England v India: Third Test, Southampton, day two as it happened

India close on 25-1 replying to England's 569-7 on day two of the third Test.

28 July 2014 Last updated at 09:30 GMT

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  1. 18:58: 

    So, the time has come for me to leave you for the day. We'll be back tomorrow with England looking to ram home their advantage on the third day. It should be fascinating stuff. See you then!

  2. 18:56: 
    Moeen Ali

    Before we sign off for the evening, there is one piece of news to bring you.

    England batsman Moeen Ali wore wristbands declaring his support for the population of Gaza while batting and fielding on the second day. Moeen's extra clothing featured the slogans 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine'.

    Rule 19F, covering clothing and equipment in the ICC players' code of conduct, states: "Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by the player or team official's Board. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."

    A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: "The ECB believe Moeen has done nothing wrong."

  3. 18:50: 
    View from the dressing room
    Ian Bell

    England batsman Ian Bell, who scored 167, speaking to Sky Sports: "Individual achievements are nice, but the important thing is we do well as a team. As a senior player I have always tried to help out and I will try to carry on as I have. The more I score the more it will help. We always try to put runs on the board but this is the first time we have done it properly."

    Bell added: "My Grandad (who passed away recently) took me to cricket games when I was young and that one is for him."

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    Martin: We should remember Matt Prior was pretty raw as a wicketkeeper when he came into the Test side. He matured into a decent keeper with work and experience. I am sure given the chance so will Buttler.

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

    "It's like Cook's batting, the bowlers are going to have to work hard. Stuart Broad and James Anderson have not bowled well, and they have got some work to do."

  6. 18:47: 

    India were left with 14 overs to negotiate and they lost the woefully out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan to James Anderson, but too often England's bowlers failed to make the India batsmen play. Murali Vijay and Che Pujara will resume on 25-1 tomorrow, with their team 544 runs behind England's monstrous 569-7 declared.

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

    "It was perfect for Jos Buttler, England needed to accelerate, the bowling was tired and the pitch is good. We don't know how good he will be against high-quality bowling, can he cut it then? I think he probably will. It's whether he can keep wicket, from what I have seen in one-day cricket he has to improve. He has a brilliant lad in Bruce French helping him, but he has to catch the ball."

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

    "Jos Buttler made some runs in the perfect scenario, but isn't it a funny old game? Yesterday, Ian Bell should have been out plumb lbw and today he made 167. Buttler was caught at slip on 0, and you and I know it was out. It went to the third umpire and it was given not out - they do not understand the difference between 2D on TV and the naked eye.

    "Every time the umpire has a clear view, he chickens out. The same happened to Gary Ballance, caught behind, nowhere within two inches of it but fortunately for him he was on 150. Poor decisions. The quality of umpiring has gone down."

  9. 18:44: 

    Jos Buttler, meanwhile, played a scintillating knock - but not without incident. First he was given not out because television replays failed to prove conclusively that an edge to slip had carried. He was also dropped at slip by Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni missed a straight-forward stumping opportunity. India were made to pay as Buttler went through the gears to smash 85 off 83 balls before being bowled going for one big shot too many.

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

    "Moeen has a problem with the short stuff. He does not handle it, on a slow pitch it will not hurry you, and there is better bowling to come with Australia and South Africa. He needs to practice looking at the ball in the nets, today he did but he picked it wrong. When you are not comfortable, you make bad decisions."

  11. 18:38: 

    The steady, almost serene, progress continued after tea with Ian Bell reaching his 21st Test century - brought up with a six - despite failures for Joe Root (3) and Moeen Ali (12). The Warwickshire batsman was eventually out for 167 as he tried to up the run-rate after tea - caught at mid-off.

  12. 18:35: 

    Resuming on 247-2, England dominated the morning session as Gary Ballance and Ian Bell slowly laid the foundations for a massive first-innings total. Gary Ballance passed his highest ever Test score en route to 156, before he was given out caught behind off Rohit Sharma when he didn't hit the ball. Still, with no DRS in place, the batsman had to walk.

  13. 18:33: 

    Over on Test Match Special, Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew are beginning their review of the day. While they do that, let's remind ourselves of what happened.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was good day for England, they have set the game up but it does not mean they are going to win it. There is a lot of hard work to do, they have been frustrated by Vijay leaving the ball well, and that has accentuated that they have not got their lines right all summer.

    "We potentially feel sorry for Gary Ballance because he got a bum decision and he could have got 300. Now the hard work commences, and there is a lot of hard work to do if they are to win this game."

  15. 18:30: 
    Close-of-play scorecard

    Here's how the numbers stack up at the conclusion of the second day:

    India 25-1 (14 overs) - trail by 544 runs

    Batsman: Vijay 11*, Pujara 4*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 7-3-14-1, Broad 4-2-4-0, Jordan 2-1-3-0, Woakes 1-1-0-0.

    England 1st innings: 569-7 dec (Bell 167, Ballance 156)


  16. 18:26: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Ind 25-1

    A couple of looseners from Chris Woakes before he squares up Murali Vijay with one which seams back in. Two more wasted deliveries where the batsman doesn't have to play the ball, before the final ball of the day is met with a firm forward defensive. And with that, comes the close of play.

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

    "James Anderson is making it talk in gloomy conditions. India have tiring legs and he is in mint form."

  18. 18:20: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 25-1

    James Anderson goes round the wicket to Che Pujara and has a strong appeal for caught-behind correctly turned down by Rod Tucker when the ball sneaks through between bat and pad, hitting the back leg on the way through to Jos Buttler. An outside edge then drops short of the slip cordon. Back to over the wicket and Pujara offers the full face of the bat in stout defence. Chris Woakes to send down the final over of the day...

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    Don Black: Are you aware that England's sub is Hampshire 2nd XI captain Sean Terry, son of Paul Terry who played for England?

    My colleague Mark Mitchener says if Sean is half as good a fielder as his father was, England should get him on the field!

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    Charles Evans, Birmingham: Hope the England declaration wasn't too early. I still remember the 2006 Adelaide Test when England had lost the previous Test and Flintoff (then captain) declared on 551 close to the close of play on day two on a good batting surface. England lost that one by six wickets...

  21. 18:17: 
    Ind 25-1 (trail by 544)

    Chris Jordan looks a little rusty as he fires another one down the leg side before finally straightening up and instantly making a static Che Pujara look vulnerable. Twice Pujara, stuck in his crease and poking his bat in front of his body, gets an inside edge - the second one bringing two down to long leg. A single completes the over.

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    Harry: What an awful display of crony-favouring-captaincy and misguided team selection this has been from Dhoni! Why is Dhawan still in the playing eleven? Rohit or Rahane could have opened the innings and Ishant's place should have gone to Ashwin. Fewer catches would have been dropped in the slips, England would not have amassed so many runs and we could have hoped for a more decent opening stand...

  23. 18:12: 
    Ind 22-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 1)

    James Anderson begins to examine Che Pujara's technique, before the number three gets a single to put Murali Viay on strike. The over ends with Vijay playing and missing outside off stump. Just one from the over.

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    John Stubbington: At this point in the innings, every ball should be hitting the stumps. Anything is a wasted opportunity. A little less speed and more accuracy.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Murali Vijay is looking down the pitch possibly to suggest that it's getting dark out there."

  26. 18:07: 
    Ind 21-1 (four overs left in the day)

    Chris Jordan is cranked up for a two-over burst - England's quickest bowler hitting the deck hard but straying too much down the leg side, his over ending with four byes which race away to the fine leg boundary.

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

    "I would have considered Woakes with the new ball, it's going to be hard to bowl on a pitch as good as this with the old ball. I can understand the seniority, but I think there would have been something in shuffling the pack."

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  28. 18:01: 
    Ind 17-1 (Trail by 552)

    It's more wobble through the air than conventional swing for James Anderson, but that little red cherry is certainly doing a bit now - England just aren't making the right-handers play enough. Too many easy leaves. Another maiden.

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    Dave Simmons: Here's a thought. Matt Prior was relied on heavily by Cook for DRS decisions. As there is no DRS that is one element of keeping that will not stress Buttler so that might ease his introduction into Test cricket. Do you agree?

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    RIHF: Dhawan hopelessly out of form. Gambhir in for the next Test, please.

  31. 17:57: 
    Ind 17-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 0)

    Every delivery - whether it's close to shaving the top of off stump or sailing harmlessly through to the wicketkeeper - is met with groans of disbelief by the five-strong slip cordon. Stuart Broad has his tail up and Murali Vijay ducks under a sharp bouncer just before the Rose Bowl lights are switched on. Maiden over.

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

    "When you're a bowler with 569 behind you, you can experiment a bit with things, get it fuller. That was a good over from Anderson."

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  33. 17:54: 
    Ind 17-1 (Anderson 4-1-13-1)

    Che Pujara, looking like he's wearing his dad's sleeveless sweater, is the new batsman and he is almost suckered shouldering arms to one which swings back in. Five slips in place for England, who know that Murali Vijay and Pujara represent India's best hope of a long, substantial innings.

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    Alastair Cook catch

    Daniel Blades: Great take Cookie, give him 5 runs for that.

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

    "Coming round the wicket worked for Jimmy Anderson, angling it into Dhawan, made him want to dangle the bat out. Exactly what England would have wanted."

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  36. 17:50: 
    WICKET- Dhawan c Cook b Anderson 6 (Ind 17-1)
    James Anderson

    Got him! James Anderson goes round the wicket to Shikhar Dhawan and, much like he did in the first Test at Trent Bridge, he gets one to leave the left-hander and take the outside edge. Alastair Cook does the rest at first slip.

  37. 17:47: 
    Ind 17-0 (trail by 552)

    Stuart Broad is touching 90mph now as he begins to find the perfect line and length to Shikhar Dhawan, who is pleased to get down the other end with a quick single. A bumper follows and a ducking Murali Vijay is pinned on the arm. Good bowling.

