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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval

    India 94 all out; ENG WIN SERIES 3-1
    Eng 486 in 1st inns; Root 149no
    200th live England Test on Sky
    Root Man of the Match
    Anderson & Kumar Men of the Series

    8/17/2014 6:07:23 PM
  • D3 PODCAST: BEEFY, BUMBLE & MIKEY reflect on England's 3-1 series victory following India's sudden demise, plus we hear from Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni...

    8/17/2014 6:07:06 PM
  • 8/15/2014 7:30:00 AM
    …for the 200th live England Test match shown by Sky Sports. England’s players were good enough to sport caps marking the milestone yesterday and we’ll reminisce a little as Alastair Cook’s side turns its attention to completing a series victory over India in this fifth and final Test.
    8/15/2014 7:34:00 AM
  • Alastair Cook's squad sporting their Sky Sports caps

    8/15/2014 7:34:00 AM
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    8/15/2014 7:40:12 AM
    Michael Holding was part of our original team some 34 years ago when Wayne Larkins and Alec Stewart sealed a phenomenal nine-wicket win over Viv Richards’ West Indies at Sabina Park and they – along with our ‘newer’ recruits - will be sharing their views of this Test right here on the blog as we bring you over-by-over coverage.
    8/15/2014 7:41:00 AM
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    8/15/2014 7:42:42 AM
  • As ever, send your views to @SkyCricket on all things from the toss and team news to the run-makers and result. Befitting a man whose side has just won two Tests on the spin to go 2-1 up in the series, Cook was all grins as he fronted up to the media to explain that Stuart Broad should be fine to play – even if he has to wear a protective mask over the broken nose he suffered at Old Trafford.
    8/15/2014 7:49:00 AM
    8/15/2014 7:57:00 AM
  • Broad’s new-ball partner James Anderson remains the leading wicket-taker in the series with 21 scalps (although Moeen Ali is hard on his heels with 19) and now is just within a seven-wicket haul of matching Sir Ian Botham’s Test tally of 383 wickets. The ‘king of swing’ won some timely praise from India’s skipper MS Dhoni, who said "He is someone who can take wickets at any point of the game, and that really gives the edge to England," as well as the man himself…
    8/15/2014 8:07:00 AM
  • Coming up on @SkySportsNewsHQ - Strauss looks ahead to the fifth Test with Tim Abraham. #EngvInd

  • [ianbotham] "Jimmy's a terrific bowler. He's been amazing in this series and looks to be back to his best. I wouldn't be surprised if he did it at the Oval and to get eight or more wickets in the match is a great bet."

    8/15/2014 8:15:00 AM
    Check out Beefy’s tips for the Test by clicking here:
    8/15/2014 8:22:00 AM
  • Moeen Ali & Chris Jordan arrive at the Oval, where the rain has stopped and the clouds are lightening. #EngvInd

  • View from the Committee Room is encouraging, with the covers coming off the sides of the square. #EngvInd

  • At 10am, SS2: @BeefyBotham & Bob look at the highs of the last 199 England Tests on Sky plus Nass, Andrew & Mikey assess the best displays.
  • Then it's over to the Sky Cart where @BumbleCricket & Paul will look at how TV coverage has evolved in the last 24 years. Don't miss it!
  • Time for some celebratory cake and a coffee... On SS2 in 10mins. #EngvInd #200thTest


    [betting] Sir Ian Botham offers up his Sky Bet tips for the final Test. New to Sky Bet? Claim £30 free
    8/15/2014 8:54:56 AM
  • So, what is your favourite individual performance of the last 199 England Tests on Sky? Drop us a Tweet... #EngvInd
  • LARA CUTS LOOSE... surely, this must be right up there?
    8/15/2014 9:04:39 AM
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    8/15/2014 9:09:35 AM
    Mr Willis back in the studio, alongside Beefy, and he's revealed that despite commentating on Brian Lara's world record scores, his favourite moment from the previous 199 England Tests on Sky was Steve Harmison's spell at Kingston, Jamaica, taking 7-12, in 2004. "England were so often on the wrong end of Test matches against the West Indies before then. Harmison was the best bowler in the world at that time," he says.

    8/15/2014 9:15:49 AM
  • BEEFY'S BEST – England retain the Ashes in 2010/11
    8/15/2014 9:18:20 AM
  • The umpires will inspect conditions at 10.45am but we're hopeful the start of play will not be delayed too much. #EngvInd
    [ianbotham]Sir Ian Botham is tipping James Anderson to break his own England Test wicket record at the Oval this week. Anderson needs eight wickets and Beefy is backing the Lancashire paceman to do it.
    "I wouldn't be surprised if he did it at the Oval and the 10/1 to get eight or more wickets in the match is a great bet."

