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A look at England’s past victories in India

England's Ian Bell celebrates scoring 200 runs during the npower Fourth Test at The Kia Oval, London. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive England's Ian Bell celebrates scoring 200 runs during the npower Fourth Test at The Kia Oval, London. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Monday, December 17, 2012
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Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell helped steer England to a famous 2-1 Test series win in India today.

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The duo both struck centuries as England safely negotiated a draw in the final Test in Nagpur to claim their first five-day series success in India for nearly 28 years.

Here, London24 looks at their past triumphs:

India 0 England 2 (1933-34)

Despite the continued fallout from the controversial ‘Bodyline’ Ashes series the year before, Douglas Jardine led England to a comfortable victory in India’s first Tests on home soil. Jardine was in fine form, contributing 221 runs across the three Tests at an average of 73.66. An excellent 136 from debutant Bryan Valentine and Morris Nichols’ eight-wicket haul propelled England to a nine-wicket victory in Mumbai and after a draw at Kolkata, Hedley Verity - the only other player to go to India who took part in the Bodyline tour - took 11 wickets as England wrapped up a 202-run win in Chennai.

India 1 England 3 (1976-77)

England had no luck in India in four tours since the Second World War so were well overdue some success. That it came after successive home losses to Australia and the West Indies makes it all the more remarkable that Tony Greig’s England won three of the first five Tests. Despite slow left-armer Derek Underwood finishing as the highest wicket-taker on either side, seamers Bob Willis and John Lever were in imperious form, taking 46 wickets between them. An innings-and-25-run triumph in New Delhi was followed up with 10-wicket and 200-run successes in Kolkata and Chennai respectively although India won the fourth Test in Bangalore by 140 runs, with the fifth drawn in Mumbai.

India 0 England 1 (1980)

Whilst this success in the one-off Golden Jubilee Test of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is not as illustrious as a series victory on the sub-continent, it is worth mentioning Ian Botham’s fantastic all-round contribution as England triumphed by 10 wickets in Mumbai. The then 24-year-old not only took 13 wickets but also struck the only century of the match.

India 1 England 2 (1984-85)

England’s most recent series success against India bore some of the hallmarks of the current tour. After losing heavily by eight wickets in the first Test in Mumbai, despite Mike Gatting hitting his first Test century, they fought back in style to win the second by the same score in Delhi. A draw in Kolkata was followed up with a tremendous nine-wicket win in Chennai - where Gatting and Graeme Fowler both contributed double centuries and Neil Foster took 11 wickets - before David Gower’s side held on for a draw in Kanpur. The series was notably nearly called off after the UK’s deputy high commissioner Percy Norris was assassinated 24 hours before the first Test.

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