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    Socrates Selby: England should have batted on to give Woakes more experience at Test level. Cook should have let the tail get past the 600+ mark or see out the rest of the day. It will have more of a psychological effect than putting them into bat for the last 14 overs, unless England bowlers can make an early breakthrough.

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

    "They must get Murali Vijay playing at the ball with the new ball, you cannot allow the batsmen to be leaving them."

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  40. 17:43: 
    Ind 15-0 (Vijay 10, Dhawan 5)

    The gentle hum of expectancy emanates from the stands as England's most successful opening bowler partnership tries to snare a couple of wickets before the close of play at 18:30 BST. A single for Shikhar Dhawan, then three into the leg side for Murali Vijay who is faced with five slips on the off side.

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    Will Edwards: Let's not go too crazy, yes Buttler played well but this was essentially a one-day match situation anyway for Buttler, the real test will be when we're five down for not many - does he still play his expansive game then? I'm not saying he can't do it, in fact I look forward to seeing it.

    Kieran Burge: Why has it taken Prior to remove himself from the equation to get Buttler in? If Prior had wanted to carry on the selectors would have let him. He is an England legend but surely no-one has an unconditional right to his place in the side.

  42. 17:38: 
    Ind 11-0 (trail by 558)

    Stuart Broad begins to set up Murali Vijay for the old two-card trick with a couple of outswingers before narrowly missing the top of off stump with one which jags back in. Maiden over.

  43. 17:35: 
    Ind 11-0 (Vijay 7, Dhawan 4)

    Ishant Sharma holds court as he is flanked by his team-mates in the Indian dressing room. "I'm glad I missed out bowling in this Test, lads." Shikhar Dhawan is off the mark with a punch through the covers for four. So far, this new ball isn't doing as much as England would have liked.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We knew full well England were never going to declare before they did. There was a danger if India had too much time they'd get a nice start."

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  45. 17:31: 
    Ind 7-0 (trail by 562)

    Stuart Broad, who came into this Test with fitness concerns, looks fresh enough early on as he hovers around the 87-88mph mark and angles the ball in to the right-handed Murali Vijay, hoping to bring the short-leg into play. Just two from the over, when Vijay gets an inside edge down to fine leg.

  46. 17:25: 
    Ind 5-0 (Vijay 5, Dhawan 0)

    Four slips in place - but no gully or short leg - as a bearded James Anderson sprints in to deliver the opening over of India's reply to Murali Vijay. The right-hander doesn't take long to get off the mark as he steers the second ball for four through the vacant gully region before picking up a single. A gully is stationed for Shikhar Dhawan, who has a tendency to slash hard outside off stump and looks all at sea as an absolute jaffa whistles through to Jos Buttler.

  47. 17:18: 

    Right then. Over to you, Jimmy and Stuart...

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    Alexander Spencer: I bet Gavin Hamilton is looking at Jos Buttler's innings and thinking "I wish I had this much luck on my debut".

    Hamilton, you may recall, played one Test for England as an all-rounder - made two ducks, and did not take a wicket.

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    Seb Reilly: Errr, thanks for everything Matt Prior - great servant for England…

    Small Man Peaky: Charmed innings. But Buttler showing England what they've missed so far this summer. Proper cricket shots. The next Gilchrist?

    Matt Swift: Easy this Test cricket lark.

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

    "He's an exciting talent, and it was going to be a matter of time before Jos Buttler played Test match cricket. What you see is a guy who reads the game really well. He needs a bit of time to get going, get his eye in and read the pace of the pitch. Over time, he is going to be an absolute match-winner in Tests and one-day cricket for England. When he gets in he is going to drive captains nuts."

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  51. 17:15: 

    England 569-7 dec (163.4 overs)

    Batsman: Woakes (7*)

    Fall of wickets: 55-1 (Robson 26), 213-2 (Cook 95), 355-3 (Ballance 156), 378-4 (Root 3), 420-5 (Moeen 12), 526-6 (Bell 167), 569-7 (Buttler 85)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 37-10-101-3, Shami 33-4-123-1, Pankaj 37-8-146-0, R Sharma 9-0-26-1, Jadeja 45.4-10-153-2, Dhawan 2-0-4-0.


  52. 17:10: 

    And with that, Alastair Cook waves his not out batsman, Chris Woakes, in. It leaves the England skipper with 14 overs left in the day.

  53. 17:10: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Jadeja 85 (Eng 569-7)
    Jos Buttler is bowled

    Jos Buttler's luck finally runs out as he tries to smash Ravindra Jadeja through the off side but gets a bottom edge onto his own stumps. An entertaining 83-ball knock, which contained nine fours and three sixes, comes to an end.

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

    "This is brilliant from Buttler, he's had some luck but I think England have unearthed a real superstar for the future here. We're seeing a little bit of the one-day game arriving for England in the Test arena, like David Warner did for Australia. It's great but they have to think of the team - England have got to take 20 wickets."

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  55. 17:07: 
    Eng 566-6 (Buttler 85, Woakes 4)

    Jos Buttler is going berserk now. First he clears his front leg and hammers Pankaj Singh into the square leg stand before repeating the trick by depositing a pull shot into exactly the same area. Superb running between the wickets turns one into two, then Buttler hammers four down the ground. Is the century on here? Yes, as he adds another couple with an ugly swipe into the leg side.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "They have let some opportunities go, and now there are some very tired legs and minds out there."

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  57. 17:04: 
    MISSED STUMPING- Eng 545-6 (162 overs)

    India's day goes from bad to worse; Jos Buttler's day goes from good to great. The wicketkeeper is given his third reprieve of the afternoon when he plays all around a Ravindra Jadeja delivery but MS Dhoni makes a complete hash of the stumping opportunity - even failing to collect the ball as it hits his chest and goes to ground. Buttler rubs salt into the wounds by hammering a four two balls later.

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    Martyn: Jadeja bowling with a plaster covering the little finger on his bowling hand. Is that allowed?

  59. 17:00: 
    Eng 539-6 (Buttler 59, Woakes 3)

    Alastair Cook remains in his tracksuit on the England players' balcony - no doubt not wanting to give any clues to the demoralised Indian bowlers as to when they can head inside for a massage. Three singles, including the one which gets Chris Woakes off the mark, before the Warwickshire all-rounder capitalises on a slip in the field to take two.

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    Stephen Phillips: Come home from work to find England still batting! It's been a while since this has happened!

  61. 16:55: 
    Eng 534-6

    Chris Woakes joins his fellow young charge Jos Buttler at the crease, and watches in admiration from the the non-striker's end as Jos Buttler plays the inside-out cover drive for four before taking a leg bye. Visibly taking a deep breath before facing up to Ravindra Jadeja, the nervous Woakes, in only his second Test, plays a straight bat to the remaining three balls of the over - almost being pinned in front from the final delivery.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "A fantastic innings, cautious early on but it went on to become a trademark Ian Bell innings with all the cuts and drives."

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  63. 16:49: 
    WICKET- Bell c Pankaj b Kumar 167 (Eng 526-6)

    Ian Bell is a victim of England's press for quick runs as he mis-times a lofted shot down the ground - being too early on to it - and he lofts a simple catch to Pankaj Singh at mid-off. A wonderful innings - especially when you consider the circumstances of his arrival at the crease - comes to an end.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "All the talk has been about how England have struggled, but a lot of the young players have done very well as soon as they've been in the side, and Jos Buttler is no exception."

  65. 16:49: 
    50 FOR JOS BUTTLER- Eng 526-5

    Jos Buttler is all smiles as he scores a half-century on his debut, bringing up the landmark with a gentle push into the off side. He's had two huge let-offs, but he doesn't mind as he laps up the crowd's generous, warm applause.

  66. 16:47: 
    100 PARTNERSHIP- Eng 524-5

    Yet another 100 partnership for England in this innings, this one in a fairly rapid 132 balls as Ian Bell scores two then a single before watching Jos Buttler unfurl a beautiful cover drive to the boundary. He's one short of a half-century now.

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    Sanj: Hope Cook & co will put team needs ahead of achieving individual landmarks for Bell & Buttler. They must declare early.

    Vijay Shankar: Hard to believe people say a batsman is back in form just after a century. It could be a bad bowling attack.

    John Humphreys: Shouldn't we be sticking in an exhausted team in to bat in poor light now?

  68. 16:43: 
    Eng 517-5 (Bell 163, Buttler 45)

    Ian Bell joins in the fun now - taking a couple off Mohammed Shami before swivelling on a short ball and pulling four through square leg. Does the Warwickshire batsman have his eyes on a double-hundred, the second of his Test career, before the declaration comes? Nine in total from the over.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "England are turning it on. And why not? They have laid the foundation and it is time to move on with India yet to bat, and it is still a good surface to bat on. You want to give India a good 12-14 overs to bat tonight."

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  70. 16:39: 
    Eng 508-5 (Bell 156, Buttler 43)

    Biff, Bang, Pow! Jos Buttler is taking this game by the scruff of the neck now. After being afforded the strike by Ian Bell's single down the ground, he cracks Ravindra Jadeja back over his head for a maximum before reverse-sweeping for four. A well-run two to the boundary sweeper makes it 13 from the over.

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    Luke Bishop: Re: low catches. I wish people would get over this. Unless Geoffrey had a microscopic camera hidden under the fielders fingers then we're never going to know if Buttler was out, ergo benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman. There are many reasons why the bat is stronger than the ball in the modern game but this is not an unjust one. And as for "I wish they would just take the word of the fielder", well I wish I could leave my house unlocked whilst I went to work but that's not the way the world works.

  72. 16:35: 
    150 FOR IAN BELL- Eng 495-5
    Ian Bell

    Alastair Cook back in form? Tick. Ian Bell back in form? Tick.

    The latter becomes the second England batsman to score 150 in this match with a deft single off Pankaj Singh. That's his fifth score of 150+ in Test cricket, and his third against India. Jos Buttler adds another single before Bell creams the bowler over mid-wicket for four in dismissive fashion. Have the floodgates opened?

