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England v India - Fourth Test

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  • Dry tomorrow, with a chance of a hurricane on Sunday ..#help !
  • @AndyBarrick : @BumbleCricket Did you get any more rhyming cricketers?” Irfan Pathan?
    Good morning everyone and welcome to build up of day three at Old Trafford. We all walked across a pleasingly dry outfield however the boundary edge is still a little soggy, although you'd say probably playable. The forecast is much better for today so fingers crossed we get a full day and more as England aim to extend their lead of 85
    8/9/2014 7:20:17 AM
  • Catch up on a truncated second day with our online highlights

    8/9/2014 7:21:50 AM
  • The Old Trafford groundstaff working hard to make sure we start on time on day three

  • Batting coach Mark Ramprakash & head coach Peter Moores report for duty

    8/9/2014 7:56:47 AM
  • Hope the rain stays away in Manchester today. Good pics on insta ? shanewarne23

  • We have a special guest joining us in The Zone at 10am. Hussain & Atherton will be taking on... Wasim Akram! SS2

  • Strauss and Bell chatting on the roller. Interview coming up on SS2 before play

  • Athers & Nass padding up to face...

    8/9/2014 8:46:21 AM
  • This man!

    8/9/2014 8:49:33 AM
  • Atherton looking solid in the warm up

    8/9/2014 8:54:26 AM
  • Play will start on time today at Old Trafford
  • Plenty of fans have crept in to watch Wasim battle it out with Nass & Athers

    8/9/2014 9:06:28 AM
  • Athers survives the first two balls

    8/9/2014 9:15:05 AM
  • Nasser still finding life difficult against Wasim 20 years on

    8/9/2014 9:23:42 AM
  • Nasser reflects on a typical innings against Akram

    8/9/2014 9:32:28 AM
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    8/9/2014 9:35:20 AM
    Back to the current cricket... Play will start on time at 11am with the weather set fair and the outfield suitably dry. England are set to resume on 237-6 - 85 ahead - with Root 48* and Buttler 22* in the middle. The feeling in the comm box is that England will look to up the ante with the bat with a poor weather forecast in store for Sunday and Monday
    8/9/2014 9:52:07 AM
  • Here we go...

    8/9/2014 9:59:26 AM
  • Over 72 - England 238/6 (Root 49, Buttler 22)"
    Jadeja to start the morning session - India interested in rattling through overs and getting to the second new ball. Root gets the only run off the left-arm spinner, flicking to deep square leg. He's now just one short of a half-century.
    8/9/2014 10:01:57 AM
  • Over 73 - England 241/6 (Root 52, Buttler 22) [50]
    And there's the 50 for Root.
    He flicks Pankaj away off his hip to reach the landmark, sending the ball down towards the wet patches at fine leg to get an easy two. It has taken him 103 balls to reach the milestone. Pankaj's presence with the ball at the start of the session suggests Aaron and Kumar will get the new nut shortly.
    8/9/2014 10:07:47 AM
  • ROOT MILESTONE [nasserhussain]
    "He's had an excellent summer after a difficult winter. He's pleased to be playing someone that is not Australia! They had the wood on him but he's come back and worked hard on his game. He'll want to convert a start here..."
    8/9/2014 10:08:22 AM
  • Over 74 - England 243/6 (Root 53, Buttler 23)
    Singles apiece for both batsmen.
    Feels like we're in the calm before the storm, in every sense. Turn and bounce for Jadeja.
    8/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
  • Over 75 - England 243/6 (Root 53, Buttler 23)
    Pankaj is never going to get a wicket, is he? Not until the world finally comes to an end, which means he's probably got until the end of the day to break his duck.
    Buttler is twice beaten outside off, although on both occasions he's looking to be positive on the front foot. Maiden from Singh, mainly thanks to Pujara stopping a firm drive at mid-off despite wearing those bulky shin pads.
    8/9/2014 10:13:06 AM
  • Over 76 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
    Another Jadeja over ticks by, this one including three comfortable singles.
    England's lead is now at 94 and we are all just waiting until that new ball is finally due.
    8/9/2014 10:17:16 AM
  • On a roll(er): Former team-mates Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell catch up before play

