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

James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.

29 July 2014 Last updated at 09:31 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 18:59: 
    James Anderson & Alastair Cook

    Do England enforce the follow-on if they get the opportunity? We've not had that discussion for a while! It's something to ponder for Alastair Cook while, as he revealed during the last Test, he spends his evening reading Jonathan Agnew's column on the BBC Sport website. Look out for that later, and I'll be seeing you tomorrow. Night!

  2. 18:59: 
    Player reaction

    More from England paceman Stuart Broad: "Early doors, Chris Jordan probably struggled with his length. But that's a fantastic sign of a good Test bowler when you can adjust that in the heat of the battle and I think he did that.

    "It probably wasn't his day today but we've got 12 wickets still to get and he'll be an important part of that."

  3. 18:58: 
    Player reaction
    England celebrate a wicket

    England pace bowler Stuart Broad, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a decent day for batting so to have picked up seven or eight wickets in the day is pretty encouraging. But it makes it crucial to try to finish India off in the first half-hour.

    "The ball didn't swing a huge amount for us today. We didn't want to give any free drives away, we just wanted to keep the batsmen hanging back a bit."

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

    "If you can convince me that the England bowlers have the energy and the stomach to be up for the fight all day, and they have to ask them tomorrow morning straight up, not now, then I would make them follow on. But I would want to be sure, I don't want to get stuck in the afternoon, and they let me down."

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    Robert Clark: England don't deserve to win this Test match if they cannot get through 90 overs in 6.5 hours. Simply not good enough. This cost us the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka with them 9 down and around 20 overs not bowled in that Test. Cook needs to deal with this.

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

    "I don't think there was much for captain Alastair Cook to do, because England had a good day. When you are bowling and fielding well everybody looks good and it does make the job easier."

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    Steve, Rotherham: Concerning the third and fourth seamer positions. Can anybody tell me what Tim Bresnan ever did wrong?

    Jason Kilvington: Why, oh why, were Bresnan and Finn discarded? Change for change's sake.

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    Gordon Thursfield: More poor support for Anderson and Broad from England's 3rd and 4th seamers. Good thing Moeen chipped in.

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

    "Stuart Broad, I'm concerned about with his injured knee. Here, however, he has bowled very well - straight and full. Chris Woakes backed them up, and Chris Jordan did OK but he was a bit wild, maybe it was one of those days for him. He was a bit wayward. Somebody very famous, that knows athletics well and knows about running, has said that he will get an injury in the next 12 months if he does not do something about it. I told the coach who it was who said it, so it is up to them to do something about it because the lad's got talent.

    "Moeen Ali, we are not sure if he is the answer to the off-spinning problem but he's got 12 wickets. Maybe people do daft things against him, I don't know, it's early days with him."

  10. 18:46: 

    Moeen Ali also chipped in with two key wickets, although he was aided by rash shots played by Rohit Sharma (28) and Ajinkya Rahane (54) when well set. From 210-4, India subsided to 275-7 before some lusty hitting from skipper MS Dhoni (50 not out) saw them past 300.

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

    "Definitely England's day, no doubt at all. The two senior bowlers bowled well, when the senior players don't play well it's almost impossible for the team to win. You want your seniors to stand up and be counted.

    "Anderson and Broad have bowled pretty poorly all summer, but Anderson in particular improved. He bowled with venom, and aggression rather than the aggression with the mouth."

  12. 18:41: 

    Stuart Broad and James Anderson led the attack well, taking three wickets each - the latter picking up the key wicket of Virat Kohli with a beautiful delivery in the midst of a masterclass in swing bowling which was surely the highlight of the day from England's perspective.

  13. 18:40: 

    The key for England has been their ability to keep taking wickets throughout the day - starting with Stuart Broad's dismissal of Che Pujara and Murali Vijay in the morning session.

  14. 18:38: 

    So it was England's day, that's for sure - although they still failed to bowl two of their allocated 90 overs in the day's play. Over on Test Match Special, Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott are beginning their review of the action.

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

    "England bowled well, they bowled as a unit and asked questions of all the batsmen. India will be disappointed, not one batsman has scored with any substance. I'm sure Alastair Cook will think that whatever happens India will have to bat four sessions to save the match - they certainly won't win it."

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    Amit Nayyar: England have bowled really well today but, whichever way you cut it, for seven Indians to have got to 24 and for none of them to get past 54 demonstrates exactly the type of indiscipline that we have been berating England about for the last nine months. The debate today was whether Pujara & Kohli or Broad & Anderson would show the class we all know they possess - a no contest today.

  17. 18:35: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Ind 323-8 (trail by 246 runs)
    MS Dhoni, India captain

    Chris Jordan gets one final crack at Mohammed Shami before the close, but the tail-ender manages to score four down to third man before somehow riding a well-directed bouncer with short leg ready to pounce. However, the rest of the over fails to make the batsman play a shot and the players head off for the close for some well-deserved rest. England all smiles, MS Dhoni all disappointed!

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    Gordon: It seems to me that the simple way to ensure the over-rate is maintained is by removing fielders for every over missed. At the start of each session and at each drinks break, review the last hour and ask the fielding team to withdraw one fielder for each over below the target. This should be for the same number of overs as those missed. Thus, if the target for the first hour of the day is 15 overs and the fielding team manage only 12 overs, the next three overs after drinks should be played with three fielders missing. I cannot imagine that many teams would fall short in future.

  19. 18:29: 
    50 FOR MS DHONI- Ind 319-8

    Last over of the day? Possibly, as Stuart Broad has a muted leg-before shout against MS Dhoni turned down. Too leggy? An inducker is then inside-edged onto the pads by the India skipper, before an extravagant swing and miss. The final ball of the over is slogged over extra cover for four, bringing up Dhoni's half-century - the 31st of his Test career. We've somehow got time for one more set of six too...

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    Stevie Gray: I'm sunbathing in the park & a stray cricket ball just rolled past. I thought Jordan must be bowling again.

    Alex Hardy: Bresnan is a better option than Woakes and even Jordan. There. I said it.

    Mike Bell: I'm nearly 60, and I can bowl straight. Why can't Chris Jordan? Will await the call.

  21. 18:25: 
    Ind 315-8 (Jordan 16-4-55-0)

    Up in the viewing gallery, Ian Bell looks like he's got half of the frozen aisle strapped to his bruised hand. Speaking of bruised: Chris Jordan's ego must be feeling pretty punched up after his wayward performance with the ball today. He incurs another wide before bowling a snorter to MS Dhoni which whistles past the groping outside edge.

    Dhoni then has the chance to take a single but decides against it. Time for some long handle? Possibly, but there's nothing the skipper can do about another jaffa before he scampers a quick single which sees Mohammed Shami almost run out by Moeen Ali at cover.

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    Phil Mullis: Mike M (18:13) - thank you - brilliant piece of reverse psychology.

    Richie Macca: Thanks for the reverse mockers there, Mike M. Worked a treat!

    Mjolnir: Mike M - Thanks for the reverse jinx!

  23. 18:19: 
    Ind 313-8 (Broad 22-6-61-3)

    Mohammed Shami is the next man for England to knock over. They might want to take cover from MS Dhoni though, who has called for his heavier one-day bat from the dressing room at the fall of the eighth wicket. Is he going to start smashing the ball about?

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

    "Terrific nip back from Stuart Broad, a big inside edge and Ballance reacted quickly diving forward. It was a crucial breakthrough because Kumar had been in such good form in the series. This could be perfect for England - get these two out tonight, rest up tonight and go again."

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  25. 18:15: 
    WICKET- Kumar c Ballance b Broad 19 (Ind 313-8)
    England's Stuart Broad dismisses India's Kumar

    The knockout blow to this innings? England will certainly hope so as Stuart Broad finds Bhuvneshwar Kumar's inside edge and the ball loops up for a diving Gary Ballance to take an excellent catch at third slip.


  26. 18:13: 
    Ind 313-7 (98 overs)

    India found themselves on the ropes this evening, but they're finishing strongly now as they come out swinging - MS Dhoni hammering Moeen Ali into the stands for a meaty six. Fetch that! Eight from the over.

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    Mike M: Another huge performance by Stuart Broad. Nice to see it. Long may it continue. Yes I'm very sarcastic. Finn please.

  28. 18:09: 
    CLOSE!- Ind 305-7

    Crash, bang, wallop! Bhuvneshwar Kumar tucks into some buffet bowling from Stuart Broad - helping himself to three fours through the off side. Tiredness? Maybe not as Broad manages to pitch one up and induces an edge but the ball drops short of Chris Jordan at second slip.

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    Grant, Watford: I thought KP was an underrated and underused bowler - I'm sure the ECB would beg to differ though...

    John, still off Shetland: Doug Walters had an uncanny knack of picking up vital wickets.

    Alex: Not the most successful in Test matches but Marcus Trescothick took a hat-trick against the Young Australians in 1995!

  30. 18:06: 
    Ind 293-7 (Dhoni 37, Kumar 7)

    With less than 30 minutes to fit in nine more overs, Alastair Cook tries to hurry through a couple by bringing back Moeen Ali. MS Dhoni turns a couple into the leg side, but the part-time offie recovers his poise to send down five dots. With nine wickets, did you Moeen Ali is the fourth joint-highest wicket-taker in the series? You do now.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "The one thing Dhoni has done well today is to resist the temptation to play wristily outside the off stump."