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    Bob Sutton: When I was umpiring in county cricket and a situation happened as in Buttler's case, I would call dead ball and go to my colleague at square leg and ask for his confirmation that the ball carried, and if he confirmed yes it did then I would give the batsman out or not out as the case may be. No need to ask a third umpire in televised games.

    Peter from Worcester: Maybe Hawk-Eye or another ball-tracking system be used to show if outfield catches have been taken cleanly?

  74. 16:31: 
    Eng 487-5 (Bell 149, Buttler 30)

    Ian Bell slog-sweeps Ravindra Jadeja for four, takes a single and then Jos Buttler plays the reverse sweep for four. Three leg-byes and another Bell single complete the over. England on easy street now.

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

    "I want to see Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad bowling with the new ball tonight. You want to be declaring around 5.10-5.15, have about an hour at India tonight. From what I've seen, the new ball's moved around a bit early on."

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  76. 16:27: 
    Eng 475-5 (153 overs)

    After two days of toil, the military medium pace of Bhuvneshwar Kumar is down to 75mph. Any more of a drop in pace and he'll be reclassified from right-arm medium to right-arm slow. He is, however, getting the ball to jag back in off the worn seam of the old ball and Jos Buttler is tucked up by one before tickling two round the corner.

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    Andy Baron: Bat, bat, bat… and then bat more. Back the bowlers to take 20 wickets in 3.5 days for less than we get. Seam attack looks well balanced and with Cook back in the runs he will have the confidence to tell Anderson and Broad to stop messing about and bowl at top of off stump, Jordan will lead the way with this. Woakes will take some pressure off them and the Beard that's Feared will have plenty of runs to play with and toss it up.

  78. 16:24: 
    Eng 473-5 (Bell 143, Buttler 24)

    Still England's inevitable charge is kept in check. This time Ian Bell plays back a maiden over to Ravindra Jadeja.

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

    "They are tired because they do not have the extra fifth bowler, and their spinner is not that good - he's ordinary."

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  80. 16:22: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 473-5

    Jos Buttler is getting all of the luck which evaded Matt Prior in the last 12 months. First he was reprieved on 0 when replays failed to prove a catch in the slips was cleanly taken, and now he is dropped at first slip by Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. That was a dolly, too.

    Five runs from the over, including a well-timed three through mid-wicket for Ian Bell.

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    Shaun Edwards: Apart from Robson, this England top six is genuinely starting to look pretty solid. Helps if Cook gets runs, obviously.

    Alan Edwards: Bell and Cook both showing why it's important to have faith in your best players, they will come good.

    Mart: Before we carried away India yet to bat. Whatever result it will only paper over cracks of captaincy. Australia different prospect!

  82. 16:18: 
    Eng 468-5 (Bell 139, Buttler 23)
    Ian Bell sweeps

    So, based on runs scored, Ian Bell is now the 10th best batsman ever produced by England. Will he ever be remembered as a great though? I suspect he needs to raise his batting average of 45.41 to achieve that standing? Three more singles are milked off Ravindra Jadeja.

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    Ben in Windsor: With such a flat pitch, I'd give our bowlers as much time as possible to try and bowl 'em out so start throwing the bat, get up to 500+ ASAP and then declare and put 'em in for about 45 minutes tonight. Not sure Captain Cook would concur though and I can see us coming out to bat tomorrow morning.

    Chris Sandford: Regarding the potential declaration, I think the score has to be over 600 to ensure we don't bat again; also to demoralise the Indian fielders, putting their bowling boots on tomorrow for an hour will help our score and give their openers only 10 minutes to prepare mentally to face their first ball.

  84. 16:14: 
    Eng 465-5 (Bell 137, Buttler 22)

    Jos Buttler gets the long handle out to smash a short and wide one from Pankaj Singh to the point boundary. He follows it up with a swivelled single down to fine leg before being returned the strike by Ian Bell's tip and run. And with that innocuous single, Bell moves into the top 10 England Test run-scorers' list.

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    Rob Stow: Re: 15.55 Paul Collingwood also got a hundred in that innings. Poor Colly, always the forgotten man!

    He did, Rob. My bad!

  86. 16:10: 
    Eng 459-5 (Bell 136, Buttler 17)

    England have plenty of batting still to come, with Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad and the Burnley Lara making up a very long tail. Two more singles added to the score.

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    Clive: It appears that India have exposed a critical weakness with Moeen's technique. I fear for him against Australia and S Africa's quicks if he can't handle the Indian bowlers.

    Geoffrey Boycott was just making that exact point...

  88. 16:08: 
    Eng 457-5 (Run-rate 3.11)

    Jos Buttler's earlier reprieve was certainly met with a few loud cheers in the stands from a crowd which expects the Lancashire wicketkeeper to light up the Rose Bowl in this final session of the day. He's given the strike by Ian Bell's dab down to third man, but he's circumspect against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and keeps his attacking shots in the locker. For now!

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

    "Ian Bell's a beautiful player, he's got all the shots except hooking, but he doesn't need it. My advice is to keep ducking!"

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  90. 16:03: 
    Eng 456-5 (Bell 134, Buttler 16)

    The calm before the storm? Jos Buttler paddles two down to fine leg before tipping a single into the leg side. Ian Bell follows suit with a lap sweep which also brings a single. Ravindra Jadeja is being milked.

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

    "They got stuck for an hour after lunch, but after Bell got his 100 he picked it up. It's about how much time they get to bowl their best two bowlers tonight. How long is it since we won a Test match? That's an hour we won't get back. And I think Buttler was out - pathetic umpiring."

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  92. 16:00: 

    India traipse out for another hour or so of fielding. Maybe more? Ian Bell and Jos Buttler follow. Let's get this final session of the day under way...

  93. 15:55: 

    Can Jos Buttler emulate his predecessor Matt Prior on debut? The Sussex wicketkeeper scored a century in similar circumstances to which Buttler now finds himself in. Against the West Indies in 2007, Prior smashed 126 off 128 balls. The other centurions in that innings? Ian Bell and Alastair Cook, who scored 105!

  94. 15:50: 

    There are some dirty-looking clouds hovering above the Rose Bowl and the covers have been brought on during the tea interval because it's spitting with rain.

    Everybody get in, it's spitting!!

  95. 15:48: 

    Thanks Mark. It's still going well for England, I see. Can they pile on a few more after tea and then nick a couple of India batsmen out? Or will they try and bat out the day?

  96. 15:44: 

    And on that note, it's time to pass you back to Marc Higginson for the afternoon session. Enjoy.

  97. 15:43: 

    So, what would have been England's wish list for this Test? Big score for Alastair Cook? Check. Big score for Ian Bell? Check. Commanding first innings? Check.

    Meanwhile, Charles Dagnall on TMS is speaking to Hampshire commercial director Stuart Robertson, who you may remember has a place in history as the inventor of Twenty20 when he was at the ECB in 2003.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The over-rate's not been very good, India have looked to slow it down, but England have seen that and looked to move it along. Do they want to move it along more so they just have to bat once in this Test? We'll know more after tea."

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  99. 15:40: 
    TEA INTERVAL- Eng 452-5 (Bell 133, Buttler 13)
    Ian Bell walks off at tea

    It worked before lunch - will it work before tea? Rohit Sharma is on to send down some part-time off-spin before the interval, Buttler steps across his stumps and taps a single to fine leg. But Bell survives the rest of the over - and there's no time for one more, umpire Rod Tucker flicks the bails off to signal tea.

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    James Baker: For me this series so far, and this innings especially, shows the need for Robson to be swapped for Morgan and everyone to move up one, with Morgan slotting in behind Ali. Ballance is in good form, this would give him the chance to support Cook through this difficult time with runs at the other end. Morgan coming in at 6 gives us that explosive edge that we need to either build a run chance, or for someone to go in and take this innings from India before tea-time.

  101. 15:37: 
    Eng 451-5 (Bell 133, Buttler 12)

    We'll have time for at least a couple more overs here - Pankaj Singh has been doing the hard yards for India, he's still wicketless on his debut. Bell plunders another four off his legs and guides a two through mid-wicket to push England past 450.

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    Chris Tucker: I seem to recall a Test match captained by Garry Sobers where he bowled Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith and himself in one-over spells for the first six overs. He was criticized at the time as being a bit crazy to use such a strategy, but I thought it an innovative way to unsettle the openers as they began their innings. I don't remember who the opposition were.

  103. 15:33: 
    Eng 445-5

    Jadeja, as ever, is a boost to India's over-rate as he rattles through his overs at breakneck speed. Three singles from the over as tea approaches.

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    Luke Crane: Ian Bell, playing like a man who suffered amnesia and has just realised he is actually a world class batsman.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell's batted beautifully, once he got settled in he has played like the Bell of old."

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  106. 15:30: 
    Eng 442-5 (Bell 125, Buttler 11)

    It's the first multiple-over spell from a seamer since lunch as Kumar returns at the Pavilion End. Just a single from Bell.

    And if you missed the "View from the Boundary" with comedian Al Murray at lunchtime, you can listen again on the TMS podcast page.

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    Pete Bancroft: With Buttler, Woakes, Jordan & Broad to come, England should aim for declaring at 550 and having an hour bowling at India.

  108. 15:25: 
    Eng 441-5
    Jos Buttler

    That's more like the Jos Buttler we know from limited-overs cricket - he comes down the track to Jadeja and whacks him through long-off for four, then swipes another boundary over extra cover. We have about 15 minutes to tea.

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    Nick Clooney: MS Dhoni isn't doing one-over spells - he has three or four bowlers all having a spell at the same time but with more rest between overs!

  110. 15:23: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 433-5 (Bell 124, Buttler 3)

    A warm hand from the crowd as Jos Buttler is under way in Test cricket as he guides a three through the covers. Then Bell edges to first slip - but it bounces short of Shikhar Dhawan (who didn't take it cleanly anyway).

