Andrew Strauss paid tribute to a string of superb individual performances after England hammered India by 319 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the four-Test npower series.
Stuart Broad, on his home ground at Trent Bridge, took a first-innings hat-trick en route to match figures of eight for 76 and added counter-attacking innings of 64 and 44 to take the man-of-the-match award.
But Tim Bresnan, in for the injured Chris Tremlett, took seven wickets and smashed 90 in the second innings and Ian Bell made the most of his run-out reprieve with a second innings of 159.
England captain Strauss told Sky Sports 1: “To be 80 for six and 120 for eight you’re behind the eight-ball, but Broad and (Graeme) Swann have done that sort of stuff for us a few times before and it’s hard for captains to set fields for.
“Then also Stuart Broad with the second new ball to get us back in the game. I’m proud of what we did this week, we’ve played some great cricket and come back at important times.
“(Bresnan) was unlucky not to play in the first Test and he was outstanding with bat and ball in this Test.
“He keeps putting his credentials in place and makes the (selection) decisions harder and harder. It’s a good position to be in, guys keep putting their hands up and performing, and whoever misses out is going to be very unlucky.”
On Bell, he added: “It was an outstanding innings, to score so freely in tough conditions. He’s in the form of his life, he’s confident and his technique is outstanding.”
England are 10/11 favourites with Victor Chandler
to win the third Test at Edgbaston, which would see them take over as the number one ranked Test side in the world.
India can be backed at 7/2 to bounce back with a victory in Birmingham.