England v India, first Test, day four as it happened

Joe Root and James Anderson spark an England fightback as India close day four of the first Test with a lead of 128.

12 July 2014 Last updated at 10:39

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As it happened

  1. 18:50: 

    And that's where we leave it. The pitch may be winning, but today has belonged to James Anderson.

    Join us tomorrow to see if his efforts contribute to an England win. Goodnight.

    James Anderson
  2. 18:46: 

    But hope diminished as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shut the shops. India sleep on 167-3, a lead of 128. England will still think they can force victory, but it will need an excellent start in the morning. Similarly, India's best hope of a result is to be bowled out then hope for an England collapse. It's hard to see past the draw, though.

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

    "England have some serious pieces of the jigsaw out of place. The keeper is missing catches, I won't go on about his batting because he got a terrible decision. We have no spinner we can count on to do 30 overs. Our batting keeps collapsing, that's a worry. We can't keep collapsing and the tail keep getting us out of jail."

  4. 18:44: 

    It was down to Moeen Ali to make the breakthrough, both to remove Dhawan and later Vijay after a stand of 91 with Cheteshwar Pujara. When Pujara went next ball to Liam Plunkett, England had hope.

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

    "Prior has dropped about three. Whether he is fit, there is talk of an ankle injury, but they were catchable. I expect an international keeper not to miss three in a match."

  6. 18:43: 

    Problem was, the deck remained flatter than the promenade. Still nothing for the pacers, with a chance that was given by Murali Vijay dropped by Matt Prior. Lead wiped out by Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan.

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    Muhammad: Re: Hugh in Taunton (17:33) Hugh, no, not leopard.. release something which doesn't have a tail. That might work.

  8. 18:42: 

    At lunch we wondered if Anderson could become the first Test number 11 to score a ton. Alas, it was not to be, a flash edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar to slip for the seamer's fifth wicket. By that point, England lead by 39 and were on top.

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

    "Cook and Dhoni tried all sorts of fields and really it's not them it's the pitch. It sucked the life out of the bowlers and any real chance of bowling a batsman out with a good ball. I'll wait until there is a proper contest between the bat and ball."

    Alastair Cook
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    Gedling Colliery CC: Varied day at the Test. King Jimmy. 10-year-olds constructing a beer snake and bloke called Ian eating 12 apple pies!

  11. 18:40: 

    James Anderson, a remarkably flashy 81, in support of Joe Root's impressive unbeaten 154. After surviving for an hour last night, they went on to bat through the entire morning session, passing the previous Test record 10th-wicket stand of 163.

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

    "Quite frankly we were really lucky that we had this memorable stand the crowd cheering Jimmy on particularly because you don't expect it from Jimmy. He played out of his skin, some of those shots I'd have been proud of. Joe Root at the other end played absolutely splendidly, his concentration, his range of shots, no problem with Joe ever, I always say early on it's his footwork, but we'll leave that."

  13. 18:39: 

    The highest Test score by an England number 11 and the third highest of all time. The highest 10th-wicket partnership of all time. The first time both number 11s have scored a half-century in the same Test, the first time there has been two 10th-wicket century partnerships in the same match.

  14. 18:38: 

    The efforts of Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Joe Root seemed like fun defiance last night, but what followed today was a full-blown remarkable turnaround, with a healthy dose of record-breaking thrown in for good measure.

  15. 18:36: 

    Yep, say what you like about the pitch or the turgid nature of the final session, you really have got to give it to England for the way they have got back into the this match. From 202-7 last night, they looked in danger of a very heavy defeat. Now, they are the most likely side to force a win.

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

    "I think this is the wheel that's turned. The session last night and this morning, the mentality, the character and determination showed it will go a long way to give this team a real boost. They have turned the game on its head with some brilliant cricket."

  17. 18:32: 
    Close of play- Ind 167-3

    More fielders than blades of the grass on the leg side, but Kohli somehow gets it through for a single. Three balls for Rahane to survive, which is done without alarm. India close on 167-3, a lead of 128.

  18. 18:29: 
    Ind 162-3

    Stuart Broad asked to bowl the final over of the day. I bet he's delighted.

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    mark: Moeen's confidence boosted by a wicket only to be dealt another blow as the captain takes him out of the attack immediately.

  20. 18:28: 
    Ind 162-3 (122 ahead)

    Virat Kohli is playing for tomorrow, covering up on off stump as fielders converge into catching positions. Ben Stokes, all bandage and tattoo, hurtles in for what will be his final over of the day. Mainly off peg, but a short ball is pulled to get Kohli off the mark with a couple. One to go.

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

    "On Thursday at Lord's I'd be amazed if the same four seamers play for England. I think they'll use it to rotate and keep players fresh. Plunkett might miss Lord's and they bring Chris Jordan in. They might save Plunkett for the third and fourth Tests at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford."

  22. 18:21: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 159-3

    Lagered-up crowd sings in the evening gloom as Plunkett stomps in around the wicket. Plunkett spends so much time around the wicket, it would be easier to note when he's over the wicket. He's probably the sort of bloke who'd rather walk around the fence rather than climbing over it. Appeal when the ball goes down the leg side, England convinced, but it's come off Rahane's pocket.

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    Thomas Boston: That's more like it England. I go for a shave and two wickets fall - think I need to brush my teeth now.

    Christopher Hammond: So the only thing that could make this match's result anything other than a bore draw is England's batting frailty. Worrying.

  24. 18:19: 
    Ind 147-3 (108 ahead)

    No sign of England following up that double strike, particularly with Ben Stokes bowling one wide enough to be close to the edge of the cut strip. Virat Kohli, the new prince of Indian batting, is forced to do the work of a domestic, defending in a bid to reach the close.

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

    "With so many matches in a short space of time, you look at the series as a whole and try and get the winning draw, come out of it with more plusses that the opposition. Get Kohli out, get Dhoni out, make sure Stuart Binny's debut is a real bad one."

  26. 18:14: 
    Ind 146-3 (5 overs remain)

    Matt Prior and James Anderson are having a good giggle at something as Liam Plunkett stomps in to the right-handed Rahane. Perhaps remembering that Rahane fell to a short ball in the first innings, Cook changes the field, posting himself at silly point and setting an in-out leg-side trap. Plunkett around the wicket, but India remain measured.

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    Neil: Two wickets in two balls? I think a leopard must have been released.

  28. 18:09: 
    Ind 144-3 (105 ahead)

    Poor Moeen Ali, for the second time he takes a wicket and is whipped out of the attack. Back comes Ben Stokes, but Virat Kohli, one of two new men alongside Ajinkya Rahane, is comfortable in defence. There are six overs left in the day.

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

    "Murali Vijay's shot was startling. I don't think he'll be that popular in the dressing room at the minute. Throughout the whole four days this pitch has been slow and placid but I have to say every single seamer has run in hard."

  30. 18:05: 
    Ind 144-3 (Plunkett 10-1-28-1)

    From nowhere, England are in the hunt thanks to two terrible strokes. For a while, Vijay and Pujara looked as likely to be out as the Olympic flame, but Vijay's ugly charge and Pujara's loose slash have changed the momentum. If England get two more before the close, they would have a decent chance.

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

    "It was a great catch in the end, terrible ball from Plunkett. Stokes obviously didn't pick it up very well at backward point, it's often very difficult with all the colours of the crowd, it bobbled but he dived and took it inches from the turf."

  32. 18:00: 
    WICKET- Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55 (Ind 140-3)

    Two in two balls! Cheteshwar Pujara has fallen on his sword and maybe, just maybe, something is happening. Frankly, it's an awful delivery from Liam Plunkett, which Pujara cuts hard to Ben Stokes at point. The ball swings just as it gets to Stokes, forcing him to juggle before hanging on. Pujara is sung back to the dressing room, while England might think they have a sniff. India are 101 ahead with seven wickets in hand.


    England's Liam Plunkett and Ian Bell
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen going completely against my way of thinking and bowling round the wicket, Vijay playing for a bit of spin trying to whack the ball over extra cover, took his eyes off it and Matt Prior took a catch and a stumping."

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    England's Moeen Ali
  34. 17:57: 
    WICKET- Vijay c Prior b Moeen 52 (Ind 140-2)

    Wake up! England have a wicket! It's not a mistake, Murali Vijay really is on his way back. Is it caught behind or stumped? Both. Vijay dances at Moeen Ali, looks to hit the ball into the River Trent, but only gets an edge through to Matt Prior. As he appeals, Prior takes the bails off for good measure, but there's an edge there. Moeen Ali has his second wicket.