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Some of these that are very close, when you are getting your fingers underneath it when it is dropping short, generally the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt and rightly so."

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    The ball goes to Ajinkya Rahane at second slip, now did the ball touch the ground before he grasped it in his fingers? Plenty of slow-motion replays are viewed, while the Rose Bowl crowd show their displeasure with a slow handclap... and the verdict is not out.

    If you're not aware, the DRS is not in use in this series (because India don't like it) - but the umpires are entitled to refer incidents such as this under their own steam, as it were.


    Shami's place in the record books (see 15:14) is secure as Kumar returns and Buttler is grasping for his first Test run with a nudge off his pads but it's signalled as a leg bye. Bell rotates the strike with a single, then after an edge by Buttler, is he caught? India are claiming a slip catch and the umpires are going to confer and check upstairs...

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The longer they keep batting means they just want to bat once, and knock India over quickly in their first innings. It will be hard for their seamers to enforce a follow-on, and Anderson and Broad have done a lot of bowling this summer."

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  115. 15:16: 
    Eng 428-5

    Bell sweeps Jadeja for two with the careful touch of an engraver carving a new name onto the FA Cup. He has 123 from 198 balls, Buttler is yet to score from five.

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    Simon Ritson: My two favourites are John Emburey's falling-over slog sweep and Bob Willis's circular drive that intentionally sent the ball slicing over cover when it looked like he was aiming over mid-wicket!

  117. 15:14: 
    Eng 426-5 (Bell 121, Buttler 0)

    Despite having made that breakthrough, Kumar is taken off and Shami returns to take more punishment from Bell, who seemingly effortlessly presses the ball between the non-striker and mid-on for four. Lovely shot. A single means Shami has 1-104 from 30 overs.

    And TMS scorer Andrew Samson reveals that if he's taken off after this over, Shami will become the first man to bowl six one-over spells in a Test innings...

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Rose Bowl

    "Rain in the air? Decide for yourself. Those menacing clouds are hanging over Southampton and it's got very chilly very quickly."

  119. 15:08: 
    Eng 421-5

    Despite having been hit around Hampshire for 21 in his last over, Jadeja gets another over, and Bell presses on with a single to bring Buttler on strike for the last ball. He defends, but I can't believe he will for long...

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    Ben Thapa: Could there possibly be a more tailor-made situation for Buttler to play his debut Test innings?

  121. 15:06: 
    Eng 420-5 (Bell 115, Buttler 0)

    Cricketing convention dictates that the departing batsman should pass his replacement on the field of play - it's not always possible at grounds like Lord's where it's a long walk from the dressing-room to the field. But by the time Moeen crosses the rope, new batsman Jos Buttler is already 30 yards towards the middle. He leaves his first ball in Test cricket, which must be a disappointment for those expecting him to Dilscoop it for six.

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

    "He's dived across at second slip when it was going straight to first! It was the toe end of the bat, the cue end - he got a bit of chalk on it. It was his second straight dismissal against the short ball, and teams around the world will be taking note of it."

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  123. 15:03: 
    WICKET- Moeen c Rahane b Kumar 12 (Eng 420-5)
    Moeen Ali

    Dhoni continues to rotate his seamers as Kumar returns, but after a couple of singles, Moeen once again falls to a short ball as he tries to hook but toe-ends it and is caught at second slip. Send for the Buttler!

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

    "I bet MS Dhoni wishes he had continued with his theory of one-over bursts, because this one cost him plenty."

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    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Rose Bowl

    "It was almost as if the Southampton crowd didn't immediately realise the significance of the first Ian Bell six. Ooohhhs at first, then a huge cheer when it dawned that Bell had gone from 94 to 100 in one blow. Then the standing ovation, as seen from the top of the pavilion."

  126. 14:59: 
    Eng 418-4 (Bell 114, Moeen 11)

    Bell is taking Jadeja apart here, smacking him for four through the covers, lofting another six over the bowler's head and guiding another four backward of point. The Bell is ringing loud and clear - a campanologist's dream.

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

    "It was the second time he'd gone downtown on Jadeja for six, but it was a wonderfully executed, simple shot. A fantastic innings from Ian Bell, and you could see the relief on his face."

  128. 14:57: 
    BELL 100
    Ian Bell

    Finally we have a two-over spell for the first time in the afternoon - Jadeja bowls, and after a Moeen single, Ian Bell brings up his century with a lofted straight six!

    With a perfect sense of timing, that takes England past 400 and it's also 7,000 Test runs for the Warwickshire right-hander, who removes his helmet, lifts his bat and looks to the skies with an overwhelming sense of relief. And it's his fourth international century on this ground - reaching three figures in both Tests (2011 and 2014) and in two ODI visits.

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    Stu: Hope Cook gives Jos Buttler a two word instruction when he goes out to bat. Tee-off!

  130. 14:54: 
    Eng 397-4

    Right-arm paceman Pankaj Singh returns at the Pavilion End but after a single from Bell takes him to 94, Moeen cuts loose for the first time with a powerful square cut for four. A single puts him into double figures.

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    Jack Mendel: A more modern contender, but my favourite shot has to be the swivel pull from Michael Vaughan. Childhood cricketing memories.

  132. 14:50: 
    Eng 391-4 (Bell 93, Moeen 5)

    It's left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja from the Northern End, Ian Bell taps him for a quick single straight away, while Moeen Ali likes taking the spinners on, and mid-on noticeably moves a few yards back for the left-hander. Two more singles are added in the sunshine.

    Meanwhile, Charles Dagnall and Michael Vaughan are discussing old-style ice creams and ice lollies as they swelter in the heat. Does anyone know if they still sell Funny Feet?

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

    "I don't want England not to play the hook because of what happened at Lord's. There's a right time to play the hook or pull shot, and when there is one man back like today, this is the time to play it. It's about execution and picking the right balls."

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  134. 14:46: 

    This Indian team do love a "huddle" - I don't recall the "old guard" of Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Sehwag and Kumble feeling the need for as many group hugs as this side. And after the rotating seamers in that first hour after lunch, it's time for some spin.

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    Stuart Normington: I can only wonder how elegant a shot maker Roger Federer might have been if he had chosen cricket.

  136. 14:43: 
    Scorecard update

    England 388-4 (132 overs)

    Batsmen: Bell 91*, Moeen 4*

    Fall of wickets: 55-1 (Robson 26), 213-2 (Cook 95), 355-3 (Ballance 156), 378-4 (Root 3)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 31-10-86-1, Shami 29-4-99-1, Pankaj 32-8-100-0, R Sharma 8-0-25-1, Jadeja 30-9-63-1, Dhawan 2-0-4-0.


  137. 14:42: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 388-4 (Bell 91, Moeen 4)

    Never mind the managerial merry-go-round, the Indian seamer-a-round continues with Shami. Bell moves to 90 with a single, Moeen rotates the strike well, Bell adds another and the players have earned some drinks as we're halfway through the day.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell is all set now, and like Alastair Cook yesterday this is an innings that will do him the power of good."

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    Simon in Gloucester: Made the mistake of cooking kippers whilst the good lady was pregnant. Not a good idea. Still together. Alice is six and hates them!

  140. 14:38: 
    Eng 385-4

    If you're just joining us, you may not have twigged that Dhoni has rotated his three seamers in one-over spells for every over since lunch - Shami, Pankaj, Kumar in that order. So it's Kumar's turn now, Moeen ducks a couple of bouncers, it's a maiden over for Kumar who has 1-86 from 31.

    A comedy classic on TMS, where breakfast choices had been discussed. "I thought kippers were wild," says Aggers. "I'd have thought they were livid," adds the mischievous Phil Tufnell.

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    Julian in Northumberland: Can't split these four - David Gower's cover drive, Aravinda de Silva's grace through mid-wicket, Sir Viv's effortless pick-ups through/over the same area and Gordon Greenidge's brutal square cut - could watch any of them for ever...

  142. 14:34: 
    Eng 385-4 (Bell 89, Moeen 3)

    Bell is 11 short of a century, while Pankaj is one short of an unwanted century on his Test debut, having taken 0-99 from his first 31 overs. And Moeen brings the hundred up for the giant paceman - who was likened to Bernard Bresslaw's character in "Carry on up the Khyber" (the warlord Bungdit Din) on TMS yesterday - by hooking a single over short leg's head.

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

    "I'm quite looking forward to seeing how Buttler plays, he could fancy having a real dip here."

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    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl

    "Burning hot in Southampton now, the bright sunshine reflecting off the white canopy at the top of the pavilion that it's hard to look at without squinting. In the press box, the glare through the windows is so strong that those sitting on the front row have to shade the screens of their laptops with newspapers. On two sides of the ground, trees poke over above the stands and sway in the breeze, overlooking spectators who stroll in the walkways with beer and ice cream."

  145. 14:30: 
    Eng 384-4

    Shami is rotated to the Northern End, Bell guides a two down to deep square leg to move to 87, the figure regarded as unlucky for Australians - hopefully not for Englishmen from Coventry with the middle name Ronald. And it proves to be so as Bell helps himself to another two through mid-wicket.

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    Jason Doe: "In response to Adam, who found Ian Bell's nickname of 'The Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice' on his Wiki page. It was coined by Andy Zaltzman, of the podcast The Bugle.

  147. 14:25: 
    Eng 380-4 (Bell 85, Moeen 2)

    The splendidly-bearded Moeen Ali is the new batsman for England, the Worcestershire left-hander squeezes his first ball for a two past third slip.

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

    "Joe Root was on the move, advancing down the pitch, but it swung and bounced and he got a feather on it. What he was doing advancing to Kumar I'm not too sure, but it drew him into the shot and got a fine edge."

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  149. 14:20: 
    WICKET- Root c Dhoni b Kumar 3 (Eng 378-4)

    It's Kumar's turn to bowl in the the rotation of seamers - and after a couple of wides, he tempts Root into an outside edge with a half-hearted dab, Dhoni takes the catch and the young Yorkshireman looks furious he's missed out on a good batting wicket while his team-mates make big scores.

