England v India: Fifth Test, The Oval, day one as it happened

England reach 62-0 in reply to India's 148 on the opening day of the final Test at The Oval.

15 August 2014 Last updated at 10:24

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As it happened

  1. 19:15: 

    And it is there where we shall leave it.

    In a summer of fluctuating fortunes, England did not need the doors to slide to have the better of the first day of the fifth Test. All it took was the toss of a coin and some woeful Indian batting.


    Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Robson played nice, he's going to have his work cut out to play like that all the time. He's going to be lucky that they're going to get another roller in the morning to flatten the pitch out even more, and a sunny morning. It sounds like it's going to be a good day. Bat all day, make runs, get a 200 lead and get them in on Sunday. India need gallons and gallons of water from the sky for them to get out of this."

  3. 19:14: 

    It is from 62-0 that the hosts will resume tomorrow, only 86 behind. If they bat through the day, another innings victory will be the most likely result. With that would come the series.

  4. 19:13: 
    Women's Test: Close of play

    It's also all over for the day at Wormsley - England's Kate Cross (3-35) captured her third wicket of the innings just before the close, having Harmanpreet Kaur caught behind for a duck. India are 119-4 chasing 181 to win.

    You can listen to commentary on the final day's play tomorrow via the BBC Sport website.

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

    "We say Dhoni's unorthodox, but on swinging, seaming pitches, he plays the ball late and under his nose so your bat and pad are close to your body. You might play and miss occasionally, but he doesn't get tortured by that - and when the bad ball comes along, he tonks it. He played a fine innings, not aesthetic, but without him, the score would have been embarrassing."

  6. 19:12: 

    Would England face the same problems India did? Would that last-wicket stand change the momentum? Yes and no, though things might have been different had Alastair Cook not been reprieved when he should have gone lbw to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The skipper survived in the company of Sam Robson, who grew into his unbeaten 33. Yes the ball moved, but England simply batted better.

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

    "India have got five major batsmen, but Vijay and Rahane have been the only ones who have scored runs. Gambhir has played 50 Tests but he's out for 20 months and I think he's lost it, the bowlers are queuing up to bowl at him. Then you've got Pujara, who plays like Dravid, but he got out to a straight ball. Kohli is the Tendulkar of the side, not as good as Sachin but a quality player - he really can play, but can't make a run and his confidence is at rock bottom. He can't wait for the series to finish. You've no chance if your best two players can't make runs."

  8. 19:10: 

    England seamer Chris Woakes: "To bowl them out for under 150 is fantastic, and the way the boys batted at the end was brilliant. Dhoni played pretty well. When he's in that sort of mood he's pretty good at it. But we would have taken that (148) at the start of the day. The pitch was a little bit helpful for us today and we got the rewards for it."

  9. 19:09: 

    Where would India be without MS Dhoni? Where would they have been had Ian Bell held Ishant Sharma in the slips? As it was, the number 11 hung around to 58 with his skipper, who opened his shoulders to useful effect. One huge straight six, one outrageous skip and clip through mid-on. The fun ends with Dhoni on 82, India all out for 148.

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

    "Their bowlers aren't as good as Anderson and Broad, and we've got slightly better batsmen when it moved around. India are on a downward spiral and the chasm between them is getting bigger. Cook was absolutely plumb lbw and you ask how long are India going to go without using the DRS, as I think they've had the worse of the decisions when DRS would have rectified some of the mistakes. As a player, whether an amateur or professional, you want decisions to be right."

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    Gordon Thursfield: Well done England. An all round good day at the office.

    Jordan Davies: Cook and Robson - fantastic today. The bowlers - fantastic today. India (excluding Dhoni and Sharma) - woeful today.

  12. 19:06: 

    India simply found ways to get themselves out. Virat Kohli left one that would have hit off stump, Ajinkya Rahane patted one back to the bowler. Chris Jordan the beneficiary both times. Chris Woakes got in on the act too - a jaffa to do for Murali Vijay one of his three scalps. India in tatters at 90-9.

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

    "If you're a captain, you pray to win the toss in these conditions as you have an unfair advantage if you make the right decision, to bowl. The ball went all over the place, England have two major bowlers with 600 Test wickets between them and made the ball talk."

    You can listen to Geoffrey's review of the day with Jonathan Agnew on the TMS podcast page.

  14. 19:04: 

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad had the ball singing in the first half an hour - Gautam Gambhir and Che Pujara gone for 11-2 - but, after that, the leather hasn't done a great deal more than you would expect on the first day of a Test match.

  15. 19:03: 

    Yep, England won the toss and jumped on the opportunity to bowl first. Yes, it did a bit, but India simply did not have the stomach for the fight. 148 all out is below-par in any conditions, as England proved by moving to 62-0 at the stumps.

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

    "It started well for England with the toss and it went from there."

  17. 19:02: 
    Close of play scorecard

    England 62-0 (19 overs) - trail by 86

    Batsmen: Cook 24*, Robson 33*

    Bowling figures: Kumar 7-1-25-0, Sharma 7-2-12-0, Aaron 3-0-14-0, Binny 2-0-7-0.

    India first innings: 148 (Dhoni 82)


    Alastair Cook
  18. 19:00: 
    Close of play- Eng 62-0

    Ooohhh, Sam Robson, you lucky boy. A tentative poke at Varun Aaron, an inside edge a coat of varnish away from hitting the stumps. Instead, it runs for four. That's the only alarm of the final over, with Robson seeing England to 62-0 at the close, only 86 behind. From the moment that Alastair Cook won the toss, everything has run for the home side.

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

    "England have come roaring back in this series. They had to; they were so disappointed with the way they played at Lord's."

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  20. 18:57: 
    Eng 58-0 (trail by 90)

    For some reason, the India seamers are entirely incapable of keeping their shirts tucked into their trousers. Not a problem that befalls the England attack. Binny the latest offender, shuffling his big chest towards the lunging Cook, who guides past the slips for four to third man. Three minutes to go. England will do all they can to ensure there is only one more over bowled.

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    Guy in Hertfordshire: Which idiot still thinks I can get into a babygrow?

    Robin Towns: I know my shades are in here somewhere!

    Andrew Jackson: "You put your left arm in, your left arm out..."

  22. 18:53: 
    Appeal - not out- En 54-0

    Excitement from India, a shake from Paul Reiffel, jeers from the crowd. Leg side, brushing something of Robson's, India appeal for a catch. Rightly turned down, it was off the baggy sleeveless sweater. I reckon we might only get two more overs in the day.

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    Adrian Marchant: Only three men have contributed 55% or more of their side's completed innings coming in lower down the order than Dhoni - two from Pakistan, one from India. Asif Iqbal (1967), Kapil Dev (1992) and Moin Khan (1995).

  24. 18:50: 
    Ouch!- Eng 52-0

    Wonderful sunset over London, a red sky beyond the grey, with beams of light streaming down. Varun Aaron isn't appreciating it, rolling his ankle in the foothole on the popping crease. India once again inspect with suspicion as the Ground Force team are asked to carry out more repairs. Why does he have to land there, anyway? Go back, go to the side, not a problem. Tommy Walsh finishes his work. On with the game.

    Umpire Paul Reiffel and the India team
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    Peter Forbes: "You can come out now Gambhir - and the rest of you - it's time to field."

    Andy Gilchrist: Jumper attacks unsuspecting cricketer.

    Mandip in Surrey: "I think I only need the one arm to bowl India out".

  26. 18:46: 
    Eng 51-0 (trail by 97)

    If you're wondering why all the England drawings are dated for tomorrow, they were done for Cricket United day, which takes place on Saturday. Wear a blue shirt if you're heading to The Oval. The whippy Stuart Binny in to the attack, his medium-pacers wobbling down with a hint of swing. Nightwatchman? Check. Chris Jordan bounces around like Muhammad Ali.

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    Tom Marshall: Well if Robson fails as an opening batsmen for England, he could always become an artist.

  28. 18:42: 
    Eng 48-0 (Cook 16, Robson 27)

    Indeed it is time for a change with the raw pace (which always sounds best when said in a West Indian accent, just like 222-2 must be said in a Richie Benaud voice) of Varun Aaron. Cook, who has been in the sheepishly in the shadows since that lbw reprieve, whips for three when Aaron starts too straight, with Robson then climbing into another lovely cover drive. Less than 20 minutes to go. Tell the nightwatchman to get his pads on.

  29. 18:39: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    Wicket at Wormsley - Poonam Raut is caught at slip by Jenny Gunn to give part-time spinner Heather Knight her first Test wicket. India are 112-3 chasing 181 to beat England with one day to go.

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  30. 18:37: 
    Eng 41-0 (trail by 107)

    Ah, Dhoni has parted with his beloved leg slip, perhaps with all the sorrow of a teenager finally surrendering the security blanket. Fourth slip goes in. Robson, a picture of crouching concentration, almost comes comes a cropper when a leading edge flies to third man. Squared up. That's the end of Ishant seventh, the same as Kumar. Must be time for a change.