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  32. 18:02: 
    Ind 291-7 (trail by 278)

    We're into the last half hour of the day. Time for the remaining sandwiches to be scoffed, the last of the stout to be supped and, for some in the crowd, time to make tracks to beat the traffic. Stuart Broad is dangling the carrot outside off stump but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not driving so late in the day. Maiden.

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

    "Chris Woakes has been so unlucky today, he's got the ball moving around, and he's got it through to the keeper. If one bowler deserves a wicket today it's him. It has been excellent from England today, they have worked as one, and had good plans."

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  34. 17:57: 
    Ind 291-7 (94 overs)

    Chris Woakes can't believe his rotten luck as Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets off the mark with an edge for four and then helps himself to three past mid-on. He's still maintaining a decent pace, tucking up MS Dhoni with a short ball, but still he remains wicketless.

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    James Anderson celebrates a wicket

    James Anderson & Stuart Broad have taken 500 wickets in Test matches they've played together. Only the 3rd opening pair to do so in Tests.

    The others are Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh for West Indies (762 wickets), and Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis (559 wickets)

  36. 17:53: 
    Ind 284-7 (Dhoni 35, Kumar 0)

    MS Dhoni has that look etched across his face. That look all parents try their hardest to master - the 'I'm not angry, just disappointed' look. He must be fuming that his side find themselves in this position on a pitch which is still pretty good to bat on. He grumpily sees out a Stuart Broad maiden.

  37. 17:48: 
    Scorecard update

    India 284-7 (92 overs) - trail by 285 runs

    Batsmen: Dhoni 35*, Kumar 0*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24), 88-3 (Vijay 35), 136-4 (Kohli 39), 210-5 (Sharma 28), 217-6 (Rahane 54), 275-7 (Jadeja 31)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 24-9-52-3, Broad 18-3-49-2, Jordan 15-4-53-0, Woakes 19-8-53-0, Moeen 16-0-52-2.

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


  38. 17:47: 
    Ind 284-7 (Dhoni 35, Kumar 0)

    Short in stature but rich in batting pedigree, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a key wicket for England having scored more than 200 runs in this series already. A few wafts outside off stump suggest he might nick off in the late-evening sunshine, but he does well to dig out a Chris Woakes yorker which ensures a maiden over. Build the dots...

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    Michael, Edinburgh: Graeme Hick, Sir Viv? But for me its has to be Allan Border? The one other, who occasionally opened the bowling... Sunil Gavaskar!

    Conrad from London: I remember writing the on-air graphics for a classic sports channel around 2005 - and remember doing a great stat on Geoffrey Boycott being England's best-ever ODI World Cup all-rounder (five wickets or more)!

  40. 17:44: 
    Ind 284-7 (trail by 285)

    MS Dhoni, much like Ravindra Jadeja before him, takes the attack to James Anderson by taking a couple of steps down the wicket and whacking him through the covers for four. The skipper then tickles another boundary down to fine leg. It's as though he believes he might be on borrowed time, so will cash in while he can.

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    Glen, Leeds: I remember thinking in the 70s, how would Greenidge & Co cope with the pace attack of Garner etc if they were on the other side? Flip that, how on earth would England's batsmen play Jimmy? Given lack of foot movement, not very well I reckon.

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    Peter Coles: Jimmy Anderson's beard clearly generated extra inswing to account for Jadeja there.

  43. 17:41: 
    Ind 276-7 (Dhoni 27, Kumar 0)

    Can today get any better for England? Perhaps if Chris Woakes could chip in with a wicket or two? He certainly deserves it on the whole, after bowling at a decent lick throughout a long, hot day. After MS Dhoni tips a single, he gets five balls at new batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and gets decent shape on the ball. Still no wicket though.

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

    "These have been hard, hot Test matches. I think the crowds have appreciated how tough it has been out there."

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  45. 17:34: 
    Ind 275-7 (trail by 294)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar, so often a pest to England with the bat in this series, is greeted to the crease with a sharp bouncer. Duck and cover.

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

    "It is a big wicket because he was looking so dangerous. It was a fine delivery, with just a smidgeon of pace, and a classic piece of bowling - right arm swinger into the left hander that thudded into the pad."

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  47. 17:30: 
    WICKET- Jadeja lbw b Anderson 31 (Ind 275-7)

    Full, fast, swinging in, out! James Anderson gets rid of his nemesis Ravindra Jadeja in style, pinning him in front. In the words of Jimmy Nail in the 1990s, 'Ain't no doubt' about that one.


  48. 17:29: 
    Ind 275-6 (Woakes 17-7-52-0)

    This is a classic counter-attack now - and it's working for India as MS Dhoni crunches Chris Woakes for three through extra cover before Ravindra Jadeja latches on to one which is pitched up and smashes it back from whence it came. With interest. Four more. He then takes a single, making it eight from the over.

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    Stephen Shuttleworth: I have just found an interesting case of a substitute fielder. In the fourth "Test" v Rest of the World in 1970, Eddie Barlow took a hat-trick in England's first innings. The last victim was Don Wilson, caught by the substitute fielder, who was the England 12th man, Mike Denness.

  50. 17:23: 
    Ind 267-6 (trail by 311)
    Mahendra Dhoni

    There's plenty of bottom hand from MS Dhoni as he pushes a single into the off side, allowing Ravindra Jadeja to help four leg byes on their way down to fine leg. To rub salt into the wound, Jadeja then marches down the wicket and smashes James Anderson back down the ground for four, bringing up the 50 partnership as he does so.

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    selectedevil01: The best part time bowler I have seen would be Aravinda de Silva. That said, Greg Blewett wasn't too bad either.

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

    "Jadeja in particular is worth watching at the moment, he is playing in a cavalier way - he's come down the pitch to Broad and he is after Woakes. Dhoni is playing like the old stager at the moment."

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  53. 17:18: 
    Ind 258-6 (Dhoni 22, Jadeja 22)

    Chris Woakes replaces Stuart Broad in the attack and his first ball is smeared through the covers by Ravindra Jadeja. Five dots follow.

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

    Will England enforce the follow-on if they have the option?

    "You would entirely understand in this situation, with a hot sun after 80-odd overs already, and the wicket might deteriorate, that I would expect England to bat again."

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  55. 17:11: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 254-6 (85 overs)

    There's a certain cockiness about England now - in a good way - as they recognise the superb spell of bowling we're witnessing from James Anderson. A little bit of seam, plenty of swing and the odd wobble - in both directions, and all controlled - is making life almost impossible for the batsmen.

    MS Dhoni plays and misses at a couple and is almost run out going for a single which can only have been induced by a panic to get off strike. A shy at the stumps allows him to turn one into two.

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    Paul Heyes: I seem to recall the Great Benaud saying, essentially, that the best part-time bowlers are the ones known to be not very good - because the batsmen will relax and not concentrate properly, thinking it's going to be an easy over. Cook's wicket earlier in this series would seem to prove the point!

    David White: "The Master" himself, Sir Jack Hobbs, a quick-medium swing bowler, used a new ball for England - in an Ashes Test, longer than long ago.

    Tom Ritchie: Re: Andy's mention of a certain Michael Vaughan (16:47). I bet he definitely doesn't bring up being caught behind off Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge in 2005.

  57. 17:06: 
    Ind 252-6 (Dhoni 20, Jadeja 18)

    MS Dhoni said at the start of this series he was looking forward to playing in traditional English conditions, where the ball hooped around with the new ball. He's got his wish now, with Stuart Broad examining the India captain's technique. Following a tickle to fine leg for four, Dhoni leaves a couple before taking a single. Ravindra Jadeja is brutally dismissive at the other end as he charges down the track and flat-bats Stuart Broad back down the ground for four.

  58. 17:02: 
    Scorecard update

    India 243-6 (83 overs) - trail by 326 runs

    Batsmen: Dhoni 15*, Jadeja 14*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24), 88-3 (Vijay 35), 136-4 (Kohli 39), 210-5 (Sharma 28), 217-6 (Rahane 54)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 20-8-37-2, Broad 17-3-40-2, Jordan 15-4-53-0, Woakes 15-7-40-0, Moeen 16-0-52-2.

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


  59. 17:01: 
    Ind 243-6 (trail by 326)

    James Anderson is desperate to get out his old adversary Ravindra Jadeja here, and he has the left-hander in all sorts of trouble with two which nip back in. Walking down the wicket at the fast bowler, the aggressive Jadeja then guides a shorter delivery into the ground, before edging one to the slips but the chance falls short. Anderson is currently feasting on Jadeja on toast.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "That would have been a great catch had he held on to it, but he lunged at it, and Joe Root is a good fielder."

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  61. 16:58: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 242-6

    Ravindra Jadeja is never one to take a backward step and he takes on the first ball of Stuart Broad's new spell - slapping the tall seamer to the cover boundary. The last ball of the over is a different story, however, as Jadeja pokes at one and the ball flies to Joe Root at gully who drops a very difficult and sharp chance.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    The Test Match Special balcony

    "Baking hot on the TMS balcony, one of the hottest parts of the ground. Not too much of an issue for the commentators, who rotate, but scorer Andrew Samson is on hand for every ball. As a result, some makeshift shade has been fashioned out of an umbrella and a stand."