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

    On India's struggles as England pile on the runs...

    "This where you are all out there together and you need to keep geeing each other on. You are all out there as a unit."

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    Charles in Trinidad: How has nobody said Brian Lara's one-legged pull shot...or even lofted cover drive? The Chanderpaul forward/backward defensive shot is a bit of a classic too.

  152. 14:17: 
    Eng 376-3 (Bell 85, Root 3)

    Now it's Pankaj from the Northern End as the one-over spells continue, but the big man strays down the leg side and Bell effortlessly deflects a four off his pads, although he can't connect with another trademark late cut.

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    Adam: I just checked Wikipedia to find out what Ian Bell's Test match batting average is. Under 'nicknames', there's the standard 'Belly', the brilliant 'Duke of Bellington' and the spectacular 'The Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice'. My head tells me it's a fake, my heart prays he created it himself and only answers to team mates when the full title is used.

  154. 14:13: 
    Eng 372-3

    The one-over spells (beloved of some T20 captains) appear to be de rigeur as Shami runs in and Bell forges on with another single. Root has to duck a brute of a bouncer, there's still something in it for the quick bowlers if you bend your back.

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    Alan Hughes: Favourite shot is a Gordon Greenidge square cut ending with his trademark high knee lift.

    Chet Aziz: G Boycott on-drive on way to 100 test tons in 1977 & V Richards 1st ball four off his pads at Lords in 1980. Timed to perfection.

    Benjamin Pelc: Matthew Hoggard cover drive that didn't quite make the boundary in the 4th innings at Trent Bridge 05. Glorious.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The odd ball's turned but the pitch is very hard, it's not breaking up in any way. The ball that Sharma dismissed Balance with turned and bounced, and I know there are all sorts of stats about this, but I am still mildly bewildered that they didn't pick Ashwin."

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  157. 14:09: 
    Eng 371-3 (Bell 80, Root 3)

    And still the rotation continues as Kumar returns at the Northern End - in the six overs since lunch it's been Shami, Pankaj, Kumar, Shami, Pankaj, Kumar, all in one-over spells. It doesn't matter to Bell, he helps himself to a couple more, while a single takes him to 80.

    Bell must really love batting on this ground. He scored 119 not out in the only previous Test here, while two of his three ODI hundreds have come at Southampton, in 2007 and 2012.

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    Joe Neppe: A travesty if a certain Robert Graeme Pollock would not be brought into the equation. No matter how many fielders were in run saving positions, with little or no back lift the peerless left hander bisected the off side field with majestic cover drives flying along the turf. Sheer poetry.

  159. 14:05: 
    Eng 368-3 (124 overs)

    Yet another bowling change - Pankaj Singh is back at the Pavilion End. Either Dhoni plans to rotate the three seamers in one-over spells, or he's effectively had to waste an over of Kumar in order to switch Pankaj and Shami to the ends he wants. Root, not wanting to miss out after watching Ballance and Bell make hay in the sunshine, is happy to play out another maiden.

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    Phil in Guildford: Best ever shot - Michael Clarke to Simon Jones in 2005...

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  161. 14:00: 
    Eng 368-3 (Bell 77, Root 3)

    Another bowling change as Shami switches to the Northern End, and as we continue to discuss favourite shots, Bell - certainly one of the first picks in an Aesthetically Pleasing XI of current players - cements his place with a glorious late cut for four. A two off his legs takes him to 77.

    And talking of favourite shots, did you know that the word Trescothick is an anagram of "cricket shot"? I was at Taunton on Friday to watch Tresco roll back the years with a nice T20 cameo 46 from 38 balls at the top of the Somerset order, while he took some cracking catches as stand-in wicketkeeper!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's weird for there still to be queries over someone who has played over 100 Tests, but the query with Bell was, are the runs always really important? In the Ashes last year he answered that with critical runs, but before that you often didn't remember his innings."

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  163. 13:55: 
    Eng 362-3

    Interesting - Shami is taken off after just that one over and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns. I'd love to know skipper Dhoni's thought process there - might it be because Shami found a bit of swing last over, which might suit Kumar more? Root turns the ball off his toes but hits it straight to mid-on. Another maiden.

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    Frank, Bexley: Many fans appreciate drives. What about Mahela Jayawardene's? From a land of variable coaching, a strokemaker of real purity.

    Rafe: Kevin Pietersen's breathtaking 'baseball style' cross bat pull shots off fired up Brett Lee at the Oval 2005. The innings of my lifetime.

    Steve: Brendan McCullum's Dilshan scoops for six off Shaun Tait, now that shows serious courage.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "With Ballance already you feel there is a permanency about him, and that he will play a lot of Test matches for England. He even looked quite comfortable in Sydney, even though he didn't get many runs."

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  166. 13:51: 
    Eng 362-3

    The lumbering figure of Pankaj Singh will take up the attack from the Northern End - Ian Bell patiently plays out a maiden. His 71 has come from 140 balls.

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    Paul Hannaford: It has got to be Tony Greig upper-cutting Dennis Lillee for four to third man at Brisbane, then signalling his own four whilst tapping down the wicket at the end of Lillee's follow through!

    Steve Hodgson, Leeds: AB de Villiers reverse-sweeping a 92mph Chris Jordan delivery for four. Remarkable!

  168. 13:47: 
    Eng 362-3 (Bell 71, Root 3)
    Pujara & Dhoni

    After a brief dalliance with spin before the interval, India turn back to the seam of Mohammed Shami from the Pavilion End. But there's shades of Ishant Sharma's field from Lord's for Joe Root - there's a short leg in place and three men back on the legside fence for the lofted hook or pull. After Root fails to bite on a couple of bouncers, one of the three scouts is brought all the way over to the slip cordon. Root dabs a single to mid-off, Bell cover-drives for three.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've worked out when they will declare - half an hour after everyone says they should, that's usually when it happens."

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    Mark Chenery: I fully agree with Al Murray with regards to Alastair Cook. Cricket is a confident game, the press needs to cut him some slack and let him concentrate on his own game instead of pressurising him. We are quick to point the finger in this country, we need to support our sports stars (not just cricketers) instead of battering them in the press!

  171. 13:40: 

    If body language tells a tale, there's not exactly a spring in India's step as they descend the stairs from the pavilion dressing-room for a quick "huddle" before they come on. Despite the warm sunshine, Ian Bell has followed the Gary Ballance tradition of wearing a sleeveless slipover "sweater".

  172. 13:38: 

    Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed your lunch (and the Al Murray chat on TMS, which we expect to be available as a podcast later) - it's time to settle down for the afternoon session as England look to forge ahead in the Hampshire sunshine.

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    Vinay, London: An intentional Chinese cut. Guaranteed to irritate absolutely every opposition player.

    Aidan, Strand: I'm with you on cover drives. I wanted to marry Michael Vaughan's, it was so beautiful. A Matty Hayden lofted straight drive against a spinner (or Matt Hoggard!), on Sunny Gavaskar's on drive.

    Gus: The Ken Barrington hook did it for me.

  174. 13:33: 

    Thanks, Higgy. It's been great hearing about your favourite shots and favourite boundaries. I'm afraid the last time I managed to hit a boundary, the opposition in question (who we'd played for years) never played us again - we heard they'd disbanded. I hope the on-driven four was not responsible...

  175. 13:30: 

    Good stuff from Al Murray, even better stuff from England. Mark Mitchener is now in the chair to take you through the afternoon session. Enjoy!

  176. 13:27: 
    Draw in Colombo
    SA v SL

    South Africa have ground out a draw at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo to win their Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0.

    Needing a theoretical 369 to win, the Proteas began the day on 38-1 and finished on 159-8 from 111 overs. JP Duminy took 65 balls to score three, for instance, while spinner Rangana Herath had remarkable figures of 5-40 from 45 overs, with no fewer than 30 maidens.

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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "There's a bloke in Hammersmith who reckons the Pub Landlord is based on him. It's not!"

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    Mark, Luton: Best shot? The late cut, combining elegance with the frisson of danger.

    Buster Price: Colin Cowdrey caressing the ball through extra cover or Peter May stroking it through mid on were regal strokes, but I am of a certain vintage!

    Mark from Horsham: I don't know if favourite is the right word - I still get post traumatic stress when I remember it - but the unique Viv Richards whack through mid-wicket is my choice.

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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "The Pub Landlord act was an accident. I did a show at Edinburgh in 1994 with Harry Enfield - we didn't have a way of gluing the show together, so I said let's pretend the comedian hasn't turned up so the bar manager is going to do a turn. Following that, we got nominated for an award and it quickly became clear it became a bottomless pit for comedy. I'm still pinching myself now."

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    Jack Alhadeff: Favourite shot: slog sweep. Especially KP against Warne in the '05 Ashes. Effortless.

    Darren Murphy, Blackburn: A straight drive down the ground with the umpire hopping out of the way to avoid being hit is the most satisfying shot a batter can make.

    Nick in Bethersden: May I chip in with a Vaughany cover drive? Technique and class personified. In the 'ugly but effective' category, can we include the 'Klusener Smear' and the 'Ponting Hoik'? Watching Ponting slog-sweep Ntini in the 400+ game into row Z was ridiculous and miraculous.

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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "The long form of the game is where cricket is really at. T20 is exciting but it's like a one-night stand versus a lengthy seduction."

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    Sami Siddiqui: The most satisfying cricket shot has got to be a Hashim Amla/Mohammad Yousuf cover drive. Languid elegance - both of them ooze pure class!

    Gary in Ringwood: Going back a bit, even better is a Barry Richards square cut for six when he used to play for Hampshire.

    Rob in Oman: Is there any shot more satisfying than being bowled middle stump through the gate only to discover it's a no ball?

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    Bobbie Hough: A bullet on drive that leaves the bowler scrambling on his backside has to the best shot in cricket. Not that I ever played it.