  31. 18:35: 
    Art attack

    Another Sam Robson masterpiece from the collection of drawings by the England players and media that will be sold to raise money for charity.

    Shane Warne by Sam Robson
  32. 18:33: 
    Eng 39-0 (Cook 13, Robson 21)

    Oh, lovely Sam Robson, the shot of the of the day. Too full from Kumar, with Robson leaning into a dreamy cover drive, the Grace Kelly of cricket strokes. She was a cricket fan, Kelly. A member at Northants, I believe. Robson growing in stature.

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

    "That leg slip is an absolute joke. He could be in a fourth-slip position. It's a complete waste of a fielder. It it goes there it's a bad ball."

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  34. 18:28: 
    Eng 30-0 (trail by 118)

    Hmmmm, MS Dhoni loves a leg slip more than Kel loved orange soda. It's nipping about in the air and off the seam, so surely conventional slips are the way to go? When Robson edges Ishant, it goes wide of third slip and runs for four. Surely that leg slip would be better off at fourth slip? Someone will get caught at leg slip now, just you wait.

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

    "In the last Test it looked like Robson had a plan to get forward to every ball. Now it looks like he's waiting and moving forward into the shot."

  36. 18:23: 
    Eng 24-0 (Cook 12, Robson 11)

    Still the slippery Kumar, with this England pair batting out of the crease in a bid to negate the swing. Those two lbw appeals came from Cook's inability to get forward. In fact, the second shout had his back foot coming round ahead of the front. Robson does a nice job coming towards the ball, driving through the covers to scatter the pigeons and pick up four.

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    Merlyn: Robson may well go on to have a great England career but I'd try Hales. Someone who can attack from ball one.

    Jack Allum: Robson needs to go. He has been dreadful. No intent to score at any time. He should try and score rather than simply block.

    England's Sam Robson
  38. 18:17: 
    Ouch!- Eng 20-0

    At the end of that Kumar over, MS Dhoni had a word with Paul Reiffel to perhaps ask why that lbw shout was turned down. "It wasn't out because I didn't think it was out, young man." Reiffel's nickname is Pistol. No triggering from Pistol today. Speaking of which, Ishant hits Alastair Cook on the bullseye, with HotSpot illuminating the exact place where that ball connected. Funny when it happens to someone else, excruciating when it happens to you. He can recover of a drink.

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    Mark Cox, Essex: I am sure I have something up my sleeve to get this lot out!

    Gabriel Walsh, Sao Paulo: Please attend to your own jumper before helping your team-mates with theirs.

    Roland Gardner: "I didn't get where I am today without having CJ sewn on my shirt."

  40. 18:11: 
    Appeal - not out- Eng 20-0

    This is the second time Alastair Cook has survived when for all the world he looked plumber than Plumby McPlumb. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is incredulous when Paul Reiffel turns down another very big shout, possibly because this out-swinger has pitched outside leg. It hasn't though. It's pitched on leg and would have taken middle and off. The skipper has a life. Those sliding doors slide again.

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

    "India need to win the next 50 minutes of play - they have to grab two or three wickets to try and get something out of the day. If England win the next 50 minutes, they're going to be so far ahead of the game."

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  42. 18:08: 
    Eng 12-0 (trail by 136)

    The gas tower and Archbishop Tenison's school poke over the stands, omnipresent spectators. As the floodlights reflect of the new ball, Sharma has the seam upright, beating the poke of Robson. "No run," shouts Robson as he defends on the off side, completing a maiden. Runs at a premium.

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    Steve in Southwick, West Sussex: "I think I've definitely entered the corridor of uncertainty!"

    Rob Appleton: "Next time maybe I'll put the bat down before pulling the sweater on?"

    Keith, Broxbourne: "And Jim Furyk's swing goes something like this."

    England's Chris Jordan
  44. 18:04: 
    Eng 12-0 (trail by 136)

    Kumar slipping in, looking to swing the ball across Alastair Cook towards the four grabbers that wait in the slips and at gully. A touch short, Cook forcing a couple through the covers. At this stage this morning, India were 11-2.

  45. 18:02: 
    Art attack

    Here's Joe Root's picture of the England team, one of those that will be sold to help raise money for charity.

    England team by Joe Root
  46. 18:00: 
    Eng 10-0 (trail by 138)

    The tall Sharma, mullet and untucked shirt flapping behind him, bangs the ball in to Robson, who leaves on length. Ball angled in from the right-armer, short leg and a leg slip waiting, but two turned to square leg. Oval crowd just turns the volume up a level or two, now an hour from being let loose on the watering holes of south London.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a twitch there from umpire Reiffel - he might have appealed for that when he was a bowler. It pitched in line, but it might have been going down leg."

  48. 17:55: 
    Appeal - not out- Eng 8-0

    Ooohhh, this is close, so close that I've given it out. Kumar to Cook, ball swinging in to the pads as the skipper walks across. It looks stone dead on first look, but Paul Reiffel shakes his head. Good decision? An umpire's call, so the non-existent DRS would have backed the umpire either way. Ball hooping under the lights, tough to bat in. Robson, though, comes forward for a nice drive for three.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's an England A tour in January - it could be that Robson goes on that tour with a couple of other openers."

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  50. 17:51: 
    Eng 4-0 (trail by 144)

    You'd suspect that runs would secure Robson a trip to the West Indies next spring - he barely plays one-day cricket for Middlesex, so we definitely won't be seeing him playing white-ball cricket for England. If England did discard Robson, how would they choose his replacement. The World Cup may be timely for the likes of Alex Hales but, having said that, he is still to play an ODI. Robson looks for a single that isn't there and is sent back.

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

    "I can imagine Robson getting big runs on a flat deck. But it's going to be awkward for him here - he has to know where his off stump is."

  52. 17:48: 
    Eng 3-0

    Robson crouches behind his armguard, inspecting every delivery that Bhuvneshwar Kumar skids on off stump and outside. There's movement, beating one grope, causing Robson to retreat into his shell. Isn't it funny how there's always one player under pressure? Can you remember a time when at least one man who wasn't in need of runs/wickets/luck?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a big innings for Robson is he wants to cement his place. The problem is, he's got out the same way each time - he's been a bit touchy-feely outside off stump and been caught in the slip cordon. Not what you want as an opening batsman. Geoffrey's already sacked him, I think he's sacked nearly everyone this summer."

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  54. 17:45: 
    Eng 3-0 (trail by 145)

    Robson might be looking to cover that off-stump problem by getting a long way across. Does that open up lbw problems? Cook, meanwhile, has refound form by getting forward. Problem there is the short ball - he was bounced out by Varun Aaron at Old Trafford. It's been a very long two overs.

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    James from Earlsfield: Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan. Probably the only Test cricketer with 10 As in his name too.

  56. 17:41: 
    Ouch!- Eng 2-0

    Now then, Ishant Sharma, back after two Tests on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Second ball, comes a cropper in the footholes, limps around. Ishant, skipper Dhoni and a few India fielders glare at the offending crease while the groundstaff keep their distance. Eventually, the men in black are summoned with shovels and mallets, a cricketing Bob the Builder and pals.

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    Jamie Herbert: How about Ronnie Irani?

    Spencer (and others): While not fitting the brief, 'Lillee c Willey b Dilley' has a poetry all its own.

    Nick in Salisbury: Hedley Verity.

  58. 17:38: 
    Eng 2-0 (trail by 146)

    Three slips and a gully for Kumar, who immediately finds hoop into the pads of left-hander Cook. The skipper away with a single off the pads, with the exploration of Sam Robson's off stump then beginning. In-swinger defended, leggy full ball clipped away for a single. The Oval murmuring, without buzzing. Not a great deal of late-day-lager-laryness.

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    Stuart, Cambridge: "And Balotelli had problems putting on a bib. You ain't seen nothing yet!"

    David Wright: "That pigeon off the pitch is in here somewhere."

    Peter Mayes: "What do you mean, 'illegal bowling action'?"

  60. 17:34: 

    Now the openers gallop down the steps, entering the outfield as the roller trundles off. Cook takes guard, while Robson twirls his bat at the non-striker's end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball. He should be handful in these conditions. Let's play.

  61. 17:32: 

    The India team are on the outfield, going through some stretching exercises. Dhoni is static, like a PE teacher keeping an eye on his class. Then the group cuddle - what is being said there that couldn't be said in the dressing room? Speaking of dressing rooms, that is where Sam Robson and Alastair Cook stand. What are you waiting for?

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Dhoni is the first Indian captain to score more than 50% of an all-out team total in a Test."

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    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at Wormsley

    "We've had a couple of wickets here - the two openers who batted so well are gone. Lancashire seamer Kate Cross has got rid of both but Mithali Raj has just hit a couple of boundaries. They're 91-2, chasing 181. A world record is on the cards here, we've had 20 lbws in this game to equal the previous record in men's or women's Tests."