  63. 16:52: 
    NEW BALL- Ind 238-6

    Yep, England do indeed plump for the new nut (see 15:56). James Anderson collects it from the umpire with the smile of a child in a candy store. Is that how you make a grumpy fast bowler turn that frown upside down? Anderson's new weapon already looks to be doing a bit as it cuts back in and raps MS Dhoni on the pads? Oooowwwwzzzaaattt???! Not out. Close though.

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    Martyn Arnold: Would you class Michael Clarke as a part-timer? He certainly seemed to have the "golden arm" for a time, mostly against India I seem to remember.

    David Beckett: Chris Gayle was more than handy in Test and one-day cricket.

    Brenden Theaker in Loughborough: Given that Alastair Cook has solved his batting demons, shouldn't he have a bowl. After all he did take a wicket at Trent Bridge!

  65. 16:47: 
    Ind 238-6 (Dhoni 14, Jadeja 10)
    Chris Jordan appeals

    Chris Jordan might wish he could unearth a time machine which would help him start the day all over again. Nothing is going his way as he induces an outside edge from Ravindra Jadeja but the ball runs away for four, before the same player is beaten all ends up by a snorter. Even when he gets it right, it's not happening for him. Time for the new ball?

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    David Slade: Who could forget Michael Bevan, arguably the best ODI batsman ever seen, taking a 10-wicket haul against West Indies in a 1996 Test with his left-arm chinaman?

    Andy: Not a regular PTB, but I do remember a certain ball by a certain Mr Vaughan against a certain Mr Tendulkar. Bet he hasn't mentioned it much since…

    Simon Boswell: Seem to remember Goochie was a bit of a "partnership breaker" in his day. Also remember Sir Geoffrey bowling in his cap with slightly less success.

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    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "These two are better off backing their instincts, counter-attacking and getting as close as possible to the follow-on, because at the moment they are a way off."

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  68. 16:43: 
    Ind 234-6 (trail by 335)

    The searing Southampton sun has burnt away the grass covering from this Rose Bowl pitch, which is a golden brown colour now. Still decent enough for batting on, India are beginning to make it look like a minefield as MS Dhoni almost pops up a catch from an attempted sweep shot before helping himself to a well-run two.

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    What would Mr T say to Chris Jordan (see 16:33)?

    Robert Targett: "Yo Jordan you gotta bowl straight… you crazy fool!"

  70. 16:40: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 232-6

    Chris Jordan is desperate for a change in luck, but he's got no chance of getting MS Dhoni out lbw with one which is clearly sailing down the leg side. More wide stuff follows, but it almost tempts Dhoni into a rash shot outside off stump. A little waft from the batsman is followed by hands on heads in the slip cordon. Indiscipline is costing India here.

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    Dan Gee: Mark Butcher has to be the ultimate golden arm?

    The Surrey top-order batsman took 15 wickets at 36.06 in his 71 Tests for England.

  72. 16:36: 
    Ind 231-6 (Dhoni 11, Jadeja 6)

    Moeen Ali goes round the wicket to the left-handed Ravindra Jadeja and is milked for a couple through mid-wicket before having an optimistic appeal for leg-before turned down, despite the batsman offering no shot. The ball is shown to be missing the stumps.

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    Richard in Hampshire: I would persevere with Jordan - it can't be easy for the batsmen having no idea where the next ball is going, and just on the law of averages there's a jaffa coming sooner or later. By the way, didn't Joe Root bowl a few handy overs last year?

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

    "I don't know why Jordan has bowled these really wild, not just wide, balls. You can't blame the wicketkeeper for not being able to stop them."

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  75. 16:33: 
    Ind 229-6 (Jordan 13-4-48-0)

    Wearing more gold around his neck than Mr T, Chris Jordan sends down a mixed bag of a maiden over - a couple of induckers which beat MS Dhoni's outside edge sandwiched by one which sails harmlessly down the leg side. What would Mr T say about such deliveries?

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    Pete, Lutterworth: Re: Sam in Manchester (15:56): Cricket is all about euphemisms. They are not stumps but timbers, sticks, furniture or woodwork. We do not bowl straight within Geoffrey's famous corridor, instead we bowl "good areas". If we need to do well, we "hit our straps" or if the team is not performing, an individual has to "step up to the plate". Often, when we have lost, we "take the positives". There must be hundreds of them...

  77. 16:29: 
    Ind 229-6 (trail by 340)

    Who is the best 'part-time' bowler you've seen? I remember the Waugh brothers being quite handy with the ball early on in their careers. Another tidy over for Moeen Ali, with just a single taken by MS Dhoni to backward square.

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    Paul Cox: I don't get the different fitness requirements between sports, top tennis players can play for five hours and then go out again the next day/day after, and yet we're about to enter a discussion about whether we need to protect Anderson and Broad from bowling 30 overs a day which amounts to about two hours' work.

  79. 16:26: 
    Ind 228-6 (Dhoni 10, Jadeja 4)

    Chris Jordan, who instinctively tugs at the top of his trousers before he runs into bowl, looks like he might be rediscovering his line and length as he digs in a yorker to the left-handed Ravindra Jadeja. Striving for the one which nips back in, he goes for only two in the over when Jadeja eases a couple through square.

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    Ste: Get in! England having two2 good days in a row, what's going on! Gift for Moeen Ali that, I'd have fancied myself to hit that for six!

    PD31: Moeen can carry on "not being a full off-spinner" if he keeps taking wickets, Geoffrey!

    Ashley Houghton: Cook gets runs, Moeen gets wickets...The revival of English cricket?

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

    "Definitely England's day today, they have bowled quite well and there's been improvement by their two major bowlers, Broad and Anderson. Cook's now got four senior players - himself, Bell, Broad and Anderson - who have upped their game and England are doing well as a result."

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  82. 16:22: 
    Ind 226-6 (trail by 343)
    Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali is quickly becoming England's unlikely hero with the ball. MS Dhoni is none too pleased about the part-timer's success and dispatches him to the boundary - straight down the ground - before skying two into the wide open spaces of the leg side.

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    Alex, still pretending to work: "If England get India all out before the end of play they should bat. Get a quickfire 200. Give themselves a day and a half to bowl India out. This will give Cook a chance to prove that he is starting to turn it around, as well as give Anderson and Broad a rest."

  84. 16:19: 
    Ind 220-6 (Dhoni 4, Jadeja 2)

    It's a good job India picked an extra batsman for this match, with Ravindra Jadeja walking out at number eight - a man, remember, who has three first-class triple-hundreds to his name. He was off the mark with a couple at the end of Moeen's last over, before safely playing out the rest of Stuart Broad's over after MS Dhoni takes a single to the cover fielder.

    Want more good news England fans? Well, the new ball is due in eight overs' time. Jimmy is primed, no doubt.

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

    "Maybe he's a golden arm! He's not doing a full off-spinner's job of tying them down, but you would not have bet on him taking that wicket with a long hop. Some people are golden arms, they can do things just like that."

  86. 16:10: 
    WICKET- Rahane c sub (SP Terry) b Moeen 54 (Ind 217-6)
    Ajinkya Rahane

    Make that 12 wickets in the summer for Moeen Ali! Ajinkya Rahane, in trying to hit a long hop from the part-time offie over mid-wicket, succeeds in only getting a bottom edge to substitute fielder Sean Terry. England can't believe their luck.


  87. 16:09: 
    Ind 217-5 (trail by 352)

    Stuart Broad is revved up for a crack at his bunny MS Dhoni but, with two slips and a short mid-off in place, he delivers five dots to Ajinkya Rahane before taking a single which sees him retain the strike.

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

    "Moeen's got 11 wickets, and I know he's not a full off-spinner but you can't knock that."

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  89. 16:04: 
    Ind 216-5 (Rahane 53, Dhoni 3)

    Moeen Ali now has 11 wickets for the summer. I reckon that's a decent return? Perhaps more significantly, he's offered Alastair Cook as much, if not more, control than his third and fourth seamers today. Just two singles from the first over after tea.

  90. 16:01: 

    Right then. The players are suitably refreshed, while no doubt India captain MS Dhoni is suitably unimpressed. Let's see what the evening session offers up. Let's play.

  91. 16:00:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

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    Sam in Manchester: My colleague Bob and I were only yesterday ruminating on the decreasing popularity of calling a ball a ball. 'Cherry' and 'pill' seem to be euphemisms of choice, however between us we think we demonstrated admirable creativity by talking in terms of the new 'tomato', 'beetroot', 'sunburnt puffer fish' 'merlot goblet' and the never-to-be-surpassed 'as yet unmolded steak tartare'.

  93. 15:56: 

    That's an interesting point from Tony. But is that where the third and fourth seamers should weigh in?

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    Tony: Still a long way to go, but if England can enforce the follow-on, should they? Worried about overworking Jimmy & Stu in this heat.

    One Man's Opinion: Poor fielding, poor bowling and poor batting. India is working hard to lose the Test but knowing England, a draw!

    Richard Carr: Time to give Alastair Cook's legendary spin a go!

    Alastair Cook wicket at Trent Bridge
  95. 15:52: 

    Thanks Mark. It's ticking along nicely for England, isn't it? Just what was Rohit Sharma thinking? I'd stay away from Duncan Fletcher if I was him.

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

    "It's been an entertaining session, India would have settled for one wicket in the session but that wicket just before tea will have given England a massive boost. The coaches will have to sit Rohit Sharma down about seeing it through till tea."

