England vs India LIVE cricket Test series: Hosts well on top at Old Trafford … – Daily Mail

  • India lose Gautam Gambhir fourth over, caught Joe Root bowled Broad
  • Anderson then removes Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli
  • Broad then takes wicket of Pujara for a duck to leave India 8-4
  • Chris Jordan gets rid of Ajinkya Rahane for 24
  • England and India arrive in Manchester with the series tied at 1-1

By
Adam Shergold

Having arrested their slump at the Ageas Bowl last week, England will hope to push on in the fourth Test at Old Trafford and take a giant stride towards winning the series.

Captain Alastair Cook relieved the pressure on his shoulders with scores of 95 and 70 to help his side to a comprehensive 266-run victory and he will seek to score a first Test century in 30 innings here.

Follow our over-by-over coverage of the first day of the Test in Manchester with Adam Shergold and our cricket correspondents Paul Newman, Lawrence Booth and Sam Peters.

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  • Adam Shergold

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By Lawrence Booth at Old Trafford
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Jimmy Anderson, it seems, doesn?t need to call anyone names to take their wickets. On a sensational morning in Manchester, he limited himself to the occasional sotto voce barb, and instead made headlines with a beautiful opening spell that ? with the help of Stuart Broad ? reduced India to a barely believable 8 for 4.

That the Indians reached lunch placed no worse than 62 for 5 was to the credit of Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni, who found himself back at No 6 in a rejigged line-up ? and out in the middle within half an hour of a rain-delayed start.

If Dhoni needed moments of good fortune to survive ? his bottom-handed, instinct-heavy technique looked like an accident waiting to happen ? then Rahane showed off the mental grit that has made him India?s most prized wicket this summer. It was a surprise when he edged Chris Jordan into the slips five minutes before the break.

But the session will be remembered for the ball-on-a-string brilliance of England?s opening attack. The carnage happened in a hurry: in 13 balls, India lost four top-order wickets without adding a run, recalling their collapse to 0 for 4 at Headingley against Fred Trueman in 1952. ?

Gautam Gambhir, recalled for his first Test since England toured India in late 2012, got a leading edge to gully as Broad passed his good friend Graeme Swann?s tally of 256 Test wickets. ?

In the next over, Murali Vijay edged Anderson hesitantly to Alastair Cook at first slip, and two minutes later Virat Kohli ? who is enduring a nightmare of a series ? edged low to Cook again. That was 8 for 3. ?

Five minutes later it was 8 for 4, with Cheteshwar Pujara playing perhaps the most culpable shot of the quartet, driving away from his body to provide Chris Jordan with a tumbling catch at fourth slip and Broad with his second wicket. Half India?s runs had come from four byes, and historians were wondering if India could beat their previous low against England ? 42 at Lord?s in 1974.

They did so comfortably, thanks to Rahane?s temperament and Dhoni?s willingness to chance his arm. On nine, India?s captain flashed ill-advisedly at Chris Woakes, and the edge burst high through Jordan?s hands in the cordon. On other occasions, he couldn?t resist a fiddle. But he is still there.

The wicket of Rahane ? a timely pick-me-up for Jordan, after he had failed to strike at all during the third Test in Southampton ? brought to the crease Ravindra Jadeja, who was booed as he walked out, just as Anderson had been cheered as he marked out his run-up first thing this morning.

It?s been England?s session. But they will be batting last, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar may enjoy these conditions too. We could be in for some gripping cricket.

Last over before lunch. No question this is England’s morning, one of their best sessions in a long time. Woakes looking to get in on the act as Cook refuses the temptation to allow Broad back into the attack. The batsmen certainly in no mood to do anything silly and there’s just a single from the over.

Boos ring out as Ravindra Jadeja walks out to the middle… this is Jimmy Town. And there’s the crowd bursting into song for their local hero. But Jordan is the hero for the moment and there’s an lbw appeal when Jadeja is rapped just below the knee roll. Was heading down the leg side.

There’s the confidence booster for Chris Jordan! He had done well in his last over and now has a reward. Rahane had got settled and tried to drive when he shouldn’t have. Thick outside edge off the angled bat and a comfortable catch by Ian Bell at second slip.

Paul Newman: That is a big wicket for Chris Jordan. He needed that. And England have ended the resistance of Ajinkya Rahane, who has been India’s best batsman in this series. Now the boos ring out for Ravindra Jadeja. Think it’s quite clear where this Manchester crowd stand on his dispute with Jimmy Anderson?.

Flying: Chris Jordan celebrates taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane (Picture: Ian Hodgson)

Wow, Jos Buttler would have needed to be turbo-charged to reach that – diving full length to his left, he can’t get near a Woakes ball that flicked up awkwardly and it tootles off to the boundary. Ruined an otherwise scoreless over for the seamer.