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  64. 17:29: 
    End-of-innings scorecard

    India 148 (61.1 overs) after England won toss

    Batsman: Ishant 7*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4), 26-3 (Kohli 6), 28-4 (Rahane 0), 36-5 (Vijay 18), 44-6 (Binny 5), 68-7 (Ashwin 13), 79-8 (Kumar 5), 90-9 (Aaron 0), 148-10 (Dhoni 82)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 17-4-51-2, Broad 15.1-4-27-2, Jordan 14-7-32-3, Woakes 14-7-30-3, Moeen 1-0-1-0


    England's Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad
  65. 17:27: 

    England have done the job, making the best use of bowling first to roll India for 148. But, how much might that last-wicket stand affect the openers? Also, the conditions still look good for bowling, a heavy atmosphere and a pitch with some nip in it. England have a tricky evening ahead, 26 overs or until 19:00, whichever comes first.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's nice to see Stuart Broad acknowledge Dhoni's innings and say 'well done' after that wicket. But for his innings, India would have been dismissed for under 100. They will have to bowl exceptionally well now."

    Stuart Broad and Mahendra Dhoni
  67. 17:25: 

    Broad sportingly applauded Dhoni and gave him a "well batted" after that catch was taken. Ishant sprinted off to get his bowling boots on, Dhoni was running to get his wicketkeeping gloves on, while Alastair Cook and Sam Robson were quick to get the mums and dads on. Activity everywhere.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's a heroic innings from Dhoni, a true captain's innings. He has eked out the ones and twos, then he opened his shoulders and has taken India to what looked like an unlikely total an hour or two ago."

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  69. 17:22: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Woakes b Broad 82 (Ind 148 all out)

    Finally. The end of MS Dhoni's excellent knock and the end of India's innings. It's a mistake from the skipper, pulling a Stuart Broad short ball straight to Chris Woakes at long leg. Where would India have been without him? They are all out for 148.


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

    "Given the context of what has happened around him, this has been a truly brilliant innings by Dhoni today, thrilling to watch."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statisticianThat's a record

    "There's now been more runs added for the 10th wicket in this series than in any other Test series - beating the 1924-25 Ashes."

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  72. 17:21: 
    Ind 148-9 (partnership 58)

    Let's be honest, MS Dhoni wouldn't win any awards for technique, but his cricketing brain can sometimes be quite outstanding. Here, he very cleverly helps an Anderson short ball for four, then hammers a cut through the covers. England have been trying to keep Ishant on strike, but it isn't working. Shades of Headingley and Sri Lanka?

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    David, Devon: Even Chris Jordan's dressing technique is variable.

    Jules, North Wales: With this hiding my action, the batsman won't know where it's going either.

    Jimmy, Bracknell: This jumper has more resistance than the Indian batting line-up!

  74. 17:18: 
    Ind 139-9 (Dhoni 74, Sharma 7)

    Cricket is a game of momentum and, though the scoreboard is heavily in England's favour, you sense that India have nudged the momentumometer (are you having that?) a notch or two in their direction. How often do you see a last-wicket stand followed up with some early new-ball strikes? Ishant looking more comfortable, England looking a little flat.

    Ishant Sharma and Mahendra Dhoni
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    Abdullah: Does Imran Kha-a-n count if I elongate the a?

    Alex in London: Dennis Amiss. Bit of a reach, but not bad?

  76. 17:13: 
    Ind 137-9 (Dhoni 74, Ishant 5)

    This really has been the series of the last-wicket stand. It's not so much the runs being scored by Ishant, but the runs he's allowing Dhoni to add. This is lovely from the skipper, casually walking across to clip Anderson over mid on for four. Ishant, by the way, was dropped fifth ball when India were 95-9. He gives another half-chance here, just poking past Sam Robson at short leg. The Oval noise has dropped a level or two.

  77. 17:10: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    Finally a wicket at Wormsley - Kate Cross has trapped opener Thirush Kamini lbw for 28, and India are 76-1 chasing 181 to beat England.

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  78. 17:08: 
    Ind 131-9 (partnership 41)

    Ishant Sharma, mullet poking out the back of his helmet, waits for the Halloween face of Stuart Broad. As a party of about 30 pigeons feast at square leg, an Ishant edge falls short of the slips. Joe Root, you'll remember took a catch at a very short fourth slip/gully earlier in the day. I can think of at least four that have fallen short of the normal slips. A couple of steps up, lads?

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    Tristan Watson: That last wicket is in here somewhere.

  80. 17:04: 
    Ind 129-9 (Dhoni 69, Ishant 2)

    Very dark around The Oval as James Anderson takes hold of the cherry for this final session - I'm not sure we'll get through to the close without a drop of the wet stuff. Two slips for the flashing blade of Dhoni, who plays all manner of cross-batted heaves before slashing high to third man for four. This last-wicket stand is now worth 39.

  81. 17:00: 

    So, with the umpires and players on their way, it's time for England to try to break two Indian partnerships - the women's openers at Wormsley, and Messrs Dhoni and Sharma at The Oval. And it'll be Stephan Shemilt to talk you through the last session - there are still 34 overs left and two more hours of play possible.

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    Murtaza: A certain Sultan of Swing comes to mind who went by the name of Sarfraz Nawaz, and would have merrily feasted on this Indian batting line-up any given day.

  83. 16:55: 
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    ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor on TMS: "We do ask a lot of the players now, but they're embracing the amount of cricket in the schedule. With professional contracts now in place, they know they've got to deliver.

    "India are a good side - just because they're not renumerated to the same level, they're competitive and their captain Mithali Raj is one of the few female players to have scored a Test match double century. Perhaps they have a point to prove [to the BCCI] as other boards such as South Africa, West Indies and South Africa are awarding central contracts to their female players."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "BBC World Service is broadcasting live from The Oval today. Presenter Lee James is hosting Sport Today from the outdoor press box, reflecting on England's display and looking ahead to the new Premier League season."

    BBC World Service's Lee James
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    ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor on TMS: "A breakthrough is needed - we know the Indians are inexperienced when it comes to Test cricket, so if we can take a couple of wickets, the pressure will be back on."

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    Art attack

    The England players and members of the media have been drawing each other, and the pictures will be sold to raise money for charity. This time Michael Vaughan gets the Sam Robson treatment.

    Michael Vaughan by Sam Robson
    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "It's a little gloomy at the moment, not just from a weather perspective. England set India 181 to win, and India are playing beautifully - they're 69-0, and teenage left-hander Smriti Mandhana is batting beautifully."

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  89. 16:43: 

    After the county scores from Kevin Howells at Scarborough, it'll be time for TMS to hear from the Women's Test at Wormsley, where it was England's morning but most definitely India's afternoon...

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been like Old Trafford. Woakes and Jordan have taken the wickets, but you feel the pressure when Anderson and Broad are bowling."

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

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

    "It's been a fighting knock from Dhoni, with the rest crumbling around him. He's got them up to something respectable-ish. Anything under 100 and you haven't got a chance. Well done, England. They've bowled well after winning the toss."

  92. 16:41: 
    Tea scorecard

    India 125-9 (56 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Dhoni 65*, Ishant 2*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4), 26-3 (Kohli 6), 28-4 (Rahane 0), 36-5 (Vijay 18), 44-6 (Binny 5), 68-7 (Ashwin 13), 79-8 (Kumar 5), 90-9 (Aaron 0)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 13-3-33-2, Broad 13-4-23-1, Jordan 14-7-32-3, Woakes 14-7-30-3, Moeen 1-0-1-0


    India's Ishant Sharma
  93. 16:40: 
    Tea interval- Ind 125-9

    Off-spinner Moeen Ali is going to have a twirl before tea from the Pavilion End - it's our first sight of spin on a seam-dominated day. Dhoni removes his helmet, placing it behind the wicketkeeper and batting bare-headed against the spinner (which begs the question - if he hits the ball and it hits the helmet, has anyone ever benefited to the tune of five runs off their own helmet?). Dhoni is resolute in defence for five deliveries before hefting the last ball before tea down to cow corner for a single to ensure he'll keep the strike after the interval.

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

    "Dhoni is a superstar in IPL, so he has those shots in the locker. That dropped catch, is it coming back to haunt England?"

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  95. 16:36: 
    Ind 124-9

    Sharma, while not the free-swinging number 11 that Pankaj Singh was in the last couple of Tests, swishes at a couple of Anderson outswingers and only makes contact with fresh air. The "Burnley Express" is swinging it both ways at will, but Sharma survives the over - a maiden. Anderson has 2-33 from 14 overs. We're likely to get one more in before tea.

  96. 16:35: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    While India's batsmen struggle, their female counterparts are faring much better against England women. Chasing 181 to win the one-off Test at Wormsley, India are 47-0 at tea on the third day. England have tried six bowlers, to no effect, even the rarely-seen off-spin of Heather Knight.

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    England women's Kate Cross
  97. 16:31: 
    Ind 124-9

    England have about 12 minutes to unseat this last-wicket stand - or tea will be taken regardless. Dhoni is calmness personified against Jordan, who floats a couple through Geoffrey's beloved corridor of uncertainty, before lifting a six over extra cover, which may have woken some of the crowd up. But a dot ball will give Anderson another go at Sharma.