    India's Murali Vijay
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    Andrew in Co Durham: Weren't things desperate in the last series we played in India, sort of remember a really slow and bad start, whilst feeding my baby daughter to gain brownie points in the middle of the night. . . then we turned it around. . Come on chaps, stiff upper lips fight the good fight and all that.

  36. 17:54: 
    50 for Cheteshwar Pujara- Ind 137-1

    I'm tempted to ignore the runs and just give you a nudge when a wicket falls. Set your alarm for lunchtime tomorrow. Just assume that India are rumbling on at about three an over. With a cut, then a pull, both for four, Cheteshwar Pujara moves to his fifth Test half-century, getting a hug from Murali Vijay for his trouble. Move along, nothing to see here.

    India's Cheteshwar Pujara
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    sunil dutt: Can't ICC return to uncovered pitches to spice Test matches up?

    Alex Haworth: I don't think the preparation of the pitch can be completely to blame for this scenario. England just aren't that good anymore.

  38. 17:50: 
    Ind 128-1 (Vijay, 51, Pujara 44)

    Yep, we are in very serious danger in seeing only two wickets fall in this whole day. How long might England pound away with pace? Might they ask Joe Root to hurry us through to the close? Still Mooen, still around the wicket. One from it. Save us.

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    NCP: When was the last time only two wickets fell in a Test day?

    Mark: Surprised Joe Root has not turned his arm over in this innings, must be worth a go.

  40. 17:48: 
    Ind 127-1 (88 ahead)

    Still Plunkett, asking Pujara to come forward in defence. When Plunkett goes short, Pujara, all armguard and sleeveless fleece, takes on to third man. In the crowd, the national anthem is sung, while two young lads who can't be older than about seven discuss the merits of picking a spinner at Lord's. Eleven left in the day.

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

    "I bumped into Alice Cook when I was invited in the players' wives' box. I always wondered what went on in there and it turns out a great deal of white wine seems to be drunk. Alice assured me Cookie is in a good way, though, and will bounce back."

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  42. 17:42: 
    50 for Murali Vijay- Ind 126-1

    Yes, he was dropped by Matt Prior, but Murali Vijay won't have compiled many simpler half-centuries than this. No India player has ever made a hundred in each innings of a Test against England. That could be changed here. Notts youngster Sam Kelsall is on the field for England. I played against him in a club game earlier this season. He made two.

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

    "I don't want to see this trend of spinners going round the wicket. I know Nathan Lyon did it and got wickets in Australia last winter but a lot of that was to do with Mitchell Johnson. In England it's not really a viable tactic unless it's turning square. It takes lbw out of the equation."

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  44. 17:40: 
    Ind 122-1 (Vijay 49, Pujara 40)

    Liam Plunkett is the latest pacer asked to break his back on this featherbed, with England trying the old ball-switch trick. The umps are wise to it, dropping the ball through the metal ring and telling the home side to get on with it. Good pace and carry from Plunkett, just one from it.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The India team will have had a lot of expectation and hopes coming into today to maybe set the game up, putting England back in today. I guess the best they can do is tire out some of the England bowlers for the next Test at Lord's."

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  46. 17:36: 
    Ind 121-1 (Moeen 4-0-31-1)

    Moeen, long on beard, sticks his elbows out as he twirls in, looping his offies down from around the wicket. Still dark at TB. Will the rain save us? Please. India milking, six from it.

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    Alexander Peake: Going to be some sore legs in the England dressing room come the first day at Lord's. You can see England's seamers breaking down as the series progresses. Considering the short turnaround times between Tests, and Broad and Anderson's fragility; the likes of Finn, Onions, Woakes etc must be confident that they will get a bowl at some point.

  48. 17:33: 
    Ind 115-1 (76 ahead)

    Hugh, I like your thinking. Nothing like putting the players in peril to spice up a game. Didn't they once talk about creating artificial rain to make Formula 1 interesting? When the wicket is as flat as this, I propose that batsmen should be made to remove an item of protection every time they play and miss. Also, is there any way they could remotely electrify the ball, just to see what the bowler would do? Some reverse from Anderson, Vijay pushing back a maiden.

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    Hugh in Taunton: This is the sort of match that would benefit from releasing a leopard onto the pitch from time to time, just to liven things up a bit.

  50. 17:29: 
    Ind 115-1 (Vijay 44, Pujara 38)

    Moeen around the wicket, Murali Vijay providing a rare moment of excitement by dancing and lofting over mid-on. Sixer. If this game continues to drift, I wonder who we might see bowling? Sam Robson bowls some leggies, while Gary Ballance is listed only as "right-arm slow". That must be filthy.

    India's Murali Vijay
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Unless someone comes up with a miracle spell of bowling I can't see anything happening in this game. But there are individual milestones to play for."

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  52. 17:26: 
    Ind 104-1 (65 ahead)

    This is like watching Test cricket in 1914, not 2014. Pacer with the keeper up, four, yes four, catchers on the leg side. Actually, for obvious reasons, there wasn't much Test cricket in 1914, but, curiously, Australia did play South Africa at Trent Bridge in 1912. It was a dull draw. Ooofff, Sam Robson has taken one here, a Pujara pull hitting the short leg on the left shin. He's got some big pads on, so seems OK.

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    James Greenacre: Hate the booing at this hour of a Test match. Clearly means a beer snake is being confiscated. Heartbreaking.

  54. 17:21: 
    Ind 100-1 (Vijay 36, Pujara 31)

    Enough of this pace-bowling-with-the-keeper-up nonsense, we turn to spin after drinks. Moeen Ali, remember, is England's only successful bowler in this innings. I'd like to see him camped in for the rest of the day. Around the wicket, hint of turn and low bounce, Vijay nudging a single for the 50 partnership.

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    Gordon Thursfield: Time to get the spinner on and get the ball knocked out of shape so we can swap it for one that might reverse?

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is one of the worst pitches to keep wicket on. You have to stand so close but if they get a nick it still flies through so your reaction time is that much less."

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  57. 17:15: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 97-1

    Could we have a drop of the wet stuff? Hard to say, but it really has got quite dark, quite quickly. As I type that, the sun attempts to poke through, shining off the sweaty forehead of James Anderson. With some reverse about, Prior has gone back. He's in good shape, Prior, but his tight shirt doesn't flatter his tummy. A maiden and drinks. 18 left in the day.

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    Ade: Soul-destroying stuff. If the counties are doing this to ensure five days' play, they should be ashamed of themselves. There's no long-term gain from Test matches like this. Tthis is part of the reason you can't give away tickets on Asia for the long-form game. Too many dull pitches.

  59. 17:12: 
    Ind 97-1 (partnership 48)

    That's the danger ball on this wicket, the one that goes underground. Broad to Pujara - an absolute grubber that Pujara does well to jam down on. Broad has a grin, perhaps at the ridiculousness of the situation. Getting darker at TB, but the crowd are now springing in to life. Another maiden, game not going anywhere.

  60. 17:08: 
    Scorecard update

    India second innings 97-1 (28 overs) - lead by 58

    Batsmen: Vijay 35*, Pujara 30*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 6-2-17-0, Broad 9-2-30-0, Plunkett 6-1-13-0, Ali 1-0-12-1, Stokes 6-1-24-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss, England 496


    England's Ben Stokes
  61. 17:07: 
    Ind 97-1 (lead by 58)

    It says all you need to know about this pitch when both James Anderson and Stuart Broad, England's new-ball pair with 605 Test wickets between them, are both operating with the keeper standing up. With a short leg, two other leg-side catchers and now coming around the wicket, Anderson is almost acting as an off-spinner. This is what England's second most-successful pace bowler of all-time has been reduced to.

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

    "I'm loathe to tell groundsmen what to do but I think you can request and say 'listen, can we get a bit of movement?' If you're the home side and you ask the groundsman of course they will try for you, they want you to win."

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  63. 17:01: 
    Ind 96-1 (Vijay 35, Pujara 29)

    I have never before seen Stuart Broad bowl with the wicketkeeper up to the stumps. That's exactly what's happening here, with the helmeted Prior getting close to the timbers with Broad taking a little gas off it - down below 80mph. Prior takes the ball, looks surprised, then whips the bails off for good measure. No chance of a stumping, I think he was just pleased to catch it cleanly. I'll be honest, there's not much happening.

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    Nick on the Isle of Wight: potential solution to England's spinning problem is Zafar Ansari of Surrey. In first class cricket he has a better bowling average than Moeen and is in great form with the bat making a century this week.

  65. 16:57: 
    Ind 92-1 (lead by 53)

    Indeed Stokes is having a rest, but not in favour of Moeen. All-rounder James Anderson comes into the attack, hiding the ball as he runs in, hoping for some reverse swing. Slight hint of a song in the crowd. I wonder, do the more, erm, raucous members of the TB crowd congregate in a single stand? Is there a Trent Bridge equivalent of Headingley's Western Terrace? They call that the Zoo, you know. I was in there for the second Test against Sri Lanka. Carnage.