This is much better from Jordan, who is steaming in, chest pumped out, a thick gold chain around his neck flapping around. Plenty of bounce in the second delivery, then one close to Rahane with away movement that beats the bat. The next one does for him too, before Rahane slices one just wide of the diving man at gully for FOUR. That was unlucky for the England bowler, who could do with something going his way before lunch.

Just under 20 minutes to go until lunch as Woakes tries to find England’s momentum from the first half-hour of the day. But it’s easy stuff for Dhoni to leave. Just one run off the over, a bye when Buttler fumbled the second ball.

Paul Newman: This hasn’t been a great start from Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. Conditions have eased, yes, and Woakes could have had Dhoni caught at slip by Jordan but the pressure has been lifted to an extent on India. Both of these two support seamers badly need a wicket now.

Woakes and Jordan not quite finding the pace of Anderson and Broad but a bouncer from Jordan prompts Dhoni into evasive action. Maiden over but nothing too sinister to trouble the batsmen.

A little shift around then, as Chris Woakes changes ends to the Brian Statham End to replace Anderson (2 for 21 from 9 overs). This partnership between Rahane and Dhoni is now worth 40 after a well-run single. The former of those brings up India’s 50 with a well-driven, full face shot down the ground for FOUR. Nice timing.

So, for the first time in the match, it’s Chris Jordan to bowl. Took a little bit of time to get into his rhythm at the Ageas Bowl but there should be much more from him here. He’s got the nod ahead of Steven Finn for this Test and now has to prove himself. Rahane sensing this and an over-pitched delivery is sent away for three, slowing down in the still soggy outfield just before the rope.

Paul Newman: Big moment this for Chris Jordan. He could do with a good start here to calm his nerves. MS Dhoni is hanging in there despite a technique that really isn’t suited to these conditions.

Dhoni will love playing at Old Trafford. He’s a huge Manchester United fan and can be seen playing football at every opportunity in India’s warm-ups.

It is said that these games go on for ages simply because the captain loves them so much and his players tend to apologise if ever they tackle the captain! How Dhoni would love to be playing across the road at the theatre of dreams?

Jimmy A showing plenty of stamina as he enters his ninth over of the session. He gets it swinging but Rahane steers it safely through the gap with nice soft hands for three more runs. And then Dhoni finds the same area for an additional FOUR. A little bit of fight at last from India.

Paul Newman: Good to see Bumble back after Sky gave him the Southampton match off (commentators can get burnt out too and Sky clearly wanted to protect one of their prize assets). The old boy is wearing a rather fetching Union Jack waistcoat today and sported a rather fetching hat this morning. I thought he looked a bit like Arthur Daley on Minder but don’t tell him I said that?.

Woakes searching for the right line but he doesn’t seem able to find the gremlins in the pitch and Dhoni, who appears the most likely to lead India’s counter-attack here, drives him away for FOUR. Otherwise, tidy stuff from the England bowler.

Anderson fine to continue. You can see Cook’s logic – if he can grab another wicket here and get into India’s lower order, he may not be bowling for some time and can get plenty of rest. Four slips and a gully in for Rahane, but no one at cover and manages to steer it there for two more.

The hour mark heralds the first bowling change, with Chris Woakes replacing Stuart Broad (2 for 8). And there’s an edge from Dhoni… but it came too quickly for Chris Jordan in the slips, flicks his fingertips like a goalkeeper tipping a shot over the crossbar and heads off on its merry way for FOUR. The chances continuing to come for England and Jordan rightly feels he could have taken that with a little jump.

Chance: Chris Jordan reacts as Dhoni’s shot goes through his hands and races away for four

Casual from Dhoni… just shouldering away an 80-odd mph ball from Anderson. Another vocal appeal follows, with Anderson’s every sinew begging the umpire. A clear inside edge from the Indian captain, however, who then goes after England’s dangerman with a pull shot! Just the one run. Drinks..

Paul Newman: What a first hour for England. And it is noticeable how quiet Jimmy Anderson has been. Just a glare rather than words and he is bowling absolutely brilliantly at near 90 miles per hour which is unusually high for him. So he can do it without swearing!

Broad still going strong as well though this could well be his last over for now. You imagine Woakes, who took five on this ground not too long ago, and Jordan will be sensing they can take advantage here. Maiden over and not too much trouble for Rahane this time.

Paul Newman: If anybody is following our service in Australia I can tell them that Anderson and Broad are on fire here a year ahead of the Ashes. If they can keep this up for the next year there will be a good chance of the urn coming home but can they?

