England v India, second Test, Lord's, day two as it happened

Gary Ballance's century helps England reach 219-6 in reply to India's 295 on day two of the second Test at Lord's.

18 July 2014 Last updated at 09:40 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 18:40: 

    And tomorrow is where we shall meet again. Can England nudge their way to a position from where they can win this Test, or are India set to slam the door shut?

    Just us tomorrow to find out. Enjoy your Friday night.

  2. 18:36: 

    Tomorrow? England still have Matt Prior, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and newest all-rounder James Anderson. A lead isn't out of the question.

    It would be much needed too, the pitch looks like it might be best for batting tomorrow, but, after that, it could deteriorate.

    The joker in all this? The weather. Some of the storms forecast for the next 24 hours are apocalyptic.

  3. 18:32: 
    Gary Ballance

    England batsman Gary Ballance: "It's a great place to play cricket. It's gone well this season. It was tough this morning, but once you get in, you can score runs. The pitch is getting better.

    "They bowled well. I just tried to hang in, scrap and hope that the runs would come later on. If we can keep them in the field a bit longer, hopefully we can get a lead.

    "This hundred was different. We were in a sticky position, but to get the team back to a place where we might get a lead was a good feeling."

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    Richard in London: Why are we panicking? India were 140 for 6? So we are winning. As long as India spend the next 30 overs banging it in half way down the track and putting eight men on the boundary for Liam Plunkett. They will do that too right? It would be the only honourable thing to do given our generosity in the first innings

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    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali flattered to deceive. He got out to a nothingness shot. England struggled all day for 219 runs. India, on a more difficult pitch, a green top, scored 290! We make it hard work. If you're paying your money to watch that, you are watching two average teams fighting it out. We don't have anybody who grabs you by the scruff of the neck."

  6. 18:27: 

    Trouble was, Moeen didn't make it that far. Lbw to the part-timers of Murali Vijay. If that was a setback, losing Ballance to the new ball was a body blow. Tickle down the leg side, caught behind, a fourth wicket for Kumar. Matt Prior and Liam Plunkett survived the rest and will have work to do tomorrow.

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    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gary Ballance - bad boy does good. I wouldn't have been in the nightclub, I wouldn't have been drunk and I wouldn't have taken my top off. But I'm pleased for him. He's a scrapper with great determination. Look at Ian Bell, who is a fine player but he doesn't battle like Gary Ballance does. Ballance is mentally strong, has a big heart and he's up for the challenge. I take my hat off to the lad. Well done. If you have seven or eight guys like him, you are quids in and can make a team out of that."

  8. 18:25: 

    But then came that stand between Ballance and Moeen, one that looked like it may inch England towards a position of power. Ballance was shotless as he soaked up the pressure early on, but expanded as he moved towards a second hundred. Moeen provided calm support, with Ballance bringing up three figures just before the second new ball. With that pair at the crease, England looked set to take charge, but the new nut would always likely to prove crucial.

  9.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook is a stubborn so-and-so, and that helps make him such a fine player. But it can also be your Achilles heel. He is saying everything is all right - but it's not all right. The England selectors are embarrassed that he is leading the side so poorly. I would take him out of the team. They should have assessed his captaincy in Australia. It didn't look too special to me. The team is leaderless, it's affecting the other players. The bowlers just bowl and do whatever they want. We are rudderless."

  10. 18:22: 

    Cook's wicket was the start of a major wobble for England after they had quickly wrapped up the India innings for 295. Sam Robson played a horrible waft, Ian Bell somehow left one on to his gloves and Joe Root was lbw to one that he hit. Four men in total out after reaching 10 but not passing 20. 113-4. A struggle.

  11.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a very difficult and ordinary day for England. The pitch had flattened out a bit and there was only a little bit of movement with the new ball. We didn't take advantage of it and batted really ordinary. The big question was if Alastair Cook could score runs. He batted nicely early, playing in the V and showing the full name of the sponsor on the bat, but like in golf when you play a few good holes and then the fault resurfaces. He nicked it and was out."

  12. 18:20: 

    If it's been another Lord's day to remember for Gary Ballance, then it's one more in a year-long list for Alastair Cook to forget. Another failure for the England captain, who had only 10 to his name when he couldn't resist nibbling at a wide one from Kumar, means his wait for a score continues. No ton for the skipper since before last year's Ashes.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "We talk about pace in Test cricket - and it's nice to have it - but in Bhuvneshwar Kumar we've seen an exhibition from a really skilful swing bowler. He is wonderful to watch. Because of his pace, he has no option but to pitch it up and try to hoop it around."

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni

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  14. 18:17: 

    You just feel that England have never been ahead in this match. Even when Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali were going well, the home side were only edging towards parity, rather than grabbing scruffs of necks. Those two late wickets mean India still shade it, though one late partnership from England could still shift the balance.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think India have bowled well and if they had held their two dropped chances, they could have bowled England out today. Over the two days, India are just ahead at this stage."

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  16. 18:15: 
    Close of play- Eng 219-6

    That's the lot. Liam Plunkett gets out of the way of a quick bumper to end the day. England close on 219-6, trailing by 76. At the end of a fascinating, fluctuating day, India lead by 76 and will probably have the sounder sleep. It's bubbling up to be some Test match.

    Liam Plunkett
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    Patrick Coppins: Bhuvi Kumar looks a real prospect. Swinging it and accurate. The Indian Jimmy perhaps?

    Martin Whiteley: Who'd have thought pitching it up on a sporting wicket would get results. Nice work Kumar! Shame on Cook and England.

  18. 18:12: 
    Eng 217-6 (trail by 78)

    Mohammed Shami asked to send down the final over, the hulking figure of Liam Plunkett looking solid in both front-foot and back-foot defence. Bumper ridden, three balls to go.

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    RedAllOver: Personally don't mind if Gary Ballance has a couple of bare-chested cheeky ones before each Test innings!

  20. 18:10: 
    Eng 216-6 (trail by 79)

    A siren can be heard in the distance. Is that an ambulance sent to do some emergency work on this England innings? Matt Prior looking to see the morning, leaving anything that Bhuvneshwar Kumar dangles outside off stump. A leggy delivery is turned for a couple, then a Prior edge scuttles through the slips. Prior wants a single, but Plunkett says it's his job to face the final over. Kumar's day is done. With 4-46, he's once again been the pick of the India bowlers.

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    Simon, behind a pillar in the Mound Stand: Smartly turned out gentleman in front me began the day looking like Casper the friendly ghost. He has progressed through the various shades of pink and now more closely resembles Hell Boy. Put a hat on, man!

  22. 18:06: 
    Eng 214-6 (trail by 81)

    It's that end-of-play period that just feels like a time for wickets. Batsmen have nothing to gain except survival, bowlers know their work is almost done and are straining in one last effort. Lord's mumbling in the sunshine, watching as Plunkett solidly defends the galloping Ishant. Two overs remain.

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    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the sort of situation, 12 months ago, where Matt Prior would have counter-attacked and nine times out of 10 it would have come off. I'm not sure he has the confidence to do that now."

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  24. 18:01: 
    Eng 214-6 (Kumar 22-8-44-4)

    That's a fourth wicket for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is proving to be just as dangerous as we expected on this helpful track. Prior to the crease, leaving alone to feel his way in. Not long ago, England were cruising at 211-4, but two wickets for three runs has India back on top. The hosts are still 81 behind. You feel it's bubbling up to be one helluva Test match. Three overs left in the day.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "A good catch from MS Dhoni, but you could see what India have been trying to do. They've been targeting his pads in this innings. But what a superb innings it has been. Once again, England are not winning the crucial moments. It was Gary Ballance's job to see off that second new ball."

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  26. 17:57: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Dhoni b Kumar 110 (Eng 214-6)

    A huge wicket. India strike with the new ball to remove Gary Ballance and provide yet another momentum-changer in this increasingly compelling Test match. It's not a typical new-ball dismissal as Ballance gets a fine tickle on a leg-side delivery, with MS Dhoni skipping across to take the catch. Lord's rises to acclaim a fine knock, but it's a bitter blow for England. Matt Prior is summoned after all.

    Scorecard

    India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  27.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Liam Plunkett is a proper batsman. He could quite easily get a fifty. I would say he's got the same amount of ability with the bat as Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has scored a couple of fifties in this series already."

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  28. 17:56: 
    Eng 214-5

    Ishant Sharma to share the new ball, with Liam Plunkett feeling comfortable enough to bat out of his crease. He gets a rap on the gloves for his troubles. Three slips, a gully and a leg gully waiting for a down-the-slope tickle, Ishant casting a lengthening shadow. Plunkett takes a couple and is doing his job.

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    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't have a problem with Gary Ballance being pictured in a nightclub with his top off. He was just hot! Think back to Ian Botham's era. He became legendary for such things. Those newspapers that said it was disgusting... shut up!"

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  30. 17:51: 
    New ball taken- Eng 212-5

    Sure enough, India gobble up the new ball right away, thrusting it in to the hands of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The right-armer finds wobble right away, but at the end of this long day he's barely touching 75mph. Three slips, a leg gully, Kumar finding shape away from Ballance, who isn't interested in playing. One new-ball over seen off, five more left in the day.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "India will hope to knock over the nightwatchman, get another after that and suddenly England will close on 220-7. It can quickly change."