    And some county news hot off the presses - Nottinghamshire will sign Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman on a three-year deal at the end of the season.

    Mahendra Dhoni
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    Richard: Why are people surprised? India were awful on the last tour - no fight and no staying power. This isn't a surprise, the performance at Lord's was the shock.

  99. 16:27: 
    Ind 118-9 (Dhoni 58*, Sharma 2*)

    England turn back to James Anderson, somewhat belatedly - and Dhoni stands and delivers, smacking him for four back through extra cover. This is now the highest stand of the innings. A single off the fifth ball exposes Sharma to Anderson, but he defends the last ball well.

    How's stat?!

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni has scored a first-innings half-century in four of the five Tests in this series.

    Mahendra Dhoni
  101. 16:22: 
    Ouch!- Ind 113-9

    Jordan to continue, Sharma knocks the ball to Root, fielding in a helmet at fourth slip, but he grimaces in pain as he's hit - I think it was on the hand. The tall India pace bowler has shown more application at the crease than many of the 10 batsmen who preceded him, having survived 20 balls to score two.

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

    "Well played, Dhoni. He did a similar thing at Old Trafford, a street-fighting innings."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been an obdurate innings, but England would have wanted it stamped out by now."

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  104. 16:18: 
    Dhoni 50- Ind 113-9

    Are Anderson and Broad still on the field? Cook persists with Dhoni, who tucks in to Woakes with a four over mid-off and a two through point. After turning down a single to deep mid-wicket, he helps the last ball for four to bring up his half century from 107 balls - it's his 33rd in Test cricket and his eighth in England, although he's never reached three figures in a Test on UK soil.

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    Sarge: Jack Blackham of the glorious 1800s Australian dynasty. Some keeper.

  106. 16:13: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 103-9

    If you're wondering why the players haven't taken tea by now, the regulations state that tea can be delayed by up to 30 minutes while a team is nine wickets down. Jordan keeps it tight against Dhoni, who takes a three off the fifth ball of the over, then there's a big appeal for lbw off the last ball against Sharma... but umpire Dharmasena correctly spots a thick inside edge.

    England's Chris Jordan
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    Ian White: Are we witnessing the slow death of Test cricket? An Indian team that don't care enough to really dig deep and fight, accustomed as they are to the short form of the game?

  108. 16:08: 
    Ind 100-9 (Dhoni 40*, Sharma 2*)

    Cook still keeps his premier bowlers up his sleeve, allowing Woakes to have another go at Sharma, who unleashes an impressive back-foot drive which is well stopped by Moeen Ali at short cover. Maiden over. Get Anderson and Broad on!

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    Rickie: Paterson Thompson, played a couple of times for the West Indies in the 90s.

    John: Brian Brain's first and second names were virtually identical, but unfortunately he didn't play for England.

  110. 16:04: 
    Dropped catch- Ind 100-9

    It's still Jordan for now, the long-haired Sharma edges to second slip and is dropped by Ian Bell moving to his right - when the number 11 was already starting to walk off. The reprieved tail-ender knocks the ball into the leg side, via the shins of Sam Robson at short leg, and rides his luck by charging through for another quick single. The next ball is too wide from Jordan, and Dhoni slices it for four over point to give India the relative respectability of a three-figure total.

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

    "Woakes is learning as he's going. He used to bowl pitch-up away-swingers, but now he changes it up. If I was him, and I'd be in Jimmy Anderson's pocket, learning everything he knows."

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    -22:12: Sat in work following on the website. Found myself singing Roy Orbison - Only The Dhoni.

    Paul Johnson: I am reminded of Martika's classic 1989 hit 'Toy Soldiers'.

  113. 16:00: 
    Ind 95-9

    Woakes, with 3-18 from 10 overs, will bowl to the lanky Ishant Sharma, who pushed the ball to short mid-wicket and sets off for a crazy single - Stuart Broad's throw must misses the stumps, and Sharma would have been well out had it hit. Dhoni defends - time to bring Anderson back?

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    Nick: I know it doesn't count but I always found the Derek Pringle/Meyrick Pringle thing funny.

  115. 15:55: 
    Ind 94-9

    Dhoni makes his intentions clear - he has a big swing at the first ball of Jordan's over and misses - the snickometer suggests he may even have got the faintest of edges, although England didn't appeal (and there's no Hot Spot showing). Dhoni turns down a single to fine leg, but opens the face to flick one down to third man - aiming to run two, he gets four as a tumbling fielder can't stop the ball crossing the rope.

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    Varun: Dennis Lillee rejecting Sachin Tendulkar into his pace-bowling academy.

    Tom: Glenn McGrath bowls Michael Vaughan at Old Trafford in 2005 without over-stepping. Vaughan doesn't make 166, England lose the Test and go 2-1 down in the series, media gets on Vaughan's back and the country continues to question our ability to play cricket. Australia win the series and continue their stranglehold on international cricket.

  117. 15:50: 
    Ind 90-9 (Dhoni 32*, Sharma 9*)

    After the entertainment of Pankaj Singh batting in the last two Tests, India's last batsman is the fit-again Ishant Sharma, who has a Test-best score of 31 not out. He negotiates the last ball safely. But will Dhoni move up through the gears now?

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

    "He got a leading edge to a short ball. It was dug in to the body and he was trying to turn it to fine leg. It got a bit big on him and ballooned a catch back to the bowler. I'm pleased for Woakes."

  119. 15:48: 
    WICKET- Aaron c&b Woakes 1 (Ind 90-9)

    Woakes probes at Aaron's defences, looking for another of those outside edges - and gets his man when the number 10 pops an inviting return catch back to the bowler.

    And, if it stays dry, tea will now be delayed while the batting side is nine wickets down - tea being very much a moveable feast in these circumstances.


    England's Chris Woakes catches Varun Aaron off his own bowling
  120. 15:44: 
    Ind 90-8

    Aaron is off the mark with a single poked into the covers, Dhoni clips Jordan through mid-wicket and takes a leisurely two, allowing him to keep the strike, when a three would have been eminently possible. And when Jordan strays with his line and length, Dhoni helps himself to a four between the diving backward point and the escaping pigeons in the covers.

    There's an umbrella up in the crowd - we're just under half-an-hour from the rescheduled tea interval (16:10 BST). Presumably if it did rain now, they'd take tea immediately and have a super-turbo-mega-session (as there are still 46 overs left to bowl after this one).

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    Jack: It's a long shot but South Africa's Norman Gordon (below) half-rhymes. Fun fact: he is also the oldest living Test cricketer at 103 years old!

    Andy: Not a rhyme but what a name - Vernon Royle - played for England in 1879.

    Norman Gordon
  122. 15:39: 
    Ind 83-8 (Dhoni 26*, Aaron 0*)

    Jordan (who has figures of 8-6-7-3) and Woakes (9-4-19-2) have helped keep the shackles on India here, but the batsmen will know it's only a matter of time before they might be facing Anderson and Broad again. Woakes begins a new over, Dhoni is watchful and shoulders arms when he can.

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    Matthew Bennett: Great to see Chris Jordan and Woakes getting some wickets today! This will do wonders for their confidence!

    Chris Harvey: Chris Jordan showing the flaws of statistics. They will say he's been our best bowler even though he's been all over the place.

  124. 15:35: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 83-8

    Aaron swings at Jordan, England appeal for a catch behind and umpire Kumar Dharmasena shakes his head - good decision. Aaron plays and misses at a lovely outswinger, and I can almost hear the ghost of Fred Trueman, basking in the afterglow of his 300th wicket 50 years ago today, saying "aye, that were too good for thee, son." Maiden over.

  125. 15:34: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    At Wormsley, India have made a steady start to their chase of 181 to win the only Test against England. The tourists have reached 19-0 after 11 overs. After the clatter of wickets on the first two days, it looks likely the match will stretch to the fourth and final day.

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

    "Earlier on in the day, Jordan looked a nightmare to face. One ball down the leg side, one ball wide of off, then, suddenly a jaffa."

  127. 15:30: 
    Ind 83-8

    So, how will Dhoni play now? Try to protect the tailenders or have a swing? Attack or defence? Deal, or no deal? His initial plan seems to be "protect and survive" as he guides the fourth ball of the over through mid-wicket but declines a single. Next ball though, out comes the helicopter shot as he crashes a shorter delivery through cover point for four. And the last ball is fired down the leg side - possibly deliberately - so Aaron will face the next over.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "If Chris Jordan has a skip in his step, that may be because he feels he has something to prove to Surrey. Jordan made his debut for the county as an 18-year-old in 2007 and took an impressive 20 wickets at 24.50 in his first season. But a persistent back problem that inhibited his bowling led to a sharp decline in form and after some sporadic seasons he was released in 2012 on the eve of his 24th birthday. Sussex took a punt on him for the 2013 season and Jordan hasn't looked back. Earlier this year, I profiled Jordan's rise from his schooldays with Rihanna in Barbados to the England team."