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    Roland Benham: What is Sir Geoffrey on about in rotating the seamers? We need Broad and Jimmy for the batting!

  67. 16:53: 
    Ind 92-1 (Vijay 31, Pujara 29)

    Stuart Broad is in the game here. With men in front of the bat, he's bowling iron-straight to Vijay, just with a hint of uneven bounce and inswing. A good maiden, played out in front of a quietening TB. Evening lubrication not yet taking effect?

  68. 16:50: 
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    Darryl Vodden: "Swanny's Cricket Legends Ventriloquist act was off to a popular start..."

    Bernard: What do you mean? I am dressed smart. This is fancy dress today but my friend gets married tomorrow.

  69. 16:48: 
    Ind 92-1 (lead by 53)

    England might be willing to stick with pace because India aren't scoring. The only way that England could again come under pressure in this match is if India begin scoring freely. Alastair Cook might be reluctant to bowl Moeen Ali for risk of the shackles being broken. Having said that, Moeen would have to take some serious tap for India to move to a match-winning position. Still Stokes, with Pujara driving for four then clipping for a couple. It might be time for a rest.

    England captain Alastair Cook
  70. 16:45: 
    Ind 86-1 (Vijay 31, Pujara 23)

    Is England's chance to make inroads slipping away here? Just after tea, there was that drop off Murali Vijay and an lbw shout against the same batsman, but since then there's been nothing. The seamers are pounding away admirably, but you wonder if it's time for spin.

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    Kevin in Lancashire: I agree with the Prior critics and Jos Buttler has done enough to deserve his chance. There is no denying his batting ability and his keeping is certainly on a par with Prior at the moment.

  72. 16:42: 
    Ind 86-1 (47 ahead)

    I'll be honest, it's getting a bit rowdy outside the BBC office in Salford. Tough to focus on the live text in such a din. Anyway, back to Ben Stokes and Che Pujara, with a couple of gullys and Sam Robson still crouching at short leg. Stokes has been disciplined on and around off stump, but too much width allows Pujara to guide for four.

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

    "What's so frustrating is I have watched Plunkett put his heart and soul into it and Stokes cut the batsman in half but the good balls they get nothing for. It's just such an unfair contest - there is no real contest. Normally we get good pitches at Trent Bridge but this is not a good one."

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  74. 16:35: 
    Ind (Vijay 31, Pujara 19)

    Stuart Broad back into the attack, looking to go full in order to get slip and the two off-side catchers in the game. Too full, though, driven for four by Vijay. Vijay is the man who got a ton in the first innings and was only dismissed by an lbw decision that was too high. In effect, he's 177-0.

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    Richard Parfitt: In the 19th over, on a low pitch, after Anderson got 81 against short bowling, why are England trying to bounce them out?

  76. 16:31: 
    Ind 78-1 (38 ahead)

    Still Stokes and this very good spell. Skate in, whirly action, skid the ball on at pace with a hint of inswing. Pujara and Vijay, though, are two chaps playing chess on one of those giant sets you see in the park. Plenty of patience, three from it.

  77. 16:29: 
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  78. 16:26: 
    Ind 74-1 (Vijay 27, Pujara 15)

    Now, that is an excellent story from Andrew Samson. Two similar instances at my club. One chap got married on the Saturday morning before a game, another got married on the Saturday then went on tour on Sunday. Cricketing commitment that has probably been surpassed by many up and down the country. As Liam Plunkett comes around the wicket and packs the leg side, Joe Root signs an autograph for a man dressed as Pamela Anderson in the Baywatch era.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Andre Nel got married in the middle of a Test match. He forgot to check the fixtures. So, on a Saturday night of a Test at Centurion, he went off to get married."

  80. 16:23: 
    Ind 71-1 (32 ahead)

    England reward Stokes for his hostile accuracy with a short leg, Sam Robson crouching under the lid with his left foot almost on the wicket. After the excitement of the morning and afternoon, the evening is altogether more sedate. One from it.

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

    "Moeen has got to bowl. He gets some good revs on it and he will spin it on here. Let the seamers have a go for four or five overs, then give him the ball."

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  82. 16:18: 
    Ind 70-1 (Vijay 27, Pujara 11)

    Plunkett, all quiff and stubble, charges in, pounding the ball down from a high action. Like Stokes, he's on the money, off stump and thereabouts. India are taking the punches, absorbing the pressure, knowing that wickets could send them towards defeat. Vijay gets loose, wafting at a cut. Just two from it.

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    Joe in London: Might it be worth giving Jimmy the gloves, given the day he's having?

    Max: Perhaps Mr Prior will now wash his disgusting, filthy "lucky" cap now.

  84. 16:13: 
    Ind 68-1 (29 ahead)

    Slightly subdued at the Bridge as Ben Stokes spiders in to get more carry than we've seen for most of this Test. The Durham man is cranking the speedo up to 89mph. Good wheels. Captain Cook, back in the first-slip station, waves and points, moving men this way and that. Vijay leaves. A maiden - 33 left in the day.

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    Podster: There's a horse in the 9.15 at Hamilton tonight called World Record.

  86. 16:09: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 68-1

    Liam Plunkett taking up evening duties at a darkening TB, screaming for leg before Vijay gets stuck on the crease. That's close, you know. Ah, Bruce Oxenford is right, sliding down. Good start by England after tea. How many would they have to take by the close to have sniff tomorrow? Four? Five?

    England's Liam Plunkett
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Is it me or are we seeing some really odd fields in Test cricket at the moment? Do you think the captains are doing it to try and prove a point? Everything has got to be pro-active. But sometimes it's best just to settle down isn't it?"

  88. 16:04: 
    Close!- Ind 66-1

    Ben Stokes gets his first trundle after tea, England not bothering with slips even though this ball is only 13 overs old. You know what happens when you take slip out don't you? Edge from Murali Vijay, right where first slip would have been, evading the dive of Matt Prior. Hard to blame Cook for that, slip has been redundant for most of the match. Still, it doesn't look great when the ball gets edged just after you've shifted the grabbers. Cook moves himself back to slip. Can someone help me chase that horse please?

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    Joe in Oxford: People need to lay off Prior. He's doing a good job at the moment and Buttler needs more time to develop his batting in the long format and his keeping skills some more before he enters the fray. Bairstow has had his chance. Can't step up at international level.

  90. 15:59: 

    Thanks for that pre-tea session, JL, Stephan Shemilt now back with you for the evening. The players return with India effectively 18-1. You feel this evening session will decide what sort of day we have tomorrow. If England take wickets, they could push for victory. However, if India bat through, you sense the draw is favourite.

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    Tom in Birmingham: Jimmy will quite rightly get the plaudits. But let's not forget the amazing knock from Joe Root who stuck in whilst all around him was falling apart.

    Bob Arnott in Cheltenham: I hope the Crayons are not looking for a draw?

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

    "England cannot flog Broad and Anderson into the ground during this second innings. They have done their work in the first innings. Have a blast with the new ball but, if that doesn't work, go to the other guys. If England are going to win this series, they need Broad and Anderson later on."

    Tea scorecard

    India second innings 57-1 (13 overs) - lead by 18

    Batsmen: Vijay 19*, Pujara 8*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 4-1-16-0 Broad 5-0-22-0 Plunkett 3-1-7-0 Ali 1-0-12-1

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss, England 496


    India's Shikhar Shawan and Murali Vijay
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    There is an exclusive interview with a certain Mr Andrew Flintoff coming up on TMS as he talks of returning "to win trophies". Have a listen over a reviving cup of cha.

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

    "India will be disappointed to lose Dhawan before tea. In real terms, India are 18-1."

  96. 15:42: 
    Tea- Ind 57-1 (Vijay 19, Pujara 8 - lead by 18)

    Plunkett only timed at 83mph thus far and he looks a little awkward as he makes his way back to his mark as if some part of the anatomy is troubling him. There is a silly point in now to unsettle the batsman. Not sure Sam Robson is one for sledging, despite his Australian upbringing. Pujara had opened his account with successive swashbuckling cover drives off Moeen in the previous over and he calmly takes his team to the interval without further alarm.

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

    "That could be just the break that Moeen Ali needs. Cook has to put some faith in him, give him 30 overs to bowl. He's taken one in his first. It wasn't a good ball and Dhawan can't believe where he's hit that."