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  32. 17:46: 
    Eng 212-5 (new ball available)

    This seems like a risk from England. Matt Prior is still waiting, standing in the dressing room with his pads on. Ravi Jadeja with what will probably be his final over of the day, Ballance and Plunkett taking one apeice. I'm remembering the horrible shot Liam Plunkett played when he was nightwatchman at Headingley. Eighty overs done, the new ball is due.

  33. 17:44: 
    Scorecard update

    England 211-5 (79 overs) - trail by 84

    Batsmen: Ballance 109*, Plunkett 0*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17), 70-3 (Bell 16), 113-4 (Root 13), 211-5 (Moeen 32)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 20-7-44-3, Shami 11-4-30-0, Ishant 15-4-30-0, Binny 10-0-45-0, Jadeja 17-1-40-1, Vijay 3-0-12-1

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    Lord's
  34. 17:44: 
    Eng 211-5 (Vijay 3-0-12-1)

    Yep, as Michael Vaughan tells you, England have sent out Liam Plunkett as nightwatchman. It feels a bit early for that, still seven overs left in the day, six of which will be with the new ball. Plunkett sees off his first ball. Replays of the Moeen wicket show it was a decent decision, the ball would have hit leg stump.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a lazy shot. Moeen Ali had played so well. His partnership with Gary Ballance was putting England into a good position. The fact England are sending out a nightwatchman for eight overs tells me they are trying to protect Matt Prior and they are worried about his form."

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  36. 17:40: 
    WICKET- Moeen lbw Vijay 32 (Eng 211-5)

    Where has this come from? From being flogged all around Lord's, India have a wicket from an unlikely source. Murali Vijay's part-time off-breaks, Moeen Ali trying to play on the leg side. Missed...looks close...given. Moeen has found a way to get himself out, while India have a bonus wicket before the new ball. A twist.

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    India's Murali Vijay
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    Glenn Roberts: Gary Ballance just looks the real deal. Don't bother coming back, Trott.

    Gordon Thursfield: Moeen should have been in this England side a lot earlier than age 27. Where have the selectors been?

  38. 17:37: 
    Eng 206-4 (trail by 89)

    Ballance punched the air as soon as he saw the ball go in the gap, then removed his lid to salute both the standing Lord's crowd and the England balcony. He did not remove his shirt. Ballance joins Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott as the only England players to score two hundreds in his first two Tests at Lord's.

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a terrific innings by Gary Ballance because of the pressure of the game and the fact the ball was doing something when he came in. He's England's rock at number three now - he sends a nice vibe through the dressing room, he makes everyone feel at ease. He reads the situation really well when he walks out to bat."

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  40. 17:32: 
    100 for Gary Ballance- Eng 200-4

    There it is! Well batted, Gary Ballance. A second Test hundred, a second at Lord's and a second when England dearly needed it. A clip through midwicket for four takes the Yorkshire batsman to his second three-figure score in only his fifth Test. 186 balls, 14 fours. England may have a few pieces of the jigsaw to slot in to place, but it seems they have found a number three.

    England's Gary Ballance
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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "India have bowled very well today and they need to keep going because it's not as it Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali are in the mood to savage the bowling."

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  42. 17:32: 
    Eng 196-4 (Ballance 99, Moeen 27)

    Stuart Binny to Ballance, worked off his hips down the slope for four. 99...

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    John Heritage: How about David Halfyard? Surely the best (only?) player to become an umpire, then become a player again, then become an umpire again?

  44. 17:30: 
    Eng 192-4 (Ballance 95, Moeen 27)

    I'll be honest, I'm not a good judge of talent. I couldn't believe it when Graeme Swann got a go in the England Test side and I'm still not overly convinced by Gary Ballance's technique. But, the Yorkshire leftie looks strong of mind and spirit and has a method that works for him. If he gets a second Test ton here, it will be another delivered in a ticklish situation at the home of cricket. A single off Jadeja moves him closer.

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    Martin Tobutt: Peter Willey followed by Rob Bailey, Neil Mallender and George Sharp. If any of them would like to come back as players and help Northants out at the foot of the Division One table, they'd probably get a game.

  46. 17:28: 
    Eng 191-4 (Ballance 94, Moeen 27)

    As some morale-boosting chocolate rice krispie cakes are passed around the live text desk, Stuart Binny, slingshot action, changes the angle to around the wicket. Hazy heat covers Lord's, Moeen Ali comes forward in defence. In the stands, a ground of four chaps get stuck in to an oversize bottle of champagne. Surely that's just warm fizz in this heat?

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    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "India's spinners are flagging a little but. They are desperately keen to get another wicket - they want to get Matt Prior in and then take the new ball."

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  48. 17:23: 
    Eng 190-4 (trail by 105)

    England are ticking here, with Moeen showing his first intent in a while by skipping and belting Jadeja back over his head for four. Remember it was Moeen who trapped Jadeja lbw, so England are winning the battle of the spinning all-rounders. Heat being turned up in the Lord's oven, India cooking, holding on for the new nut.

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    Matt Foster: You know it's been a slow day when the cameraman has set up a hammock...

    Matt Foster: You know it's been a slow day when the cameraman has set up a hammock...
  50. 17:20: 
    Eng 186-4 (Ballance 93, Moeen 23)

    Plenty suggesting that Gary Ballance could celebrate a century by removing his shirt. Wasn't it Sourav Ganguly who celebrated winning an ODI at Lord's with a topless windmill? The whippy Stuart Binny is in to the attack, greeted by a flowing Ballance cover drive for four, which he follows up with a square slash. Ishant Sharma at deep point, goes down in instalments to make a hash of the fielding. Ballance in to the 90s.

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    John in York: Re 1652... Butchers. Not ice cream men! There's even a book of cricket quotations called 'What are the Butchers For?'. We had an umpire's coat at my previous club with bloodstains on it. But that's another story...

  52. 17:17: 
    Eng 178-4 (trail by 117)

    Moeen needs a new bat, meaning a poor young sub fielder must rise from his seat to run on a new blade. Changed, but the Worcestershire man still isn't happy, inspecting the toe end. Reminds me of the old joke. "You've got a bit of rubbish on the end of your bat." Man looks at toe end. "No, the other end." Think about it.

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    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "India finish one of the longest drinks breaks in living memory with a purposeful huddle. Both sides know that this final hour will determine who holds the balance of power at the end of two hard-fought and absorbing days of Test cricket."

  54. 17:13: 
    Eng 177-4 (partnership 64)

    Looking easier for England now, the ball looking very agreeable with the batsmen as the shadows of the stands start to creep over the outfield. Seamers struggling to get it off the straight, Jadeja's spin being negotiated. Mohammed Shami, bustling, a decent line, but both of these lefties are settled.

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    Martyn in Lacombe, Canada: Chris Balderstone. 25 years with Yorkshire and Leicestershire, coinciding with a 20-year footballing career, including a season (74-75) in the old Division One with Carlisle United. England Test debut in '76. Definitely the best footballer to become an umpire.

    Former England batsman Chris Balderstone
  56. 17:07: 
    Eng 173-4 (Ballance 81, Moeen 22)

    Long drinks break, this. Gary Ballance is doing some shoulder stretches, while a lady cools herself with a hand fan the size of a surf board. I'm being told that umpire Bruce Oxenford had to nip off the field. Maybe he's checking to see if he's got a mention in our best players to become umpires debate. Sorry, Bruce, eight first-class matches, averaging 12 with the bat and 52 with the ball won't cut it. Jadeja after drinks, Ballance scampers a single, with Moeen going on the sweep for one of his own. Last ball, another sprinted, Moeen tangling with Jadeja. Careful, Moeen, that will get you in trouble.

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    Neil Harrison: Surely Tim Robinson has to be in with a shot. Lots of runs against India and the Aussies in the mid-80s, nearly 30 Tests and an average just under 40.

    Former England batsman Tim Robinson
  58. 17:00: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 170-4

    Shami puts some long strides in towards Moeen, beating the left-hander's grope with a beauty that holds its line outside off stump. Other than those two swept boundaries, Moeen has slipped into Headingley mode, all leaves and defence. You feel we're in a bit of a phoney war, both sides waiting for the proper battle of the new ball. Right move by England? Three an over between now and then could have the lead cut to 90-odd. Time for a drink.

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    Steve in Nottingham: Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan. If not the best, then certainly the longest.

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  60. 16:56: 
    Eng 169-4

    England are absorbing all that can be thrown at them now. This stand is dragging them back into this game, the deficit slowly ticking down towards 100. Jadeja over, then around the wicket. Not much happening. Twelve overs until the new ball.

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    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been very impressed with Moeen Ali. He looks calm, he looks composed. He's a natural hitter of the cricket ball."

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    England's Moeen Ali
  62. 16:52: 
    Eng 165-4 (Ballance 79, Moeen 18)

    That's a wonderful picture of Arthur Fagg. Did all umpires used to dress as ice cream men? Also, how big is that sweater he's wrapping around his waist? Must have been one of Samit's. Mohammed Shami back on, MS Dhoni shuffling his seamers as he waits for the second new ball. Moeen, who hit his first ball for four and top edged another boundary, has otherwise been shotless. A maiden.

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    Paul: Surely the former Kent player Arthur Fagg would be a strong candidate. Scorer of numerous double hundreds, he remains the only player in history to score two double hundreds in the same match, 244 and 202* v Essex at Colchester in 1938.

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  64. 16:47: 
    Eng 164-4 (partnership 51)

    There are signs that this pitch is starting to dust up, showing hints of uneven bounce. Already some deliveries are 'going through the top', disturbing the surface. That suggests it will difficult to bat last on. For that reason, it's imperative that England get up to and well past the India total of 295. Jadeja to Ballance, one from it.

