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England v India - Fourth Test

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  • WELCOME
    Hello everyone and welcome along to our live match blog from inside the Sky Sports commentary box. All eyes are on the skies at Old Trafford before the players begin their warm-ups and at the moment it's fine and dry. 'To Finn or not to Finn': That is the main talking point in the box so far. I'll bring you the views of Beefy, Bumble et al throughout the day, as well as over-by-over updates
    8/7/2014 7:23:45 AM
  • 8/7/2014 7:27:19 AM


  • 8/7/2014 7:41:51 AM
  • 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
  • RAIN [rain]
    The covers are coming off and on and off...and on... as light drizzle continues to fall. It's very, very light though so if it stops you'd expect us to still start on time
    8/7/2014 8:40:13 AM
  • Nasser shares his pre-match thoughts

    8/7/2014 8:48:47 AM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [price-boost] Ian Bell returned to form with a big hundred in the 3rd Test and the experienced batsman is a 9/2 shot as one of Beefy's Bet's to top score in the first innings at Old Trafford. Who are you backing? Check out the latest odds.
    8/7/2014 8:52:49 AM
  • Wonderful office for the Week.... Beautiful day in Manchester... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BubIjHQCIAE4nnx.jpg

  • Benedict with an apt weather stat: [benedictbermange]
    "Manchester is the wettest Test venue in England, having an average of 810mm of rain each year. However, Cardiff is England’s wettest home venue, receiving an average of 961mm annually. Manchester has had a total of 29 Test days totally rained off, including the first ever to be scheduled which was 10 July 1884."
    8/7/2014 9:04:00 AM
  • Athers calls for Finn, in... [mikeatherton]
    "If I was having a bet i'd say that England will play the same team - they won't want to change a winning side. Personally I'd play Finn on this pitch over Jordan. India have all kinds of options. They'll probably go Varun Aaron in for Pankaj Singh, Ashwin in for Rohit or Dhawan and Gambhir could come in too!"
    8/7/2014 9:08:33 AM
  • Peter Moores assesses England's chances ahead of the fourth Test

    8/7/2014 9:10:14 AM
  • 'They still haven't named that pavilion after me'

    8/7/2014 9:14:27 AM
  • TOSS DELAYED [cloudy]
    It's looking much brighter across Old Trafford now and the umpires are inspecting conditions. The toss has been delayed for the time being. The most annoying thing for the players is that they have been unable to warm-up
    8/7/2014 9:19:52 AM
  • Fan Village in full flow here @EmiratesOT still tickets available for today's #EngvInd Test from the ticket office! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BubNnHfIMAAIcD0.jpg

  • .@BeefyBotham had 3 winners from 3 bets at the Rose Bowl so check out his picks for tomorrow's 4th Test - bit.ly/1un8ejH #EngvInd
  • Two Lancy lads Bumble & Warren Hegg catch up before play

    8/7/2014 9:23:39 AM
  • An inspection to take place at 10.45am #EngvInd
  • At @LancsCCC for the 1st day of the 4th test. @Joe_Nuttall99 gets another photo this one with Andrew Strauss!! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BubOXg4IQAAQi5n.jpg

  • BEEFY'S BETS
    [betting] After his three selections returned for punters last week, Sir Ian Botham offers up his Sky Bet tips for the 4th Test.
    Check out Beefy's tips and bet on the match now. New to Sky Bet? Claim £30 free 

    8/7/2014 9:29:38 AM
  • Here is what India captain MS Dhoni had to say on the Anderson-Jadeja affair in yesterday's press conference

    8/7/2014 9:30:23 AM
  • COLLY WOBBLED BY RAIN [twitter]

    8/7/2014 9:38:03 AM
  • Bumble At Training: David Lloyd joins the England players two days before the Test

