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Fletcher: Zaheer a "big loss"

India coach Duncan Fletcher said losing star bowler Zaheer Khan midway through the first day of the npower Test at Lord's was a "big loss".

Left-arm seamer Zaheer took both the England wickets to fall on a rain interupted first day but later limped off with a hamstring strain:

"Zaheer showed, he's the bowler we missed the most. He's a big miss, he could have been the one that got the third wicket for us so he's a big loss." Fletcher said.

"It's very important we see how things come out tomorrow - you could say 'What happens if Tendulkar gets injured tomorrow' but we'll have to see how [Zaheer] is tomorrow."

Fletcher, a former England coach, suggested his new side were a fraction short of where he'd have liked them to be after the first day - especially after two tough catching chances (both off Jonathan Trott's batting) were put down.

"From our point of view I just think maybe we'd have been happy with three wickets. With two, it indicated we could have bowled better lengths." Fletcher added.

"The bowlers need to get used to the swing and get their lines right. They needed to bowl a bit fuller. After Somerset, where it didn't swing much, it was hard to adjust.

"They were two very difficult chances - on another day they may have been taken but they were difficult chances."

'Swings & roundabouts'

England's number three batsman, Jonathan Trott, continued his rich vein of form - ending the day unbeaten on 58.

The Warwickshire right-hander now averages more than 130 at Lord's and said he was pretty pleased with his day's work:

"I think it's pretty even. The pitch looked good when the covers came off. It usually looks a little greener than it did so as a batsman that's good.

"We're pretty happy with the situation but there's a lot of hard work to do tomorrow."

"We can't rest on a laurels and expect to be 200-2 tomorrow. We have to do the best we can and not look too far ahead."

As for the dropped chances the 30-year-old discussed them in the level headed manner which chacterises his batting:

"That's cricket - it's swings and roundabouts. As a fielder sometimes you can take a lot of screamers and then put down sitters. It works both ways.

"I can't say much about their fielding - hopefully when the ball comes to me I'll catch it!

"I expect Zaheer to be bowling tomorrow - that's how we'll prepare. If he's injured so be it we'll adjust and concentrate on the next guy with the ball in his hand."

Asked about his phenomenal record at Lord's Trott admitted 'HQ' inspires him:

"Its a cliché but I try to do the best I can every time. It's a fantastic place to be, it's the home of cricket. It's every cricketer's dream to play here so when you get the chance you want to make the most of it."

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