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    Richard Brown: I am feeling a lot happier now we have got the score into Anderson territory.

  66. 16:45: 
    Eng 162-4 (trail by 132)

    Remember the green covering on the pitch that lasted all of yesterday? No more. Baking in the sun, this deck is changing colour. Lighter, shimmering, getting easier to bat on? Lord's humming loudly as Kumar slips in, Ballance angling the ball away to deep point to bring up the 50 partnership.

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    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's difficult to say whether England are ahead in this game. This partnership is crucial. How these two guys go about it until the end of day will dictate it."

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  68. 16:41: 
    Eng 161-4 (Ballance 77, Moeen 16)

    We wondered if England have someone to play the Ajinkya Rahane role. Well, Gary Ballance is nudging towards his second Test ton. Afternoon sunshine, shadows just starting to lengthen, Jadeja twirling. Ballance shuffles, turns fine and runs three. That lead is slowly coming down.

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    John: Paul Reiffel was a handy cricketer, wasn't he?

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  70. 16:38: 
    Eng 156-4 (trail by 139)

    It's hot, the sweat glistening off the forehead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, yet Gary Ballance has kept his sleeveless sweater on all day. The Yorkshire batsman waits with his face crumpled, eyes squinting and mouth open, like a man who has forgotten his reading glasses. India are asking him to play a waiting game. Three slips, man on the point fence, hang the ball outside off stump. Ooohhh, it nearly works, Ballance flirting and almost nicking off.

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    Allyd: David Lloyd has to be worth a shout surely? Test match 214!

    Stephen Eason: How about Trevor Jesty, the best all-rounder never to play Test cricket and one of the Wisden five in, I think, 1983?

  72. 16:34: 
    Eng 154-4 (partnership 41)

    Leftie Jadeja loops the ball from over the wicket to fellow leftie Moeen. Stubble and shades, Jadeja doesn't give the impression of being the sort of bloke that would be intimidated by James Anderson. Anyway, India have left the off side open, hoping England will play against the turn, but a couple for Moeen, followed by a single each, is some good nurdling.

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    David Ballard: It's hard to disagree with Peter Willey, among Brits at least, but having frequently seen David Shepherd play for Gloucestershire in the 1960s, my heart (if not necessarily my head) would be with him.

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  74. 16:31: 
    Eng 150-4 (Ballance 71, Moeen 11)

    Thanks, Higgy, a great afternoon. Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in to the attack as Lord's melts in the sun. Some wonderful attire in the crowd today. One lady is wearing a hat the size of a UFO, while one young chap is sporting pink trousers and a cravat. The ball is 60 overs' old, nearly pensionable, but India keep three slips and a gully for Ballance. However, when Kumar drops short, the punchy left-hander forces down the ground for four.

  75. 16:28: 
    Scorecard update

    England 144-4 (60 overs) - trail by 151

    Batsmen: Ballance 66*, Moeen 10*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17), 70-3 (Bell 16), 113-4 (Root 13)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 17-7-34-3, Shami 11-4-25-0, Ishant 15-4-30-0, Binny 7-0-24-0, Jadeja 8-2-14-1, Vijay 2-0-7-0

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    England's Joe Root is lbw to Ravindra Jadeja for 13
  76. 16:28: 
    Eng 144-4 (Jadeja 8-1-14-1)

    Ravindra Jadeja is aiming for the rough outside of the left-hander's off stump. Moeen Ali is digging in and, after being given the strike by Gary Ballance's single, plays back the rest of the over.

    On that note, it's time for me to hand over the baton to Stephan Shemilt who will anchor the live text team home. Over to you...

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    Tom in Queensland: I'd go for Bill Alley. A great character, fantastic county batsman, and one of the most entertaining and fair umpires I've ever seen. His son drives a taxi in Gold Coast - he's just as entertaining as his Dad but a bit less of a cricketer.

  78. 16:24: 
    Eng 143-4 (Trail by 152)

    Ishant continues with his top-of-off line. That leg-slip isn't there for no reason, though. The bowler wants the batsman to forget he's there! Or maybe I'm just thinking too deeply?

    A single past backward point gets Gary Ballance to the safety of the non-striker's end. Moeen plays a couple of solid defensive shots and then asks the square leg umpire how many balls are left. One is the answer... and Ali waves it through to the keeper.

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    Alan Dazely: I said after the winter in Australia that English cricket fans needed to develop a very low level of expectancy for at least five years. Nothing I've seen since has made me change my mind.

  80. 16:19: 
    Eng 142-4 (Ballance 64, Moeen 10)

    There's a real battle developing between the in-your-face Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali. Six dots. You feel something has to give soon.

  81.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Who is the best cricketer to become an umpire? None of the real top players have ever made the switch. Peter Willey would by my suggestion."

    Former England batsman Peter Willey
  82. 16:18: 
    Eng 142-4 (Ishant 14-4-29-0)

    India position a leg slip to Gary Ballance to try and make the batsman think twice about that little fend off the hips. Ishant appears to be bowling to a plan as he bowls extravagantly wide of off stump. The two-card trick? Is one going to be aimed at the midriff?

    Not in this over, at least, as the final delivery is too short and too wide and hammered for four. Watch out for the plan being implemented in the next over. India set up Alastair Cook over seven balls...

  83.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You feel that Moeen really struggles to push back a maiden over, he's always wanting to do something. The hundred at Headingley was wonderful, but you have to do it again and again."

  84. 16:12: 
    Eng 138-4 (Ballance 60, Moeen 10)

    Ravindra's rocked up for a bowl at the other end now. Pushing his luck? Maybe not... MS Dhoni appears to be happy to let the slow left-armer continue to fire in his darts. Moeen Ali goes on the sweep and gets a top edge over the keeper before the ball runs away for a fine-leg four. They all count.

  85.  
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    Rob in Northants: The way we're going, I really fear for us next year against Australia. Our best bowlers will be older and not getting any better. The batting collapses on a regular basis and Mitchell Johnson will get well stuck into them. Worst of all, though, I can't see where any leadership is coming from and think we'll just freeze, employ poor tactics and get another 5-0 hammering.

  86. 16:09: 
    Eng 134-4 (Trail by 161)

    It looks like spin from both ends. Nope... hang on. Ravindra Jadeja is putting his cap back on. It's always embarrassing when that happens. "I said Ishant, not Ravi," murmurs the skipper.

    Worth a try, I suppose? Ishant, with three slips and a gully in place, delivers the ball down the corridor of uncertainty - but Gary Ballance is up to the challenge as he drops his hands on one and steers a boundary past backward point. Wristy.

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    James Davison: Sadly the absence of DRS is seriously spoiling the series. Time and time again we see errors being made. The whole world sees the errors. The errors can each have a major effect on the game. Do the paying public not mean anything to what the chairman of the ICC describes as a members-only club? India doesn't supply all the money - the global public does.

  88. 16:04: 
    Eng 130-4 (Ballance 56, Moeen 6)

    Part-time offie Murali Vijay continues after tea. I wonder if India regret not selecting R Ashwin? Vijay is getting a bit of spin, but a lack of control sees the ball drift into Gary Ballance's pads and the batsman helps the ball on its way to the fine-leg boundary. A single to backward point completes the over.

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    Edward Taylor: Why not let England have DRS to review batting/bowling decisions and let India go without? They'll warm to it pretty quickly.

  90. 15:59: 

    How do? Ready for the final session of the day? Good... let's go!

  91. 15:53: 
    The mystery of spin

    Do you know your doosra from your carrom ball? Simon Hughes, Test Match Special commentator and 'The Analyst', looks at the secrets of spin bowling in our new feature. Have a gander while we wait for the players to return to the pitch.

    Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan
  92. 15:52: 

    What do we reckon, then? I think India are just about in the ascendency. If Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali can put on 100 together, it all looks very different though! Just joining us? The story of the day, very briefly, is this: England take 10 balls to take India's final wicket, Alastair Cook fails again (scoring 10) and Gary Ballance is the only home batsman to pass fifty. Joe Root got a stinker. No DRS.

    That's it!

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    Robin: I'm finding it hard to be worried about England losing so many wickets up front. Seems to be the way of things for well over a year now, only for someone in the middle order to reclaim some degree of respectability for the side and keep us in it. Unfortunately, its never enough to win the game....

  94. 15:46: 
    Tea scorecard

    England 125-4 (53 overs) - trail by 170

    Batsmen: Ballance 51*, Moeen 6*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17), 70-3 (Bell 16), 113-4 (Root 13)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 17-7-34-3, Shami 11-4-25-0, Ishant 12-4-21-0, Binny 7-0-24-0, Jadeja 5-0-9-1, Vijay 1-0-2-0

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    England's Gary Ballance
  95.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I look at the overs remaining in the day, 33. England have 27 before the second new ball. They have found it difficult to score, but now they have to push to three an over to try to get close to India before the second new ball comes. With rain around tomorrow, it might be time to go through the gears."

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    Richard Riley: All the talk of no DRS, shouldn't we be questioning the standard of umpiring?

    Ian Shilly: How can an international team be allowed to refuse DRS?? Surely this should be classed as an unofficial series? Farcical.

    Richard Johnson: How can India influence having DRS or not when the away side? Surely it should be home teams choice in the matter?

  97. 15:40: 
    TEA- Eng 125-4

    Last over before tea and Gary Ballance picks up a single to send England into the interval 170 runs in arrears. A big evening session ahead, but only after some light refreshments!