    8/7/2014 9:44:44 AM
  • Toss scheduled for 11am
  • Revised playing conditions: Lunch 1.30pm. Tea 4.10. Scheduled close 6.30 but we can play until 7. Toss coming up...
  • India have won the toss and will bat first at Old Trafford #EngvInd
  • England unchanged. Three changes for India. Gambhir, Ashwin and Aaron in; Dhawan, Rohit and Shami out #EngvInd
  • Beefy admits he would have been tempted to bowl first [ianbotham]
    "I'm slightly surprised India have chosen to bat first. Looking at the overhead conditions I thought they may have had a bowl."
    8/7/2014 10:05:29 AM
  • Mikey is disappointed England have overlooked Steven Finn

    8/7/2014 10:13:34 AM
  • DHONI ON FINAL XI [quotes]
    India captain M S Dhoni believes it isn't a big issue to be making major changes to the team with the series in the balance still...
    We had to make changes to the fast bowling, what we saw in the last game is that it is important to rotate them. That is one of the main reasons Varun has come in - he's also the quickest fast bowler that we have got. It's also important to have that fifth bowler, the spinner can be really good going into the fourth and fifth day and that is why Ashwin comes in.

    He also revealed it was the right time to give Shikhar Dhawan a break, rather than let him continue to try and fight through his lack of form.
    8/7/2014 10:14:19 AM
  • 16th consecutive match at Old Trafford that toss winners bat first. Of previous 15, 5 wins, 4 defeats, 6 draws so mightn't matter much.
  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT [twitter]

    8/7/2014 10:18:24 AM
  • CLOSING IN [stats]
    Local boy James Anderson is just 12 wickets away from equalling Sir Ian Botham's Test wicket tally of 383 - the most ever by an England bowler. Can he gets there on his home patch?
    8/7/2014 10:30:55 AM
  • Mikey & Beefy first on commentary...

    8/7/2014 10:33:00 AM
  • Over 1 - India 0/0 (Vijay 0, Gambhir 0)
    Anderson starts out with a maiden.
    Vijay would've got off the mark with a firm push from the second delivery, only Jordan dives across to prevent the ball breaking clear of the infield. The recalled Gautam Gambhir will now get the chance to face Stuart Broad.
    8/7/2014 10:34:39 AM
  • Woakes bowled brilliantly for @CricketingBears earlier this year at Old Trafford. Let's have another 5 fer!
  • Over 2 - India 8/0 (Vijay 0, Gambhir 4)
    Not once but twice Gambhir nudges deliveries swinging back into his hip away past the man at short leg (Sam Robson) for a couple of runs.
    In between he's beaten by a beauty from Broad, one that doesn't move in but instead goes across the left-hander. The final ball lifts off a length and bursts through wicket-keeper Buttler's gloves, meaning it goes all the way for four byes.
    8/7/2014 10:39:32 AM
  • Over 3 - India 8/0 (Vijay 0, Gambhir 4)
    More signs of pace and bounce - Anderson gets one to rise, forcing Vijay to take evasive action and Buttler to go full length to prevent any further extras being leaked.
    There's movement too, with the Burnley Express getting one to duck back in to the right-hander. A second Anderson over, a second maiden. Crowd give the local favourite a nice ripple of applause at the end.
    8/7/2014 10:43:12 AM
  • WICKET! Gambhir c Root b Broad 4 [wicket]

    First strike for England! Broad tries to initially play on the on side again but instead straightens his bat up in time to get a leading edge to gully, where Joe Root takes the comfortable catch. It was like it was aimed right there for him.
    8/7/2014 10:44:49 AM
  • BROAD ON THE RISE [stats]
    That wicket takes Stuart Broad ahead of Graeme Swann and on to 256 wickets for England, the sixth highest of all-time
    8/7/2014 10:48:11 AM
  • Over 4 - India 8/1 (Vijay 0, Pujara 0)
    Pujara the new man in and fortunate survive to the end of the fourth over.
    Broad beats him with one of perfect length, that somehow gets through to Buttler without taking an inside edge. Forget about the talk of a knee injury, Broad is roaring in here on a pitch offering plenty with the new ball. Very overcast, too. The floodlights are on at Old Trafford.
    8/7/2014 10:49:16 AM
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