    England's Moeen Ali and Joe Root
  98. 15:34: 
    WICKET- Dhawan c&b Moeen 29 (Ind 49-1)

    The introduction of Moeen does the trick. Dhawan had swept the second ball for four but he comes down the pitch and pushes a full toss back to the spinner, who takes a smart catch to his left. A timely blow before the tea urn fires up.


    India's Shikhar Dhawan
  99. 15:31: 
    Ind 45-0 (Vijay 19, Dhawan 25)

    A world record 10th wicket partnership and the highest score by an England number 11 is hard to surpass but we are greedy. Plunkett to Vijay, just a no ball in the over, and the batsmen doesn't need to play at four of the deliveries.

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    Jonathan Taylor: Is it just me? But Matt Prior misses a chance every game, catch after catch, stumping after stumping.

    SP Cooper: Not just Buttler, but Bairstow's in massive form right now, too. Are the selectors afraid to do anything KP has ever suggested?

  101. 15:27: 
    Ind 44-0 (lead by five)

    England have their short mid-on practically standing on the cut strip. He would be in Vijay's eyeline as Broad thunders in but it clearly does not impact him, making those demands to halt play when someone turns the page of the newspaper in the pavilion all the more surprising. Another glorious cover drive to the fence from the India opener.

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

    "It was still very well fielded by Ben Stokes, who is the best fielder in this England team at the moment. Well stopped."

  103. 15:22: 
    Ind 39-0 (scores level)

    Liam Plunkett replaces Anderson from the Radcliffe Road End. He's reduced his bristling Kris Kristofferson face fungus to a more manageable Clooney level of growth. Even young Joe has a few whiskers, so Stokes and Ballance are the only clean shaven members of the England team. Dhawan cuts the first delivery fractionally short of Stokes diving forward in the gully but then punches off the back foot for the seventh four of an innings only nine overs old.

  104. 15:17: 
    Ind 33-0 (Vijay, 13, Dhawan 20)

    Broad, thickening Amish-style beard, continues from the Pavilion End. He's up around 84mph but the ease with which Vijay plays his defensive stroke must be dispiriting. An inside edge from the final ball but it doesn't threaten the timbers. Had it been Alastair the stumps would have been dislodged.

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    Fenners: Come on Prior, another costly drop, both innings now. You seriously telling me Buttler would do worse?

    Jack Mendel: When the ECB say Buttler's not ready..... I wonder if that is code for .. 'Cook isn't ready to skipper without Prior'

  106. 15:13: 
    Ind 31-0 (Anderson 0-16 from 4)

    Seldom can the odds for a match have changed so much in such quick succession. India have gone 14 Tests without a victory overseas. And England are hardly the form horse. Weather still set fair but the pitch is not offering much encouragement to the bowlers. The stylish Dhawan whips the final ball of the over from Anderson off his pads to the midwicket fence and now has 20 to his name. India only eight behind now.

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

    "I love Stuart Broad, he's just got that mentality where if he bowls a bad ball it's someone else's fault."

  108. 15:07: 
    Ind 23-0 (16 behind)

    A firm defensive push from Dhawan races a cross the rapid outfield to remind us all how good these conditions are for batting. A rueful Broad collects his sun hat and has a word with Prior, whose dropped catch is looking increasingly costly.

  109. 15:03: 
    Ind 18-0 (Vijay 8, Dhawan 10)

    Thanks Stephan. Anderson is certainly earning his corn. Taking performance related pay to a new level. He continues with two slips and a gully in place, the sun breaking through again. A sumptuous checked drive from Vijay to the boundary. We have seen some fabulous examples of strokeplay in this match. And not from the expected sources.

  110. 15:00: 
    Ind 14-0

    There's a delay. Murali Vijay isn't happy with his bat, asking a sub to do something with tape and scissors. That gives me the opportunity to hand to Jamie Lillywhite.

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    Former England captain Alec Stewart on Twitter: Superb effort from Root and Anderson. Now back to your real day job Jimmy of taking wickets on this minefield!

  112. 14:58: 
    Ind 14-0 (25 behind)

    The edges are coming. The chances are coming. This time it's Stuart Broad, with Dhawan thickly flashing to the right of Joe Root at gully. Four more, but you just sense that something is happening. One could bring two. Trent Bridge expects, invested in the action.

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

    "You've got to say that's not a difficult chance. You'd expect to take that nine times out of ten. It dips and goes straight past the hand. He didn't put his hands together. You've got to take those chances."

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  114. 14:52: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 10-0

    No doubt, this is a drop. Matt Prior is once again the man to shell a chance as Anderson finds the edge of Vijay's bat. Mitigating circumstances? Yes. Prior is very close and that ball has dipped sharply, but you'd expect Prior to get down and take this. Low to his right, both hands, but Prior might not have even got a glove on that. Bad miss.

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

    "Dhawan is similar in mindset to David Warner, if they see the ball they are going to commit to it. You can't offer them too much width."

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  116. 14:50: 
    Ind 6-0 (33 behind)

    Has there ever been a more popular new-ball pair than Stuart Broad and James Anderson at Trent Bridge? Anderson the batting hero, Broad the home-town boy. Broad to left-hander Shikhar Dhawan with two slips and a gully. There's a little swing back, but Dhawan is cutting for four. He's a dangerman, Dhawan, makes things happen quickly.

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

    "There's a great buzz in the ground. There's a group dressed as crayons and there is just a hint of swing with the ball."

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  118. 14:46: 
    Ind 0-0 (39 behind)

    Swing for Anderson, away from Vijay, the first-innings centurion. Some oohs and aahs from behind the wicket, but Vijay looks to be back in the groove, defending and leaving on and around off stump. We start with a maiden.

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    Former England football captain Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Well played Jimmy and Joe on their record last-wicket stand. Great stuff!"

  120. 14:42: 
    Ind 0-0

    Huge roar when James Anderson is given the ball, followed by the song dedicated to the Lancastrian. Murali Vijay on strike. Two slips, a gully. The Bridge is alive.

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

    "England have a great chance here. This crowd will be buzzing. Yes, it's a flat wicket, but things can happen."

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  122. 14:41: 
    Eng lead by 39

    James Anderson already has the pads off and is out warming up. England gather on the boundary edge, led on to the field by Alastair Cook, then into the mandatory group cuddle. There's cloud, an afternoon to bowl? Quick wickets could have England with more than a sniff of winning this match. Having said that, getting bowled out to set England a last-day chase might also be India's best chance of winning.

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    Chris Manning: Just got home. Radio on. Anderson out. Apologies to the nation.

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

    "It's great going into a dressing room when something like that has just happened. A few high fives and then it's all about going out and putting the other side under a bit of pressure. What must the India openers be going through? Jimmy will be absolutely over the moon and everything else is a bonus."

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  125. 14:37: 
    England scorecard

    England 496 (144.5 overs) - lead by 39

    Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Cook 5) 134-2 (Robson 59) 154-3 (Ballance 71), 172-4 (Bell 25), 197-5 (Moeen 14), 202-6 (Prior 5), 202-7 (Stokes 0), 280-8 (Broad 47), 298-9 (Plunkett 7), 496-10 (Anderson 81)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 30.5-8-82-5, Shami 29-3-128-2, Ishant 38-3-150-3, Jadeja 35-5-80-0, Binny 10-0-37-0 Vijay 2-0-8-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss


    England's Joe Root
  126. 14:36: 

    England batsman Joe Root: "For Jimmy to play like that was unbelievable. We knew we had a really big challenge ahead - to get some sort of lead is massive. We're in a really good position. Hopefully the bowlers can back that up and we can take some early wickets."

  127. 14:34: 
    Eng 496 all out

    So James Anderson misses out on being the first Test number 11 to score a hundred, but his work is already done. From 202-7, thanks mainly to that last-wicket stand of 198, England have reached 496 and have the chance to put India under the pump. Imagine the terror that will go through the India dressing room if England take a few early wickets.

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

    "Chanced his arm a little Jimmy there, but it was a fantastic knock. He crunched one the ball before as well. A fantastic catch and that was the end."

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  129. 14:31: 
    WICKET- Anderson c Dhawan b Kumar 81 (Eng 496 all out)

    It's all over. There will be no Test hundred for James Anderson, who finally plays a shot of a number 11 to edge Bhuvneshwar Kumar to first slip, where Shikhar Dhawan takes a good diving catch. Anderson immediately runs off to get his bowling boots on, with Trent Bridge standing to applaud. Joe Root follows behind, unbeaten on 154. England lead by 39.

    England's James Anderson
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Saturday at Trent Bridge is fancy dress day and these human crayons are among the more colourful costumes on display."