  98.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gary Ballance is already becoming Mr Consistent for England. He's always done it, from junior level in Zimbabwe, to playing for Derbyshire and Yorkshire. He's just a runscorer."

  99. 15:39: 
    50 FOR GARY BALLANCE- Eng 124-4

    Another half-century for Gary Ballance, who brings up the landmark with a single into the off-side against part-time spin bowler Murali Vijay. His third Test fifty comes off 115 balls and, while not without a slice of fortune, highlights what a good player he is.

    England's Gary Ballance
  100. 15:35: 
    Eng 122-4 (Ballance 49, Moeen 5)

    More fortune for Gary Ballance as he lunges at Ravindra Jadeja and an inside edge pops just the wrong (or right!) side of short leg. The batsman gets a single for his troubles, with Moeen Ali also helping himself to one through the on-side.

  101.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's hundred against Sri Lanka at Headingley was exceptional. Too much has been made of his bowling. He's done a decent job. While England don't have another spin option, he's doing the best he can. It's the seamers that have let England down."

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  102. 15:32: 
    Eng 120-4 (50 overs)

    The beers are beginning to flow in the stands now. It always amazes me how thick-set blokes can display tightrope-like balance when weaving their way through a crowded row of seats with six pints of lager in their care. Athletes.

    Out in the middle, Stuart Binny smiles his way to the wicket and then grimaces his way back to his mark after Gary Ballance takes another gentle single. It's hot work out there.

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    David Day: Since England need a new captain and wicket-keeper Foster of Essex would be ideal. He is the best keeper in the UK, if not in the world. He is a very experienced astute captain. Note how long he has stayed the course.

    Tom: Chris Read for captain? You have to be kidding! We have Jos Buttler in the wings, and a young team who Root could lead. Why would we bring in an older keeper who is not great with the bat? Is he that good of a captain?

  104. 15:29: 
    Eng 119-4 (Ballance 47, Moeen 4)

    Dart-like accuracy from Ravindra Jadeja. Gary Ballance takes a first-ball single and Moeen Ali sees out the rest of the over with a watchful forward press. A decent method against somebody who, like Michael Vaughan said, is looking for the lbw.

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    Anthony: The whole problem with captaincy debate is that the job has 2 parts - the on-field tactician and the wider role. The problem with Cook is that he was mainly picked for the latter. By removing all the senior players apart from Bell and Anderson, there is now no-one who can now fulfil either role. Senior management must take some of the blame for getting themselves into this mess.

  106. 15:26: 
    Eng 118-4 (Trail by 177)

    Gary Ballance takes a single off Stuart Binny to put his fellow leftie Moeen Ali on strike. The new batsman is happy to leave well alone outside off stump for now. You sense this could be the crucial partnership for England in this game.

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    Rijul Shah: The poor decisions are evening out, Binny yesterday, Root today

    Jordan King: Beginning to develop a deep deep hatred for India's DRS allergy.

    Jason Rodwell: That's a joke, huge inside edge. Why don't teams just refuse to play against India without DRS? Why isn't there a review system?

  108. 15:23: 
    Eng 117-4 (Ballance 45, Moeen 4)

    Have some of that! Moeen Ali strides to the wicket and hammers the first ball he faces over midwicket for four. England are back on the ropes, though.

  109.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's got an inside edge, so he's unlucky. It's just the breakthrough India need because the ball isn't doing as much. Having said that, it's poor batting because you know Jadeja is looking for the lbw. You have to present the full face of the bat."

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  110. 15:19: 
    WICKET- Root lbw Jadeja 13 (Eng 113-4)

    Oh dear. Slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, coming round the wicket to the right-hander, slides a quicker one onto Joe Root's pads and, looking plumb, the umpire's finger goes up. Replays, however, show the batsman got an inside edge onto his pads. It's tough though...no DRS, no stay of execution. On your way, Joe.

    Scorecard

    England's Joe Root
  111. 15:18: 
    Eng 113-3 (Ballance 45, Root 13)

    Do you know what's annoying about Gary Ballance? Spell-check just cannot accept that his name is spelt with two ls! It's nothing to worry about really though, is it?

    Stuart Binny continues and, although looking more like a medium pacer, he's probably a tad quicker than opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He also gives the ball plenty of chance to swing, meaning he's being given plenty of respect by Joe Root. A single at the end of the over sees the right-hander retain the strike.

  112.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I like Jadeja. He's bubbly, positive, aggressive at times. He's had a great deal of success in the IPL and Dhoni needs him to do a job here because the ball has just stopped swinging."

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  113. 15:15: 
    Eng 112-3 (Trail by 183)

    Time for a bit of spin, with left-arm twirler Ravindra Jadeja coming round the wicket to the right-handed Joe Root, who drops back into his crease and helps a single past backward square. Back to over the wicket for the left-handed Gary Ballance, who blocks out the rest of the over.

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    Fran Bleasdale: England obsession with captaincy suffocates players, as it has with Cook. Relieve him and let him rediscover his form. Give it to Bell.

    Bill Bows: I'd bring back Carberry as stop-gap opener & let Cook spend rest of summer rediscovering joy of batting before tours to SL & WI.

    Matthew Sewell: Top order failing to score runs again. At what point do the selectors grovel to Pietersen?

  115. 15:11: 
    Eng 111-3 (Ballance 45, Root 11)

    With his long quiff distracting from a receding hairline, Stuart Binny ambles in Mark Ealham-esque to be met by Joe Root's straight bat. Two through gully before a flowing cover drive is stopped in its tracks by another diving stop in the infield. India's fielding really has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. A single ends the over. We're on Nelson.

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    Aman Sheth: Cook reminds me of the quote 'you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain' Seems apt no?

    Andrew Lewin: Once again, Root at the crease with England in a mess. Yorkshire grit (together with Ballance) is now the order of the day.

  117. 15:07: 
    Eng 108-3

    Another boundary for Gary Ballance, who turns one off his hips and to the backward square boundary. He doesn't hang about, does he?

  118. 15:05: 

    England 103-3 (42 overs) - trail by 192

    Batsmen: Ballance 41*, Root 8*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17), 70-3 (Bell 16)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 17-7-34-3, Shami 10-4-21-0, Ishant 12-4-21-0, Binny 3-0-18-0

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    Lord's
  119. 15:04: 
    Eng 104-3 (Ballance 41, Root 8)

    What does everyone think about Gary Ballance? Opinion is mixed on the live text desk, but I'm firmly in the "he's a good 'un" camp. The left-hander plays a sumptuous shot for four straight down the ground, a single follows and then Joe Root helps himself to an all-run four through midwicket. That's the second time this pair have run four. Impressive.

  120.   
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's been an attritional afternoon. India have pitched the ball up, steady bowling. There's not been extravagant movement, but just enough to keep the batsmen honest."

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  121. 14:59: 
    Eng 95-3 (Trail by 200)

    I'm sure Joe Root will be quick to remind Gary Ballance that the last time he edged between the keeper and first slip at Lord's, he scored 180 against Australia. Same again, Gary?

    Mohammed Shami, looking a little grumpier than some of the other India pacemen, certainly hopes not. He's bowling quick enough to break Joe Root's bat and a new blade is summoned from the dressing room. Testing out the middle on his new piece of wood, Root hammers the ball out of the screws towards backward point where some athletic fielding saves a certain four. Another maiden.

  122.   
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Dhoni should have got across to that one, especially because Binny is not quick. That would have been just the lift that Binny needed."

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  123. 14:53: 
    MISSED CATCH- Eng 95-3

    I told you Gary Ballance was a lucky so-and-so, in the best possible way. This time he edges Stuart Binny right between MS Dhoni and first slip. He gets four for it too. Winning.

  124.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The relentless sun is having a remarkable effect on the colour of the pitch. It has been transformed from the deep green of yesterday to more of a familiar shade of straw, barring the odd patch of live grass. As a result, there's noticeably less movement off the pitch, which should make batting easier as the day goes on and the ball gets older. At the moment, however, with India's fine quartet of seamers making them play at everything, Ballance and Root are being asked a question by every ball."

  125. 14:49: 
    Eng 91-3 (Ballance 32, Root 4)

    Mohammed Shami, with his extra pace, is brought into the attack and Joe Root sees something interesting in the bowler's armour as he walks down the wicket between deliveries to offer some advice to Gary Ballance at the non-striker's end. Three slips in place but Root's defence remains solid. Maiden.

  126.   
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "There's still something in it for the bowlers, but you have to be patient. India have been very good at that. Their three bowlers have bowled long spells. Now, with Stuart Binny on, it's important he backs it up."

  127. 14:41: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 91-3

    Time for some seam-up from Stuart Binny, whose first ball is slashed over gully for four by a rather fortunate Gary Ballance. The number three does seem to enjoy his fair share of luck at the crease. But you make that yourself, right? A couple of compact forward defences right the wrongs of the slash outside off stump - rather like eating a salad the day after a boozy night out.

    A single puts Joe Root on strike, who scampers a leg bye. Time for drinks.

  128.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You've got to give credit to the Indian bowlers. That partnership between Ballance and Bell was stifling, but that was all down to the bowlers. You don't want to get out and let your team down."

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  129. 14:37: 
    Eng 85-3

    Joe Root, looking rather stern-faced, mutters to himself and sharpens his eyes as he digs in against a probing Ishant Sharma. Standing tall and upright at the crease, in the manner of Graham Gooch (minus the white helmet), he is watchful outside off stump.

    The over finishes. ...... (six dots!)