  129. 15:25: 
    Ouch!- Ind 79-8

    As the procession continues, Varun Aaron is the new batsman - can anyone else think of a Test cricketer whose first name and surname rhyme? India's number 10 defends the rest of Jordan's over, although he has to wear one on the armguard as he rears away from a lifter and takes his eye off it.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "They are just finding ways to get out. This could have been left well alone, a wide in one-day cricket. MS Dhoni deserves someone to hang in there with him, someone who will only get out to a good delivery. Some of these dismissals are baffling. It's not just disappointing, it's disheartening. Believe me, they are not this bad."

  131. 15:20: 
    WICKET- Kumar c Buttler b Jordan 5 (Ind 79-8)

    Chris Jordan back, the first ball of his new spell is short and wide but Kumar toe-ends it to the keeper, who takes it well in front of first slip.


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    Charlie Richardson: India's batting collapses are becoming worryingly routine. Looks like it's Ja-deja vu here (sorry).

    Matthew Robinson: Can we force the follow-on without needing to bat....

  133. 15:18: 
    Ind 79-7 (Dhoni 22*, Kumar 5*)

    Chris Woakes, who made his Test debut just under a year ago on this ground against Australia, is flayed through cover for four by Dhoni, once against scattering a phalanx of pigeons. A dabbed single to fine leg takes him to 22, while Kumar jams his bat down for an edge through the leg side and they run one.

    Judging by the state of the bowlers' footmarks after one-and-a-half sessions, the bowlers will be running up through moon-craters by Monday. But judging by the state of India's batting, the game will be over before then...

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    Jon Dunn: Mark it in the calendar. That's the first low catch that hasn't been overruled!

  135. 15:13: 
    Ind 73-7

    The bearded Broad to continue from the Pavilion End, firing one wide down the leg side, Dhoni calls for a run and it's signalled as a bye which is a bit harsh on Buttler. Kumar is off the mark with a slice over the slips for four.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "India's latest wicket prompts little more than contented applause from the crowd in the Peter May Stand to the right of the Members' Pavilion. Are England fans wicket-weary after Old Trafford and now this? After all the bad times is this too much of a good thing? I reckon anyone with a ticket for Monday would certainly think so."

  137. 15:10: 
    Scorecard update

    India 68-7 (37 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Dhoni 17*, Kumar 0*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4), 26-3 (Kohli 6), 28-4 (Rahane 0), 36-5 (Vijay 18), 44-6 (Binny 5), 68-7 (Ashwin 13)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 12-3-28-2, Broad 12-4-19-1, Jordan 6-4-7-2, Woakes 7-4-9-2.


    India's Mahendra Dhoni
  138. 15:09: 
    Dropped catch- Ind 68-7

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who's scored plenty of runs down the order in this series, finds himself walking out at number nine in the 37th over, no doubt chuntering about how the "proper" batsmen will have given him nothing to bowl at again. And he's nearly gone first ball... edging to Root at fourth slip but it hits the fielder on the wrists as he dives to his right and the Yorkshire youngster can't hold on.

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

    "Anyone that's got a ticket for Monday will be nervous. I don't think they will be seeing too much cricket. There's only 36 overs gone."

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    India's Ravinchandran Ashwin
  140. 15:06: 
    WICKET- Ashwin c Root b Woakes 13 (Ind 68-7)

    A walkie-talkie chat with third umpire Tim Robinson, a few TV replays are viewed and Ashwin is sent on his way by on-field umpire Paul Reiffel.


    England's Chris Woakes
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The batsmen is staying there, but it looks a clean catch. It looked out. Ashwin started to walk off."

  142. 15:03: 
    Third umpire- Ind 68-6

    Chris Woakes replaces Anderson, and after setting Ashwin up with a perfect outswinger, finds the edge to Joe Root at fourth slip. Looked out. Although the umpires are having a look...

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's one grumpy-looking pigeon who's always by himself. I'm going to call it Geoffrey."

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  144. 15:01: 
    Ind 68-6

    Ashwin scatters the group of pigeons nestling in the cover point region (what is a collective noun for pigeons?), Chris Jordan gives chase and they run two. A single to point takes Ashwin to 13, he'll be catching up his skipper soon.

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    Joel: Have you seen the seagull that was taken out of the sky during Sussex v Middlesex in the T20 Blast earlier in summer?

    Rory: Just counted from my seat in the fine OCS stand. 28 pigeons on the 'non square'. One on the off side, 27 leg side.

  146. 14:56: 
    Ind 65-6 (Dhoni 17*, Ashwin 10*)

    Substitute fielder Tom Jewell - who recently learned he won't have his Surrey contract renewed at the end of the season - is on the field as 12th man again as Dhoni works Anderson for a single, while the tall Ashwin is solid in defence. And as Ashwin forces a three through the leg side, Broad makes a great sliding stop on the rope, nearly wiping out a white-bearded steward sat just behind the rope, looking in the other direction and watching the crowd (as he should be doing).

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    Don Jones: Eric Hollies thinks "Bradman can pick my googly; I'd better keep it orthodox."

    Mark: First World T20 final - Misbah-ul-Haq gets out trying to win the match for Pakistan with a Dilscoop. If his shot had come off - Pakistan win the inaugural World T20. India lose - they continue to have no interest in the T20 format. No IPL!

  148. 14:52: 
    Ind 61-6

    Once more, some sawdust is needed to reinforce bowlers' footmarks - this time it's Chris Jordan, cradling the sawdust out in front of him like an unexploded bomb before depositing it where Broad's front foot is landing. And then the game is held up while Anderson and Dhoni have to chase a pigeon off the pitch. (It was right on the protected area - the umpires should have given the pigeon a formal warning). A Dhoni single means this stand is now worth 17 - it's the biggest of the innings.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Botham was asked about James Anderson passing his record of Test wickets. He commented 'he's got to get 15 Test match hundreds too'."

  150. 14:46: 
    Ind 60-6 (Dhoni 15*, Ashwin 7*)

    Ashwin, whose batting against England seems as valuable as his bowling (remembering the 2012 series in India), pushes Anderson for a well-run three past gully. Dhoni edges, it doesn't quite carry to the slips and they scamper a single.

    Art attack

    The England players have been drawing each other to help raise money for charity. Here's another attempt - has Sam Robson got the shirtless Gary Ballance about right?

    Gary Ballance by Sam Robson
  152. 14:44:  
    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Fred Trueman took his 300th Test wicket on this ground exactly 50 years ago this minute - Australia's Neil Hawke caught Cowdrey, bowled Trueman at 2.44pm."

    Fred Trueman
  153. 14:43: 
    Ind 56-6

    Dhoni drives Broad through the covers for four to move into double figures, which brings a small ripple of applause as it pushes India past fifty. Also earning the crowd's approval is a good take by keeper Jos Buttler down the leg side, and another boundary guided through the covers by the India skipper. Broad's figures have taken a bit of a dent (in relative terms) - he has 1-15 from 10.

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

    "Looking at the game situation, India may as well swing to try and get a few. The best time to be bowling will be today, so they might as well get the ball in hand. It's not a good Test wicket, it's too far in favour of the bowler."

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  155. 14:39: 
    Ind 48-6 (Dhoni 6*, Ashwin 4*)

    Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman at The Oval - and after 27 minutes, the first runs off the bat come from an inside edge past the stumps (nearly sending an errant pigeon to that great pigeon coop in the sky) and away for four. Anderson has 2-20 from 10 overs.

  156. 14:38: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    Last batter Kate Cross has fallen for two, leaving Jenny Gunn unbeaten on a Test career-best 62 not out. So England are all out for 202, and India need 181 to win the Test.

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

    "He drew him forward, not with a full stride. These were conditions that bowlers would have two or three times a season and you'd want to make up for all the good batting wickets. These are conditions they had at Lord's, but they didn't bowl properly."

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  158. 14:35: 
    WICKET- Binny c Cook b Anderson 5 (Ind 44-6)

    Maidens bring wickets... Binny prods forward at Anderson and it's a regulation catch for first slip. Since lunch, we've had 5.3 overs, a leg bye and a wicket.


    England's James Anderson and Chris Woakes
  159. 14:34: 
    Ouch!- Ind 44-5

    Dhoni, sporting one of the sleeveless high-collared fleeces which India prefer to sleeveless sweaters, has a big rebuilding job on his hands here. He's beaten by a beauty of a delivery from Broad which seams past his hesitant prod, though Geoff Boycott on TMS thinks he's bowling too short. Last ball of the over, Dhoni is hit on the body by one which rears up and strikes him on the chest, just by the India badge. But he remains unbowed. Another maiden.

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    Jerry Rudd: Chris Scott does not drop Brian Lara on 18 for Durham v Warwicks in 1994. Lara does not score 501.

  161. 14:29: 
    Ind 44-5

    Binny prods Anderson to point, sets off for a run and thinks better of it. Another maiden - the third in four overs since lunch. Still dark clouds circling The Oval, but it's dry at this stage.

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    Freddie Michshik: Stuart Broad has gone from the spitting image of Draco Malfoy to having a strong resemblance to Voldemort.