    Fancy dress at Trent Bridge
  131. 14:28: 
    Eng 495-9 (38 ahead)

    Ishant to Root again, no sign of the aggro from the previous over. Root, despite showing signs of facial hair during this match, remains cherub-like, shuffling back to take a single, running wide to avoid Ishant in the process. Anderson still a wall. How will India get this last wicket?

  132. 14:23: 
    Eng 494-9 (Root 152, Anderson 81)

    The slow-mos and technology vindicate Oxenford. There was a noise, but it wasn't bat on ball. To be fair to Sharma, I'd probably be a bit miffed if I was a fast bowler on this deck. Back in a world of sanity, Root tucks Kumar off his pads to get a single, with that man Ishant doing the fielding. Boos inside the Bridge. On fancy dress day, Batman, the Turtles and the Thunderbirds are in Nottingham. There's also some chap dressed like Willie Thorne. No, wait. That is Willie Thorne.

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    Kesh in London: Awkward stat of the day. Jimmy Anderson has hit more fours in this innings than Alastair Cook has in 2014.

  134. 14:17: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 492-9

    Huge, huge appeal for caught behind as Root plays a cut. Ishant is convinced, but umpire Bruce Oxenford doesn't know what the fuss is all about. Ishant is down the other end, in Root's face, with Root then following the bowler when he returns to his mark. Who is the peacekeeper, the Kofi Annan? James Anderson, in there to push Root away. The match that has everything now comes with needle. When Root drives for a couple, Ishant looks ready to explode.

  135. 14:16: 
    150 for Joe Root- Eng 492-9

    There are an unbelievable amount of empty seats inside Trent Bridge. History is being made, surely this isn't the day to dawdle over your pie and pint. Joe Root driving down the ground, moving to 150. Then, drama...

    England's Joe Root and James Anderson
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have just been walking around the ground at lunchtime and everyone is giggling a bit and walking around in a bit of a daze saying 'I can't believe it'. Something always happens on a fourth and fifth day Test pitch and if England get it in the right areas you just do not know."

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  137. 14:14: 
    Eng 488-9 (Root 146, Anderson 81)

    It's often hard to tell what Duncan Fletcher is thinking, the face always hidden by the shades. On this occasion, the India coach looks absolutely fuming, lips turned down in a schoolmasterly frown. The first over passes much in the same way the morning did, without alarm for England's batsmen. Three from it.

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

    "It has been an unbelievable morning. I don't know how Jimmy Anderson will be feeling coming out to bat. He's looking at a hundred! They are getting themselves into a position where they might just put India under a bit of pressure."

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  139. 14:10: 
    Eng 485-9 (28 ahead)

    Has James Anderson ever before needed to leave his armguard out in the sunshine to dry? He comes down the steps, collar upturned, collects the armguard and strides past the huddling Indians. The sun, omnipresent in the morning, has dipped behind the clouds. Joe Root, 143 not out, will be on strike, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball. Goodness knows what will happen next.

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    Mladen Sormaz: Loving the Thelma and Louise like innings from Root and Anderson, hope we're not too near the cliff's edge yet though.

    CDNesbitt: Gotta love the fact that England started this Test with a record 9 centurions, then it's the no. 11 who looks set for a century!

  141. 14:06: 

    So come on, did you really expect the morning to turn out like that? Only in the wildest of cheese-induced dreams could James Anderson have thought he would take lunch on 81 not out. Whatever happens from now on, England have a chance of winning this match. Anderson to take wickets in the second innings? Quite honestly, this could be his Headingley 1981.

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

    "The only way they will get out is a false shot, the bowling is doing nothing. If I was India I would bat today and tomorrow. I would tire England's bowlers out before Lord's."

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    Paul Roberts: In a summer of almost unremitting gloom, Jimmy has blazed a beacon of hope across the country's shires.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "James Anderson has now scored more Test runs in 2014 than Alastair Cook. 98 plays 97."

    England's Alastair Cook and Sam Robson
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    sarah lancaster: England have this habit of making me tear hair out in frustration, then be beaming with pride in the same innings.

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

    "I don't care how good a captain you are, this sort of pitch will test you out. It's very hard to be critical of any captain on this when the batsmen so much dominate the ball. The ball has hardly moved, bouncers have been played easily and I don't know where you put the fielders."

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    Nick Rewbury: I got up at 4am for work this morning, am I delusional or is this really happening?

    Edmund: If only Monty could come in next!

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    Martin Sweetland in East Yorks: Interviewed last night, Joe Root said bat on in the morning and establish a first-innings lead. I laughed to myself at the exuberance and naivety of youth.

    England's Joe Root
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    Alec in Kettering: Re James Baker 12:26. Perhaps if Jimmy is a little jaded, Cook can open the bowling?

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    Louis McMahon: There's actually a lot in this pitch for the bowlers. Just only when they're holding a bat.

    Bob Depledge: A lovely day yet I can't pull myself away the piece of cricket history that is Root and Anderson.

    Joe Kearney: Sensational action this morning. Test cricket has been at its best this summer. Wonderful.

  151. 13:37: 
    Lunch scorecard

    England 485-9 (140 overs) - lead by 28

    Batsmen: Root 143*, Anderson 81*

    Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Cook 5) 134-2 (Robson 59) 154-3 (Ballance 71), 172-4 (Bell 25), 197-5 (Moeen 14), 202-6 (Prior 5), 202-7 (Stokes 0), 280-8 (Broad 47), 298-9 (Plunkett 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 28-8-77-4, Shami 29-3-128-2, Ishant 36-3-144-3, Jadeja 35-5-80-0, Binny 10-0-37-0 Vijay 2-0-8-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss


    James Anderson and Joe Root leave the field undefeated at lunch
  152. 13:36:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Do you need a lie down too? Do it in the company of TMS, where film director Lord Putnam is the lunchtime guest.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Wow. Where to start? For three days, Trent Bridge has been about as lively as a morgue, but Saturday's crowd have been cheering and booing like the audience at a Christmas panto. With records tumbling like confetti there have been several standing ovations, but also groans of despair whenever England turned down a single. Time for some nourishment, then back to their seats to see if Anderson can become the first number 11 to score a Test hundred. In a pretty underwhelming summer for British sport, that would be a story to savour."

  154. 13:35: 

    A record-breaking morning, historic even. To recap...

    Anderson's 81 not out is the highest score by an England number 11 and the third-highest in Test history.

    The stand of 187 is a Test record for the 10th-wicket, passing the 163 of Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes set last year.

    This is the first Test match where both number 11s have scored half-centuries and where two last-wicket partnerships have added in excess of 100.

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

    "This is Jimmy's favourite ground. He normally gets buckets of wickets on here. He hasn't done in this match but he has got buckets of runs instead. It's amazing with cricketers. When you feel good about a ground it just tends to happen for you. I knew Jimmy would try but I never expected him to get this many runs. I don't think anybody did."

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  156. 13:30: 
    Lunch- Eng 485-9

    Nope, that's it, Bruce Oxenford takes a long look at his watch and removes the bails. Trent Bridge rises, singing its song to Anderson and chanting the name of Root. There is no room left on the England balcony for the players and staff to applaud. Root, on 143, lets Anderson up the steps first. England's number 11 is 81 not out. 81!

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

    "Jimmy was terrified against Mitchell Johnson but he has played some shots here any batsmen would be proud of. Some of them have been fantastic."

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  158. 13:30: 
    Eng 485-9

    Ishant Sharma is asked to pad in one final time before luncheon, battering the deck but getting no response. Hands on hips, wild mane, Sharma's frustrated expression turns to bemusement when Anderson edges through the gap between second slip and gully for four. Anderson in to the 80s, with one to go before the break.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking at MS Dhoni through the grille in his helmet and he is just staring rather blankly."

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  160. 13:24: 
    Eng 480-9 (23 ahead)

    It's all rather odd inside TB, mainly because bat is so entirely dominant over ball. It's like a wicket is entirely beyond the realms of possibility. However, when England score, the ground erupts, just as when Root comes forward to drive Binny through the covers. As a shadow swoops across the ground, India prevent Root from pinching the strike. What plan before lunch? So far this morning, MS Dhoni has plotted with all the success of Private Baldrick.

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    Simon Saunders: Sir James Anderson has a good ring to it.

    Sam The Telegram: Arise Sir James Anderson.

  162. 13:19: 
    Eng 474-9 (Root 138, Anderson 76)

    An Anderson single off Jadeja moves him further up the all-time list of high scores by number 11s. On 76, only the 95 of Tino Best and the 98 of Ashton Agar are ahead of him. All made in England in each of the last three summers. Steady Jimmy, a sweep on to boot almost presents a catch back to the bowler. Still there, 10 minutes or so until lunch.