  130. 14:32: 
    Eng 85-3 (Ballance 27, Root 4)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues and he ends up going round the wicket to Gary Ballance after being cracked through the covers for four. Looking in good nick, Ballance steers the next delivery through square leg for two more.

  131.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Joe Root strolled out to bat in the scorching sunshine with the air of a man ambling towards his favourite sun-lounger by the holiday pool. And here's why. In six previous Test innings at Lord's, Root's average is 103, a figure swelled by his 180 here in last year's Ashes and that brilliant unbeaten 200 against the Sri Lankans in June."

  132. 14:28: 
    Eng 79-3 (Trail by 216)

    I'm going to take a punt that Ishant Sharma, with his shaggy hair and luminous wristbands, is one of the cool kids of the India dressing room. Agree?

    He's toiling away manfully and induces Joe Root into a rash shot but the bottom edge drops short of the slips. Gary Ballance continues to look in control as he clips an all-run four into the on side. A quick single helps the left-hander retain the strike.

  133. 14:23: 
    Eng 73-3 (Ballance 16, Root 3)

    It's Yorkshire vs a nation of more than one billion people at the moment. Neither side is giving an inch - Bhuvneshwar Kumar refusing to stray from his line and length and Gary Ballance refusing to budge. He won't be short-changed with a little nibble outside of off. Another maiden.

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    Joe McLusky: Cook's lack of form is rather handily taking the attention off Ian Bell's. Worrying times indeed when two of England's top three batsmen are so woefully out of touch…. and the third has been told he won't play Test cricket ever again.

    Barney: Yet another soft dismissal for Bell, he has been appalling since the end of the summer Ashes. Last home Ashes was the only time Bell has consistently gotten tough runs, rest of his career he has flattered to deceive. Time running out surely?

    England's Ian Bell
  135. 14:20: 
    Eng 73-3

    Ishant Sharma and Joe Root don't get along. Hence the long stares between deliveries. Not that the England batsman is fazed - he leaves the ones outside off stump and defends the ones which threaten the timbers. The only blemish is a little swish at one which flies through to the keeper. Maiden over.

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    Leonard Odicean: Cook will come good very soon. England should keep him as captain but drop him down the order to 6 for rest of series.

    Dennis Edwards: Is having an on-field captain compulsory? Everyone knows what they have to do, Moores could captain by proxy.

    Paul Baldwin: Root as the next captain? He is the only one with the right mixture of match awareness and fight and did a good job for the Lions.

  137. 14:15: 
    Eng 73-3 (Ballance 16, Root 3)

    Joe Root is off the mark with three through midwicket. Should we be worried about England here?

  138.   
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If the ball is capable of doing that on day two, you think England should have persevered with plan A for longer on day one."

  139.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's short, just back of a length, it's jagged back and, when he's gone to shoulder arms, it's hit him on the glove and gone straight to third slip. On a green pitch with small indentations, that can happen. It's a beauty for India, but Bell is looking at the big screen and wondering how that's happened."

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  140. 14:12: 
    WICKET- Bell c Jadeja b Kumar 16 (Eng 70-3)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes again - this time getting the ball to nip back short of a length and the ball pops off Ian Bell's gloves where Ravindra Jadeja takes a simple catch at third slip. It's a good job the next man in, Joe Root, has scored centuries in each of his last two Tests at HQ...

    Scorecard

    England's Ian Bell
  141.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a baking hot day. That green tinge has gone from the pitch. India are well ahead on points but they've still got lots of work to do."

  142. 14:09: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 70-2

    Remember that jittery feeling which enveloped us all when England batted in the mid-nineties? It's back, isn't it?

    Ishant's loud appeal for lbw against Gary Ballance is turned down before the left-hander flicks a single into the leg side - almost giving the fielders a chance of a catch. This afternoon is going to be a slog for the batsmen. In the hard-working sense!

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    Andrew in London: Bring back Eoin Morgan as captain. He has good tactical awareness and is a tough, well respected player. He has been doing well lately in the County Championship - averaging 58.55 and got 191 against Notts last month.

  144. 14:05: 
    Eng 68-2 (30 overs)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks a little tired now as he runs in with his shirt hanging out of his trousers. He is not quick enough to bowl short so, when he does send down a steepler, Gary Ballance is quick to raise his bat and divert the ball to the third-man boundary. A nice shot.

    England's Gary Ballance
  145.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's good bowling by Sharma, keeping the pressure on England on off stump. Ian Bell has bags of experience, but he needs to use all of it here."

  146. 14:01: 
    Eng 63-2

    Ishant Sharma always offers you a scoring opportunity over the course of an over, and Gary Ballance capitalises on some leg-side width to tickle four down to fine leg. When the bowler is too straight, the Yorkshire batsman gets his head over the ball and clips three into the leg side. That puts Ian Bell on strike and the right-hander plays and misses at a couple of tempters outside off stump. Careful, Ian.

  147. 13:56: 
    Eng 56-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 16)

    Joe Root and Peter Moores are having a chat on the players' balcony. Root looks like he's being cheeky: 'Go on coach, let us open the chocolate biscuits.'. 'No Joe, not until you've had a bat... and scored a century. You know the rules.'

    Ian Bell plays out a maiden over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. That's not a bad ploy. Keep that stick of willow well out of the way of the leather and cash in later on.

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    Jon Collins: This is the issue. There isn't anyone who immediately springs to mind to be captain. Some will say Broad but the Twenty20 stuff suggests that Broad will look after Broad first and foremost. So if the pitch is responsive Broad will be bowling all the time, if it's flat, he'll hide. Bell? Doesn't strike you as the captaincy type, plus averages 28 since last summer. Prior? About to be dropped. Root's not ready. Anderson? Possibly same problem as Broad. Plus not good timing after Jadejagate Who's left?

  149. 13:52: 
    Eng 56-2

    There's a gentle hum in the air at Lord's, plenty of full bellies post-lunch and the sun is now beating down. How long before we catch somebody snatching 40 winks? Ishant Sharma is bowling too short and wide to truly trouble Ian Bell, who lets the ball go outside off stump a couple of times before trying to cut one which is too close to his body. That brings a few 'ooohs' from the crowd. Just a single from the over.

  150.   
    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "In all my years commentating on India cricket, I think today is the first time that each and every fielder is wearing a cap. There is usually one who wears a floppy sun-hat!"

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  151. 13:48: 
    Eng 55-2 (Trail by 240 runs)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks the best bowler in this match as he gets in close to the stumps and nibbles the ball this way and that. Rather like an Indian Graham Onions.

    Bowling at a pace of less than 80mph, I wonder if Kumar would ever get near the England team if he was born in this country? He's certainly good enough, showing that pace isn't everything.

    He is human though, and when he over-pitches ever so slightly Ian Bell eases three through the off side. It's all very steady after lunch.

  152. 13:43: 
    Eng 52-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 12)

    Ishant Sharma fascinates me. How has he never kicked on from being that prodigious young talent who gave Ricky Ponting so many problems? He's got all the ingredients, but his Test record of 167 wickets from 56 Tests, at an average of 37.79, does not back up his talent.

    He's working the Lord's slope well this afternoon, though, as he gets one to slide into Ian Bell's pads. A loud appeal. Not out. Dragging his length back ever so slightly, he gets one to rear off the pitch and pin Bell on the glove. Single taken.

    India's Ishant Sharma
  153. 13:39: 

    Here we go then. Ishant Sharma will get us under way after lunch, with Ian Bell wielding the willow at the other end. Let's go.

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    Richard McConnell: Cook made a total of 20 runs in first 2 Tests against India in 2011 before getting 294 in 3rd. Clearly all this is deliberate.

  155. 13:38: 
    Lunch scorecard

    England 51-2 (24 overs) - trail by 244

    Batsmen: Ballance 7*, Bell 11*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 11-5-17-2, Shami 8-2-21-0, Ishant 5-2-9-0

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    England's Ian Bell
  156. 13:35: 
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    What shall we talk about this afternoon then? Well, what happens IF Alastair Cook does step down from the captaincy to rediscover his batting form? Who should take up the reins? Let me know your FEC (future England captain), with clear reasons why. Get involved in the usual way - #bbccricket on Twitter, send a text to 81111 or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

  157. 13:32: 

    Thanks Stephan. Poor Alastair, eh? His day can only get worse if his wife rings up and says the boiler has broken. After all, these things tend to happen when we least need them. He's bound to get a flat tyre when he drives home at the end of this Test match.

  158. 13:30: 

    Fascinating stuff from Mike Brearley there. If you've never read his book The Art Of Captaincy, go and get it, read it over the weekend then come back to me on Monday. Speaking of captains, here's Marc Higginson.

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    Akhilesh: I played in a Sunday pub XI three years ago. I bowled out an Imran Khan and an Adam Gilchrist in consecutive deliveries. Imran was a young Pakistani lad and Adam a tubby northerner!

    James Baker: You can imagine the look of horror/delight on the faces of opposition batsman when "Herschelle Gibbs" is shouted out as the new bowler's name down at Worlingworth CC.

  160.   
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley, speaking about Alastair Cook's problems on Test Match Special: "I'm not sure he will come through this - a lot will depend on the next match or two. If England lose this series and he fails to get any big scores, it will be hard for him to stay in the job."

  161.   
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    More from Mike Brearley: "Test players hardly play any county cricket, they don't have the chance to learn captaincy. The first thing that would change things would be a nice hundred. That would be a huge relaxing element. As a captain, you also have to know who to listen to on the field. Ian Botham was a very great help to me, but he always wanted to attack. I would have to then measure that out. Someone like Geoffrey Boycott was saying to be more cautious. You do have people that you trust. Now, the England set-up has changed, who is his real advisor?"

