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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval

  • Nasser Hussain insists Joe Root's form proves England must resist any temptation to move him from No.5 spot. bit.ly/1oR4kdC
  • Bumble toasts England's enterprising batting after hitting new heights at the Oval. bit.ly/YhRyj3
  • DAY THREE – ENG TO RESUME ON 385-7, 237 ahead
    Welcome to what could be a Super Sunday for Alastair Cook’s England. After two terrific days cricket from the hosts, India – already 2-1 down in the series – appear to be on the ropes although you suspect that if MS Dhoni has anything to do with it, the tourists still have some fight left in them.
    8/17/2014 7:00:00 AM
  • The England players will arrive at the Oval with a slightly nervous glance towards the heavens because there may be some scattered showers this morning according to various forecasts, but with the sun seemingly returning later in the day we shouldn’t lose too much time. This is, remember, only the third day so as Nasser would say ‘there’s still a lot of cricket to be played yet’.
    8/17/2014 7:19:00 AM
  • @Jatinmunjal89 : @BumbleCricket match will be drawn” It should be , good pitch for batting
  • That's today's aerobic exercise sorted for our commentators. Rumours that Bumble will be hoisted up to the third floor of the media centre are unfounded at present.

    8/17/2014 7:50:37 AM
  • The written press have a slightly easier time of it, being located on the first floor, and they've all had some summer training after the lift briefly failed during the third Test at the Ageas Bowl so all should be well. That's assuming no-one is actually stuck in the lift a la Lord's 2013...
    8/17/2014 7:55:31 AM
  • .@BeefyBotham - the leading wicket-taker at the Oval in the 200 England Tests on Sky - live on @SkySportsNewsHQ http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOfLqECYAApc2x.jpg

  • Expect no holds barred from England's bowlers today when they get the ball in their hands. Sure they will execute their skills better than this photographer...

    8/17/2014 8:29:32 AM
  • At 10am, SS2: @joeroot05 talks about his batting preps, his technique & how not to drop your bat going to the crease http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOlOreIUAAhJuP.jpg

  • Shane Warne... A man in demand

    8/17/2014 8:47:35 AM
  • Need help with your batting? Ian Bell joins us to demonstrate one of his key drills. SS2 now. #EngvInd #200thTest http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOo7s6IcAAEQ53.jpg

  • Nice drill, says Nass - or words to that effect!

    8/17/2014 9:03:44 AM
  • Stand by for a batting masterclass from Strauss, Ward, Hussain & Atherton in the Sky Sports Zone... #EngvInd SS2 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOrI1vCEAAu-by.jpg

  • PAPER REVIEW
    In the absence of Cricket Writers on TV (so it’s true, the football season has started), this blog is deputising for Paul Allott despite the tongue-in-cheek revelation earlier in the week that he has consumed five million calories in the previous 199 Tests. Let’s start with a few words from battered and bruised England all-rounder Stuart Broad, courtesy of his column in the Sunday Telegraph. Here’s what it feels like to take a cricket ball in the face…
    8/17/2014 9:22:04 AM
  • BRUISED BROAD... the all-rounder on the aftermath of his facial injury, sustained at Old Trafford...
    “I woke up on Sunday morning with the worst hangover I’d ever known. I felt so slow in the head and groggy and that continued for two days. On Monday I couldn’t see the food I was eating because my cheeks were so swollen but we just iced it non-stop and that got rid of much of the swelling. I may have to have surgery after the Test. I am going to see a specialist to find out my options.

    8/17/2014 9:23:38 AM
  • How have helmets changed cricket? Tweet us your view... #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOvI7ACcAEU2rp.jpg

  • ROOT REVIEW...
    I’d suggest you won’t see much of Broad in the upcoming one-day internationals on Sky Sports… Rightly, many column inches are devoted to Joe Root – although it has to be said there are a mix of headlines with the contributions of Alastair Cook and Sam Robson very much to the fore. But let’s start with Root, who will, of course, resume on 92no… John Etheridge, in the Sun, reflects on the graphic we brought you yesterday showing that Root has scored at least a fifty in each of the Tests against India this summer. He writes…

    “What consistency, what hunger for runs from Root – a man who was enduring so much hardship at the hands of Mitchell Johnson and Co just nine months ago. He looks so assured at No 5 that it is a wonder he was ever asked to open the batting for England. The crowd have taken to the cherubic-faced cheeky chap and the chant of “Rooooot” is becoming a familiar sound around the grounds.

    8/17/2014 9:30:00 AM
  • ROOT's ability to do just that was something that Bumble explained in our day two podcast. He certainly does indeed seem to have made that No 5 spot his own, and as our very own Mike Atherton points out, that may have added benefits in the future…
    8/17/2014 9:35:33 AM
  • [mikeatherton] If Root is going to captain England a couple of years down the line, it may be an easier task batting at five rather than having all of that pressure of captaining and opening. That opening berth is one of the concerns for England after Sam Robson went early on day two. There are other candidates like Lyth, Stoneman, Compton and Carberry – so that’s an area for England to think about.

    8/17/2014 9:37:43 AM
  • .@BeefyBotham - in the Committee Room alongside @BumbleCricket & @ShaneWarne - says he found helmets claustrophobic. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvOyWCZIYAAZnjw.jpg

  • FUTURE PROOFING...
    As this is the final Test of the summer there is indeed a temptation to look forward and mull over those options – and it’s one that Scyld Berry can’t quite resist in The Sunday Telegraph. He pens:

    “Whether Australia can succeed next summer where India have failed – in England in a five-Test series – is the great unknown. At least England, having gone backwards in early summer, are moving now in the right direction and at a pleasing speed. To close the gap with Australia, however, the first essential is pace above 90mph – that of Steven Finn, or Tymal Mills, or perhaps both.