    England's James Anderson
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has to be a terrible mistake by India to play Binny - another seamer on this? That guy in the dressing room sat on his bottom who can bowl all sorts of doosras and things? You are kidding me. You need a mystery bowler on this."

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  164. 13:17: 
    Eng 472-9 (14 ahead)

    The thing about this Anderson knock is that he's played some wonderful shots, strokes batsmen much higher up the order would be proud of. This time it's an on-drive, bashing Stuart Binny between midwicket and mid-on for four. In the crowd, three young lads in India shirts sit stoney faced, as if they've just been given double maths homework. And detention. With Miss Trunchbull.

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    Jack Blackburn: I cannot express my delight at Jimmy's 50. Few No. 11s have deserved it more after many battling performances.

    Dickon Preston: How long is it until the reverse sweep gets rechristened 'the Jimmy sweep'?

    #WelcomeAlexis: Redemption for Jimmy. Never has a modern-day cricketer deserved recognition like this! Bravo.

  166. 13:09: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Eng 464-9

    And another record! The astounding stand of Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar is passed almost a year to the day, on the very same ground. James Anderson and Joe Root have added 164 for the 10th wicket, the biggest last-pair stand in Test history. Trent Bridge roars, the England balcony politely applauds, Root and Anderson grin at each other. It's a historic morning. You don't get them very often.

  167. 13:09: 
    Scorecard update

    England 461-9 (135 overs) - lead by four

    Batsmen: Root 132*, Anderson 69*

    Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Cook 5) 134-2 (Robson 59) 154-3 (Ballance 71), 172-4 (Bell 25), 197-5 (Moeen 14), 202-6 (Prior 5), 202-7 (Stokes 0), 280-8 (Broad 47), 298-9 (Plunkett 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 28-8-77-4, Shami 29-3-128-2, Ishant 35-3-139-3, Jadeja 33-5-74-0, Binny 8-0-24-0 Vijay 2-0-8-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss


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

    "It's unique and that sort of thing but there's something wrong when neither side can bowl the tailenders out. I want to see batsmen bat and good bowlers bowl."

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  169. 13:08: 
    Eng 461-9 (Root 132, Anderson 69)

    Hmmm, this is all very odd. England now have a genuine chance of winning this match, yet Root and Anderson continue to turn down the singles. It's a plan, but why? It's surely also one that suits India? Then again, Root and Anderson have earned the right to do whatever they please, so keep batting, lads. Five dots from Binny, then a single that takes the partnership to 163, equalling the highest-ever last-wicket stand in Test cricket history.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Someone in the dressing room is presumably wanting them to play like this - but surely they should be taking the runs?"

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  171. 13:04: 
    Eng 460-9 (Root 131, Anderson 69)

    Root is circumspect, there's no great urgency to get after Jadeja. The odd single occasionally, but not always turned down. Blocks and drives, five dots, then a comfortable single off the final ball. India not even bothering to keep Anderson on strike. One away...

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    Tim Southon: I love that Jimmy is trending #yesjimmy. This is why cricket is the best sport, and the Test version so exciting!

    Ben Eveling: Really really loving this last wicket partnership. 160 runs and counting. Go Jimmy you star.

  173. 13:01: 
    Eng 459-9 (partnership 161)

    Stuart Binny is finally asked to have a trundle with men spread to all corners of Nottingham. A Joe Root single takes the partnership to 161. The Hughes/Agar stand was 163. Anderson sees off the final two deliveries, completing an over that takes us past what would have been lunch. Once more, we're on the cusp of history...

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    sophie haslehurst: Just knocked coffee all over myself and my owl (don't ask) celebrating England first innings lead!! Go England!

    Chris Dickinson: Today five years ago Jimmy saved us in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff. He must like the 12th of July.

  175. 12:57: 
    Eng 458-9 (lead by 1)

    In an odd quirk of Test cricket, we will indeed carry on for an extra 30 minutes past the scheduled time of lunch, even though this pair have been batting all morning. When Joe Root takes Jadeja through the covers, England move into the lead. Can you remember a more remarkable last-wicket turnaround? Well, yes, Hughes and Agar, but Australia still lost that match.

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    Actor and writer Stephen Fry on Twitter: Wonder when England will declare?

    England's James Anderson
  177. 12:54: 
    Eng 457-9 (scores level)

    James Anderson, what are you doing to us? Dance at Murali Vijay, free the arms, bash down the ground for four. England are level. Remember, they were 202-7. Trent Bridge is alive, transformed from the gloom of last night and the malaise of the match in general. Surely now England are the only team that can win this Test?

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

    "Everyone knows Jimmy Anderson has earned the right to face the bowling. They are not reading the script these two batsmen by refusing these runs."

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  179. 12:51: 
    Eng 450-9 (7 behind)

    Even the Trent Bridge crowd are baffled as to why Root is refusing singles, getting a little restless when two are turned down. When Jadeja is reverse-swept, Root finally runs two, with the same shot bringing a final-ball single that takes the stand to 152. Only Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes's 163 left to beat now.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Poor old Stuart Binny is having a very strange debut. Currently standing at deep midwicket with his hands on his hips, the 30-year-old swing bowler has so far only bowled six overs in the entire innings and has not been used at all today. What must off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin be thinking? He was left out despite taking 104 Test wickets at 28.50."

  181. 12:48: 
    Eng 447-9 (Root 122, Anderson 65)

    A left-field move from Dhoni, asking Murali Vijay to bowl his very occasional off-breaks. Only one previous over in Test cricket, only three first-class scalps. Perhaps looking to play on Jimmy's patience? It's a box of all-sorts. Full toss, long hop. Somehow, Anderson can't get it away. One from it.

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    Peter Bishop: Hoping Cook doesn't declare to give Jimmy a chance to get his century. Draw is on the cards so let him have some fun. Well deserves a cracking at it.

    Lee in N6: MS Dhoni showing Cook what terrible captaincy is all about.

  183. 12:45: 
    Eng 446-9 (11 behind)

    James Anderson arrived at the crease at 17:27 last night. In cricketing terms, it's more than three hours later and he's still scratching his guard. As Graeme Swann points out, England are occasionally turning down the singles. Slightly odd when you consider all this pair have achieved. One off Jadeja's over.

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

    "This partnership has been so good because it has ripped the part but my worry is if they start to refuse the singles the scoreboard stops and you lose that momentum. This looks a bit negative to me."

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  185. 12:41: 
    Eng 445-9 (Root 119, Anderson 66)

    Andrew, after this knock, I suspect Jimmy will be running in like the wind. According to Albert Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I'm not questioning Ishant Sharma's sharpness, but he continues to stalk in, banging the ball down and expecting Anderson to pop a catch to one of the seven close fielders. Not happening. Decent cricketer Einstein, a wicketkeeper. Got a very good ton on a turning pitch in Zurich.

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    David Rowe: Kudos for the Roy Castle reference. Dedication's what you need.

    andrew somerville: When does this great innings from Anderson start to impact him opening the bowling?

  187. 12:36: 
    Eng 443-9 (14 behind)

    We've now said a great deal about Joe Root for a while. That's because he's been quietly going about his business. Occasionally, he'll turn down the single, even though Jimmy is officially playing the greatest innings by an England number 11 ever. Ravi Jadeja, a maiden.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Dhoni has tried four bowlers today. Stuart Binny has bowled only six overs in this match so maybe a few from him?"

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  189. 12:33: 
    Eng 443-9 (Root 119, Anderson 64)

    "Yes Jimmy" is trending on Twitter. Trent Bridge, still with plenty of empty white seats, is buzzing louder than at any time during this Test, perhaps not quite sure what to make of the incredible story unfolding on this grand old ground. TB, though, should be used to this after the exploits of Hughes and Agar last summer. Now at 145, this is the fourth-largest last-wicket stand in history.

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    Jay Smith: Is the rain we thought might save us tomorrow going to end up costing us a victory?

    Nick Hassey: Even for a game as endlessly surprising as Test match cricket, this is a very odd Test.

    Ralph Roberts: I just don't know what to think of this England cricket team.

    England's Joe Root
  191. 12:29: 
    Eng 440-9 (17 behind)

    This is an excellent question. Ordinarily, nine wickets down would mean lunch is delayed by half an hour. Would that happen here? I suspect it would. Anderson, batting like a combination of Gower, Lara, Hayden and Sangakkara, sweeps Jadeja for four. He's on to 64. Let's not talk about the possibilities...

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    Alastair Sloan: Jimmy Anderson - give him the freedom of Lancashire! What an effort.

    Jake Agnew: Today James Anderson has made England cricket history. After the last Test that's something special.

    Nick Conway: Is there anything not to like about Jimmy Anderson?