  162.   
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    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley, speaking about Alastair Cook's problems on Test Match Special: "It's difficult to keep a steady place within yourself and not be pulled either to comply with people's criticisms or react against them and become too stubborn or too innovative. It's a problem of life: when somebody suggests something to you, it's up to you to decide whether to take that advice on board. That is made even more difficult when you're struggling."

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    Tim: Has anyone calling for Cook to go back to his county to recover his form looked at the Essex fixture list? Their next Championship match starts on August 15th - the same day as the final Test match in this series begins.

    England's Alastair Cook
  164.   
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    More from Mike Brearley on Alastair Cook: "I thought he played impeccably until he got out. His balance was good and his head was in the right place. But, that doubt came in, he had a stab outside the off stump and, the first mistake he made he was out. That tends to happen.

  165.   
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    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley, speaking about Alastair Cook's problems on Test Match Special: "It's a position I recognise. My record was rather like Alastair Cook's since he got the last of his 25 hundreds! You feel awful, you begin to doubt and need a lot of support around you."

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    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley, who heads the MCC World Cricket Committee, speaking on Test Match Special: "With 'Mankading', the committee didn't feel much sympathy towards the batsman. It should be as much a part of coaching as stopping bowlers sending down no-balls."

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    Ian Lamerton: Cook isn't undroppable but who replaces him? Is there an opener knocking on the door? Is there a candidate to captain?

    Andy Ward: Would moving Cook down to 3 or 4 not do him more of a favour than outright dropping him?

    James Hand: Always big score round corner for Cook. But how far is corner? Sometimes best leadership is to see there could be someone better.

  168.   
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    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley, chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee, speaking on Test Match Special: "The committee is made up mainly of former Test cricketers, with some current ones like Kumar Sangakkara, so we hope we're a body whose primary interest is the development of Test cricket."

  169. 13:08: 

    Really, Christian? I'm not sure I'm having that.

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    Christian Reilly: There's a lad called Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas who plays for our Under 14's at Grappenhall CC.

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    Ex-England captain Mike Brearley on Test Match Special: "Over the last two or three years, anti-corruption has been top of the agenda. It is the biggest threat to cricket."

    Former England captain Mike Brearley
  172. 13:06:  
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    Need a breather? On Test Match Special, Jonathan Agnew is talking to Mike Brearley, the former England captain who also chairs the MCC World Cricket Committee. Tune in. He has a voice that could charm snakes.

  173. 13:05: 

    At 51-2, England may think that's about right on this pitch. Their problem comes from the fact that India have racked up 295. Who will stand up and score the Ajinkya Rahane-style hundred? Not Alastair Cook. The skipper has failed again, which is England's other big concern.

  174. 13:03: 
    Lunch scorecard

    England 51-2 (24 overs) - trail by 244

    Batsmen: Ballance 7*, Bell 11*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10), 31-2 (Robson 17)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 11-5-17-2, Shami 8-2-21-0, Ishant 5-2-9-0

    First innings: India 295

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    England's Gary Ballance
  175.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's really hard-fought cricket out there - every ball is a challenge, doing just enough."

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  176.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A good session of cricket, and fairly even-stevens. The pressure is building on Alastair Cook and his technique seems all at sea - what he would give for a big score in the second innings."

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  177. 13:01: 
    Lunch- Eng 51-2

    Gary Ballance is doing all he can to ensure this is the last over, moving the sightscreen, deciding its still in the wrong place, move it again. Kumar over the wicket, then around, Ballance pushing back a maiden. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looks at his watch, has a think, then removes the bails. Ian Bell was already on his way. The end of the first session, one more to India. England are 51-2, 244 behind.

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    Yorkie Pigeon: Said I'd give 10p t'RSPB for every run Cook scores this series. Am gonna get change off a tenner.

    Small Man Peaky: For someone whose home ground is Lord's, Robson has no clue where his off stump is. England look so fragile in the top order.

    Jack Allum: The blocking hasn't worked for England, so why are they continuing with it? Attack the bowlers, put pressure on them.

  179. 12:57: 
    Eng 51-2 (trail by 244)

    Some in the Lord's crowd may be turning their attention to Pimm's and a prawn sandwich, but the loud murmur from the stands tells us that there's still plenty riveted by England's struggle. Ballance, the sun glinting off his plastic helmet, takes one, leaving Bell to defend the rest of Sharma's over as a shadow swoops across the ground. Maybe only one over left before lunch, set to be bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

  180.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I genuinely can't believe how expensive the tickets to a Test match are. I took it for granted when I was playing that they were £20 per head."

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  181. 12:53: 
    Eng 49-2 (Ballance 6, Bell 10)

    Is the ball just starting to behave itself? It's 22 overs' old now. Through the volatile teenage years, self-aware, less likely to do something silly. Bell and Ballance accumulating against Shami, warming to their task, hoping to eat lunch with their pads still on.

  182.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm glad England didn't bat yesterday because, with the lines and lengths being bowled, these Indian bowlers would have been nigh on unplayable."

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  183. 12:49: 
    Eng 47-2 (trail by 248)

    Jonathan Batty? The same Jon Batty who used to play for Surrey and Gloucestershire? I suspect not, but I'm wondering how many people share names with under-the-radar county cricketers. I'm sure there's plenty of James Andersons and Ian Bells out there, but is there another Tony Palladino or Charlie Shreck? Indeed Ishant has swapped ends, closing Kumar's fine spell. Bell greets him by clipping through midwicket for four.

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    Jonathan Batty: My unbridled optimism is in danger of creaking under the weight of the incessant doom and gloom. I feel Cook should be given the series to turn this ship around. The winds are bound to change and there doesn't appear to be any desire for mutiny amongst the team. No, not the most persuasive reasons, but optimism does not have to be rational.

  185. 12:43: 
    Eng 41-2 (trail by 254)

    Ishant Sharma withdrawn, possibly to switch ends, with Mohammed Shami returning. Ballance, the chubby cheeks of a young Rob Key, gets going again with a clip off his pads for a couple. Three slips and a gully still wait, with all the grabbers interested as Ballance pokes at the last ball. The sun might be beating down, but this is still very tricky for batting.

  186.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I feel very deflated for Cook; I feel for him as a mate. Hopefully he'll get a second chance in the match. I hope nothing crazy happens but I think everything is coming to a head."

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  187. 12:39: 
    Eng 39-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 4)

    Still Kumar, with Ian Bell now pinned to his creased by the sight of MS Dhoni's helmeted head crouching right behind him. The scoreboard finally gets moving when an errant in-swinger runs away for four leg byes, with Bell getting off the mark from his 16th delivery with a trademark late cut. Just over 20 minutes until lunch. England would sell their spotted dick and custard to get there only two down.

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    Roots House: Can't understand why Cookie asked for a green top. If he's not making runs on flat tracks, how is going make runs on a green top when he is so out of form? He has no confidence at all. How much longer can he last?

    Mallesha Vaddaru: What Cook is suffering is not technical or mental. It's alchemy. You can't have the curse of millions of KP fans on your back and expect to fare well.

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  189. 12:34: 
    Eng 31-2 (trail by 264)

    Lord's hums in the warm sunshine, the patrons inside HQ invested in the action, aware of the battle England are in. Ballance, as he does, wanders across his stumps, allowing leg stick to poke out from behind his pads. Ishant hangs the ball out, Ballance leaves a maiden. That's four maidens in a row.

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    Andy in Stafford: Re 11.47... Plastic bag? A chamois leather is a better bet - the mere sighting of which often elicits offers of sausage rolls, pork pies, samosas etc

  191. 12:30: 
    Eng 31-2 (Kumar 9-3-13-2)

    Still Kumar's slippery wobblers, with the pristine Bell looking to walk at every delivery. Slide in, away-swing, leave. Slide in, in-swing, defend. Slide in, away-swing, leave. Another maiden. England forced to take the blows, soak up the pressure.

  192.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "For all the talk of Alastair Cook's poor form, Ian Bell is hardly pulling up any trees. Since the third of his three Ashes centuries last summer at Durham, Bell has made only four fifties and no hundreds in 17 innings. His average in that period is 28.68, compared with a career mark of 45."

  193. 12:27: 
    Eng 31-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 0)

    On our chat about what you would take to a day at the cricket, would you ever remember to pack a coat hanger? At the back of the stand, some chaps have their beige blazers suspended in the breeze. That is a problem of a certain tax bracket. Ballance examined by Ishant, the ball moving down the slope towards the slips. Ballance unsure whether to play or not, eventually surviving a maiden.

  194.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are not that good - they just think they are. India can beat them in this series, as long as they believe."

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  195. 12:24: 
    Eng 31-2 (trail by 264)

    I'm told that Sam Robson has fallen to deliveries on or just outside off stump in each of the six innings he played in Test cricket so far. A pattern emerging. Ian Bell is the new man, immediately looking to get down the track to nullify the movement. There's been plenty of chat about Bell being the bet player in this England team, but he hasn't delivered this summer. Now would be a good time.

  196.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a shocker. It was a teaser outside of off stump and Sam Robson played a 'getting out' shot. He's as daft as a brush."