    8/17/2014 9:43:00 AM
  • Enjoy your Sunday read. That's it for our paper review as play is about 15mins away. The covers are lurking close to the wicket but it's not raining (yet).

    8/17/2014 9:44:45 AM
  • BALLANCE VIEW – Gary Ballance says it will be tough for England to wrap up this Test and discussed his form with Ian Ward...

    8/17/2014 9:48:02 AM
  • ATHERS - England to kick on...
    [mikeatherton] England have got a great lead now so they should wrap this series up 3-1. Root, like Gary Ballance, is in excellent form – both of those guys looked in really good touch. The key to having a long career like Cook has had is that when you are a bit out of nick that you are still good enough and strong enough mentally to get the kind of scores that keep you in the team.

    8/17/2014 9:52:00 AM
  • STORY OF DAY TWO – a quick refresher: Bumble gets ‘hoisted’, pigeon problems, Athers’ carrom ball... plus more

    8/17/2014 9:54:15 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Excluding the ‘forfeiture’ matches at Centurion in 2000 and at The Oval in 2006, only six teams have won a Test after trailing by more than 200 runs on first innings."

    8/17/2014 10:01:06 AM
  • Over 106 - England 390-7 (Root 93, Jordan 19)
    Root inches a run closer to his fifth Test century with a single off the first ball of the day. Ishant then sets his sights on Jordan with a barrage of short balls. The first of which evades Dhoni down the leg-side and results in four byes! Ironic cheers from the crowd who have arrived on time. The ground still filling up. England lead by 242
    8/17/2014 10:07:16 AM
  • Over 107 - England 397-7 (Root 99, Jordan 20)
    Aaron starts alongside Ishant from the Vauxhall End and Root squirms a half-volley off the outside edge along the floor through gully for a boundary first ball to move to 97. He then exchanges singles with Jordan through the on-side and is one run away from three figures. All eyes on Root...
    8/17/2014 10:11:45 AM
  • 100 FOR ROOT! [100]
    He jumps and punches the air after whipping Ishant for three runs to bring up his fifth Test hundred off 135 balls - 10x4s 1x6. Great knock and what a series he is having!
    8/17/2014 10:12:51 AM
  • Jordan ct Dhoni bld Ishant 20 [wicket]

    Ishant produces a snorter to find Jordan's edge through to Dhoni, one delivery after Root had reached his hundred
    8/17/2014 10:14:11 AM
  • Over 108 - England 407-8 (Root 103, Broad 6)
    No prizes for guessing what length India will bowl at Broad, who is sporting a new helmet... He flicks his first ball off his hip for a single to get off the mark and then gives himself room and flays over gully for four - Aaron's foot just touching the rope when he hauled the ball in. Broad will play his shots here. England lead by 259
    8/17/2014 10:20:17 AM
  • Packing a punch... Joe Root leaps in celebration upon reaching his hundred

    8/17/2014 10:23:20 AM
  • Some belated Beefy thoughts (wifi issues). Take them in a pre-play context or, as he would say, 'move on'...

    8/17/2014 10:27:05 AM
  • Over 109 - England 423-8 (Root 104, Broad 21)
    Broad bites back! 16 off the over, including three fours for England's bruised No 10. India's field is set for the short ball but Aaron isn't following the plan and sends three deliveries down in Broad's half outside off stump, all of which rocket to the boundary, one behind square, two in front. England's lead races on to 275 and India are looking beaten
    8/17/2014 10:27:23 AM
  • Over 110 - England 433-8 (Root 111, Broad 23)
    Out, no! Root is bowled off bat and then pad but Ishant has overstepped! A second life for England's No 5! Ishant has been flirting with that front line all innings and after a quick check upstairs, replays show that he has breached it and Root is called back. Sums up India's recent woes. 10 runs off the over, too, with Root cutting for two, squirming a boundary through third man and Broad pulling hard for two through square-leg
    8/17/2014 10:33:56 AM
  • [nasserhussain] The wheels are coming off – India have been a shambles this morning. Ishant has got the yips now; he’s gone.

    8/17/2014 10:34:10 AM
  • YOUR TWEETS... on Ishant and no-balls
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    8/17/2014 10:35:37 AM
  • Over 111 - England 440-8 (Root 111, Broad 28)
    England have scored 55 runs in six overs this morning and Broad (28 off 12 balls) is playing a perfect hand. He knows the short ball is coming and rocks back and drills Aaron through midwicket for another boundary. Aaron kicks the turf at the end of the over after Root pinches a single to retain strike. England lead by 292
    8/17/2014 10:39:20 AM
  • Over 112 - England 449-8 (Root 115, Broad 35) [6]
    Six! Broad is fighting fire with fire here and hooks Ishant for six over backward square-leg! Cracking strike. A quick single then takes England's lead past 300. The fastest ever Test 50 is 24 balls, Broad has 35 off 15
    8/17/2014 10:43:18 AM
  • Fastest Test fifty is 24 balls by @jacqueskallis75 . Broad gunning for the record!
  • The 50-stand between Root & Broad is up in rapid time off 31 balls. #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvPBn7VIUAAoWHJ.jpg

  • Over 113 - England 461-8 (Root 127, Broad 35)
    Root moves into one day mode with three fours off Aaron. The first brings up the 50 partnership off 31 balls. Two powerful cuts through backward point and one swat back down the ground take Root to 127* and moves England's lead up to 313. Andrew Strauss believes a declaration might not be far away...
    8/17/2014 10:50:02 AM
  • Anderson lbw Ashwin 1 [wicket]

    England's innings finally ends when Ashwin pins Anderson lbw
    8/17/2014 10:54:25 AM
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