    8/9/2014 10:18:19 AM
  • Over 77 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
    So perhaps Pankaj is going to get the new ball after all.
    Either that or Aaron is going to get loose with the old one first, as he has replaced his fellow seamer. It ends up being a maiden, but possibly one of the worst ever seen in the history of Test cricket. Root twice misses deliveries down leg, hits a back-foot drive tamely to point and then plinks a flick aimed for mid-wicket to mid-on.
    8/9/2014 10:22:17 AM
  • Over 78 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
    Another maiden.
    Jadeja beats Buttler with a beauty that is flighted outside off, turning away after pitching. Root considers running himself out too, trying to sneak a single towards mid-wicket. Buttler sends him back and the run of dots continues.
    8/9/2014 10:24:37 AM
  • Over 79 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
    Maiden from Aaron to Root - most of it left well alone outside off peg. Let us fast forward through the next six deliveries and then see if we can't kick this game into life a little, eh?
    8/9/2014 10:29:14 AM
  • Over 80 - England 248/6 (Root 56, Buttler 25)
    A run for Buttler gets an ironic cheer and a polite ripple of applause from the crowd.
    Root gets a single off the last himself, meaning he will be on strike for the start of the next. The second new ball is now available and now out in the middle - fourth umpire Michael Gough has come out onto the field to pass it on to his colleagues. India are going to take it immediately as Kumar comes on for the first time today.
    8/9/2014 10:32:32 AM
  • Over 81 - England 257/6 (Root 57, Buttler 33)
    And suddenly things happen.
    Buttler takes a bit of the shine off the new ball immediately with back-to-back cover drives for four, the second of which teased the chasing fielder before limping over the rope. Kumar paid the price for being too full on both occasions, but followed up with a cracker that went past the outside edge. It is going to be Pankaj at the other end.
    8/9/2014 10:37:51 AM
  • Over 82 - England 259/6 (Root 58, Buttler 33)
    Should have mentioned that those two Buttler boundaries in the last over helped carry England's lead into three figures - it is now 107, to be precise.
    Poor over from Pankaj in truth, too wide and too short. This partnership for the seventh wicket is now worth 89.
    8/9/2014 10:41:09 AM
  • Over 83 - England 259/6 (Root 58, Buttler 34) [dropped-catch]
    DROPPED! Kohli puts down a tough chance off Buttler.
    The outside edge was found and flew towards gully, where Virat couldn't cling on with one hand as he dived to his left. Much, much better over from Kumar - he pegged back his length and had Buttler groping for the ball outside off.
    8/9/2014 10:45:47 AM
  • Over 84 - England 266/6 (Root 59, Buttler 39)
    Buttler pulls away a short ball from the rather wayward Pankaj for four - two men in the deep, and yet it dissected the pair of them perfectly.
    The England advantage is now at 114.
    8/9/2014 10:50:34 AM
  • India's pre-day huddle has so far failed to pay dividends on day three

    8/9/2014 10:51:47 AM
  • Over 85 - England 273/6 (Root 63, Buttler 40)
    Root pushes Kumar down the ground for four, the ball just making it to the boundary.
    That shot brings up the century partnership between this pair. This second new ball isn't quite working out how India would have hoped.
    8/9/2014 10:56:47 AM
  • Over 86 - England 277/6 (Root 64, Buttler 43)
    Buttler now goes down the ground, showing the full face to Pankaj to send the ball between the bowler and the stumps.
    Three easy runs, with poor Ashwin having to dirty his whites with a dive through the muddy patch. England's lead is now at 125 - anything around 200 and they'd be more than happy then to get the tourists back in and have a crack at their top order.
    8/9/2014 10:59:37 AM
  • RUNS FLOWING [benedictbermange]
    "England have been scoring at five runs an over since the new ball was taken."
    8/9/2014 10:59:39 AM
  • Over 87 - England 279/6 (Root 65, Buttler 43)
    Low bounce now, one delivery from Kumar sneaking past Root's ankles.
    Fortunately for the batsman, it as outside of off stump. These are all good signs for England's seamers - there is plenty of life in this wicket. Time for some DRINKS at Old Trafford - excellent first hour for England, who now lead by 126 runs.
    8/9/2014 11:05:44 AM
  • Root is going well for England on 64*, scoring five fours so far

    8/9/2014 11:06:40 AM
  • Over 88 - England 282/6 (Root 68, Buttler 43)
    Change in the attack after the break - Aaron replaces Pankaj, who then gets little time to rest as he has to chase a flick from Root out towards deep mid-wicket.
    England can really push on now.
    8/9/2014 11:14:08 AM
  • Over 89 - England 286/6 (Root 69, Buttler 46) [dropped-catch]
    Buttler decides to take on the man in the deep after a pull shot.
    He always looks to be struggling for the second and, sure enough, would have been comfortably out had Dhoni managed to gather the ball cleanly. Perhaps those camouflage gloves he wears meant he couldn't actually see where his hands at all. Let off for Buttler, hardly a man you want to give a reprieve to in this current situation.
    8/9/2014 11:19:41 AM
  • BAD MISS [ianbotham]
    "Another let-off for England, he would have been out by a couple of feet. It was a perfect throw, just what the keeper would have wanted and that's a serious let-off."
    8/9/2014 11:19:57 AM
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