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  97. 15:44: 
    Tea scorecard

    India 214-5 (68 overs) - trail by 355 runs

    Batsmen: Rahane 52*, Dhoni 2*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24), 88-3 (Vijay 35), 136-4 (Kohli 39), 210-5 (Sharma 28)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 18-7-36-2, Broad 14-3-34-2, Jordan 11-3-46-0, Woakes 15-7-40-0, Moeen 10-0-37-1.

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


  98. 15:43: 

    As the players take tea, keep listening to TMS where after the county scores from Kevin Howells, Aggers will continue today's theme of commemorating the start of the First World War. And it's time for me to pass the live text baton back to Marc Higginson for the rest of the day. Adieu.

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    Mattie Bagnall: Early Christmas present from Rohit Sharma!

    Keith Flett: Moeen #beardpower at the Rose Bowl.

    Bruce_zeb: It's at times like this, when England need to ram home their superiority that Cook seems to fail as a captain.

  100. 15:41: 
    TEA INTERVAL- Ind 214-5 (trail by 355)

    Chris Woakes to bowl the last over before tea - Rahane works a two off his legs, but India will be kicking themselves that once more, having set the platform, they have failed to push on with a really big partnership.

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    Peter Gowers: Am I alone in thinking give Ballance a few overs? Nothing to lose. Looked dangerous and unexpected.

    Liam Ainger: Love to see more Gary Ballance leggies.

    Gary Ballance bowled one maiden over during the last rites of the drawn First Test. He has never taken a wicket in professional cricket.

  102. 15:37: 
    Ind 212-5 (Rahane 50, Dhoni 2)

    Skipper Mahendra Dhoni, a man given to the occasional unorthodox captaincy tactic, opts against the use of a "tea watchman" and strides to the crease himself. He's straight off the mark, forcing his first ball for two past point, and we'll probably have time for one more over.

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

    "What a Bobby Bonus that is, just what England hoped and prayed for. It was there to hit, but he slices it to Stuart Broad at mid-off. He is that kind of player, he runs the risk of looking silly. India had just fought themselves back into this contest nicely."

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  104. 15:34: 
    WICKET- R Sharma c Broad b Moeen 28 (Ind 210-5)

    Rohit Sharma comes down the wicket to Moeen - and smacks one straight down mid-off's throat! Sharma looks at his feet as though he'd like the ground to swallow him up, he knows he's dropped a clanger there.


  105. 15:33: 
    Ind 210-4 (trail by 359)

    With the tea interval minutes away, Sharma gets an inside edge... but Woakes remains out of luck as the ball scoots past the stumps and away for four. A single takes him to 28, and we're 14 overs away from the second new ball.

    Michael Vaughan on TMS has been calling for England to give Gary Ballance a bowl, how about some (very) part-time spin before the tea trolley is wheeled out?

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    Sam in Kent: Woakes' selection is indicative of the bowling that is favoured by county cricket. A good fast/medium bowler who is effective "when it swings" and can bat. If number one status in world cricket depended on consistent production of economical medium pace and bowlers who bat, England would dominate world cricket.

    I suggest that producing genuine pace and spin bowling is, in fact, critical to achieving number one status and the domestic game must be forced to find and play these types of bowlers for the long-term benefit of the game.

  107. 15:28: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 205-4 (Rahane 50, Sharma 23)

    Big appeal as Moeen hits Rohit Sharma on the pad, but there seemed to be a significant "thud" of bat on it as well. Good decision. Sharma adds a single off the last ball.

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    Gavin Mortimer: I imagine Liam Plunkett must be feeling a little miffed looking at Jordan and Woakes just now.

  109. 15:26: 
    Ind 204-4 (64 overs)

    Woakes has a short mid-off catching, and that's a better over from him as Rahane plays out a maiden over.

    Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan on TMS speaks for many of us when he laments that "there aren't enough tail-end clowns in Test cricket any more." With the emphasis these days on having "bowlers who bat" (rather than just, say, picking your best bowlers most likely to take wickets), it's a rarity when you see the likes of Chris Martin poking around at number 11.

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    Rob Eggleshaw: Didn't every young public schoolboy play cage cricket in their dormitory corridor? Two runs square or off; four if it went past Wilko's door. Snick and door (including the frame) was out etc. Tools of the trade were a stump and a tennis ball half covered in tape.

  111. 15:21: 
    RAHANE 50- Ind 204-4 (trail by 365)

    Rahane moves to his half century from 92 balls with a single (which also brings up India's 200) - then Sharma - a destructive opener in limited-overs cricket - thrashes Moeen towards cow corner for a first-bounce four, agonisingly a few yards wide of Terry at wide long-on.

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

    "I bet Chris Woakes looks back at the pitch at Lord's and thinks, 'I wish you'd picked me there.'"

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  113. 15:18: 
    Ind 195-4 (Rahane 49, Sharma 18)

    Woakes wipes his forehead in frustration as Rahane slaps him for four through mid-wicket to move within one shot of his fifty, then the Warwickshire man (who would presumably have to be referred to as a "Birmingham man" if this were T20) bounces back, getting Rahane to play and miss at successive deliveries, which earns him some warm, encouraging applause from the crowd. Rahane guides a three through the covers, it's still 12th man Sean Terry on the field for Ian Bell, while it's 11 off the over as Sharma tries to work the last ball down the leg side and it's signalled as four leg byes.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl

    "It takes 13 seconds for Chris Woakes to run up, Ajinkya Rahane to clip for two and Moeen Ali to return the ball. 13 seconds. If we take that as an average (some balls are left and take less time, others hit for boundaries and take longer), then, 90 six-ball overs take 117 minutes to complete. In a full day of Test cricket, that's less than two hours of action."

  115. 15:14: 
    Ind 188-4 (trail by 381)

    If anything, it was that spell of maidens by Anderson which built the pressure which removed Kohli - but the other England bowlers can't seem to stem the flow of runs as Moeen allows the fifth-wicket pair a couple of singles, while Sharma lofts a four over the bowler's head to bring up the fifty partnership.

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

    "I think England have done very, very well, they've bowled good lengths. As for one over spells, looking at this pitch, why not try it? Moeen Ali is doing a decent job, but there's no rough for him to aim for."

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    Fahim Faisal: Need Finn for this! He's the best third bowler, the weight he used to take off Anderson and Broad was huge.

  118. 15:11: 
    Ind 181-4 (Rahane 41, Sharma 13)

    While England aren't quite following India's afternoon route yesterday of bowling their seamers in one-over spells, Broad is off after a four-over burst and Chris Woakes returns. Rahane pushes a two through mid-wicket to move into the 40s.

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    Diccon Thornely: Do international cricketers still get match day lunches of ice bun and ice lolly/optional melted choc ice?

    Craig Jones: Missing Plunkett's bounce and aggression, Woakes economical without troubling and Jordan looks lost.

    Mike Flint: Are England 450 runs ahead? Why all the boundary cover?

  120. 15:07: 
    Ind 179-4 (trail by 390)

    Rahane works Moeen for a single through the covers, while a misfield at fine leg earns Sharma a two. England's over-rate has not been great today - we're only just now at the putative mid-point of the day (45 overs bowled, 45 to go), 25 minutes after the middle of the middle session.

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    Ollie Kemp: All those calling for Broad and/or Anderson to be dropped are starting to look very silly... myself included!

    Mark Dean: Reading #bbccricket coverage tells me there's no secret, bowl consistently, tight, in the right areas, get success. Nothing wayward needed!

  122. 15:04: 
    Ind 177-4 (Rahane 38, Sharma 11)
    Rose Bowl

    Plenty of ice cream being consumed in the sunshine today. Sharma is out of his crease for a bit of mid-pitch gardening between deliveries from Broad - and something's obviously done the trick as he guides a quick single to point. Rahane, who has passed fifty four times in his first seven Tests, moves to within 12 runs of another half century with a single.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "India need two people to play big innings, like England did with Ballance and Bell. These two have made good starts, but credit to England for plugging away."

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  124. 14:59: 
    Ind 175-4 (trail by 394)

    A change of bowling as England look to find the right combination at the Northern End - it's Jordan off and time for some spin from Moeen Ali. He's bowling to Sharma - his opposite number in this Test (as number six batsman and part-time spinner). A gentle single takes Sharma into double figures.

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    Tom Wilkinson: If Chris Jordan is playing Test cricket, there is hope for us all.

    Jim Harrison: Re. "Hydration break" - nothing quite like calling a spade an agricultural digging implement.

    Si Lomas: Jordan just doesn't do enough with the red ball, white ball cricket he's a great prospect but not in longer form.

  126. 14:56: 
    Ind 174-4

    Rahane drives and misses at Stuart Broad, who looks to the heavens in frustration - and then fires one down the leg side which is signalled as four byes but is a little harsh on keeper Jos Buttler, who never had a hope of reaching that one. Had this been limited-overs cricket, that would have been five wides rather than four byes.

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    Mike Roberts: With Ian Bell off for X-rays, who do we think would do any captaincy if Alastair Cook had to leave the field at all?

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Cage Cricket

    "The on-field action is engrossing, but, if we need more entertainment, there's another form of cricket taking place in Southampton. This is Cage Cricket. Fielders in zones, score runs by hitting certain sections of the wall. Can I have a helmet please?"