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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "I hope Alastair Cook doesn't go on Twitter. Social media can be beguiling. It's all very brutal and it would drive you insane. I thought it was telling yesterday how much the crowd were behind Cook as he started to score runs."

  185. 13:13:  
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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "I come from the same village as Alastair Cook, so it's a relief he's scored some runs: there's somebody else who is being pestered to open the village fete now!"

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    Andy from Swansea: For me, as a child of the sixties, a Ted Dexter off-drive with the majestic follow-through, took some beating.

    Rod Fletcher: Has to be Ian Botham blasting Craig McDermott for six straight down the wicket.

    Doug in Bath: Surely this has to be the Jimmy Anderson (or even the Stuart Broad) 'stand and deliver whack' through the off side. Cricket entertainment at its best in my opinion.

  187. 13:09:  
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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "My joke about Kevin Pietersen's phone and the messages on it were not laughed at. That one didn't grip and turn! As a comic, you can't ignore stories such as that when you go in there and try to entertain the players."

  188. 13:08:  
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    Comedian Al Murray on TMS: "You can blame me for England's nightmare Ashes series down under - I performed in front of the players at their farewell Ashes lunch prior to the series!"

  189. 13:06: 

    England's session? You'd have to say so. It should make for a very upbeat View from the Boundary on TMS as Jonathan Agnew is joined by the patriotic Al Murray - also known as the Pub Landlord.

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

    "England will be delighted, they scored quickly, Bell is back in form and the question marks over Cook and Bell have been answered. Later it will be down to the senior pair of Broad and Anderson working, and if they do England will be a long way down the road to winning this Test. There will also be a lot on Moeen Ali, it's almost like his bowling will now be more important than his batting."

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  191. 13:03: 
    LUNCH- Eng 358-3

    Encouraging signs for England as Joe Root keeps out one which keeps low, well enough in fact to pick up a single which gets him off the mark. Ian Bell and Root then tip singles into the leg side before the players head for lunch with England in a very strong position. They scored 111 runs in that morning session, for the loss of Gary Ballance.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl

    "That Gary Ballance wicket came from nothing, in every sense. Firstly because it was so unexpected and secondly because there was no edge through to Mahendra Dhoni. Still, when the finger went up, the press box was jolted from a pre-lunch slumber. Still, it's undoubtedly been England's morning and they might not mind the likes of Rohit Sharma getting the ball to spit and fizz."

  193. 13:00: 
    Eng 355-3 (Bell 67, Root 0)

    Joe Root, in good form himself, replaces his fellow Yorkie Gary Ballance at the crease as Ian Bell plays out a maiden over to Ravindra Jadeja. One more over to go until lunch.

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    Stuart Mitchell: Poor decision from the umpire, I find myself bemoaning the lack of DRS again, but it's same for both sides. Should be mandatory.

    John Penn: How many times is Dhoni going to buy a wicket with his appealing? Shocking!

    David Shepherd: I really don't understand how India get away with not using DRS. That's exactly the sort of decision that should be overturned.

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

    "It squared him up and bounced nicely, but it pitched on middle and spun sharply, which is a good sign for England. But he missed it by about four inches."

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  196. 12:54: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Dhoni b Rohit 156 (Eng 355-3)

    MS Dhoni, perhaps running out of ideas, pulls a rabbit out of the hat - with a little help from Lady Luck. Part-time offie Rohit Sharma gets one to spin, straighten and bounce past Gary Ballance's outside edge where Dhoni takes a catch and the subsequent appeal is upheld. However, replays show the ball missed the bat and hit the batsman's back leg on the way through to the keeper.

    Nonetheless, the Rose Bowl rises as one to salute Ballance on his way back to the dressing room. A first Test wicket for Rohit, too.


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

    "They have got over 100 this morning, they are going at a good clip and they are accelerating. India's bowlers are tiring."

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  198. 12:52: 
    Eng 354-2 (Ballance 156, Bell 66)

    Just sit back and admire: Gary Ballance clatters Ravindra Jadeja through the covers for four. Elegance. England then benefit from four more, but this time they are byes when the slow bowler gets one to grip and defeat the batsman and wicketkeeper alike.

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    Terry: As a viewer, the most exciting shot has to be getting under a well delivered yorker to smash a straight six back over the bowler... a la Darren Sammy.

    Mark in Essex: Filthy mow over cow corner is always satisfying.

    Bill in the Netherlands: Couple of steps and straight back over the bowler for a six, a la Beef vs Alderman '81. Or a Gower cover drive maybe...

  200. 12:47: 
    150 FOR GARY BALLANCE- Eng 346-2
    Gary Ballance celebrates his 150

    Gary Ballance looks like he's in one-day mode now as he stands in his crease, surveys the field and then pulls a short ball for a four which brings up his 150 in 278 balls. Another stunning knock from a 24-year-old who looks to be an England legend in the making. A big call, I know... but he's that good! Ian Bell also dabs a boundary to third man to keep the hosts purring along like a Rolls Royce.

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    Don from Oldbury: Surely Ian Bell's cover drive, it should be hung up in the Louvre.

    Tom from Hawkesbury Upton: I don't think you can beat a flick off the legs for four, something very pleasing watching it fly down to the fine leg boundary.

    Tom in Perth, Australia: A pile-driving cover drive, straight along the ground, all the way to the boundary. Knowing there is no need to run, hold you shot for around 10 seconds and admire the masterpiece. Most beautiful shot in cricket.

  202. 12:43: 
    Eng 336-2 (Ballance 147, Bell 61)

    Ravindra Jadeja is milked for ones and twos before dropping short and being dispatched to the square leg boundary by Gary Ballance. How MS Dhoni must wish he had R Ashwin to call on today?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have to move on, previously this summer when they have had the chance to bat the opposition out of the game they haven't taken it."

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

    "This is the kind of pitch where England won't bowl 20 unplayable balls, so they need to create uncertainty with scoreboard pressure and dangle a few carrots at the Indian batsmen."

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  205. 12:40: 
    Eng 329-2 (Ballance 141, Bell 60)

    There are some sights in the crowd: one youngster wearing an Ian Botham mask, another three lads sipping lager while dressed in frocks and rather large sunhats. One thing's for certain, it's another scorching day as India wilt under the heat. Just one leg bye in another tight Pankaj Singh over.

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    Ben in Windsor: Surely the on-drive for four is the most satisfying boundary? Seeing it like a football when that one comes out.

    David Lovegrove: It has to be a slog back over the bowler's head then nonchalantly turn around and prepare yourself for the next ball.

    Philip Edwards, Norwich: Got to be smashing a six and your dad catching in the crowd... eg Freddie Flintoff.

  207. 12:35: 
    Eng 328-2 (112 overs)

    MS Dhoni retains a first slip, leg slip and short leg for Gary Ballance but the batsman looks untroubled against Ravindra Jadeja - emphasised by a dismissive pull for four when the slow bowler drops short.

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    Dan Vitale: Most satisfying boundary? Four words: Robin Smith Square Cut.

    Jack Harrison: As an umpire, I love the lofted straight drive - can't beat the adrenaline rush of having to get out of the way of the ball.

    Richard Granville: Is there anything more beautiful than an Ian Bell six down the ground? Enough to make grown men weep.

  209. 12:32: 
    Eng 324-2 (Ballance 137, Bell 60)

    Never play poker with Gary Ballance. The England left-hander has exactly the same facial expression when he plays and misses to Mohammed Shami as he does when he clips the ball to the boundary. Keeping it simple - never up, never down - he exudes serenity at the crease. A single into the off side puts Ian Bell on strike, who also offers up a play and a miss to the tireless Shami.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    "Hotting up in Southampton, layers being peeled off, suncream slapped on, cold lager supped. The heat is definitely on India, who are chasing leather as this pair score all around the wicket. Highlight-reel stuff, met with purrs of approval and lively applause, so much clapping to make your hands sore."

  211. 12:28: 

    England 323-2 (110 overs)

    Batsmen: Ballance 136*, Bell 60*

    Fall of wickets: 55-1 (Robson 26), 213-2 (Cook 95)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 27-8-79-0, Shami 23-4-80-1, Pankaj 26-5-85-0, R Sharma 6-0-21-0, Jadeja 26-8-48-1, Dhawan 2-0-4-0.


  212. 12:27: 
    Eng 323-2 (Ballance 136, Bell 60)

    Playing back in his crease to the slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, Gary Ballance forces a single past backward square before Ian Bell drops his hands and dabs four through backward point. A contender for our favourite shot debate?

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    Steve in Oxford: What a great venue the Rose Bowl proved to be yesterday - a thoroughly deserved second Test. It's close to knocking Trent Bridge off the top of my list of favourite grounds. Such a shame they started on a Sunday - Friday would have been better.

    Chris Butcher: Maybe the Rose Bowl should consider reducing ticket prices for the remaining days. Surely a few thousand more spectators paying maybe 50% of price is better than none. I am sure the ground would be full if tickets were say £30. I for one would drive down from Oxford to watch a day, especially after coughing up £100 for Friday at Lord's.

  214. 12:23: 
    100 PARTNERSHIP- Eng 318-2

    The key to England's success in this match has been their ability to form substantial partnerships throughout their innings and Ian Bell and Gary Ballance bring up a stand of 100 off 194 balls when the former works two to square leg. The right-hander continues to grind down the India bowling attack as he slices Mohammed Shami for four more through the backward point region.

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    Ralph, London: This is an awful wicket, a road worthy of Nagpur. It might be good for some net practice for our bats but does anyone predict a result other than a draw? Tests should assist bowlers. Boring.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is more or less where England were at Headingley against Sri Lanka, when they were 311-3, and bowled out for 365. England have collapsed far too often this summer, this is the test for them now."

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  217. 12:20: 
    Eng 312-2

    There's a brief moment of alarm for Gary Ballance when he's almost strangled down the leg side by Ravindra Jadeja - much like this captain. On this occasion, however, the left-hander fails to get any bat on the ball. Another maiden over.

