this game. If you haven't got on England yet, I'd still say that's a good price. The only thing that stops them winning is time, but I'm backing them to finish the job.

The Indian batsmen have not been able to cope with Anderson. He's been getting reverse swing and making it skid through from the back of a length, putting them all at sea. And with the Indian press hammering them over there, MS Dhoni's men are under severe pressure - which they don't handle well.

I don't necessarily think the game will be done early given the pace so far, so 2.01/1 on a Day 5 Evening finish isn't the worst bet in the world.

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14 December 2012

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