  129. 14:52: 
    Ind 169-4 (Rahane 41, Sharma 8)

    Rohit Sharma tries to play Jordan off his body, doesn't quite get bat on ball but the Indian pair scamper through for a sharp leg bye. Ajinkya Rahane, looking increasingly assured at the crease, guides a four through point, then repeats the stroke with even more power as the ball rattles to the boundary. He has 41 from 65 balls, Sharma has eight from 27, and while Anderson has bowled well, England have struggled to plug the other end with Woakes and Jordan since lunch.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It has swung throughout the day, it's not been as flat as Trent Bridge, there's always something to keep the bowlers interested. Broad and Anderson have looked a cut above the rest of the bowlers in this game."

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  131. 14:48: 

    Hampshire groundsman Nigel Gray and his staff repaint the popping creases and make any other necessary repairs during the "hydration break" (as they're called now apparently) - it's going to be Chris Jordan to continue.

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    Simon - Worcester: Virtually no chat re crazy Sunday start or sky high ticket prices? Could explain woeful attendance at this game. And Hants are increasing capacity - how do they suggest filling it?

    One could ask the same question of Yorkshire, who are increasing the capacity of Headingley despite thousands of empty seats for much of the Test there this year?

  133. 14:44: 
    Scorecard update

    India 160-4 (54 overs) - trail by 409 runs

    Batsman: Rahane 29*, Sharma 8*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24), 88-3 (Vijay 35), 136-4 (Kohli 39)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 18-7-36-2, Broad 12-3-31-2, Jordan 10-3-38-0, Woakes 10-6-24-0, Moeen 4-0-19-0.

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


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

    "I've been impressed that England's bowlers have kept the pace up on a long, hot day - that's what you've got to do to win Test matches."

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  135. 14:43: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 160-4

    Aggers returns to the TMS airwaves - the WW1 "Trench Cake" from lunchtime was authentically solid, apparently - as Broad begins a new over, Rahane stands up to a bouncer and pulls it for a single. Sharma pokes a quick single to mid-on as the fielder dawdles, and Rahane mistimes a two through mid-wicket to take India to drinks without further alarm.

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    Peter Crompton: Chris Jordan bowling all over the place. Couldn't look any more out of sorts. Needs a lucky wicket or to be taken out the attack.

    Mattie Bagnall: What is happening to Jordan's rhythm?

    Paul Atkinson: On a 1-10 scale of calm to seething, how close to 11 will Plunkett be today, watching Jordan bowl anywhere and everywhere?

  137. 14:39: 
    Ind 156-4

    A better over from Chris Jordan, and Rohit Sharma - perhaps with half an eye on the imminent drinks break - plays out a maiden.

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

    "There is some conventional swing, but Chris Jordan just can't quite get it in the right areas."

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  139. 14:35: 
    Ind 156-4 (Rahane 26, Sharma 7)

    Now it's Jordan at second slip as Stuart Broad replaces Anderson in the attack. Rahane adds a single, while Sharma dabs a three down to third man to reduce the deficit to a mere 413.

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    Yinny in Kent: Surely must mention Jimmy Ormond and Kabir Ali, as less than five caps!

    Indeed, and here's a shot of the twice-capped Jimmy Ormond bowling in India in 2001.

    James Ormond
  141. 14:30: 
    Ind 152-4 (trail by 417)

    Bowling impeccably from one end, Anderson is stationed at second slip when the bowling is at the other end - that's a bit better from Jordan, but Sharma pushes India past 150 with a three to leg, and Rahane flicks a single off his legs to keep the strike.

    Good news for Ian Bell - the precautionary X-ray on his thumb has revealed bruising but no fracture.

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

    "England are slowly making inroads into India's batting line-up, but India will be thanking their lucky stars they have played the extra batsman."

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  143. 14:25: 
    Ind 148-4 (Rahane 24, Sharma 1)

    Anderson, after three maidens on the trot, has his sequence of dot balls ended when Rahane punches a three through the covers. Sharma is off the mark, threading a single through the covers, but Rahane gets lucky when a ball keeps low, misses the top of the stumps by a whisker - and indeed keeps low enough to get past Buttler for four byes.

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    Tom Colocci: Can we just take a minute to say that for all his batting and captaincy woes, Cook's catching at first slip has been nigh on impeccable all summer.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Cook has now taken 22 catches off Anderson in Test cricket which equals the most by a fielder for England - caught Botham bowled Willis."

  146. 14:20: 
    Ind 140-4 (trail by 429)

    Rohit Sharma, playing his seventh Test (and his first in England), is the new batsman - now, can Jordan put the brakes on at the other end? It's not a good sign when he starts with a wide. Rahane pushes a two down to third man, a single allows Sharma to take guard in the Hampshire sunshine - his first ball starts wide and swings wider. Still not quite the Jordan we saw in the West Indies.

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    Jay Smith: Huge wicket, just when it was needed!

    James Brandon: Jimmy Anderson is a GOD.

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

    "That was a great bit of bowling, great line and length, nagging away outside the off stump. He felt for it, and it was a fine catch by Alastair Cook. Jimmy Anderson knows the value of that wicket."

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  149. 14:14: 
    WICKET- Kohli c Cook b Anderson 39 (Ind 136-4)

    Anderson runs in for his 17th over, and after keeping Kohli tied down with five dot balls, Jimmy strikes when he gets the right-hander to nibble at one and he's caught low down at first slip. Big breakthrough - but I'm sure the sequence of maidens (this being the third) played a big part in Anderson applying the pressure.

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    Will Collins, Yorkshire: The suggestion is that Graham Onions cannot get into the side because he is too similar to Anderson, will Jimmy's possible upcoming suspension be his chance to shine? Like for like replacement.

    Jeremy Jones: Whenever fast bowlers I've played with have had radar problems, they can often be accentuated by the advice to "slow it down and get a rhythm". Sometimes the best way to deal with the adrenaline overload is just to let them know that they're on for a four-over stint and encourage them to bowl as fast as they can and scare the batsman. That's what worked with Mitchell Johnson's dodgy aim, and I'd suggest the same with Jordan.

  151. 14:09: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 136-3 (Kohli 39, Rahane 18)

    Nope - Woakes off, Chris Jordan (who was a little erratic earlier) on at the Northern End. He has two slips, a gully and a catcher on the square at short cover. Kohli moves up through the gears with a two, then he fences at a wide one, it brushes the fingertips of Captain Cook at first slip - but he can't hold on and the ball disappears for four. Cook will know only too well how valuable that may be for the batsman... Moving to 39 with a single, the previously off-form Kohli has now scored more runs in this innings than in his combined four previous Test innings on this tour.

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    Andrew in York: Jordan is getting too much stick. He was one of the few rated by the Aussies last winter and bowlers like Woakes et al get hammered overseas. He is our one genuinely 90mph plus bowler and should be given some encouragement as he is a matchwinner on his day. Seem to remember he out-bowled Woakes in the county game the other day.

  153. 14:04: 
    Ind 129-3
    Chris Woakes

    I wonder if Captain Cook is thinking of a bowling change at one end - as while Woakes is starting to leak runs, Anderson is still right on the money - there's a deep square leg out, but Rahane isn't being tempted to go after any bouncers. Back-to-back maidens for the Burnley Express - will Woakes get another over?

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    Matt Flanders: The man in the bear suit (see 13:47) has my deepest sympathies! In 2005 I spent the Saturday of the last Ashes Test at The Oval dressed as 'Lamby' from the Beefy and Lamby meat advertising campaign at the time. Not only did I suffer pretty serious dehydration, but it was probably the most boring day of that entire series, with the Aussies batting all day and only two wickets falling!

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

    "I think what Cook will have to do, a bit like Dhoni, is that it is very hot, there's not a lot happening and he will have to fish around for his best combinations in short spells."

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  156. 14:00: 
    Ind 129-3 (Kohli 32, Rahane 18)

    Woakes finds the outside edge of Kohli's bat - but it skews past the slip cordon, Joe Root gives chase and a sliding stop restricts the Indians to three. Rahane and Kohli help themselves to three more singles to keep the scoreboard chugging along, while 12th man Sean Terry gets a smattering of applause from the locals for some smart fielding.

    Trench Cake

    Here's Great British Bake-Off winner Frances Quinn discussing the World War One-style Trench Cake she presented to Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew during the lunch interval.

  158. 13:55: 
    Ind 123-3

    While Kohli tucked into Woakes, Rahane is more watchful against Anderson, who's either applied a blob of sun cream to his nose at the lunch interval, or gorged himself on an iced bun or two. (In this warm weather, either course of action is eminently acceptable). Rahane leaves anything he doesn't have to play at - a maiden over ensues.

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    Alex, pretending to work: Re: Pete (13:38) - no, of course we can't give credit to Cook for Broad's inspired spell! Just like he is now automatically back in form with that 95. He can never be given any credit for England doing well in the field.

  160. 13:52: 
    Ind 123-3 (Kohli 28, Rahane 16)

    After that one over of Moeen spin post-lunch, England turn back to seamer Chris Woakes, who's sent down six maidens in his first eight overs. But the first ball of a new spell sits up well outside off stump and is meat and drink for Kohli, who guides it through the covers for four, before knocking a two through backward point and tucking another double past the square leg umpire. Ominously, he's scoring all around the wicket, while Woakes's figures have gone from 8-6-10-0 to 9-6-18-0.

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    Andy Cole: I've got a load of Kent players who were picked in Test squads or maybe got less than five Tests (except for Cow who had 6 Tests): Mark Benson, Joe Denly (in squad but not picked), Ed Smith, David Fulton (in squad but not picked), Chris Cowdrey (capt), Martin McCague, Min Patel, Alan Igglesden, Martin Saggers, Amjad Khan, James Tredders... who should be playing today!