The demands on England players, as highlighted by Sportsmail this week, are ridiculous and it will take a miracle if England’s bowlers in particular are still standing by the end of 2015. Maybe that operation for Broad will be well timed as it will mean he has to rest up for four months.

Anderson showing no signs of fatigue as he strides up for his sixth over. He’ll have to be taken off at some point but I’m not too sure he’ll want to. Massive appeal as an inswinger raps Dhoni’s pad then bat, running away for FOUR. Very much outside the off-stump so the correct decision. Beauty from Jimmy to finish, just to remind the Indians that another wicket is just a tiny misjudgement away.

P.S. Good tweet from Steven Finn below

Paul Newman: That lbw shout looked out to me but Hawk-Eye says that was a very good decision by Marais Erasmus and the ball was going down the leg side. Must say Stuart Broad’s old habit of not turning around and appealing when he is convinced he has someone out has resurfaced. He shouldn’t do that. He won’t get marginal calls that way because it will wind the umpires up.

Reaction from the crowd as Rahane is sent tumbling on to his backside by a devilish Broad ball that angled back up towards his helmet. Wise to get out of the way, sir, very wise. We’ve not had too many lbw appeals yet but Broad was imploring Marais Erasmus there – in fact he was actually celebrating – but it was sliding down leg side, hawkeye confirms. The pressure still very much on.

We’ve seen it twice today already and the bowled Anderson caught Cook combination is now the most effective in England Test history – 24 catches in 85 matches. They’ve now overtaken the Ian Botham/Bob Willis combo. At this rate, it might not be the only record Beefy loses today!

Anyway, Dhoni is off the mark with FOUR guided well between the slips.

Leading fielder/bowler combinations (in England Test matches):

Cook/Anderson ? 24 catches in 85 matches

Botham/Willis ? 22 catches in 60 matches

Swann/Anderson ? 21 catches in 56 matches

India’s lowest Test score (just saying) is 42 against England at Lord’s in 1974. At least Rahane is showing a bit of resistance, driving well off the front foot through mid-off for the first FOUR of the innings.

Paul Newman: A treat in the excellent Media centre here today in that I’m sitting next to the legendary former England captain Mike Brearley who is here to analyse this match for the Times. Would like to pick the brains of one of English cricket’s greatest thinkers but slightly in awe and don’t want to distract him as he is glued to the Test through his binoculars.

Wild horses could not prise the ball from Jimmy Anderson’s grasp now. Rahane is determined not to be another without a score and gains three for the very sorry total, managing to steer it round the slip cordon. And the bowler shows no mercy, a bouncer to finish that nearly knocks Dhoni’s head off. An icy stare afterwards too!

Here’s a reminder of the fall of wickets so far:

8-1 (Gambhir 4), 8-2 (Vijay 0), 8-3 (Kohli 0), 8-4 (Pujara 0)

BORING! We’ve not had a wicket in five balls… what on earth is going on? India are 8-4 and they now have Rahane and Dhoni at the crease (just in case you’ve lost track)

Well, sometimes it’s just good to lose the toss… Broad forces Pujara into playing at it and Chris Jordan makes a fine diving catch to his right. Wonderful stuff.

Paul Newman: Now it is eight for four! England’s fielders are backing up their bowlers and India simply cannot play the moving ball. I think this transitional summer would have had a very different look about it if conditions had always been like this. Nothing wrong with the pitch. Simply the mysterious art of swing and the perfect practioners of it in Anderson and Broad.

Another one bites the dust: Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of Pujara

It’s going to be a productive morning for Anderson and England as I was just saying. The ball is unreadable when Anderson is flinging it down at the moment and, in a carbon copy of the last one, the woefully out of form Kohli edges to Cook at slip. Weren’t England in crisis last week?

Paul Newman: And now Virat Kohli goes too! A carbon copy of Vijay’s wicket and Anderson has struck twice in three balls to the delight of his home crowd. He hasn’t even conceded a run yet! English conditions, cloud cover and as Michael Holding just said on Sky ‘Jimmy Anderson is making this ball talk.’ This sun-baked summer has counted against England, that’s for sure, but good old Manchester is delivering the weather goods so far!

Three down: England celebrate as Virat Kohli is removed by Jimmy Anderson for a duck (Picture: Ian Hodgson)

Jumping for joy: James Anderson celebrates taking Kohli’s wicket

Matter of time to be honest… James Anderson is going to fill his boots on this pitch this morning. Perfect line, late swing and Vijay couldn’t resist, edging to the captain at slip.