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    Anife, Wallington: Clive Lloyd's hook for 6 off Dennis Lillee at 1975 World Cup commentated on by John Arlott! Perfect!

    Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln: My mother reads this page, but does not have the know-how to contribute. So, on her behalf, I would like to offer a David Gower cover drive as the ultimate in satisfying scoring shots.

    Darren in Manchester: Dare I say the KP Flamingo shot??!!

  219. 12:17: 
    50 FOR IAN BELL- Eng 312-2
    England's Ian Bell

    A flick to long leg, a brisk jog down to the other end and then a wave of the bat: Ian Bell reaches the 42nd half-century of his Test career off 99 balls. Gary Ballance returns the strike with a single of his own. England are bobbing along nicely.

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

    "England want to start pushing on a little bit but up until lunch there won't be too many fireworks, and I don't think you'll see the hook or pull too much. They won't go for that particular ploy."

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  221. 12:11: 
    Eng 310-2 (Ballance 134, Bell 49)

    Ian Bell refuses to let Ravindra Jadeja slip into a groove as he sweeps for two and then lofts a wonderful six back over the bowler's head. A single down to third man, and it's job done for the over.

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    James 'Pidge' Clewer: Most satisfying boundary surely got to be the straight drive? Poise, balance, timing, perfect!

    Simon Poole: Most satisfying shot for me was always straight back over the bowler's head having taken a couple of steps down the wicket.

    Thomas Measures: My hero as a child was Mike Atherton, so I love nothing more then the forward defence. Surprisingly I am not one for 20/20.

  223. 12:10: 
    Eng 301-2 (Ballance 134, Bell 40)
    India's Mahendra Dhoni and Pankaj Singh

    Poor debutant Pankaj Singh is wicketless in this Test so far, as he was in his only other international match - a one-day international against Sri Lanka in 2010. He certainly should have had Ian Bell lbw last night, and he continues to pose a danger with his top-of-off line and length. Gary Ballance sees out a maiden over.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Artist Jocelyn Galsworthy paints the Rose Bowl

    "We've talked about Southampton being picturesque and artist Jocelyn Galsworthy, who has been capturing cricket on canvas for 28 years, is immortalising this Test match. Jocelyn takes pictures, then looks to capture one moment. It would have been Alastair Cook's century, but the skipper was five runs shy of becoming a work of art."

  225. 12:02: 

    England 301-2 (104 overs)

    Batsmen: Ballance 134*, Bell 40*

    Fall of wickets: 55-1 (Robson 26), 213-2 (Cook 95)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 27-8-79-0, Shami 21-4-72-1, Pankaj 25-4-85-0, R Sharma 6-0-21-0, Jadeja 23-7-34-1, Dhawan 2-0-4-0.


  226. 12:00: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 301-2 (Run-rate: 2.89)

    Slow left-arm darts from Ravindra Jadeja now, and Ian Bell instantly uses his feet to disrupt the bowler's rhythm. Undettered, the all-rounder races through a maiden over. Drinks.

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    Jake in Barnsley: Most satisfying shot has to be a Jayasuriya cut or a Ponting front foot pull, beauty and brutality oozing out of both.

    Matt, Leicester: Surely the reverse sweep for six has to be the most satisfying. The audacity and cheek to pull that off is remarkable.

    Ben in Birmingham: Surely the Peter Such back-foot defensive stroke is the best shot in cricket?

  228. 11:58: 
    Eng 301-2 (Ballance 134, Bell 40)

    Pankaj Singh comes round the wicket to Gary Ballance, who looks in fine fettle once again: punching two down the ground and then flicking four more through the mid-wicket region. A deft poke down to third man brings another boundary and takes England past 300. Is the left-hander beginning to go through the gears now?

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    Ben: Walking through Glasgow yesterday, surveying all the Games excitement around us I checked my phone and discovered that Cook had gone for 95. On informing my family of this my eight-year-old daughter, and Cook fanatic, Ella, looked up, smiled and said: "I don't think I've ever lost faith in Alastair Cook." So if it all goes wrong at least he can look forward to coaching an Under-10 girls' team in Scotland.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The only caveat I would have is that there has not been a real technical challenge for Ballance this summer. The pitches have been quite benign and he has not had to face real pace, but he has the temperament - he's passed that test."

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    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Trott batted in a very similar way to Ballance, watchful and not a dasher, but it looks like there is a left-handed replacement here early in his England career."

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  232. 11:53: 
    Eng 291-2 (102 overs)

    Going back to that 'most satisfying shot to the boundary' debate, I'm firmly in the cover drive camp. I'm quite traditional like that, though. I wonder if some of the more modern supporters of the game would prefer a switch-hit or a ramp? Mohammed Shami continues to thunder in and is flicked through mid-wicket for three by Gary Ballance before Ian Bell scampers through for a well-run two into the leg side.

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    Phil in Liverpool: Re: 11:16 - Great debate. Nothing in the history of cricket beats a Robin Smith square cut for four.

    Andy Gilchrist: A massive hook for six has to be the most satisfying boundary surely?!

  234. 11:48: 
    Eng 286-2 (Ballance 121, Bell 38)

    Don't bother running for those: Ian Bell stands up on his toes and firmly pushes Pankaj Singh for four through to the cover boundary. Class.

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

    "I don't know what India can do other than rotate the bowling. They can't keep bowling Pankaj, who's been great, but this is the problem if you pick four bowlers on the second day. They stupidly have gone safety-first by picking the extra batsman."

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  236. 11:43: 
    Eng 282-2 (Shami 20-4-67-1)

    A natural athlete, Mohammed Shami sprints to the crease and maintains his momentum in his delivery stride. He's easily India's quickest bowler and, being shorter in height than the likes of Ishant Sharma and Pankaj Singh, he's also the skiddiest. Another whole-hearted over is delivered and a muted appeal for leg-before against Gary Ballance is turned down. Too leggy. Maiden over.

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    Nick, London: I'm not a fan of cricket in the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, for the same reason I don't like Golf or Tennis in those events. Reason being, that the Olympics (and to a lesser extent, the CwG) should be the ultimate goal of each event. It's true for swimming, athletics, hockey etc. A T20 cricket tournament would be, at best, about the 7th/8th most sought after cricket title. It cheapens the event and cheapens cricket, and 'low-priority' events for players also makes it a target for fixing.

    Jeremy Burrows: In the Commonwealth Games of 1998 Northern Ireland lost to South Africa & Barbados before beating Bangladesh by 114 runs.

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

    "It's like stealing candy from kids at school. Somebody's going to make a million runs, and it comes down to how well we bowl or how well they bat."

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  239. 11:39: 
    Eng 282-2 (Ballance 121, Bell 34)
    Gary Ballance

    The ball is coming nicely off the middle of the bat now - Ian Bell and Gary Ballance flicking singles into the vast open spaces of the outfield.

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    Ward Jenner, Chairman, Jersey Cricket Board: Re 10:57 - James Mac is spot on. We have just welcomed the Chinese women's team, against our "work in progress" ladies' side, but they were pretty competent. Two hundreds against us including one in the T20 match. We lost by 210 runs, but on a Duckworth Lewis-style statistical adjustment for differing populations, we actually won by 74,999,775 runs, or 8,491 wickets.

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    Rob Chambers: Essential tech for a day at the Test match? None. No interruptions. No work calls. Just friends, picnic and a few ales.

    Jamie Blackman: Most important piece of tech? At seat beer pump to avoid queuing or getting up...

  242. 11:37: 
    Eng 280-2 (98 overs)
    Peter Moores, Alastair Cook and Joe Root on the England balcony

    Skipper Alastair Cook is all smiles on the England players' balcony as he shares a joke with Joe Root. In the background, England batting coach Mark Ramprakash is beavering away on a tablet. Maybe he's keen to join our debate on cricket at the Commonwealths?

    Mohammed Shami is into the India bowling attack and he's worked for a couple of singles before Ian Bell pushes a nice three through the covers.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    As Gary Ballance goes past 110 - "That's the fourth time this season Garry Ballance has made his highest Test score."

  244. 11:30: 
    Eng 275-2 (Ballance 119, Bell 29)

    MS Dhoni's field placings are beginning to resemble a sieve as Gary Ballance chalks up his first boundary of the day by steering four down to third man, then again to fine leg. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is looking very innocuous as he struggles to find any sort of line and length - a straighter ball being punched through mid-wicket for another four by GB. England beginning to motor.

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    Cricket at the Commonwealth Games, or even the Olympics - what do you think?

    Ross Anderson: Think it'd be a great addition to the Commonwealths/Olympics - now that rugby sevens is in, Twenty20 cricket should be as well.

    Dukkhaboy: Michael Vaughan thinks the Indians play rugby badly but yesterday I thought their pre-game football skills were VERY impressive.

    Tom: Why relegate cricket to an Olympic sport? A Test series has enough significance on its own without piggybacking on the Olympics.

  246. 11:26: 
    Eng 263-2 (Ballance 107, Bell 29)

    We've had the chat about what constitutes the perfect picnic for a day at the cricket, but what are the essential pieces of technology needed for a day at the cricket? There are a couple of gentlemen peering through binoculars, while those sat nearby sit and listen to TMS commentary via their ear-pieces.

    The action out in the middle is gripping, with both sides jostling for position at a critical stage in the match - Gary Ballance doing everything to see off the early threat of Pankaj Singh, who is nibbling the ball about off a length. A single down to fine leg brings up the 50 partnership off 119 balls.

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    Bryan: Starting on a Sunday did Cook no harm. As for cricket at the Olympics, we would of course have to provide a British team. It would presumably be a good way of testing the abilities of fringe players though.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's noticeable against Kumar how Cook and Bell have batted a long way out of their crease. Cook was almost walking down the pitch to him at times during his innings. He isn't quick enough to bowl short stuff, and I would think Dhoni would be thinking of coming up to the stumps to him."