  163. 14:24: 
    Ind 44-5 (Dhoni 6*, Binny 5*)

    Broad gets away with a couple, bowling one that starts wide and swings wider out of Binny's reach, then firing a wide down the leg side. The radar swings back to the off side as Binny misses with a flashing drive, and a run of 25 successive dot balls is ended as Binny helps a single down the leg side. That's the first run off the bat since lunch. Broad has figures of 8-3-7-1, shading Anderson (8-2-16-1).

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    Toby: KP decides to tough it out in the quota system of South Africa rather than swap allegiances, and ends up playing in their Test side as an off-spinning counter-attacking number eight.

    I should have known we couldn't get through one day of a Test without He Who Must Not Be Named getting a mention...

  165. 14:20: 
    Ind 43-5

    James Anderson will unsurprisingly begin his second spell of the day from the Vauxhall End. A predatory slip cordon waits, India skipper Mahendra Dhoni leaves anything he doesn't have to play, while Stuart Broad scatters some sawdust to bolster one of Anderson's footholes between deliveries. Another maiden.

    How's stat?!

    The average first-innings score in the past 10 Tests at The Oval is 391.

    The Oval
  167. 14:16: 
    Ind 43-5 (Dhoni 6*, Binny 4*)

    Four slips and a short leg in place for the Stuart v Stuart Showdown as Broad bowls to Binny (on a ground where, for the historically inclined, Tudor and Stewart played together back in the late 1990s). Binny defends assuredly and it's a maiden over.

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

    "If India's batsmen thought it was difficult before lunch, it's going to get even more difficult now because they're facing England's best two bowlers."

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  169. 14:12: 

    There are dark skies over India's first innings - now literally as well as metaphorically. But the dead-eyed, dark-eyed Stuart Broad is ready to charge in from the Pavilion End.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "A couple of wickets have fallen after lunch - Jhulan Goswami trapped Anya Shrubsole for the 17th lbw in the game, then removed Sonia Odedra as well - England are 193-9, leading by 171."

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    Alice White, Sunderland: It's wonderful to see Broad or Anderson or Moeen take six-for in Tests. But it's healthier for the team when the wickets are shared around - leading bowlers aren't always in form; eggs and baskets. Great for Jordan and Woakes and great for England.

    JD, Warwickshire: How secure is Duncan Fletcher's position as India coach after these latest failures?

  172. 14:09: 

    Thankfully the arrival of the covers looked to just be precautionary. They're being wheeled off now and we're hoping to resume on time, although there's a quick discussion between three of the umpires and a member of the ground staff. Here come England's fielders.

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

    "I don't think Alastair Cook should be in the one-day side. It would be the perfect time for him to have a proper break and come back in the West Indies next spring. A break now might buy him another four or five years of Test cricket."

  174. 14:07: 

    Thanks, Stephan. And just as I take the live text baton... the covers are coming on.

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    Mark Bridge: 'Extras' is having a cracking game today - 3rd highest run scorer.

  176. 14:04: 

    A rip-roaring morning done, the bell about to be rung for the start of the afternoon session. Here's Mark Mitchener.

  177. 14:03:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    PCA chief executive Angus Porter: "The top players are very precious assets and we want to see them performing at their very best. Sometimes, less is more."

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

    "It's ridiculous what they're going to ask the England team to produce next year. There's so much pressure, so much expectation - and you know that as a player. The World Cup is a real stressful time for a player, then the Ashes series, then South Africa is a tough tour. That's what worries me.

    "It's impossible to keep playing the same players because it wears you down. You plan for it by trying to get as big a squad as you can. You plan for a schedule like this by building a big squad and making sure when you do tinker, you're not reducing the performance of the side."

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    Saral Karki: Looking at the way Jordan is picking up wickets, India might miss a certain Pankaj for this Test.

    Gareth Holvey: I have seen wafer biscuits which would stand up to more than this Indian line-up.

    Ollie Kemp: Wonderful as it is to see England do well I can't help but feel that this isn't great Ashes prep!

  180. 14:01:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    PCA chief executive Angus Porter: "The ECB's three strategic targets are winning the Ashes, winning the World Cup and becoming number one in the world. But we can't ignore the series in between - not having an A team and a B team, but making sure that the players can perform at their best. We need to recognise that if you sell your soul by putting on too much cricket, you'll mortgage your future. For me, money, entertainment and vibrant cricket all have to be considerations. At the moment, many think there is too much cricket and not enough context."

    Listen to the debate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "What I don't like about the rest and rotation is, as well as for the spectators, people are being given international caps they might not otherwise have, and I'm not sure that's the best way for sport to go."

    Listen to the debate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  182. 13:57:  
    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialEngland's busy 2015

    ECB managing director Paul Downton on the prospect of players retiring early to play in competitions such as the Indian Premier League: "There are always other options and choices, but we'll deal with that if it comes along."

    And on coach Peter Moores's workload: "We'll talk with Peter about that. Part of the reason for having a senior assistant in Paul Farbrace is so there is some assistance. We are developing domestic coaches. If we can manage a way in which we can phase county coaches into England, that's all good for the development of people and the English game."

    England coach Peter Moores
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    Matt in Chichester: Phone conversation, 1992. Bill Fotherby (Leeds chairman) says "Will you sell us Denis Irwin?". Martin Edwards (Man Utd chairman) prompted by Alex Ferguson, responds, "No, but we'll buy Eric Cantona from you".

    Elliot Fox: If Freddie Flintoff hadn't have declared in the 06/07 Ashes series, there would not have been a whitewash. Flintoff still captain, Strauss not captaining 2009 Ashes, England lose, Australia continue to dominate Ashes series.

  184. 13:55:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Angus Porter: "There's a limit to what we can do in influencing the schedule. There are ICC guidelines over the maximum number of days, and even with this schedule coming up, we're not in breach.

    "Once a schedule is fixed, contracts are signed with broadcasters and we're locked in. What we're worried about is short-changing spectators because players will not be at their peak."

    Listen to the debate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  185. 13:52: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    Anya Shrubsole has been trapped lbw for 14 by the first ball after lunch at Wormsley, leaving England 181-8, leading India by 159.

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  186. 13:48:  
    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialEngland's busy 2015

    ECB managing director Paul Downton: "When we finish the Test series we now go into one-day mode. When these schedules were made, about four years ago, the opportunity to prepare for the World Cup was a great idea. We pay for that next year when we play 17 Tests in 10 months. We have to have a focus for the World Cup and then we look forward.

    "You are very rarely going to be able to put your best XI out on a consistent basis. My job is to help create this over-supply of players. It's a challenge."

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    Paul Downton
  187. 13:45: 
    Art attack

    The England players and members of the media have been drawing pictures of each other to help raise money for charity. Here's Michael Vaughan's artist's impression of Stuart Broad, minus the black eyes.

    Stuart Broad by Michael Vaughan
  188. 13:40:  
    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialEngland's busy 2015

    ICC general manager Geoff Allardice: "The Test-playing countries get together every four or five years. You're looking at a matrix 10 countries wide and eight years long. There aren't any scheduling requirements any more, but there is a desire from members to play each other within that period.

    "It comes down to each member and the amount of cricket they want to play, balanced against the playing load for their team. Some of that is commercial, other cricket is break-even.

    "It isn't easy to provide a consistent workload. On average, one country will host two and travel to two other nations in a 12-month period."

    Listen to the debate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk- Sliding Doors moments

    Joe, Leicester: Trevor Chappell ignores his brother Greg's instructions to bowl underarm. He bowls a short delivery that is subsequently hooked for six by New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie securing the tie for New Zealand. Underarm bowling is still legal within the rules of cricket today and Trevor Chappell is praised for playing within the spirit of the game (maybe!?).

  190. 13:37:  
    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialEngland's busy 2015

    On Test Match Special, ECB managing director Paul Downton is discussing England's busy 2015 schedule. Alastair Cook's men will play 17 Test matches in 10 months, all after the marathon World Cup. That's a lot of live texting...

    Listen to the debate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  191. 13:35: 
    Lunch scorecard

    India 43-5 (25 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Dhoni 6*, Binny 4*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4), 26-3 (Kohli 6), 28-4 (Rahane 0), 36-5 (Vijay 18)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 7-1-16-1, Broad 6-2-6-1, Jordan 6-4-7-2, Woakes 6-3-9-1


    Chris Woakes
  192. 13:34: 

    Bleak reading is an understatement. The ball swung miles for a few overs, but, on the whole, there hasn't been much more movement than you would expect on the first morning of a Test. India just don't seem interested in dogging it out. England have bowled well, but probably not 43-5 well. Still, they'll expect to be batting tonight.

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

    "A great morning for England after winning the toss. They'll be very happy with their morning's work. It was gloomy this morning and they were straight into the wickets. The scorecard makes rather bleak reading for India."

