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England v India - Fifth Test

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  • DAY TWO – ENG TO RESUME ON 62-0, 86 behind
    I'm sure Bumble will have a tale or two to tell later… After a premier display by their bowlers, the goal of England’s batsmen on day two here at a sun-kissed Oval must be to overhaul India’s first innings of 148 in good time and crack on with building a match-winning cushion on a pitch that our Sky Sports experts believe will get quicker and quicker.
    8/16/2014 6:47:00 AM
  • Lovely sunny day today ...a batting day
  • Nice little spot for breakfast..

    8/16/2014 7:26:43 AM
  • If you are coming to the Oval today make sure you support @CricketUnited day and wear blue. We are... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJL5RkIYAAsdJm.jpg

  • Join us as we review the week's action in Cricket Fever, 9am SS2. First, here's Alastair Cook at The White House... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJQms8CQAAbaaa.jpg

  • Watch out Nasser!!! The mower missed so Nass will be on @SkySportsNewsHQ very shortly! #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJTiy8CIAA9oO2.jpg

  • England team now here in good numbers but still awaiting the arrival of India...
    8/16/2014 8:27:27 AM
  • Ian Bell arrives, suitably shaded against the sunshine...

    8/16/2014 8:28:43 AM
  • Joe Root - lengthy queue for his autograph this morning.

    8/16/2014 8:37:19 AM
  • Coming up: Bumble on the trams plus some of our best funnies over the years? Does this make your shortlist? #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJhaIHIEAEAuaJ.jpg

  • Bryan Henderson receiving the award to mark sky's 200th test it's bigger than him....mind most things are...!!!! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJlC_kIQAABLy-.jpg

  • Beefy cam is a little blurry so we'll bring you a better image in due course, once Hendo makes it back upstairs!
    8/16/2014 9:30:09 AM
  • Team two is in position for the start of our live coverage...

    8/16/2014 9:31:56 AM
  • SKY BET ODDS
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    8/16/2014 9:32:53 AM
  • Coming up... Chris Jordan joins us to reflect on day one and talk us through his bowling. #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJnMpUIQAAxOsV.jpg

  • PAPER REVIEW
    England’s day one supremacy makes for some brutal reading in this morning’s papers, the image of a black-eyed Stuart Broad a natural tie-in for some.
    8/16/2014 9:37:25 AM
  • A selection of today's headlines...

    8/16/2014 9:38:07 AM
  • Monday sounds good....after the game maybe ?? Beefy
  • Under the screaming headline ‘Battered’, Ali Martin, writing in the Sun, writes that “Alastair Cook’s fast bowling bullies beat up India once again” and, with a nod to the forecast, reckons the players (and our pundits) may have to find alternative pursuits at the start of next week.

    The England captain may well have dodged a plumb lbw on nine but bat well today and, weather permitting, his troops can spend Monday and Tuesday making inroads into their golf handicaps.”

    8/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
  • Beefy seems to be making alternative plans already… Meanwhile, Paul Newman, Cricket Correspondent of the Daily Mail, highlights the contribution made by Chris Woakes (3-30) and Chris Jordan (3-32) who capitalised on the early in-roads made by James Anderson and Stuart Broad, justifying their selection at a time when others were calling for Ben Stokes and/or Steven Finn.

    This was the bowling performance England badly wanted after naming an unchanged side, with Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes vindicating the faith placed in them by playing a full role in support of jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Between them England’s attack were far too hot for a deflated India to handle on a greener than usual Oval pitch.

    8/16/2014 9:40:41 AM
  • DHONI DELIVERS
    The Mail’s headline ‘Dhoni holds back the tide’ rightly pays tribute to the India skipper’s battling knock of 82 and the captain’s courage wasn’t lost on our very own Michael Holding…

    [michaelholding] India are pretty much on a slippery slope now despite the efforts of MS Dhoni. He is a cool character – he doesn’t worry too much about what is happening around him. He has a reasonably good technique but he is stronger mentally than a lot of the other Indian batsmen. Every time he goes out there he thinks that he’ll get runs and there is always someone somewhere along the line who will hang around a bit with him, so he doesn’t panic when wickets are falling.