    Bit of a long tail that with McCague at six and Igglesden at eight?

  162. 13:47: 
    Ind 115-3

    The hottest (ie sweatiest) person at the Rose Bowl today may well be someone looking on in a large bear suit, decked out in desert camouflage fatigues as part of the military commemoration at the ground today. James Anderson, whose own chin is sporting a little more fur than we've come to expect, returns at the Pavilion End, and the over yields just a Kohli single.

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

    "With Anderson, something's going to have to go wrong for him not to become England's greatest wicket-taker, but he'll do well to get it in this series - especially if he's suspended!"

    Sir Ian Botham took 383 Test wickets, James Anderson currently has 365.

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  164. 13:43: 
    Ind 114-3 (Kohli 19, Rahane 16)

    It's going to be off-spinner Moeen Ali to continue from the Northern End, where he had been bowling before lunch, and Rahane helps the first ball of the afternoon session past short leg for a single. Kohli knocks a single into the covers, while a half-volley is superbly driven through the covers for four by Rahane, just beating the man running round from deep point.

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    Richard, Southport: Chris Jordan is nothing more or less than a poor man's Tim Bresnan.

  166. 13:38: 

    Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have a practice bowl on the outfield before they're joined by their England team-mates and the India batsmen - we're ready to resume.

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    Richard Wildsmith: Can see Chris Jordan joining the under five Tests club with this bowling.

    Pete Osborn: Any credit due to captain Cook for this fine spell from Stuart Broad?

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    John Stubbington: On a Hampshire ground I must recall the days of the great Derek Shackleton, who bowled for the county for 21 seasons with incomparable success. His great skill was to bowl accurately with a little bit of movement, either way. That is an excellent model to follow; a lesson for many bowlers today?

    "Shack" would nearly get into the "under five Tests" club we were discussing earlier - he played seven Tests between 1950 and 1963, but took a mammoth 2,857 first-class wickets - including a record 2,669 for Hampshire.

  169. 13:35: 

    If you weren't with us at the start, there was a minute's silence before play to commemorate the start of the First World War, while 1,000 Armed Forces personnel have been given tickets to the game today for this Test in Hampshire, which retains a strong association with the services.

  170. 13:32: 

    Thanks, Higgy. TMS have just been presented with a "Trench Cake" - of the sort which would be baked by loved ones at home and sent out to serving soldiers. So as you can imagine, apparently it's pretty sturdy.

  171. 13:30: 

    Wow, we heard some fascinating, humbling stuff during that TMS lunchtime chat. Be sure to look out for the podcast later if you missed it. Back to the cricket we must go, however, and let me introduce Mark Mitchener, who will be steering you through the afternoon session. I'll be back at tea!

  172. 13:25:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Cricket historian David Frith: "We should not forget the Australians who also fought in the War. Bert Oldfield was one - he was a stretcher bearer. He was the only one to survive when a shell exploded around him and his group. He was nursed back to health with a metal plate in his forehead and ended up playing Test cricket for Australia throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s - he was famously hit on the head by Harold Larwood and felled during that ferocious match at Adelaide during the Bodyline series."

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Rose Bowl

    "Lunch in the pavilion, or 'The Atrium' as this room is known. Steamy hot under the glass windows, lager supped and giant plates of fish and chips eaten. Keep your eyes peeled for players, as Jos Buttler wanders along the balcony overhead."

  174. 13:15:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Cricket historian David Frith: "Harry Lee was one of those who came back alive, but he suffered a serious leg injury which left him injured in No Man's Land for three days. He ended up with a shortened leg and a limp but he still played a Test match for England in 1930."

  175. 13:12:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Cricket historian David Frith: "Counties struggled for income. Worcestershire pleaded for help from the others to stay afloat. Everyone had to look after each other because nobody knew when it would all finish."

  176. 13:11:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Cricket historian David Frith: "If Jack Hobbs had gone to the Western Front and lost his life, it would have been a huge dent to the country's morale."

  177. 13:08:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Cricket historian David Frith: "Jack Hobbs didn't enlist for the first World War and he went and played in the Bradford leagues at the weekend. That divided a lot of people - should cricket have continued to be played?"

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "During the first World War, 289 first-class cricketers lost their lives."

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    A reminder that Test Match Special are discussing the stories of cricketers affected by World War One during the lunch interval. 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.

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

    "It's been an excellent morning of execution of plans by England. It won't be a pitch where you go straight through a team, keep chipping away and if they have India six or seven down tonight they will take that. They have bowled with discipline, and they should remind India there is a ball occasionally that could hurt them. But if India bat with discipline and purpose there is a hundred there for the taking."

  181. 13:01: 
    Lunch scorecard

    India 108-3 (40 overs) - trail by 461 runs

    Batsman: Kohli 18*, Rahane 11*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24), 88-3 (Vijay 35)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 13-4-31-1, Broad 10-3-23-2, Jordan 6-2-23-0, Woakes 8-6-10-0, Moeen 3-0-13-0.

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


  182. 13:00: 
    LUNCH- Ind 108-3

    Virat Kohli finds himself on the deck after falling over in trying to escape a Chris Woakes bouncer - a sight to cheer all fast bowlers, especially one who has been told by so many that he is not quick enough. The new prince of the Indian batting order then has to dig out a well-directed yorker as he sees out Woakes's sixth maiden in his eight overs. Time for lunch, gentlemen.

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

    "Every now and then Moeen loses his patience and tries to bowl the glory ball. He has to be patient and build up the dot balls."

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  184. 12:57: 
    Ind 108-3 (Kohli 18, Rahane 11)

    Moeen Ali, with his high, loopy action, is giving the ball plenty of air with 569 runs behind him and the India batsmen are watchful as we head towards lunch. Just three runs from the over.

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    Sean in Newcastle: Chris Jordan bowls a few bad overs and all of a sudden bring Stokes back? Jordan has already proved this summer he has what it takes with bat, ball and in the field.

  186. 12:55: 
    Ind 105-3 (Woakes 7-5-10-0)

    Chris Woakes continues to impress in front of a sparse Rose Bowl crowd, sending down another maiden over to Ajinkya Rahane who, between overs, gave Virat Kohli a little smile. "I got away with one there, mate!".

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    Richard, Crickhowell: Under five caps XI: Wilf Slack, Alan Butcher, Roland Butcher, Paul Parker, Andy Lloyd, Gavin Hamilton, David Bairstow, Min Patel, Arnie Sidebottom, Les Taylor, Greg Thomas.

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    Shaun White: These umpires are terrible, they get more decisions wrong that correct.

    Sachin R. Saraf: Whinge time for England DRS brigade.

    Kieran Dale: Another incorrect umpiring decision only serves to highlight why DRS should be compulsory and the power the BCCI has.

  189. 12:51: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 105-3

    Oh dear! That's another umpiring mistake, and this time it's India who benefit as Moeen Ali gets one to grip and turn and the ball tickles the glove of Ajinkya Rahane on its way down the leg side to the wicketkeeper. Not out, says Rod Tucker. Replays show it was. There is no DRS in this series, remember.

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    Rob: Picking you up from the Somme battlefields. As I cycle around making a radio documentary on the war here. One story I'm covering is William Booth who died of wounds on 1 July 1916. Played cricket for Yorkshire and England, destructive lower-order batsmen and right-arm medium-fast bowler. In 2009 I placed a cricket ball on his grave into which I stitched a red square of paper from the tickertape celebrating the 2009 Ashes win. I'll be following the lunchtime interview.

    Listen to more cricketing tales from the First World War on TMS during the lunch interval.

  191. 12:47: 
    Ind 104-3 (trail by 465)

    Chris Woakes is impressing with his extra pace in this match, averaging around 86mph as he probes away outside off stump. He is, however, slightly guilty of not making the batsmen play enough as he hangs the ball outside off stump. There is the odd jaffa in there too, though, as he angles one into the right-handed Virat Kohli and almost induces an edge. Maiden over.

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    Richard in Crickhowell, Powys: Re: under five cap wonders (11:34). Steve James and Mark Lathwell to open, followed by Paul Terry, Ed Smith, Usman Afzaal and Alan Wells. Warren Hegg to keep wicket with a bowling line-up of James Tredwell, Ajmal Shahzad, Richard Johnson and Neil Mallender. A balanced side of six batters, one keeper and four bowlers!

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

    "It was a good move to have Chris Woakes opening the bowling this morning, I think it gave Stuart Broad a kick up the backside. That was good captaincy."

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  194. 12:44: 
    Ind 104-3 (Kohli 17, Rahane 8)

    Time for a bit of off-spin from Moeen Ali, who appears to have dispensed with the wristbands which earned him a slap on the, well, wrist yesterday. Both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are quick to milk singles, before the latter strikes four through the covers. Nine from the over.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl
    Murali Vijay walks off

    "You're in the form of your life. Ball coming off the bat like a bullet. Then, one mistake and you're gone. 'Why did I play that shot? How did I get out that way?' The walk off, the stare of the crowd, polite applause. Then, up the steps and into the solace of the dressing-room to be alone with your thoughts."

  196. 12:39: 
    Ind 95-3 (34 overs)

    Chris Woakes, sporting the type of side-parting enforced on many of us when it was school photograph day, is brought back to replace Stuart Broad and he slips into his back-of-a-length groove, trying to give the ball a chance to swing. Three dots are followed by Virat Kohli's push down the ground for three.