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    England's Murali Vijay
  194. 13:30: 
    Lunch- Ind 43-5

    Gloom again as Chris Woakes delivers the final over the break. We've seen Joe Root so close at fourth slip that he's wearing a lid, but the other three grabbers are regulation. A Dhoni edge falls short. A maiden. Lunch? The umpires have a think, then remove the bails. From winning the toss, everything has gone England's way. India have been beyond poor.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Chris Jordan started with two wicket maidens - the last England players to do that were Monty Panesar against Pakistan in 2006, Phil Tufnell against Australia here at The Oval in 1997 (pictured), and Devon Malcolm in the 'you guys are history' game here against South Africa. And Rahane has now been caught and bowled three times out of the last six times he's been dismissed."

    Phil Tufnell
  196. 13:27: 
    Ind 43-5

    Jordan's regular allsorts, allowing a Binny drive for three and a Dhoni guide for one, before the shuffling Sussex seamer settles in to a good line. With lunch approaching, sausages and corn sizzle on the barbecue. Who would ever order corn from a barbie? Meat, please. Probably only one over before the break.

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

    "India's batting line-up at the moment revolves around Pujara and Kohli. Pujara is like the new Dravid - technically correct and patient, batting for long periods to cement the innings. Kohli has everything you want at number four - and neither of them have got any real runs in this series."

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  198. 13:21: 
    Ind 39-5 (Dhoni 5, Binny 1)

    What's all the more ludicrous about this India fall-in-a-heap is that the ball hasn't done a tremendous amount since the sixth or seventh over. Yes, Woakes produced a good one to get Vijay, but Virat Kohli kicked a straight one from Jordan, then Rahane patted one back to the same bowler. Dhoni and Binny look comfortable in defending Woakes, but you just feel there's always an India mistake on the horizon. Less than 10 minutes until lunch.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Gaps of six or seven days without any cricket don't help the touring teams. You can't have five consecutive Tests without any games in between as the fringe players can't find any form."

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  200. 13:17: 
    Ind 39-5 (22 overs)

    We've been talking about the Sliding Doors moments all morning and I wonder if India's implosion would have been so spectacular/would ever have happened had Jadeja caught Cook at Southampton. Since then, the only thing to match England's vast improvement has been India's helter-skelter demise. Jordan full to Binny, who looks organised. Just a leg bye from it.

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    James Box: Herschelle Gibbs hangs on, SA win the 1999 World Cup - and all competitions after as they stop "choking".

    Danny in Bath: If William Webb Ellis hadn't picked up that football..

  202. 13:14: 
    Ind 38-5 (Dhoni 5, Binny 1)

    Chris Woakes, a school picture-day side-parting, glides in under the sun as The Oval hums its approval. Lovely field this for a fast bowler - four slips, a gully and a short leg. Some confusion as Dhoni prods to mid-on and Stuart Binny sets off. They wouldn't have got halfway. Sent back. A single then takes India to 38-5. 38-5! So nonchalantly said, but quite clearly ridiculous.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "Lunch at Wormsley, and it's been an excellent morning for England - they've added 71 for the loss of one wicket to take them to 181-7 and the lead is 159. Jenny Gunn is unbeaten on 45 which is the highest score of the match."

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  204. 13:08: 
    Ind 36-5 (Woakes 3-1-7-1)

    Is it a 36-5 for morning? Is it ever a 36-5 for morning? Even if you were facing Shane Warne bowling hand grenades on a farmer's field you'd fancy yourself to be better than 36-5, right? The ball has moved, but the deck is true. England have bowled well, but not as well as they did on the first morning at Old Trafford. India aren't on the plane home, they've landed, collected their bags and been picked up by the wife. Stuart Binny the new man, watching on as MS Dhoni flat-footedly pokes at Jordan.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "India are down in the dumps again. They've been in pretty poor form - their judgement around off stump has been pretty poor. They've been playing deliveries they should be leaving, and leaving deliveries they should be playing. But that was a good delivery - when you're in form like Vijay has been, you get a little closer to the ball."

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  206. 13:01: 
    WICKET- Vijay c Root b Woakes 18 (Ind 36-5)

    Just when you wonder if Chris Woakes is destined for a career of bowling unrewarded jaffas, Muali Vijay obliges with an edge to gully. It's a lovely delivery from Woakes, shaping away on an in-between length. Vijay's thick edge flies to Joe Root, who is standing so close he's wearing a helmet. Grab in one hand, bit of a juggle, taken. This India batting line-up is as solidly built as a bus ticket.


    England's Joe Root celebrates catching Murali Vijay
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "A room with a view? It's not just the full house at The Oval who are devouring this morning's wicket-fest. Without paying a penny, local residents are taking in the action from their balconies."

    The Oval
  208. 12:58: 
    Ind 35-4 (Vijay 18, Dhoni 4)

    So, two wickets in two balls at the end of the last Test, then two wicket-maidens for Chris Jordan here. That's four wickets for no runs in 14 balls. Who says he shouldn't be in the team? He can be scattergun with his line, but his good balls are dangerous. The old theory of "if the bowler doesn't know where it's going, what chance does the batsman have?" Murali Vijay remaining defiant.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket- Sliding Doors moments

    Luke Waterman: If Virat Kohli had not dropped the dolly this year when Brendon McCullum was on nine - only to get a triple hundred (302).

    Greg Jackson: Adrian Heath's equaliser at Oxford in the 1984 League Cup saves Howard Kendall's job and paves the way for Everton's golden era.

  210. 12:53: 
    Ind 33-4 (Jordan 2-2-0-2)

    So 8-4 at Old Trafford, 28-4 here. Geoffrey is right about the Jordan catch, he moved very well, low to his right, to take the ball in both hands. The thing is, though, Rahane simply shouldn't have been offering the chance. Maybe time to start the office sweepstake on how long this match might last? Do you expect cricket when you get back in after the weekend? MS Dhoni the new man, once more arriving in a crisis, getting off the mark by edging Woakes through the slips for four.

  211. 12:50: 
    Scorecard update

    India 28-4 (16 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Vijay 14*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4), 26-3 (Kohli 6), 28-4 (Rahane 0)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 7-1-16-1, Broad 6-2-6-1, Jordan 2-2-0-2, Woakes 1-1-0-0


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

    "A wonderful piece of athleticism from Jordan. Rahane pushed through that, not attacking, not defending, which is the worst thing you can do on a pitch which is a bit two-paced and is doing a little. It's not an unplayable pitch - nothing is going to hit you in the mouth -but it's a difficult pitch against the new ball."

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  213. 12:47: 
    WICKET- Rahane c&b Jordan 0 (Ind 26-4)

    Dropping like flies, folding like a pack of cards, surrendering like India batsmen. This is very, very tame from Ajinkya Rahane, patting a return catch back to Chris Jordan to depart in an over where Jordan has barely bowled straight. At the moment, India look shot and it's very, very easy for England. They haven't even had to bowl that well.


    England's Chris Jordan
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    Andrew Thomas: If Shane Warne had been a bit taller and a bit fitter and become a St Kilda AFL player instead of the greatest of all.

    Mark Lawford: A disenchanted Ian Botham decides he's not going to play at Headingley in 1981.

    James Ballantyne: Steve Bruce's 98th-minute goal v Sheff Wed, no title, no Fergie dancing and no Fergie Time...

  215. 12:42: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 28-3

    A double change for England, Chris Woakes coming on for James Anderson. 377 Test wickets at 29.82 gives way to two wickets at 129.50. Three slips and a gully, Woakes moving the ball away from Vijay in the sunshine, then sliding a straight-oner in to the pads. Appeal, not out.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at Wormsley

    "England are 164-7, leading by 142. Jenny Gunn and Anya Shrubsole are batting well, but Shubhlakshmi Sharma has had to leave the field with a suspected dislocated shoulder after diving for the ball near the boundary so India are a bowler down when they're an over away from the new ball."

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  217. 12:38: 
    Ind 26-3 (Jordan 1-1-0-1)

    The players took drinks while Kohli was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane. That Jordan delivery came back quite some way off the seam, with the bowler throwing a right uppercut in celebration. Kohli, on the other hand, was a picture. Gun-chewing nonchalance as the appeal went up, mouth-agog disbelief when Dharmasena gave him the finger.

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

    "He was playing forward, it's just nipped back a little bit - not a magic ball, but India can't win the match with three major players in such bad form. They've only got two batsmen - Vijay and the bloke about to come in, Rahane - in good nick. It doesn't matter how well your bowlers do. Kohli is a really good player but in this form, even Chris Woakes could bowl him out."

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    England's Virat Kohli
  219. 12:32: 
    WICKET- Kohli lbw Jordan 6 (Ind 26-3)

    Virat Kohli, if you're going to take the bat to the middle with you, perhaps you should use it? Chris Jordan strikes in his first over (the 'hat-trick ball' was defended), persuading Kohli to leave a ball that umpire Kumar Dharmasena decides would have hit off stump. Kohli can't believe it, shaking his head, but replays show it would have clipped the off peg. Use your bat, lad.


    England's Chris Jordan
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    Stu Harman: If Mike Gatting had got to the pitch and tonked Shane Warne for four. Texting may never have taken off.

    Mike Bell: If Dad hadn't started chatting to Mum, Stretford station cafe, 1949, this tweet wouldn't exist,and I wouldn't be listening to TMS.