Paul Newman: That was perfect from Jimmy Anderson and what a start for England! Twelve wickets to go now to overtake that record. No words were said to Murali Vijay there. None were necessary. Anderson let the ball do the talking because it is hooping round corners today for him and Broad. A very good toss to lose so far!

Oh, my goodness, how did that not hit anything? Absolute beauty from Stuart Broad that flies through new batsman Pujara but finds neither an inside edge nor middle stump. Could not have been closer and Alastair Cook leads a vigorous round of applause for his bowler.

There we go, I told you this pitch was unpredictable! Nice length ball on the off stump, Gambhir tries to fend it off and thick edges it to Joe Root at gully. Nightmare return for Gambhir…

Paul Newman: Stuart Broad strikes and Gautam Gambhir’s comeback is short-lived! Broad has been bowling almost on one leg in this series and will need an operation at the end of it on his right knee which will put him out for four months but for now he is managing the condition and has started well here.

Both Broad and Anderson have mediocre records at Old Trafford so this is the day to put that right! Broad overtook Graeme Swann with that wicket too, which will please him no end?.

Breakthrough: Stuart Broad strikes to remove Gautam Gambhir for four (Picture: Ian Hodgson)

Vijay puffs out his cheeks, what an unpredictable Anderson over that was. Movement all over the place, impossible to read. Jimmy’s second ball led to an appeal but it was off the thigh pad and the fifth one completely confused Vijay but wasn’t on line.

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen Gautam Gambhir but he shows no signs of international rustiness as he gets off the mark first ball. Stuart Broad’s delivery touched nicely to square leg for two runs. Then a curious one that died a little on the bounce but flashed past Gambhir’s blade… the slightest hint of an appeal from the slip cordon but no contact. We know this would be a quick surface but the last ball is ridiculous, flying through and clipping Buttler’s fingertips before disappearing for FOUR BYES. The wicketkeeper seemed surprised by the pace.

Paul Newman: That last ball caught Jos Buttler right on the end of his fingers. I can sympathise. The same thing happened to me in my big comeback game for my club Chigwell CC last Saturday. First time I’d kept in years.

After eight overs dropped a catch and found the little finger of my right hand was at right angles. Spent all day at hospital rather than our big game! The batsman I dropped? He went on to score a hundred. Think that’s me hanging the gloves up?

Instant encouragement for Anderson, a bit of away swing that Vijay recognises and sensibly leaves it alone. The weather appears to be clearing, with brightness on the way. And it’s a maiden to begin with for Jimmy, with Vijay forced to defend three of his deliveries. The ground is slowly filling up, the spectators taking a glance out of the window first thing and deciding not to rush down to Old Trafford.

Slightly later than scheduled but, to the strains of Jerusalem, England rush out to the middle and captain Alastair Cook offers a few last words of inspiration in the huddle.

The two Indian openers, Murali Vijay and Gauham Gambhir, trot out behind them. Still very cloudy overhead but much brighter than it was earlier on. Should favour home hero Jimmy Anderson, who has been thrown the ball and announced to the fairly full crowd to a massive cheer.

A reminder that this morning session will now run until 1.30pm and play can be extended until 7pm this evening to fit the full 90 overs in.

Paul Newman: So England are unchanged, as revealed by Lawrence Booth on Mail Online yesterday afternoon. I think it’s the right decision. They can’t go back to the days of chopping and changing.

Chris Jordan was dropped after two Tests because of the clamour to bring back Ben Stokes and has clearly suffered because of that. He had a poor match at Southampton, particularly in the first innings, but he was brilliant here at Old Trafford in the one-day international against Sri Lanka and he deserves another chance.

MS Dhoni has decided to bat, as Alastair Cook would have done, but there is cloud cover here and we are promised a quick pitch so England’s bowlers should be very much in the game this morning.

This is the time for James Anderson to change into his alter-ego Jimmy and chase down that record?.

Confirmation of the two teams for you then:

England: AN Cook (c), SD Robson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, JE Root, MM Ali, JC Buttler (wk), CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, CJ Jordan

India: M Vijay, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, V Kohli, R Ashwin, AM Rahane, MS Dhoni (c, wk), RA Jadeja, B Kumar, VR Aaron, Pankaj Singh

The toss: England captain Alastair Cook and his Indian counterpart MS Dhoni watch the coin

England are unchanged, so no Steven Finn on this quick pitch. India make three changes with Gautam Gambhir, Varun Aaron and Ravi Ashwin replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma.

India captain MS Dhoni called correctly and they will bat first. Alastair Cook confirms to Michael Atherton on Sky that he would have done the same but hopes the overcast conditions will help his attack.