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    Dan in Rickmansworth: The 'under five caps wonders' came in abundance during the constantly shuffling 'Class of 07'. The likes of Ian Blackwell, Jon Lewis and Shaun Udal spring to mind. Images of them playing one day cricket reminds me of the dark age following the 06-07 whitewash. Horrible.

    In Shaun Udal's defence, his last ODI was in 2005...

  199. 12:34: 
    Ind 92-3 (trail by 477)

    Rather like with Simon Kerrigan last summer, it's pretty uncomfortable to watch an individual with so much talent so obviously struggling with his game. Unless he's Australian, of course!

    Chris Jordan is having a nightmare morning as he sends down another big wide, this time down the off side. He is struggling to make the India batsmen play at the ball and, after another wayward set of six, he might just find himself having an extended stint in the field for the next few hours.

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

    "I can't see England bowling India out cheaply, the pitch is too good and Indian batsman are quite good. You are not going to stop people scoring, but if they bowl enough good balls they could bowl them out and get a lead. Whether it's enough to win the match, we'll see, but they are capable of bowling them out."

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    Stuart Broad celebrates a wicket with Joe Root

    Mark in Lanzarote: Broad seems fired up, possibly because he had to wait to bowl this morning. You'd love to think that Cook's done that on purpose.

  202. 12:29: 
    Ind 90-3 (Kohli 11, Rahane 1)

    Ajinkya Rahane, who scored that wonderful century at Lord's, is the new batsman, but he looks jittery early on as he gets into trouble against Stuart Broad's well-directed short ball and almost pops up a simple catch to the fielders in close proximity. He survives for now, but he's got a real battle on his hands against Broad who is really steaming in now.

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    Sam Warren: Does anyone genuinely see Jordan as either a better current or long-term alternative to Stokes? Thought not.

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

    "Best view of the cricket? What about this one? High in the pavilion, directly behind the wicketkeeper, getting an idea of what the batsman has to deal with. So good, it's where the TV cameras are."

  205. 12:24: 
    Ind 88-3 (trail by 481)

    England supporters will be slightly concerned to hear Ian Bell has gone to hospital for an X-ray on his thumb after hurting his hand in attempting to take a low slip catch which didn't carry earlier on this morning. Sean Terry, who is the son of former Hampshire batsman Paul Terry, is the 12th man on in his place. Chris Jordan continues to scatter the ball all over the cut strip, a worried expression forming on his face as the struggles to get things right.

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

    "All credit to Stuart Broad, he got him in two minds. He was going to play, then he decided he wouldn't but could not get the bat out of the way. All credit to the bowler for deceiving him."

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  207. 12:17: 
    WICKET- Vijay b Broad 35 (Ind 88-3)
    Cheteshwar Pujara

    Is Stuart Broad having one of his magical days? After getting rid of Che Pujara earlier, he removes the equally as stubborn Murali Vijay via an inside edge onto the stumps. Plenty of credit to the bowler too, after he set up the batsman throughout the over by moving the ball both ways off the seam - hence the indecision when one nipped back in and was chopped on.


  208. 12:14: 
    Ind 87-2 (Jordan 4-1-21-0)

    Chris Jordan needs a little clip with a rhythm stick - he just can't find any sort of a groove as he sprays it both sides of the wicket, losing some of his pace as he tries to rediscover his mojo. Just four from the over though, when Virat Kohli squirts four through the gully region.

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    Graham, near Bishop's Stortford: There was a lanky fast bowler called Jonathan Agnew who played three Tests back in the mid-eighties. He looked quite tidy. No idea what happened to him - I think it was said that he changed careers, for some reason...

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

    "What worries me about England more than anything is we don't have that quality spinner. Swann or Monty, at their best, could bowl at one end and soak up a lot of pressure."

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  211. 12:10: 
    Eng 83-2 (Vijay 31, Kohli 9)
    India's Murali Vijay

    Does Murali Vijay have any chinks in his armour? He's averaging almost 90 in this series alone as England struggle to break through his seemingly watertight defence while containing his orthodox range of classical scoring strokes - one of which brings three through extra cover when Stuart Broad pitches one up. Two more are added straight down the ground, before Vijay gets some fortune when he almost gets an inside edge onto his stumps. He recovers his poise to clips three through the leg side. This boy's booking in for bed and breakfast.

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    John Thompson: Regarding David "Syd" Lawrence (see 11:53), I had the pleasure of meeting him at a benefit game for Winston Davis at Milton Keynes in 2005. He still tried to run in as fast and hard as he could for five overs before announcing in a booming voice "That's me done!" When asked for one more by the skipper he replied "You try running in on one leg, weighing this much!" Needless to say he got his sweater and settled in at first slip for the duration! Great guy, tragic end to his career.

  213. 12:02: 
    Scorecard update

    India 75-2 (27 overs) - trail by 494 runs

    Batsman: Vijay 26*, Kohli 6*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Dhawan 6), 56-2 (Pujara 24)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 13-4-31-1, Broad 7-3-12-1, Jordan 3-1-17-0, Woakes 4-3-7-0.

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


  214. 12:02: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 75-2 (Vijay 26, Kohli 6)

    Chris Jordan's radar isn't working just yet as he sends down five wides first up and, in over-compensating with one which is pitched up on the off side, he is clattered through extra cover for four by Virat Kohli. Jordan really is struggling as Murali Vijay weighs in with a cover-drive to the boundary of his own. Time for drinks.

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

    "England have to stick to their guns, there will be some partnerships - they are not going to just roll over this Indian line-up. They have got to keep believing."

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  216. 11:57: 
    Ind 61-2 (trail by 508)

    Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad are making the ball talk - almost to the point where it's homing in on the batsmen whenever they try and sway out of the way. Virat Kohli must be relieved to get off the mark with a single to mid-wicket.

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    Sam Carr: More than one but less than five-cap wonders: Jason Gallian, Paul Terry, Mark Lathwell, Kim Barnett, Usman Afzaal, Rikki Clarke, Warren Hegg, Chris Schofield, James Kirtley, Ed Giddins, Neil Mallender.

    Charlie from Chichester: Who could forget Darren Pattinson - plucked from the obscurity of county cricket to play that solitary Test match in 2008. Heard more about his brother since...

    Darren Pattinson
  218. 11:53: 
    Ind 60-2 (Vijay 22, Kohli 0)

    James Anderson appears to have the ball on a string now as he swings it both ways to the befuddled India batsmen. Covering the ball from the top of his run-up, he athletically and economically runs to the delivery crease before sending down some absolute jaffas - the last of which spits at Murali Vijay and almost slices him in half before Jos Buttler takes a stunning one-handed catch behind the stumps to prevent four byes. Top cricket all round.

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    David Lawrence

    All this talk of James Kirtley (see email below) has got you remembering those fast bowlers who played just a handful of Tests for England...

    David Payne: What about the big fella, who looked like a wardrobe running away down a hill? Less than 5 Tests. Syd Lawrence.

    That'll be Gloucestershire's David 'Syd' Lawrence, who played his Tests between 1988 and 1992.

  220. 11:48: 
    Ind 60-2 (trail by 509)

    Virat Kohli is the new man to the crease, and Stuart Broad - possibly angered by his demotion from new-ball duties this morning - has his tail up.

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

    "Big wicket - the bat went up periscope but he just got a glove on the ball. Short of a length, Pujara was trying to sway out of the way, he rocked back on his heels but he just got a touch. That is a huge wicket for England."

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  222. 11:44: 
    WICKET- Pujara c Buttler b Broad 24 (Ind 56-2)
    Stuart Broad celebrates a wicket

    Stuart Broad strikes! A well-directed rib-tickler gets Che Pujara into all sorts of trouble and the stoic number three tries to sway out of the way but gets a faint nick through to Jos Buttler for his first catch as England's Test wicketkeeper.


  223. 11:44: 
    Ind 56-1

    If James Anderson does end up getting suspended for his alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge, watching the England bowling attack is going to be akin to seeing Manchester United without Ryan Giggs somewhere in the match day squad, eating battered fish without chips or watching an episode of Coronation Street without Steve McDonald in it. You get the jist!

    He's certainly the spearhead for England in this match as he recovers from being expertly clipped to the midwicket boundary by Murali Vijay by inducing an edge from the batsman which falls just short of the slips.

  224. 11:38: 
    Ind 52-1 (trail by 517)

    Stuart Broad, who is probably quietly seething that he wasn't opening the bowling this morning, replaces Chris Woakes at the Pavillion End. Murali Vijay finally gets his first runs of the day when he cracks four through the gully region and then helps himself to three through the off side - the ball just slowing down before it reaches the boundary rope.

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    Rob Boal: Hopefully when Broad is brought on he'll bowl like he has something to prove. Good captaincy.

  226. 11:34: 
    Ind 45-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 24)

    James Kirtley (see email below) is a real blast from the past - from the days when England would pluck seamers from county cricket to exploit early-summer conditions. Ed Giddins is another who springs to mind. In fact, there's a list as long as your arm of fast bowlers who have been discarded after one or two Tests. Simon Brown is another. Feel free to put together your line-up of 'Under five caps wonders'.

    Back to the cricket, and James Anderson is still striving for that all-important breakthrough but Che Pujara is up to the challenge - driving the bowler back down the ground for a crisp four.

