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England v India - Fourth Test

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    WEATHER [rain]
    The forecast is actually quite good for today but an early shower has arrived in the North West and the covers are on in the middle. Hopefully a passing shower...
    8/7/2014 7:47:17 AM
    TRAM MAN
    The biggest revelation this morning is that Nasser got the tram in this morning. Whether he paid or not, well...
    8/7/2014 7:48:09 AM
    Yep, the one and only @BumbleCricket , who was at an England training session this week. Watch at the top of the show. 10am SS2

    The bleak view from the commentary box

    8/7/2014 8:22:06 AM
    BEEFY'S BETS
    [ianbotham] Sir Ian Botham has tipped England to beat India 3-1 before a ball was bowled in the current series and after their impressive victory at the Ageas Bowl he feels it's looking  increasingly likely.
    "It's got to be another England win for me. They were magnificent last week. I'd certainly be backing England to win 3-1 now."
    Check out all Beefy's Sky Bet tips here

    8/7/2014 8:23:58 AM

    Look who's arrived...

    8/7/2014 8:27:07 AM
    England's bowlers reduced India to 63-5 by lunch on the opening day of the fourth Test www1.skysports.com/live-scores/cr…

    Chris Jordan: Celebrates dismissing Rahane before lunch

    8/7/2014 1:04:35 PM
    Over 26 - India 63/5 (Dhoni 25, Jadeja 0)
    Jordan starts after lunch.
    He starts well, too. It's a maiden to India's skipper, with the ball shaping away towards the well-packed slip region. Anderson is going to bowl at the other end - Cook not keen to have his two less-experienced seamers working away at the same time.
    8/7/2014 1:16:09 PM
    Some brilliant return drawings from the England players. Jos Buttler's of Nass coming up. All being auctioned off for Cricket United

    WICKET! Jadeja lbw Anderson 0 [wicket]

    Anderson v Jadeja and it's a knockout for the bowler.
    It's full, straight and swinging in, meaning the left-hander can't afford to miss it. He does, and therefore HAS to go lbw without troubling the scorers.
    8/7/2014 1:18:48 PM
    Over 27 - India 66/6 (Dhoni 25, Ashwin 3)
    Ravi Ashwin has been picked mainly for his bowling.
    He has a Test average with the bat of nearly 40, yes, but he now needs to help try and drag India up towards three figures and beyond. Probably not quite what he expected this morning when his skipper won the toss. Anyways, he's off the mark with a firm push through point for two, then keeps the strike with a single nudged down to the man at backward square leg.
    8/7/2014 1:22:20 PM
    With Varun Aaron into the attack, @Benedict_B asks: "Which other cricketers having rhyming names?" Send them in...
    Over 12 - England 34/1 (Cook 17, Ballance 9)
    Change to the attack - Varun Aaron comes on for his first bowl of the series.
    He's got some wheels - high 80mph on the speed gun and plenty of carry through to wicket-keeper Dhoni. He's quick enough with the fourth delivery of the over to beat Cook for pace, the England captain late to get his bat down on one pitched right up outside off stick. Only run conceded in the over comes courtesy of a wide.
    8/7/2014 4:14:59 PM
    Over 13 - England 36/1 (Cook 17, Ballance 9)
    Couple of leg byes aid England's cause, the ball deflecting off Ballance's hip when it was a little dubious if he was ever really offering a shot.
    Little delay at the end of the over as the ground staff are on to do a bit of work to the foot holes. There's some digging, some sweeping, then off go the two workers.
    8/7/2014 4:19:51 PM

    Cook c Pankaj b Aaron 17 [wicket]

    Cook gone! And to a short ball as well! Aaron bangs one in, England's captain takes it on and then deposits his hook shot straight out to Pankaj at deep backward square leg.
    The fielder didn't have to move from his original spot.
    8/7/2014 4:21:27 PM
    BOUNCED OUT [andrewstrauss]
    "There was extra bounce on the short ball and Cook wasn't able to control the shot and it was a casual catch from Pankaj."
    8/7/2014 4:24:30 PM
    Over 14 - England 40/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 4)
    Err, interesting start from Bell.
    Having seen Cook caught out hooking, the right-hander tries to do exactly the same when he has a go at another Aaron short ball. Next up he plays and misses outside off, beaten for pace as much as anything else. Eventually he manages to get bat on ball, finishing up with a flick through the gap at square leg for four. Good over from Aaron though - he's got some gas and offers India's attack something extra.
    8/7/2014 4:26:09 PM