    8/15/2014 9:27:47 AM
  • So, while the players go through their warm-ups and Athers lingers in the middle waiting for news of when the toss will take place, it's time for some more MEMORABLE MOMENTS - Andrew and Warney reflect on their Ashes duels (once Warney turns up after being delayed by traffic...)

    8/15/2014 9:30:30 AM
  • Here's BUMBLE's take on how cricket coverage has changed since Sky's first England Test back in 1990...

    8/15/2014 9:48:05 AM
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    8/15/2014 9:53:09 AM
    [ianbotham]Sir Ian Botham expects England to wrap up the series with another win and reward punters who followed his 3-1 series win at odds of 9/1.
    "England's senior players have turned up it's as simple as that. They've had India on the run in the last two Tests and it's very difficult to see a way back for them."

    8/15/2014 9:58:08 AM
  • Unchanged England win the toss and will bowl first. #EngvInd
  • TEAM NEWS - BEEFY can't quite believe that England haven't made at least one change and BOB is in agreement...

    [bobwillis] Stokes is a very talented all-rounder. I think he has bowled a better line and length than either Jordan or Woakes this summer. I, like Michael Holding, want to see Steven Finn back in England’s ranks. Sam Robson has got to perform in this match otherwise he may be ditched for the West Indies.

    8/15/2014 10:10:44 AM
  • A few words from ECB chairman GILES CLARKE...

    I want to congratulate and thank Sky for their commitment to Test cricket. In the last 199 Test matches they have grown into not only an outstanding broadcaster but also an excellent partner and supporter of the ECB and all cricket in England and Wales. I agree entirely with the opinion that we are living in the golden era of television commentary and that has been down to the brilliance of the Sky commentators and production."

    8/15/2014 10:20:57 AM

    8/15/2014 10:22:57 AM
  • And just before the players take the field, here's BARNEY FRANCIS, managing director of Sky Sports, celebrating our very special occasion...

    We’re extremely proud of our partnership with the ECB and the impact our investment has had on the game at all levels.  We put cricket at the heart of everything we do, using our coverage to entertain, educate and enlighten.  Our commitment to cricket also includes extensive coverage of women’s, county and youth matches and we look forward to following England for many years to come.

    8/15/2014 10:25:08 AM
  • No surprise, James Anderson will take the first over. Murali Vijay on strike for India, Gautam Gambhir at the other end.
    8/15/2014 10:29:35 AM
  • Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 0[wicket]

    Gambhir is caught behind attempting to withdraw his bat for a first-ball duck. It was an outswinger to the left-hander and he decided late - too late as it turned out - to try and leave it.
    8/15/2014 10:33:53 AM
  • [shanewarne] Gambhir just couldn’t believe it - the extra bounce just did him. The good news for England is that there’s plenty of swing there. It came through at a nice height for Buttler – it was like they were still in the warm-ups!”

    8/15/2014 10:37:49 AM
  • Over 1 - India 3/1 (Vijay 3, Pujara 0)
    Gambhir's dismissal doesn't look any better on the replays! It actually went via the face of the bat to Buttler, almost like he was giving catching practice. Vijay had opened India's account by leaning into a cover drive for three the previous delivery and Pujara - making another early appearance at No 3 - is able to leave his first two deliveries.
    8/15/2014 10:38:41 AM
  • Hawkeye's view of Anderson's first over - showing the wicket ball's extra bounce - as seen on the iPad app #EngvInd

  • Over 2 - India 3/1 (Vijay 3, Pujara 0)
    Broad starts with a maiden, Vijay happy to leave well alone a succession of outswingers.
    8/15/2014 10:42:30 AM
  • Over 3 - India 6/1 (Vijay 5, Pujara 1)
    Pujara gets off the mark by blocking out a full delivery from Anderson for a single into the covers. Vijay is beaten once outside off-stump before driving square for a couple of runs. Anderson needs seven wickets in this match to equal Sir Ian Botham's England record of 383 Test wickets.
    8/15/2014 10:46:09 AM
  • Over 4 - India 7/1 (Vijay 5, Pujara 2)
    Testing stuff from Broad, seaming a couple back at Pujara and - in between - finding his outside edge with an outswinger that drops just short of Cook at first slip. Soft hands saved Pujara, who finishes the over with a single to square-leg.
    8/15/2014 10:50:47 AM
  • Over 5 - India 10/1 (Vijay 6, Pujara 4)
    Anderson twice beats Pujara with outswingers but is also picked off for three leg-side singles in the over, getting his line too straight.
    8/15/2014 10:56:17 AM
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