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    Tom, Cardiff: I have a screenshot saved on my computer of the Edgbaston match of the 2011 England-India series, where England were 666-6 in the 180th over. Cook went on to score 294, which was then (and still is) the 6th highest score by an England batsman. Whoever number 666 is, it seems like a pretty auspicious number for these England-India match-ups.

  228. 11:28: 
    Ind 41-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 20)

    Chris Woakes is using the full width of the delivery crease as he tries to unsettle the India batsmen early on. First of all he delivers from wide of the crease, then he gets in close to the stumps. Coupled with decent pace - he's quicker than James Anderson - and a hint of swing, and it makes for a very dangerous opening bowler. Che Pujara is certainly respecting the Warwickshire all-rounder as he plays out a maiden over.

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

    "It's almost as if Jimmy Anderson is striving too hard for that wicket, unusually he's tried coming round the wicket to swing the ball into the right-hander. There's a bit of anxiety out there."

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    James Kirtly

    TMS have been discussing how England's next new Test cap will have the number 666 on his shirt...

    Richard Alderson: Regarding the discussion on who will be England's number 666, the number of the beast, the actual number of the beast is meant to be 616 but due to errors in translation was often believed to be 666. This was pointed out on the BBC TV show QI and many scholars accept 616 as the correct number. This would mean James Kirtley holds that number.

    James Kirtley - the devil incarnate. You heard it here first!

  231. 11:23: 
    Ind 41-1 (trail by 528)

    Did you enjoy Jos Buttler's hitting yesterday? Well, did you know the England debutant is the 665th player to be capped by his country - meaning the next recipient of an England cap will be given the number 666. Devilish.

    Out in the middle, Che Pujara is looking in good nick as he guides an Ian Bell-esque dab down to third man for four before clipping two into the leg side.

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    Mark Palmer: Lessons not learned from Lord's - wasting new ball.

  233. 11:17: 
    Ind 35-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 14)

    Chris Woakes has indeed added a yard of pace - regularly sending down the ball at speeds of more than 88mph to two of India's most nuggety batsmen. He is still striving for rhythm though, as Che Pujara gets a thick outside edge which runs away for four and then clips a leggy delivery for two. A single returns the strike to Murali Vijay who is presenting the full face of the bat in stout defence early on.

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

    "Alastair Cook could do with a Colin Blythe - the left arm-spinner who was killed in 1917 - today because this pitch looks so good. They must get some life out of it while the ball is possibly going to swing because its been good for batting so far and I don't think it's going to deteriorate."

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  235. 11:13: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 28-1

    England's four-strong slip cordon stands to attention, the quartet wearing their pristine navy blue England caps as they, in synch, crouch and then cup their hands together ready to gobble up any edges which come their way. They are in perfect harmony too, when they all appeal vociferously for a caught-behind as a James Anderson bumper whistles past Murali Vijay's's outside edge. Not out, says Rod Tucker. He's right.

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

    "Woakes looks like he has put on a yard of pace since we saw him bowl at The Oval last year, which was a very slow surface."

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  237. 11:09: 
    Ind 27-1 (trail by 542)

    Good captaincy from Alastair Cook as he refuses to go with convention and partner James Anderson with Stuart Broad. Chris Woakes, in only his second Test, is entrusted with the shiny cherry and he instantly pitches the ball up and gets some nice swing - one delivery in particular causing problems and being chopped into his pads by Murali Vijay, who then sways out of the way of a brisk and well-directed short ball. Maiden over.

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    Rob Zabrocky: Can someone ask Jimmy to bowl at the stumps, make them play the ball.

    Darran Lambert: Surely the order of the day for England has to be full and straight, make the Indians play. Limit the short stuff.

  239. 11:05: 
    Ind 27-1 (Vijay 11, Pujara 6)

    James Anderson - who else? - gets us under way with a new ball which is only 14 overs old. It takes just one delivery for the Burnley Express to start beating the outside edge with some heart-warming swing. It's a probing over first up - the only blemish being one ball which slides down leg and Che Pujara clips two into the leg side. Next up? Chris Woakes...

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    James 'Pidge' Clewer: As much as I like the lad, I hope to see Jordan bowl as few overs as necessary today after last night's showing. Wayward.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at the Rose Bowl

    "El scorchio in Southampton, the hottest day of the Test so far. A time to be batting? You'd think so, and this long-as-your-arm India line-up should relish weather than is more Delhi than Botley. The crowd? Diminishing, smaller than at this point yesterday."

  242. 10:58: 
    Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and James Anderson observe a minute's silence

    The minute's silence is impeccably observed by everyone inside the Rose Bowl. To mark the date, the ECB have also given 1,000 free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for today's play.

  243. 10:56: 
    Lieutenant Mark Toogood rings the bell

    Just before we get under way, both teams line up, side by side, to observe a minute's silence to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The pavilion bell is rung by Lieutenant Mark Toogood from nearby HMS Collingwood - he's captain of the Royal Navy cricket team.

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    James Anderson of England bowling

    Jon Owen: The Burnley Express has to swing it round corners today.

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

    "I think Test cricket will continue to evolve and we'll see teams picking three or four players who can bat like Jos Buttler in the next three or four years. Look at Ravindra Jadeja for India: he was running down the wicket and whacking James Anderson back over his head."

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    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England actually gained an hour in the game by scoring those late runs so quickly yesterday. It would have been worse for them if they had to bat until today to get those runs - which looked like it could happen at one point until Jos Buttler walked to the crease."

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  247. 10:49: 
    Bell's tribute
    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell dedicated his century - the 21st of his Test career - to the memory of his grandfather William, who died earlier this month.

    "It was for him. He was a massive influence on my cricket," said Bell. "He took me to cricket when mum and dad were at work. You need helpful family to get you to all those junior games."

    That's a very good point from Bell. I'm sure all cricketers who make it to the top - and plenty of those who don't - rely heavily on a special somebody to taxi them to and from venues. Dad's taxi and all that.

  248. 10:48: 
    Aggers on Bell
    Jonathan Agnew

    Ian Bell's classy 167 underpinned England's charge past a first innings total of 500, and the BBC's chief cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew was gushing in his praise of the talented right-hander.

    "An out-of-form Bell is not too dissimilar to an in-form Bell," wrote Agnew in his BBC Sport column. "Perhaps when the runs aren't flowing he walks at the ball and edges behind or gets bowled more often, but he still plays in much the same way.

    "At his best, though, the Warwickshire man is one of the most aesthetically pleasing players England have had for a long time and this hundred was typical of the man.

    "There was beautiful driving, strength off the pads and those lovely late cuts through third man. He's been through a rough trot, without a Test hundred in 19 innings, but this should see his confidence restored."

  249. 10:47: 
    ICC warns Moeen over wristbands
    Moeen Ali

    England batsman Moeen Ali, who wore wristbands saying "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" while batting and fielding yesterday, has been warned by the International Cricket Council not to wear them any more.

    ICC rules state players should not wear messages relating to "political, religious or racial activities" during matches.

    An ICC spokesman told BBC Sport: "Moeen Ali was told by the match referee that whilst he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match."

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

    "If Virat Kohli gets to 20 today, he could end up giving us all a batting masterclass. He's one player England need to get early."

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

    "The declaration might have been a little late, but you always need to make sure you have enough runs on the board to win the game - only time will tell. It's important England hit the ground running first up and make it hard for India to get going. They have got rid of the left-hander so now they can dig a trench outside off stump and put pressure on the right-handers."

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

  252. 10:41: 
    Weather report

    BBC Weather's Simon King: "Sun hats and sun cream are the order of the day. It will be a very warm day, but things get a little more interesting on Wednesday and Thursday when there will be a little bit of cloud around and even some wind. It will go cooler and breezier from tomorrow."

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Also, allow me to remind you how to get involved with today's live text commentary. Basically, we like to talk about anything and everything - as long as it's loosely related to cricket!

    Whatever you want to talk about today: we're all ears. You can send us a tweet, via #bbccricket, send a text to 81111 or email tms@bbc.co.uk (putting 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line).

    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.

  255. 10:38: 
    One down, 19 to go!
    Alastair Cook

    England, despite once again failing to make the batsmen play anywhere near enough, also nipped out Shikhar Dhawan before the close on the second day - leaving India 25-1 and trailing by 544 runs. Can the hosts finally ram home their advantage as they look to stop a rot of 10 winless Tests in succession?

  256. 10:36: 
    Luck: the good stuff
    Ian Bell

    Yep, England's potentially match-winning position in the third Test at the Rose Bowl owes much to a huge dollop of the good stuff: luck!

    Captain Alastair Cook was dropped on 15, and went on to make 95. Ian Bell? Well, he was plumb lbw on nought but he survived and eventually plundered 167.

    Then there's Jos Buttler on debut. Lady Luck must really love watching the swashbuckling wicketkeeper bat. First of all he edged to the slips and was caught, only to be reprieved because the umpires couldn't decide if the catch had carried. Then he was dropped in the slips and the recipient of a blundered stumping opportunity by MS Dhoni.

    His net gain? 85 runs off 83 balls. The result? England racked up 569-7 declared.

  257. 10:30: 

    Lady Luck is a cruel mistress. You never see her, but you can certainly feel her presence - or, in the case of the England cricket team, the lack of it.

    In fact, I'm not sure she's seen much of the England cricket team for the best part of a year. Until this week in Southampton.

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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.