Dhoni said: ‘The weather is overcast but I think it’s the right decision. We felt we had to change the bowling after the last Test. It’s good to have a fifth bowler.’

Paul Newman at Old Trafford: Morning from sunny Manchester where the good news is that the weather is brightening and I think this fourth Test will be underway soon.

What a match we have in prospect with the series level at 1-1 with two to play and England coming off the back of a comprehensive victory in Southampton and the boost provided by Jimmy Anderson being cleared to play after his clash with Ravindra Jadeja.

All eyes will be on Anderson today, not least because he is only 12 wickets away from Sir Ian Botham’s record as England’s leading Test wicket-taker. What a story it will be if Anderson overtakes Botham in these last two Tests and England win the series.

Game of pateince: India’s Shikhar Dhawan, centre, stands with teammates Ishant Sharma, right, and Cheteshwar Pujara on the dressing room balcony at Old Trafford

The good news is that the drizzle has subsided enough for the covers to be removed and the players are now out to go through their warm-ups. All kinds of stepping and skipping and stretching going on out there and we hopefully won’t be delayed by too much beyond the scheduled 11am start.

And just some shots now of the hovercover being dragged off and the two umpires, Rod Tucker and Marais Erasmus, inspecting the pitch. It’s very dark above in one direction but clearing out the opposite way it seems.

Covered: Persistent drizzle at Old Trafford has caused a delay to the start

Waiting game: India coach Duncan Fletcher (centre) and his coaching staff await the start of play

Nasser Hussain: Sledging is not exactly new and it amazes me that some people have suddenly taken exception to Jimmy Anderson saying a few words. Where were they when Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer played?

We don?t want our players to be robots. We expect a lot of them and we want to see that playing for England matters. International cricket is serious and I would rather see players displaying emotion than going into their shells.

I want to see Anderson taking wickets and going past Sir Ian Botham?s record as England?s leading wicket-taker and it could well be that the way he acts and what he says on the field is what makes him the fantastic bowler he is.

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Exchange: James Anderson has a word with India’s Ajinkya Rahane at the Ageas Bowl

If you’re just tuning in and expecting the toss, the persistent drizzle has caused a delay. The pitch remains covered and the next inspection is scheduled to take place at 10.45am.

Paul Newman: The first real rain of the Test summer forced England into Old Trafford?s indoor nets temporarily on Wednesday where the sound of the Pharrell Williams anthem Happy was blaring out while they went about their business ahead of the fourth Test.

Certainly the comprehensive win in Southampton and the subsequent clearing of Jimmy Anderson of ?abusing and pushing? Ravindra Jadeja has put smiles back on the faces of England?s players after nearly a year of abject misery.

Even Anderson was ?less grumpy? than usual, according to Alastair Cook, and the man who is poised to become England?s leading Test wicket-taker will take to his home ground without the shadow of suspension hanging over him.

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Nearly there: James Anderson is chasing Ian Botham’s wicket-taking record and needs 12 more. The great man is pictured against New Zealand in August 1986

Lawrence Booth: Alastair Cook has said he is happy with Jimmy Anderson?s on-field behaviour and will not be asking the leader of his attack to tone down the verbals in Thursday?s fourth Investec Test in Manchester.

Cook?s defence of Anderson came only a couple of hours after the ICC chief executive David Richardson said he would not be appealing against Justice Gordon Lewis?s decision to exonerate both Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja following their set-to in the Trent Bridge pavilion last month.

But Richardson also warned that there was there was ?no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another? ? a statement that seemed aimed squarely at Anderson following events in Nottingham.

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Don’t tone it down: Alastair Cook (right) insists he has no problem with James Anderson’s (left) on-pitch aggression

Manchester is, of course, notorious for being wetter than most places and we’ve had some drizzle at Old Trafford this morning, causing the covers to stay on.

But today’s forecast should see the dampness clear out, with sunny spells expected and temperatures of 20C.

Unfortunately, that could be as good as it gets. The forecast is wet and pretty miserable for the next few days with Sunday looking the worst day.

Fingers crossed the weathermen have got it wrong!

Once again, this gripping Test series hangs in the balance. After England’s comprehensive 266-run victory at the Ageas Bowl last week, they stand locked at 1-1 with India as the teams head north to Manchester.

It has been a series of intriguing twists and sub-plots, plays within plays, from James Anderson’s alleged abuse of Ravindra Jadeja, for which he was cleared this week, to Alastair Cook’s form, Matt Prior’s future and the worthiness and competitiveness of the Indian line-up.

So what drama next? You can find out here with out over-by-over coverage from Old Trafford in what is sure to be another engrossing Test.

The danger men: England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad at practice ahead of the fourth Test

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