  193. 12:26: 
    Eng 435-9 (Root 115, Anderson 60)

    You feel that if it was England on the wrong end of this stand, Alastair Cook would be getting chased out of Nottingham. Have India been poor? They've certainly bowled too short and could have turned to spin earlier. Also, they have tried to give Anderson the strike, yet he's now 60 not out. Dhoni to blame? In part. The sun disappears for the first time as England take one from the Ishant over. All a little calmer after that glut of records.

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    Joseph Burns: Jimmy Anderson is now surely odds on for Sports Personality of the Year.

    James Baker: Fantastic for Jimmy, however, the man must be tired, therefore not bowling to his full potential... Not all bad for India..

  195. 12:22: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 434-9

    I'm running out of superlatives, India are running out of patience. When Anderson pulls out his trademark reverse sweep, India are appealing. For what, I have no idea. It hasn't hit the glove, and the lbw looks optimistic. Hang on, I may doing them a disservice. The replays show he was in line and the ball was hitting. Another life for Jimmy. Quite funny, really.

    England's James Anderson
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Now they know over the public address system that they have the highest partnership. They are shaking hands, and some of the Indians are applauding, which is nice."

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  197. 12:18: 
    Eng 433-9 (24 behind)

    This may sound silly, but how long is it before England become the only side that can win this match? From now, India probably don't have enough time to set England an unreachable target and then bowl them out. On the other hand, England could easily have an inspired session or two with the ball and earn a sniff of victory.

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

    "This has been outstanding from England. That first shot from Jimmy Anderson, that flick through midwicket, that set the tone."

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  199. 12:14: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Eng 432-9

    If only Roy Castle were around to see this. There are record falling everywhere. When Anderson and Dhoni miss a delivery from Jadeja, it runs for four more byes, moving the partnership to 134, a record for the England 10th wicket in Tests, beating the 130 put on by Tip Foster and Wilfred Rhodes against Australia at Sydney in 1903. The all-time record is the 163 shared by Australia's Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar on this ground last summer.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Just bumped into Graeme Swann in the media cafe. Although delighted by England's comeback, he's getting seriously concerned about Jimmy Anderson beating his highest Test score of 84. We could be about to witness the end of a beautiful friendship."

  201. 12:09: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Eng 427-9

    There it is! James Anderson writes his place in to English Test cricket history. Not for his bowling, but for his batting. Predicting the Shami bumper, he leans back to carve over the off side, earning his 13th four. From the next ball, a single moves him to 60 not out, the highest score by an England number 11. Wonderful.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "What an extraordinary Test match this has been. India looked like they were in control, like they were the only team that could win. It's just the sheer frustration of it."

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  203. 12:08: 
    Eng 420-9 (Root 110, Anderson 55)

    Remarkable, remarkable stuff. In his 95th match, James Anderson, a bona fide rabbit when he began his career, becomes only the second England number 11 in Test history to make a half-century. The other man was John Snow, who made 59 against West Indies in 1966. That's Jimmy's next target. India finally turn to spin, the lesser-spotted Ravi Jadeja. Anderson has the reverse sweep out, but it misses everything and runs for four byes. England are only 36 behind.

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    Azward: Jimmy Anderson. Respect.

    Fahim Faisal: 50 done. Now for the big one!! Come on Jimmy!

    Ben Stone: Well batted Jimmy. Gives everything for the team.

    England's James Anderson
  205. 12:00: 
    50 for James Anderson- Eng 415-9

    Staggering. Whatever you're doing, stop and applaud James Anderson. A maiden Test match half-century, gone to in remarkable fashion. Dance down the wicket to Mohammed Shami and belt the ball in to a wide-open space on the leg side. Trent Bridge roars it's ode to Anderson, Joe Root plants a bear hug. In the last Test, Anderson was in tears after narrowly failing an attempt at a heroic escape. Now, he has a Test fifty.

    England's James Anderson
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    Simon George: Sir Geoff to buy the beers after this stand! Anderson back in the 'Resilient XI'!

    John Mullins: So when do we expect the declaration?

  207. 11:57: 
    Eng 409-9 (48 behind)

    Oh Jimmy, now you're toying with them. India decide that crowding Anderson is the way to go, with the Burnley Lara then doing a little hokey-cokey to give the tourists a sniff of a run out. Run, turn, dive, get back in. Follow that with an uppercut for a single. Anderson on 47. It's put to me that seeing an improbable big stand between the last-wicket pair is one of the most enjoyable sights in cricket. I'm inclined to agree. What's better? Overthrows? A part-time bowler taking wickets? A man getting hit in the box?

    England's James Anderson
  208. 11:52: 
    Scorecard update

    England 404-9 (115 overs) - trail by 53

    Batsmen: Root 104*, Anderson 46*

    Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Cook 5) 134-2 (Robson 59) 154-3 (Ballance 71), 172-4 (Bell 25), 197-5 (Moeen 14), 202-6 (Prior 5), 202-7 (Stokes 0), 280-8 (Broad 47), 298-9 (Plunkett 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 28-8-77-4, Shami 26-3-114-2, Ishant 31-3-128-3, Jadeja 24-4-56-0, Binny 6-0-22-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss


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    mark hollinrake: Burnley shirt on. Ready for shirt over the head, front room, knee slide celebration when Jimmy gets 50

    Jon Dunn: Will there ever be a more celebrated 50 if Jimmy can get there?

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

    "Of the hundreds Joe Root has scored, this is his best. England were in a real hole. The game had been turned on its head. He's had to fight through and guide the tail. Broad played brilliantly and now Jimmy, but it has been Joe Root to almost change the energy of everyone watching. England are going through a transition and we might look back at this moment and say this is where it changed."

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    England's Joe Root
  211. 11:48: 
    Anderson dropped on 45- Eng 404-9

    Did I say this was unbelievable? Now it's a little ridiculous. Same Mohammed Shami over, India now gift-wrapping a life to James Anderson. Short ball, guided to gully, where Murali Vijay shows all the mobility of a wardrobe to go down instalments and miss a pretty simple chance. MS Dhoni is so livid he has to run off the pitch, bringing the drinks break forward 10 minutes or so. All happening.

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    Sakriya: Classy 100 from Root saves England. Proof he should have never opened.

    Craig Moore: Never mind Burnley Lara that uppercut over the slips had shades of the Burnley Sachin!

    Gordon Thursfield: Joe and Jimmy deliver - awesome, well done.

  213. 11:48: 
    Eng 403-9 (Root 104, Anderson 45)

    There it is, the 100 partnership, brought up by a Root drive for a couple. There's records all over the place here. The first time the last wicket has added 100 in two innings of the same Test. England's first 100-run last-wicket stand since Alec Stewart and Andy Caddick against Australia in 2001, only England's fifth of all time. Next in the sights of Root and Anderson is the 117 Peter Willey and Bob Willis in 1980. India chasing leather, not least when Anderson tickles Shami past leg slip for four. Unbelievable.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "I'm a huge fan of Joe Root's celebrations. He's one of the most softly spoken fellows you could wish to meet but he loses all his inhibitions when he gets to three figures. This time it's a wide-eyed sprint, a sharp about-turn around the stumps and a full-blooded bear hug for his partner."

    England's Joe Root celebrates his century with James Anderson
  215. 11:42: 
    Eng 396-9 (Root 101, Anderson 41)

    What has Joe Root said to James Anderson? Hang around? Play some shots? It might be the latter, as Jimmy leans back to uppercut an Ishant bouncer over the slips for four. Anderson on to 37, his highest Test score. When Ishant floats up a half-volley, Anderson belts it through the covers for four more. This is getting silly. Partnership 98, England's last 100-run last-wicket stand was way back in 2001. Never, in the history of Test cricket, have both number 11s made half-centuries in the same match.

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

    "It's a magnificent hundred. He gave Jimmy an almighty hug to say, 'you got me to a hundred'."

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  217. 11:36: 
    100 for Joe Root- Eng 387-9

    Now that is a classy completion of a very fine Test match hundred. Not messing around in the 90s, Joe Root twice drives Mohammed Shami through the covers to go to a fourth ton. Punch of the fist, raise of the bat, then a run to give a big hug to James Anderson, the man who has got him there. 186 balls with 12 fours. When Root arrived, England were 154-3 and then slipped to 202-7. He and Anderson have added 93 in nearly 22 overs.

    England's Joe Root goes to his century
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I heard a good story. I'm not sure if it was deliberate but Matt Prior is convinced it was on purpose. Sussex were playing Lancashire and last man Gary Keedy was in and they couldn't shift him. All of a sudden he got a beamer that smashed him on the glove and really shook him up. The next one was full and straight and there were stumps all over the place."