    Robson's scores this series: 59, 17, 7, 26, 13, 6

    8/7/2014 4:29:23 PM
    Over 15 - England 40/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 4)
    Maiden from Kumar - he's now through a seven-over spell and has taken 1-13.
    Ballance tries to leave alone the final delivery at the last second, resulting in him getting an under-edge that fortunately runs away safely towards point.
    8/7/2014 4:30:14 PM
    Over 16 - England 42/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 5)
    Bell does well to get his bat down in time to one full and straight from Aaron - bowler and the slip cordon all were ready to launch an appeal had the batsman not got any wood on that.
    The over is extended by one ball when Aaron sends something so wide that Ballance would not have been able to hit it with the proverbial barge pole.
    8/7/2014 4:34:55 PM
    Over 23 - England 79/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 29)
    Pankaj STILL waiting for that maiden Test wicket.
    He's now sent down over 350 deliveries without one. It's a maiden to Ballance
    8/7/2014 5:08:57 PM
    Over 24 - England 80/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 30)
    Turn for Ashwin - he gets one to lift and bounce bowling to Ballance, though then follows that up with one far too full that can be driven comfortably away for a single.
    England now behind by 71 runs. Still should have another 19 overs today, but 7pm is the cut-off time tonight.
    8/7/2014 5:11:56 PM

    The moment of the day? Anderson celebrates the wicket of Jadeja

    8/7/2014 5:17:22 PM
    Over 25 - England 89/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 30)
    Another pair of sumptuous boundaries from Ballance.
    The first with a flick through mid-wicket that beats Gambhir to the boundary rope, the second with a classical cover drive that leaves no fielder wondering if it will go all the way to the rope. England motoring along now and this is going to be an extended session in the field for India. The deficit could nearly be gone by stumps if these two continue to bloom. Stand now worth 50, too.
    8/7/2014 5:17:58 PM
    Over 26 - England 90/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 31)
    A Bell single takes the difference between the teams down to 62.
    Ashwin has bowled better, a more attacking line, when he's had Ballance in his sights.
    8/7/2014 5:19:32 PM
    Over 27 - England 96/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 37)
    Bell clips Pankaj to long-leg for a scampered two before driving through mid-off for four every bit as beautifully as you're imagining it to be. In between, though, he survives a desperately close lbw shout. But Poor Pankaj still can't find that first Test wicket as Marais Erasmus decides - correctly, Hawk-Eye confirms - that the ball was clearing the bails.
    8/7/2014 5:25:00 PM
    Over 28 - England 98/2 (Ballance 32, Bell 38)
    Couple of pushes down the ground for singles in a quiet over from Ashwin. England bossing this.
    8/7/2014 5:27:46 PM
    Over 29 - England 103/2 (Ballance 32, Bell 43)
    The classic Bell late-cut brings four more to the total and tears of pure joy to all inside Old Trafford as they bask in the evening sunshine. A push to mid-off allows Bell to scamper through for a single. A big inswinger from round the wicket to end the Pankaj over, and it brings a leg-bye to fine-leg as Ballance makes no contact with the leg glance.
    8/7/2014 5:32:32 PM
    PODCAST: @BumbleCricket assesses England's battery of seamers & says the Old Trafford pitch will get quicker podcasts.skysports.com/podcasts/SkySp… #EngvInd
    that's what a midweek Larwood lunch will do for you!! @StuartBroad8 #6 -25 #EngvInd #climbout
    Long day ...early to bed for a tweet in ...'Vipers' out with chum...probably gone to a Youth Club

    Chris Woakes will be hoping this is his only bat today

    8/8/2014 8:38:55 AM

    Moeen Ali signs an autograph then heads to the nets vine.co/v/MVOljUIPpj7

    Michael Atherton says it's a day to be a swing bowler...

    8/8/2014 9:15:49 AM
    KING OF SWING
    Talking of swing bowlers... [benedictbermange]
    "James Anderson has now bowled more deliveries (21,920) than any other England bowler in Test cricket, having edged past Derek Underwood on the first day."
    8/8/2014 9:25:06 AM
    BETTER NEWS [twitter]

    8/8/2014 2:23:05 PM
    RAIN RETURNS [rain]
    Any hopes the groundstaff may have had of starting what is likely to be a lengthy mopping up process have been dashed by the rain, which has returned over Old Trafford
    8/8/2014 2:34:25 PM

    8/8/2014 2:47:16 PM

    Pork pie o'clock for Sir Ian as the covers are peeled back

    8/8/2014 2:51:42 PM
    Pitch inspection 4.30pm
    TEA TAKEN 
    [tea]Tea has been taken during this lengthy rain delay and we will now wait on the umpires' verdict following the pitch inspection at 4.30pm.
    8/8/2014 3:04:22 PM

    Inspection underway. Crowd getting tetchy...

    8/8/2014 3:37:27 PM
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