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  249. 11:20: 
    Eng 262-2 (Ballance 106, Bell 29)

    There's a small patter of applause when Gary Ballance flicks a single down to fine leg, who is fielding in front of swathes of empty bucket seats. However, the television cameras then pan to a large group of schoolchildren who are spending their summer holidays in the best way possible: at the cricket, watching Ian Bell drive Bhuvneshwar Kumar through the covers for four.

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    Blonde Bear: Re: Sunday start. I usually expect day 2, being Friday, to be spent on the sofa "working from home". Don't tell my boss.

  251. 11:16: 
    Eng 257-2 (94 overs)

    What's the most satisfying way to score a boundary for a batsman? The cover drive? A controlled pull through mid-wicket? A straight drive?

    One thing's for certain, there's nothing more infuriating for a bowler than the batsman edging through the slips for four - like Ian Bell does to Pankaj Singh, before following up with a flick down to the fine leg boundary.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England youngsters generally seem very relaxed, Robson looked comfortable at the start yesterday and Ballance eventually got going and purred along to his hundred but it is rather more anguished for Cook and Bell."

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  253. 11:13: 
    Eng 249-2 (Ballance 105, Bell 17)

    Gary Ballance scampers a single to get the scoreboard moving for the first time today but Ian Bell looks a little tentative against the moving ball early on. Still, a quick single to mid-off should help his confidence.

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    Rob in Uxbridge: I think T20 cricket would be a great addition to the Commonwealth Games - it's only really played by countries within the Commonwealth anyway. Make the World T20 every four years and have a cycle of World Cup/World T20/Commonwealth Games/Test Championship. Having something to play for each year can only make cricket more appealing. Commonwealth Games would have to be straight knock-out to fit schedules but that makes the matches more exciting anyway.

  255. 11:08: 
    Eng 247-2 (Ballance 104, Bell 16)

    Are any of you, like me, a bit out of sync because of this Sunday start to the Test match? I genuinely didn't know what day it was this morning. Perhaps I shouldn't admit that!

    Anyway, the strapping Pankaj Singh blows the cobwebs away in his first over of the day - his 6ft 6ins frame appearing a little stiff following yesterday's 20 overs. Slowly but surely, however, he goes through the gears and begins to get the ball moving off the seam to the right-handed Ian Bell who looks a candidate to nick off early doors. Another maiden.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "All the talk about Alastair Cook has disguised the fact that Ian Bell is in a bit of a rut. It's a big day for him, but a more relaxed one for Gary Balance after he got another hundred. You feel he would be better down the order, but if he keeps getting hundreds at number three, they will keep batting him there."

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

    "I think England have found a nugget here in Gary Ballance at number three. The pitch is a belter, there's not a scratch on it for the spinners."

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  258. 11:03: 
    Eng 247-2 (Ballance 104, Bell 16)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar who, for the first time in the series, failed to impress yesterday is handed the first over by MS Dhoni and he already looks to be getting better shape on the ball to the left-handed Gary Ballance. The plan to Ballance is clear - try and get the ball to nip back into his pads as he moves back and across his stumps early on. Maiden over.

  259. 11:00: 

    The familiar strains of Jerusalem echo around the Rose Bowl as the players walk out to the middle. It's time to play, gentlemen...

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "India have to make this new ball count and get into this England middle order. Get rid of Ballance and Bell, preferably, make them 270-4, then they are in this game.

    "It was nice to see Pankaj Singh come in to get his opportunity. He did not let anyone down on a wicket like that and he gives India something for the series ahead."

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    Paul Hannaford: Great idea introducing cricket into the Commonwealth Games. But how would England raise an XI? Robson is Australian, Ballance is from Zimbabwe, Prior born in South Africa and so on and so forth. England would soon knock the idea on its head.

    Stefan Glosby: Cricket, in T20 form, could work really well in the Commonwealths/Olympics as it would allow minor countries to develop between World Cups. If China caught on to it, like it has with snooker in recent years, the game would explode.

    James Mac: The Chinese don't need an incentive... their ladies' side is currently in Jersey, and they thrashed the locals at the weekend.

  262. 10:57: 

    Gary Ballance, on 104 not out, needs just seven runs to register his highest ever Test score in his embryonic career, but he has some way to go to overhaul his first-class best of 210. If he reaches that today, England will be in cricketing clover.

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    Edward Clark: So glad Cookie got a big score, defending him constantly was getting tiresome. Let's hope his form continues and the critics stay off his back. C'mon Bell let's prove these haters wrong again!

    Ash: Anyone else think that batting all day on what is being called a very good batting wicket and only getting 247 on the board is actually pretty poor?

  264. 10:51: 
    KP signs for the Stars

    Swerving off course for just one moment, we have some Kevin Pietersen news to bring you... because the former England batsman has signed a two-year deal to play for Melbourne Stars in Australia's T20 Big Bash competition.

    Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White said of Pietersen: "He's a tremendous addition and will fit in really well."

    The full story is here.

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

    "I remember when we had Ashley Giles in the side, we had to bat first to allow us to put a big score on the board and create rough for players like Giles and even Simon Jones to bowl into. England can create a similar position for Moeen Ali today."

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

    "I don't think this Indian attack has a two-hour disciplined performance in them, there will always be balls to score off. Pankaj Singh bowled a lot of overs yesterday, he'll be stiff as a board today, while Mohammed Shami looked like someone you can score off. India need three wickets in the first hour, or they're going to get very tired today."

  267. 10:48: 
    England's plan

    It all sounds so simple today then: score 500 and then nip a couple of India batsmen out before the close. But this is England - there's always some sort of collapse around the corner. But, just for one minute, allow yourself time to imagine Jos Buttler coming in at 400-5 and smashing the ball to Portsmouth...

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl

    "Noticeably cooler in Southampton today, noticeably quieter too - the first results of the Sunday-start experiment are about to be revealed. At the moment, the ground is no more than 20% full. England and India take one half of the outfield each, bowling at stumps, taking slip catches, hitting balls into nets. Away from his team, Alastair Cook chats with Michael Vaughan and Steve Harmison. 'Did you see my knock yesterday lads?'"

    Read Stephan's piece on how Captain Cook "got to feel loved again" yesterday

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

    "It's been a battle this morning on the outfield - India have been playing rugby, very badly, and England have been playing touch rugby, very badly."

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  270. 10:45: 
    Mrs Boycott-Cook

    Did you know Geoffrey Boycott once said he'd let Alastair Cook marry his daughter? No, me neither. I found out by reading Stephan Shemilt's excellent colour piece on the England skipper's return to form. Go and see what other nuggets you can find in there...

  271. 10:43: 
    Second to the Don!

    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "You should be happy scoring 95 - there's a tinge of disappointment at not getting a hundred, but if you go out and score 95 every time in a Test, there's only one man who's done better than that, and that's the Don!"

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "After Alastair Cook made his England debut in Nagpur in 2006, he had Delhi belly and missed the third Test of that series in Mumbai - but he's not missed a Test since then."

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

    "The pitch is good, so if you see the first hour off, England should be aiming to bat 75 overs today, get to 500 and give India a tricky 10 overs tonight."

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    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's important the captain leads from the front - England have often had to bowl first lately but now he's got scoreboard pressure, and if England can get 500 on the board, I think you'll see a different leader as he can attack."

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  275. 10:42: 
    Aggers' view

    After hitting 95 on the first day of this match, Alastair Cook can now focus on his captaincy - and the BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew hopes England's other senior players are inspired to up their games too.

    "Cook played in an uncomplicated manner and looked as though he was enjoying it," wrote Agnew in his BBC Sport column. "After winning the toss and batting first in conditions where he could have justifiably taken the easy option of bowling, he accumulated nicely against an India attack that was not quite up to the standard of the previous two Tests.

    "Cook's innings was not only a contribution for himself, but also for the other senior players in the England side who have been underperforming. Maybe now the likes of Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will put in the sort of display that Cook has."

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  277. 10:37: 
    Weather update

    BBC Weather: "We've got a 30-35% chance of showers later this afternoon - but that's a 70% chance it's going to stay dry. Plenty of fine weather for the rest of the week."

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Before we go any further, let me point you in the direction of Test Match Special. You can listen on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, online or via your smart phone/tablet with the BBC Sport app and BBC iPlayer Radio app. And if you're hoping to listen from overseas, try this link.

  279. 10:35: 
    State of the game

    So what does it all mean? Well, following the first ever Sunday start to a Test match in England, the hosts will begin the second day on 247-2 with Gary Ballance 104 not out and Ian Bell unbeaten on 16. Go big today, and Alastair Cook's men can lay the foundations for a winning position.

  280. 10:34: 
    Brilliant Ballance
    Gary Ballance

    Then there's Gary Ballance, England's new run machine at number three. A flick here, a poke there and the odd dab down to third man and he managed to put together his third century in only his sixth Test. The boy's good. Very good.

  281. 10:30: 
    The Captain comes good
    Alastair Cook

    Alastair Cook must have skipped down to breakfast this morning - a full night's sleep finally under his belt, 95 precious runs next to his name and knowing even his fiercest critics had to spike their guns in the morning newspapers. Suddenly things look a little rosier for England at the Rose Bowl.

Live Scores - England v India


  • England beat India by 266 runs
  • England: 569-7 & 205-4 (40.4 overs)
  • India: 330 & 178 (66.4 overs)
  • Venue: Southampton

India 2nd Innings

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Vijay run out (Broad) 12
Dhawan c Jordan b Root 37
Pujara c Jordan b Moeen 2
Kohli c Buttler b Moeen 28
Rahane not out 52
Ro Sharma c Buttler b Anderson 6
Dhoni c Buttler b Anderson 6
Jadeja b Moeen 15
B Kumar c Anderson b Moeen 0
Shami b Moeen 0
Singh b Moeen 9
Extras 1w 4b 6lb 11
Total all out 178

India in England

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.