  219. 11:31: 
    Close!- Eng 379-9

    Just like Alastair Cook was pretty blameless for that India 10th-wicket stand (maybe he could have used Moeen Ali earlier), MS Dhoni couldn't have done much more during this stand. Sometimes the fielders are back, other times tight to Root. When Root slashes, he takes Ishant to third man for four, then pushes to mid on and sets off. A direct hit and he'll be gone...throw...sprint...missed! Root wasn't even close, but he survives and is on 93.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Both teams have broken their 10th-wicket partnership against each other in this match."

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  221. 11:26: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- Eng 374-9

    Whisper it quietly, but England have looked good this morning. Root is regularly skipping at Kumar, taking two through the covers to move the partnership to 71, an England record for the 10th wicket against India, beating the 70 put on by Bob Willis and Paul Allott at Lord's in 1982. When Root hooks for four, he moves to within 12 of a fourth Test ton. Again Jimmy has two to face. No trouble.

    England's Joe Root
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    Mark Savile: Shorts in office = reducing need for air con, bosses should be happy! Just don't make it look like you're about to go gardening.

  223. 11:20: 
    Eng 367-9 (90 behind)

    Ideal conditions for watching cricket at TB this morning. Cloudless blue, warm sun, one of the loveliest grounds in the country. Root isn't sure whether or not to protect Anderson. In fact, Root has looked less certain than the number 11 this morning. Drive, look for two, only get one. Two for Anderson to survive, now with two leg-side catchers. A yorker squirted for a couple, then another short ball defended. Awesome Anderson.

    England's Joe Root
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He can hardly look Root in the eye after that horrible shot, Anderson. He's smiling now."

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  225. 11:14: 
    Eng 363-9 (Root 81, Anderson 31)

    Oh stop it Jimmy. Fun in the sun for Anderson, who is the aggressor this morning. Root still on the diet of singles, with Anderson then leaning back to calypso through the covers for four. He's up to 31, three short of his highest Test score. The only shame is that Trent Bridge isn't yet full to enjoy the carnival. Steady, leave those cross-batted swipes in the locker. There's still work to do.

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    Ian in London: Moving in with the better half a week today... Have assured her I will spend today packing and preparing. The reality? Me, the sofa and the cricket. I might even throw some shorts on, in solidarity.

  227. 11:10: 
    Eng 358-9 (99 behind)

    Anderson is only exposed as a genuine number 11 against the short ball delivered at pace. Kumar, mid-70s, isn't capable, but Ishant Sharma is. A Root single leaves Anderson two balls to face and, sure enough, short leg climbs boot hill. Short, back to defend. Short, back to defend. What's the fuss about?

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

    "You do run out of ideas as a fielding side. When Plan A doesn't work, Plan B doesn't work, Plan C doesn't work, you go back to Plan A but then a tailender is set on 40 not out. It's very frustrating."

  229. 11:04: 
    Eng 357-9 (Root 79, Anderson 27)

    "Sorry, I didn't see him." The words of Joe Root to James Anderson as a single is taken to the man at deep point. Excuse me Joseph, but did you not see Jimmy bat last night? Anderson was Lara-like last evening and is immediately in to the groove, clipping off his hips for the first boundary of the day. The shot of a number three. Steady Jimmy, don't go getting ideas above your station. A swing. A miss. Good leave, really.

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    Mark Davis: Root hundred and Jimmy 50 today, going to get a lead of 25!

  231. 11:00: 

    England 352-9 (106 overs) - trail by 105

    Batsmen: Root 78*, Anderson 23*

    Fall of wickets: 9-1 (Cook 5) 134-2 (Robson 59) 154-3 (Ballance 71), 172-4 (Bell 25), 197-5 (Moeen 14), 202-6 (Prior 5), 202-7 (Stokes 0), 280-8 (Broad 47), 298-9 (Plunkett 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 25-8-61-4, Shami 24-3-98-2, Ishant 27-3-109-3, Jadeja 24-4-56-0, Binny 6-0-22-0

    First innings: India 457 after winning toss


    England's James Anderson and Joe Root
  232. 10:59: 

    Jerusalem in the sunshine. India huddle and take in words of advice from the grey-flecked stubble of MS Dhoni. Joe Root, on 78, skips down the steps with James Anderson, 23, striding purposefully behind. Bit of glove love, then take guard. Root on strike, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball.

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    Piers Morgan: Despite all the doomsayers, I think England are in a strong position. It is harder for England to lose this Test. A draw looks most likely and the win is harder for India to attain as they will have to take the early wicket, bat all day and into tomorrow and declare at the right time. All England have to do is bowl them out cheaply today then bat for the win.

    I suspect this isn't that Piers Morgan, just another chap of the same name.

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

    "Joe Root showed what an outstanding young player he is. His first 20 runs he was all over the place. He likes to hang back but it's not really pitch for that. But the way he played with Broad and Anderson, he was very controlled, knocked it around and you can see he is right up for it. He wants to be out there competing and fighting."

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

    "The pitch looks exactly the same as day one. The odd will scuttle low. It's horrific batting third in a Test match because if England do get within 50 or 60 and if India then are 90-5 and only 140 ahead it permeates through the team."

  236. 10:50:  
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    Listen on 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 longwave, here online, on digital TVs or via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps.

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  238. 10:48: 

    Yep, oil-painting stuff again at TB this morning, as it is for a lot of the country (well, the north anyway). I've got my shorts on, which has raised a few eyebrows. Do let me know how you're enjoying this Saturday and what you think will happen on this fourth day. More England steel? Or India leather-bashing? Also, is it acceptable to wear shorts to work? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

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    "Glorious morning at Trent Bridge."

    Trent Bridge
  240. 10:45: 

    BBC Weather's John Hammond: "Today is very steamy, very warm, with high humidity. The bulk of the day will be lovely and sunny with temperatures in the mid-20s. There is the chance late into the afternoon we could see a thunderstorm - only a low risk, but if it happens it will quite a humdinger. It could well avoid the ground entirely and stay dry, although we are expecting some interruptions tomorrow."

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

    "England are still under a huge amount of pressure. Batting last is never easy when you know you can't win. The last session was crucial - the way Broad came out there was almost anger, but it said England weren't going to lie down. Jimmy Anderson played the shot of the day, that punch through extra cover. If India go well England will probably have to bat a whole day tomorrow."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "When does a mini-recovery become a full-blown great escape? The efforts of Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson hauled England out of trouble after their collapse to 202-7 at tea and took plenty of time of the game. If India can take England's final wicket quickly under cloudless skies this morning, they should still be able to put England under plenty of pressure in the final innings, but if James Anderson can stick around long enough to help Joe Root get to his century and beyond, this match would suddenly be back in the balance, albeit with the draw as the most likely result."

    England's Joe Root
  243. 10:44: 

    After that, the focus will shift to India's sprint to set England a target. How long will the tourists need to 10 wickets on this sluggish deck? Do they bat the hosts out of the game or dangle the carrot?

    For every run scored and ball faced by Root and Anderson, England's last-innings task become a little easier.

  244. 10:43: 

    It was left to the swashbuckle of Stuart Broad and the last-wicket grit of Joe Root and James Anderson to drag England to 352-9, which is where they begin day four, 105 behind.

    On a warm, humid Nottingham morning, England will be looking for that 10th-wicket stand of 54 to resist as long as possible.

  245. 10:42: 

    Replying to India's 457, England had made serene progress to 134-1 on a pitch as docile as a teddy bear.

    But then the rot set in. Good India seam bowling, some questionable shots and, to be fair, some interesting umpiring, left the home side floundering at 202-7.

    England's Gary Ballance
  246. 10:41: 

    England may have enjoyed a spell of three-Ashes-winning and number one ranking success, but it seems that the capitulations that scarred those of us who grew in the 1990s are back.

    The six-wickets-for-68-runs slump on the third day at Trent Bridge has left the home side in serious danger of losing the first Test against India.

  247. 10:40: 

    Ballroom dancing. Deck shoes. Beards. England batting collapses.

    Things we hoped were consigned to history, but just won't go away.

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Live Scores - England v India


  • England drew with India
  • England: 496 (144.5 overs)
  • India: 457 & 391-9 (123.0 overs)
  • Venue: Nottingham

India 2nd Innings

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Vijay c Prior b Moeen 52
Dhawan c and b Moeen 29
Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55
Kohli lbw b Broad 8
Rahane c Prior b Broad 24
Dhoni b Plunkett 11
Jadeja c Prior b Anderson 31
Binny lbw b Moeen 78
B Kumar not out 63
I Sharma c Prior b Cook 13
Shami not out 4
Extras 7nb 9b 7lb 23
Total for 9 391

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