    8/16/2014 9:44:54 AM
  • WOAKES INTERVIEW
    Despite Dhoni's valiant efforts, the day belonged to England and it's no wonder Chris Woakes was looking pleased as punch when he spoke to Ian Ward after the close...

    8/16/2014 9:48:01 AM
  • Moeen Ali is the last England player to trudge off the pitch barely 10 minutes away from the start of play, which means there's just time to reflect on yesterday's events...
    8/16/2014 9:51:07 AM
  • STORY OF DAY ONE
    8/16/2014 9:51:30 AM
  • Job done, it's time to switch to comms microphones for day 2 of our 200th live England Test on Sky. #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvJsEtJCAAAKndO.jpg

  • Nasser dodges the mowers to deliver his morning verdict...

    8/16/2014 10:01:28 AM
  • Over 20 - England 62-0 (Cook 24, Robson 33)
    Kumar starts proceedings for India, who need to produce something quite special with the ball today if they are to stay in this Test series. A maiden to England captain Cook represents a decent start. Glorious sunshine in south London this morning
    8/16/2014 10:05:49 AM
  • Robson bld Aaron 37 [wicket]

    Aaron fires in a full, straight delivery and Robson plays all round it and loses his off stump. Ideal start for India
    8/16/2014 10:08:30 AM
  • [ianbotham] I’m not sure where Robson is trying to hit this and it looks pretty ugly. The bat ends up towards mid-on, he’s playing one-handed and the feet have not moved anywhere.

    8/16/2014 10:11:06 AM
  • Over 21 - England 70-1 (Cook 24, Ballance 4)
    Robson, who had found the boundary with a controlled edge through third man earlier in the over, paid the price for a lack of foot movement and was beaten all ends up. That could be his last chance to impress before the next Test series in the West Indies. Ballance is the new batsman and gets off the mark first ball with an edge along the floor through gully for four
    8/16/2014 10:12:32 AM
  • Over 22 - England 71-1 (Cook 25, Ballance 4)
    Two left-handers at the crease for England poses a nicer challenge for the India bowlers. Kumar concedes just a single to Cook, his first run of the day, at the end of the over
    8/16/2014 10:15:29 AM
  • Over 23 - England 75-1 (Cook 29, Ballance 4)
    Shot! Cook powers a pull shot to the boundary at the start of Aaron's latest over. Short and sharp, Cook was on to that in a flash and powered it to the fence. A shot which suggests Cook's back to somewhere near his best. The only runs off the over
    8/16/2014 10:19:24 AM
  • Over 24 - England 77-1 (Cook 30, Ballance 5)
    It's been a wayward start from Kumar this morning and Cook and Ballance clip straight deliveries through leg for singles. There is a clear ploy to attack Ballance's pads, with three catchers in place on the on-side
    8/16/2014 10:24:50 AM
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    8/16/2014 10:25:25 AM
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  • Over 25 - England 88-1 (Cook 33, Ballance 13)
    Aaron continues to steam in but Cook presents the full face of the bat and a gentle block yields three runs down the ground. Cook looking good here folks... Ballance then collects two boundaries, one clipped fine, the other crunched through midwicket. If he'd missed either he'd have been walking off lbw, but he's in lovely touch at the moment and middles both
    8/16/2014 10:29:46 AM
  • YOUR TWEETS... on Robson
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    8/16/2014 10:29:57 AM
  • Over 26 - England 89-1 (Cook 34, Ballance 13)
    India continue to bowl straight to Cook and it's easy pickings for him at the moment as he nurdles another single to the midwicket sweeper. Kumar comes round the wicket to Ballance, who leaves well outside off stump. England trail by 56
    8/16/2014 10:33:18 AM
  • Beefy to Athers: 'what went wrong'?

    8/16/2014 10:33:36 AM
  • Over 27 - England 92-1 (Cook 36, Ballance 13)
    Aaron also alters his line of attack from round the wicket and there is appreciable swing back in to Cook, who drives late through the covers for two. A front-foot no-ball follows as the Oval continues to fill up nicely
    8/16/2014 10:37:54 AM
  • Over 28 - England 96-1 (Cook 36, Ballance 17)
    Ballance has the crowd applauding again with a well-timed push through mid-on for four more - his fourth already since coming to the crease. Time for MSD to rotate his bowlers, i'd suggest...
    8/16/2014 10:43:19 AM
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