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  197. 12:18: 
    WICKET- Robson c Dhoni b Kumar 17 (Eng 31-2)

    Words fail me. Has Sam Robson been watching this Test? Green top, ball nibbling, a batsman who has looked iffy around off stump. Maybe leave the cover drive in the locker for an hour or so? It's a terrible stroke at Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a ball wide of off stump and nowhere near full enough for the drive. Flash, edge, caught behind by MS Dhoni. Awful.

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    England's Sam Robson
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    Jack Perrin-West: I feel sorry for Cook, it's bad enough playing local cricket and having two mates as well as one old boy with a dog slating you for not getting a run in a season, let alone having the world having a pop. Fantastic cricketer and he will come good again.

  199. 12:18: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 31-2

    Ishant Sharma after drinks as Ben Stokes strolls around the boundary on the way to the nets. Sharma, mullet bouncing, doesn't get it right immediately - a no-ball and a wide - but then produces a rozzer that nips down the slope and defeats leftie Ballance. The Yorkshire batsman, shuffling across the sticks, then gets pinned and is the subject of an lbw trial. Judge Kumar Dharmasena rules not guilty, too high.

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    Andy Mulcahy: I feel for Cook; he's becoming the Fernando Torres of cricket.

    Matthew Bennett: I like Cook, he's a class player. But that could have been a replay of his last six dismissals. Something has to be done.

    Albo: Is the current plight of Cook now affecting the team? Seems to me like it is.

  201. 12:12: 
    Scorecard update

    England 29-1 (13 overs) - trail by 266

    Batsmen: Robson 17*, Ballance 2*

    Fall of wickets: 22-1 (Cook 10)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 7-2-13-1, Shami 6-2-16-0

    First innings: India 295

    Scorecard

    India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  202.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "For the duration of Cook's innings, just about every seat in the house was occupied, as if the crowd felt that by remaining still and focused, they could incite Cook to do the same. His dismissal sparks a mini-exodus, reminiscent of a football crowd when their team are 3-0 down with 10 minutes to go. I'm sure the Lord's faithful will be back, but one or two clearly need a breather and a stiff drink to get over the shock and disappointment of another failure for the England captain."

    England captain Alastair Cook
  203. 12:10: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 29-1

    Robson looks far more assured when the ball is on his pads than when it takes a trip down the corridor of uncertainty. Kumar makes the mistake of erring and is taken for two, but he won't be bitten twice. Hang outside off stump, wait for the error. We take drinks.

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    Michael Channing: Cannot see how Alastair Cook can be deemed useful to English cricket anymore. His batting is dire, his fielding tactics are uninspiring and he just doesn't instil any confidence in anyone these days. He has to step aside.

  205. 12:06: 
    Eng 27-1 (trail by 268)

    All of a sudden, it's doing that little bit more. Robson wafting at Shami, before Ballance shuffles back to edge short of the slips. It's not doing as much as it did with the new ball this time yesterday, but there's plenty to help the bowlers. We're in the process of finding out just how good is India's 295 all out.

  206.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a disappointment for Alastair Cook - he has been playing well and then he went back to his old ways with no footwork and paid the price. Test cricket is a tough place to find your form - that's why people like me suggest the best way forward is to go back to your county and get some runs."

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  207. 12:01: 
    Eng 24-1 (Kumar 6-2-11-1)

    Looking again, the ball that got Cook was very wide indeed, probably another two stumps across from the off peg. Cook knew he'd made the error, blasting his bat at thin air as he walked off. He was also probably wondering why he couldn't have had Robson's luck. Gary Ballance is the new man, sober and with his shirt on. I'm keen to see how he deals with the moving ball, his back-foot technique might not be suited.

  208.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's the first one where Alastair Cook dangled the bat. He has been playing so well, but he couldn't help himself. Bhuvneshwar Kumar set up Alastair Cook perfectly in the last over - he angled six balls in and then he got one to swing away in the next over. Brilliant tactics by India."

  209. 11:56: 
    WICKET- Cook c Dhoni b Kumar 10 (Eng 22-1)

    Gone this time! Alastair Cook's awful trot continues, the skipper falling in a fashion that has been so familiar in this year-long slump. Full of length from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, outside off stump, hint of away swing, Cook not moving his feet in poking at the ball. He really should be leaving that, but he can't resist, edging through to the tumbling MS Dhoni. Two balls after Robson was dropped, Cook is walking back.

    Scorecard

    England captain Alastair Cook edges behind
  210.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a straightforward slip catch - you need to be taking those. Ajinkya Rahane didn't even need to move."

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  211. 11:56: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 22-0

    Down! Sam Robson gets a life, with Ajinkya Rahane dropping an absolute dolly at second slip. Bit of seam, lead feet, poke at the ball and send it to the grabber at knee height. As slip catches go, it's about as easy as you get, but it's down. MS Dhoni is livid.

  212.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook has simplified things and gone back to playing the way which brought him 8,000 Test runs: playing straight, waiting for the ball on the hip and not chasing anything outside off stump."

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  213. 11:52: 
    Eng 18-0 (trail by 277)

    It's tense, as if there is a collective will stretching beyond Lord's that is urging Cook to get a score. Every ball survived is a moment for the heart to jump, every run scored a little light relief. Cook and Kumar resume their wobbly battle, the bowler hanging the ball outside off peg in a bid to get Cook driving. "I prefer the train," says Cook, whipping a straight one off his pads for four.

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    Trilokesh Mukherjee: I wonder whether anyone has considered asking Cook to bat three or four down. After all he is a great batsman and there may be other candidates for opening the batting. That might take the pressure off him. I wish him all the best against the senseless tirades.

  215. 11:47: 
    Eng 14-0 (Cook 6, Robson 8)

    Yesterday, there was an incident where someone in the crowd hurled a cricket ball on to the pitch, perhaps in the hope that in may be switched for the match ball. Have they been waiting years for that opportunity? Is a cricket ball an essential when packing your bag for a day at the Test? I usually can't leave without enough kit for a week in the Himalayas. My tip? A plastic bag. Perfect for sitting on a wet seat. Any advice? Shami is struggling with his length, quite often dropping too short. Singles on offer for England.

  216.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The outfield is so quick and, although there will be difficult moments with the new ball, it's a great day for batting. Alastair Cook just needs his technique to stand up for him in the next hour, and it's serving him well so far."

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  217. 11:43: 
    Eng 10-0

    Kumar has the ball on a string, hooping it this way and that. Robson, an intense character, comes forward to push straight and take three, with Cook, becalmed, shuffling forward in defence. So far, so good.

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    Andrew Kay: The COPS (Cook Office Pod Sweepstake) has a bit more optimism this morning! We have predicted scores of 56 , 42 and a 'he'll never get double figures' 9. Fingers crossed for the former predictions rather than the latter.

  219. 11:40: 
    Eng 7-0 (Cook 5, Robson 2)

    Cook has more company than a man handing out free five-pound notes. Three slips, a gully, a leg slip and a short leg. Six catchers. Shami, Beaverbrooks gold chain around his neck, gets close to the stumps and pounds on a full length, with Cook covering up. On the India balcony, Duncan Fletcher hides behind his shades with the corners of his mouth turned down. Rumour has it that he pulled that face just once, many years ago. However, the wind changed and he's been stuck like that ever since.

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    Vincent O'Rourke: Having to build up courage just to check the score, I am afraid of jinxing Cooky.

  221. 11:35: 
    Eng 7-0 (trail by 288)

    There's flags on top of the pavilion and the stand on Kumar's leg side as he scurries in to Robson. All are fluttering with a little gusto. The slippery Kumar, untucked shirt flapping up his back, hangs the ball outside the off stump, with Robson defending and leaving a maiden.

  222.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bowling is simple. You should only get funky on a flat pitch - if it's helping you, just stick to the basics."

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  223. 11:32: 
    Eng 7-0 (Cook 5, Robson 2)

    Wonderful morning at HQ, sun shining down on the lush green and terracotta buildings of the home of cricket. Before England took that last wicket, I spotted a young lady in the crowd quaffing something bubbly. It's not even midday! She'll be slurring her words by tea. Cook gets his first look at Shami, defending when there's a hint of uneven bounce. When the stubbly seamer gets leggy, Cook flicks fine for four.

  224.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar is probably the last thing Alastair Cook wants to do. There's no great pace and the ball is nibbling about both ways so you really have to be on it all the time. If I was Cook, I wouldn't be getting too flicky outside off stump - don't play an off drive until at least after lunch."

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  225. 11:28: 
    Eng 2-0 (Cook 1, Robson 1)

    Once again, Lord's is not full, but the patrons are bang in to this. The soundtrack hum of the crowd is turned right up. Alastair Cook should benefit from being out there early in the day - for once he hasn't had a long day leading in the field before heading out to open up. He's shuffling across his crease to Kumar, who is swinging the ball both ways on a good length. Shuffle, draw the bat across, defend. Another maiden.

    England captain Alastair Cook
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    Dave Jackson: For all the chat about individuals and tactics, the one thing England lack across the board is consistency. One good session is often followed by a bad one. Pretty much every innings two or three of our batsmen throw away their wicket. Broad and Anderson are rarely on the money at the same time. And as for our catching...

  227. 11:24: 
    Eng 2-0 (trail by 293)

    Mohammed Shami shares the new ball from the Pavilion End, where the slope comes in to the right-hander and away from the left. Same amount of catchers, Shami just back of a length, Robson crouching to get his filthy old armguard in behind the ball. Testing maiden safely negotiated. Compelling stuff.

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    Harisankar Parameswaran: It must be noted that some of India's best away victories have come on green tops - Waca 2007 where everyone expected India to be bounced out. Ishant gave a working over of Ricky Ponting. India won and Shaun Tait went for 100 odd with no wicket.

    Another was at Wanderers in 2006 when India bowled out South Africa for a measly 84 in their first innings. Sreesanth was the wrecker in chief and India won the Test as well.

  229. 11:19: 
    Eng 2-0 (trail by 293)

    Three slips, a gully, a short leg. The slippery Kumar scurries in down a slope that will help move the ball back in to Cook's pads. Too leggy, Cook away to decent applause. Ooohhh, this is close. Robson's first ball, shuffle back, edge, just short of the slips. Kumar already pitching a tent on a length, nibbling the ball around and confusing the groping Robson.

  230.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bhuvneshwar Kumar will nibble it around and Alastair Cook needs to get his feet moving early. The skipper should just walk down the pitch and hit Kumar back over his head first ball."

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  231. 11:15: 
    Eng 0-0

    In a flash, the umpires are back and India are having a big cuddle on the outfield. Alastair Cook, bat held in front of him like a sword, skips down the steps like a man charging in to battle. Sam Robson, on his home ground, follows a few steps behind as a good sidekick should. "One leg please." Cook takes guard, awaiting Bhuvneshwar Kumar. What must be going through his mind?

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    James in Woolwich: Got a horrible feeling the Indian bowlers are going to show England how to bowl on a green seamer and swing the ball round corners. WARNING: Collapse imminent

  233. 11:12: 

    That Stokes wicket showed that there is still plenty in this wicket. There was seam movement, bounce and good carry through to first slip, where Cook took his 100th catch in Test cricket. Enough to get the India pacers interested.

  234.   
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the reasons I worry about England preparing green pitches like this is that we are not very good at batting against the seaming ball. I'm nervous about today."

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    Lord's pitch
  235. 11:10: 

    Yep, Alastair Cook was back in the dressing rooms before Mohammed Shami has time to look around. Now, the skipper is strapping his mums and dads on, once more looking for the score that will end this barren trot. Jock strap, trousers, boots. Left pad, right pad. Where's my thigh pad?!

  236. 11:09: 
    End-of-innings scorecard

    India 295 all out (91.4 overs) after England won toss

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28), 123-5 (Dhoni 1), 128-6 (Jadeja 3), 145-7 (Binny 9), 235-8 (Kumar 36), 275-9 (Rahane 103), 295 all out (Shami 19)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 23-7-60-4, Broad 22-5-79-2, Plunkett 15-5-51-1, Stokes 17.4-5-40-2, Moeen 14-2-38-1.

    Scorecard

  237.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I think skipper-slipper Alastair Cook may have invented a new move there - the juggle, swivel and sprint. Estimated time between taking the catch at the second attempt and ascending the pavilion steps: 6.4 seconds."

  238.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "After taking that catch at the second attempt, Alastair Cook might just think it could be his day now. It popped up nicely for him, when it could just as easily have gone to ground."

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  239. 11:05: 
    WICKET- Shami c Cook b Stokes 19 (Ind 295 all out)

    Job done. England will be happy to wrap up the India innings in only the second over of the day. It's Ben Stokes, rather than Stuart Broad, sharing morning duties and the Durham all-rounder has Mohammed Shami edging to first slip, where Alastair Cook juggles, then clings on. In theory, that's the easiest part of today's work done. Now for the hard bit.

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    England's James Anderson and Ben Stokes
  240.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England are trying to be too pro-active. Because of all the close fielders, there are lots of gaps for the batsmen to get runs. Slowly, their confidence will then rise and before you know it we will have another 50-run 10th-wicket partnership on our hands."

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  241. 11:03: 
    Ind 295-9 (Shami 19, Sharma 12)

    England have had a rethink. Unlike last night, most of the men are up for Shami, with three slips waiting. A huge slog in the morning sunshine brings Shami four via an inside edge, but there is still an easy single available on the leg side. Field converges for Ishant, who sways away from a rising bumper. Lively start.

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    Rakesh Pradhan: If Cook is not padded up and walking through the Long Room by 11.15 then this has gone horribly wrong for him and England.

  243. 11:00: 
    Start-of-play scorecard

    India 290-9 (90 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Shami 14*, Ishant 12*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28), 123-5 (Dhoni 1), 128-6 (Jadeja 3), 145-7 (Binny 9), 235-8 (Kumar 36), 275-9 (Rahane 103)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 22-7-55-4, Broad 22-5-79-2, Plunkett 15-5-51-1, Stokes 17-5-40-1, Moeen 14-2-38-1

    Scorecard

    Lord's
  244. 10:59: 

    Famous cricket fan Stephen Fry has rung the bell with urgency, summoning the protagonists on to the hallowed turf. James Anderson will have the ball, bowling to Mohammed Shami. Ishant Sharma is his mate at the other end. Let's play.

    Stephen Fry
  245.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England lost the plot a little bit yesterday, but I think it was a little hangover from Trent Bridge where those tactics were needed."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  246. 10:55: 

    It's the usual drill at Lord's. Fellas of a certain vintage, wearing cream slacks, dark blazers and stripy ties queue in north west London (do they issue a dress code when they post the tickets?).

    Gates open, sprint in while at the same time trying to figure out where you're supposed to be sitting. Drop the broadsheet, lose the wife, smash bottle of champagne. Wrestle with another chap who always wants the seat you do. Sit down, feel hot and bothered. Bell rings, players come out. Fall asleep.

  247.   
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook doesn't have enough senior people around him to help him tactically and take a little bit of pressure of him. The best thing for him to do now is to score a match-winning hundred, then he will feel much better about himself."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  248.   
    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Today should be the best time to bat because the grass has been scuffed off slightly and the indentations in the pitch will bake under the sun and could offer some uneven bounce as the game wears on."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  249. 10:50:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    And, as ever, Test Match Special will be chewing the fat at HQ. You can listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 longwave, digital TVs, here online and via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps.

    Overseas? Wondering how you can listen? Click here.

  250.  
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Rod Gray: Surely fast bowlers should be used in spells of four overs max and then given a break? The current method of bowling Anderson especially for eight overs at a time leaves him totally exhausted and, basically, poor.

  251.  
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andy Horrill: I'm likely to get home tonight just after 7 if India are still batting I'm giving up on cricket forever.

  252. 10:48: 
    Get involved

    So what did you make of that first day? Was it that bad for England, or did they actually do a decent job? Did India bat well? Do you expect the touring seamers to get more out of this deck? Tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, text 81111 or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

  253. 10:46: 

    BBC Weather's John Hammond: "Today we should see a full day's play. Tomorrow there's a very volatile situation atmospherically, which means there will be some storms rumbling away, and there's a chance of those hitting Lord's. It's very similar on Sunday, but I expect plenty of play this weekend."

  254.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "If England are to end their dismal run of nine Tests without a win, they need to make a statement with the bat on a baking hot Friday at cricket HQ. There's a strong feeling in the press box, however, that India's bowlers, being more of the 'pitch it up and swing it' variety than the 'bang it in short' variety, may get even more out of this juicy track than England did."

  255. 10:45: 

    But it's a new day and England have the chance to make amends.

    Firstly, they must strike to end this India last-wicket stand, then they have to bat themselves into this game,

    The only problem there is that ordering a green deck help the opposition's pacers too, which isn't good new for an opening-batsman skipper that is struggling to buy a run.

  256. 10:43: 

    Yep, it seems that most are in agreement that England wasted the opportunity to bowl first on the Lord's cabbage patch, despite reducing the hosts at one stage to 145-7.

    But, Ajinkya Rahane's composed hundred, yet more India tail wagging and some pretty baffling England tactics let the tourists close in on 300.

    India were let off the hook, according to Jonathan Agnew, while Geoffrey Boycott went so far to say that England skipper Alastair Cook will "not make it as a tactical captain".

  257. 10:42: 

    Context, context, context. Everything must be put into context. It's like being back in an English lesson.

    At the end of the first day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, on a pitch friendlier than the Andrex puppy, England would have been delighted to have India 290-9.

    But the first day of the second Test at Lord's wasn't only a different kind of cricket, it was almost a different sport. Pitch green, lively, the sort that awaits gnarled pace bowlers in heaven.

    At the end of all that, 290-9 doesn't seem so great.

    Stuart Broad
  258. 10:41: 

    I'm not sure if Marshall was much of a cricketer, but if he was, he probably wouldn't mind the changing of his words to read something like this.

    "In cricket use almost every score has many shades of meaning, and therefore needs to be interpreted by the context."

  259. 10:40: 

    "In common use almost every word has many shades of meaning, and therefore needs to be interpreted by the context."

    At least, that's according to the famous economist Alfred Marshall.

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Live Scores - England v India

 

  • India beat England by 95 runs
  • England: 319 & 223 (88.2 overs)
  • India: 295 & 342 (103.1 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

England 2nd Innings

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Robson lbw b Jadeja 7
Cook c Dhoni b I Sharma 22
Ballance c Dhoni b Shami 27
Bell b I Sharma 1
Root c Binny b I Sharma 66
Moeen c Pujara b I Sharma 39
Prior c Vijay b I Sharma 12
Stokes c Pujara b I Sharma 0
Broad c Dhoni b I Sharma 8
Plunkett not out 7
Anderson run out (Jadeja) 2
Extras 2nb 1w 13b 16lb 32
Total all out 223

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India celebrate after winning the one-day series

Reports and scorecards from India's 2014 tour of England, which includes five Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.