  221. 12:29: 
    Ind 26-2 (13 overs)

    Pigeons at midwicket as a floaty Anderson half-volley is eased through the covers by Virat Kohli. The first boundary off the bat in this Test match. Ah, naughty pigeon. You're to stay on the square, do not fly past the batsman as the bowler runs in. False start. It's just, just, starting to look easier for the batsmen. Stuart Broad heads off, so we can expect a change.

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

    "The hardest thing here for Kohli is trusting what you've done in practice, out in the middle where you go back into old habits. Look at the change in technique Alastair Cook made from Lord's to Southampton, it worked for him - I'm not seeing any change from Kohli."

  223. 12:25: 
    Ind 21-1 (Vijay 12, Kohli 1)

    The sun returns as Broad, all bruised eyes and beard, kicks his long legs towards the sleeveless sweater of Vijay, the right-hander hiding behind his armguard. Things have calmed, the ball continues to move but England might not have put it in quite the right place for a couple of overs. Six overs each for Broad and Anderson, might soon be time for a change.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Virat Kohli has been a bigger box office flop than Disney sci-fi flick John Carter, which lost about $200m in 2012. In eight innings in the series, he has 108 runs at an average of 13.5. Is the mantle of being the new Tendulkar hanging heavily around the young batsman's shoulders or is today going to be the day that he proves his pedigree?"

  225. 12:20: 
    Ind 19-2

    Anderson is toying with Vijay here, pulling him wide of off stump then hunting the pads with one that nips off the seam. An inside edge stifles any suggestion of an appeal. As darkness once more covers the ground, The Oval crowd continues to mumble in the background. Wicket threat subsiding? Is it safe to go the bar/toilet/shop/burger stand? The conundrum of a cricket spectator.

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    Robert Creech: Re: Jordan's non hat-trick - balls have to be in same match. Merv Hughes has a hat-trick with each ball in a separate over.

    Reggie Thomas: Could someone give me a justification as to why both Jordan and Woakes are better than Stokes with either bat or ball?

  227. 12:16: 
    Ind 18-2 (Vijay 9, Kohli 1)

    Broad just losing his length slightly, too short a couple of times to allow a single apiece to Kohli and Vijay. In the India dressing room, the sunglasses of Duncan Fletcher sit behind a laptop, while some pigeons pad around at the edge of the square. An easier over for India to negotiate.

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    Ash: Dramatic improvement this from India. This time in the last match, they were 8-4.

    James Baker: Black sky. Black eye. Swinging conditions. Such an English wicket!

    Guy Butchers: Stuart Broad might look like a panda to some but to me, there is a definite hint of Tim Minchin or even Eddie Izzard.

  229. 12:13: 
    Scorecard update

    India 16-2 (9 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Vijay 8*, Kohli 0*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Gambhir 0), 10-2 (Pujara 4)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-1-10-1, Broad 4-2-2-1


    England's Stuart Broad
  230. 12:12: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 16-2

    Skies darken, Anderson's sorcery has the ball swooping away then crashing in to the pads of Murali Vijay. An lbw appeal is a once-an-over event right now and, once again, umpire Paul Reiffel is right to answer in the negative. Extras the only way India can get the score moving? Jimmy helps out with a wild in-swinger that defeats Jos Buttler and scoots for four byes.

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    Charlotte Gloyn: If the ball wasn't judged over the line in '66. Infinite years of hurt.

    Paul Lancashire: Jesper Gronkjaer doesn't score v Liverpool in 2003. Chelsea come 5th; Abramovich doesn't buy; club ends up bankrupt in League One.

    Simon Richardson: On a more poignant note, if the warnings from the drivers had been heeded at San Marino in '94, how many titles for Senna?

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "It's been a good morning for England, they have reached 154-7 at drinks, and they're 132 ahead of India."

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  233. 12:08: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 12-2 (Broad 4-2-2-1)

    Stuart Broad's dark eyes make him look like the baddie from a horror film. He may well be stalking through the nightmares of the India team tonight. Virat Kohli is our helpless victim (usually the girl who takes a phone call, then, for some reason, can't get out of the house), unsure whether to play or leave. One shotless effort clips the pad and is the subject of a failed lbw appeal. Then, a prod is beaten by one that jags off the seam.

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

    "The problem Murali Vijay has is that Anderson has been bowling outswingers, which he can see. But then he's bowling wobble-seam which is either coming in or coming away. Brilliant bowling - as a batsman, with late movement, you just hope it hits the middle of your bat."

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  235. 12:04: 
    Appeal - not out- Ind 11-2

    I might have been harsh saying that was a straight one from Broad. It nipped back off the seam and clipped the top of the pad as Pujara's forward defence came down late. Virat Kohli the new man, watching as Vijay struggles to resist Anderson. Shuffling footwork, ball zipping this way and that, an lbw appeal turned down for being too leggy. Once more, Anderson and Broad have massaged this ball's vocal chords are are conducting it to sing Nessun Dorma.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A pretty tame innings from Pujara, he didn't look as though he fancied it very much. It bounced a bit, came off his elbow and into the stumps. Perhaps Broad looks more menacing with his black eyes and broken nose."

  237. 11:58: 
    WICKET- Pujara b Broad 4 (Ind 10-2)

    Bowled him! Straight through the gate. Cheteshwar Pujara misses a straight one to have his timbers rearranged by the black-eyed Stuart Broad. The devil in this came from a few balls earlier, when Pujara was beaten on the outside edge. Now he's missing on the inside and on his way back. England, once again, are all over India.


    India's Cheteshwar Pujara
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    Robert Entwistle: How has Gambhir hit 4,000 Test runs when he can't play the swinging ball? Walking wicket.

    Ben Stephenson: Caught behind leaving the ball. Madness.

    Tom Firth: Praying for India to actually turn up as I've got tickets for day three and I want to see some cricket- not the best start.

    India's Gautam Gambhir
  239. 11:55: 
    Ind 10-1 (Vijay 9, Pujara 4)

    It's witchcraft from Anderson, the ball moving away from the Pujara bat. You have to be a very, very good player to get close to edging deliveries like those behind. If this was league cricket, there might be some bad sledging knocking around. "Send him the piano, see if he can play that." "Stick a bell in it!"

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

    "One thing I remember about The Oval is that the ends are different. Jimmy's end [the Vauxhall End] may have a bit more pace and carry, but it hasn't really leapt off the pitch at the Pavilion End from Broad. That's genuine seam movement that's got the edge just now, it's just not carried."

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  241. 11:50: 
    Close!- Ind 7-1

    This really does have the feeling of the first morning at Old Trafford, when James Anderson and Stuart Broad ran amok through the India dressing room, barging through the door, throwing kit off the balcony. The ball is moving, talking, with Broad finding the edge of Pujara's limp bat. Edge towards, but short, of Alastair Cook at first slip. The Oval hum goes up a notch. No time to ease yourself into this match, every ball already an event.

  242. 11:48: 
    Women's Test: England v India

    England have moved on to 137-7 in their second innings, a lead of 115. Jenny Gunn (a painstaking 16 not out from 84 balls) has been joined by Anya Shrubsole. Meanwhile, India's Harmanpreet Kaur has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for showing dissent at an umpire's decision on the first day.

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  243. 11:45: 
    Ind 6-1 (Vijay 5, Pujara 1)

    James Anderson, in his 99th Test, produces an absolute howitzer to defeat Vijay. Length, hoop, defeating the batsman's grope. When he occasionally goes too full, there's the opportunity to score through the vacant cover region, but he won't mind seeing the batsmen driving. Ooofff, another rozzer, doing for Vijay. The Oval, murmuring on the first morning, is swooning at Anderson's artistry.

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    Andrew Stone: Re: Chris Jordan - If you can take a hat-trick split across innings I don't see why you can't do it across matches. On the same principle I'm checking my career not outs to see if any contribute towards a split game century (I doubt it).

  245. 11:41: 
    Ind 3-1

    Broad is wearing no protection, other than the beginning of a beard around his chops. His eyes are circled with black bruises, a the boxer a morning after going 12 rounds. As clouds the colour of his eyes meander overhead, Broad is wide of Vijay's off stump, not asking the batsman to play.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Jimmy Anderson has just taken his 377th Test wicket, going past Malcolm Marshall on 376 to be the 15th highest Test wicket-taker of all time."

    The next on the list at joint 13th are Dale Steyn and Ian Botham on 383.

  247. 11:37: 
    Ind 3-1 (Anderson 1-0-3-1)

    A good leave, Tuffers? Surely a good leave is one that doesn't result in you walking back? That actually climbed at Gambhir, Buttler taking the catch high above his head. It was almost as if the batsman was offering some slip-catching practice to the fielders. Cheteshwar Pujara the new man, leaving the ball. Next up, the black eyes of Stuart Broad.

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

    "It's an away-swinger by Anderson, a good leave in some respects but he left the bat hanging out, it's flicked the toe of the bat and gone through to the keeper."

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  249. 11:33: 
    WICKET- Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 0 (Ind 3-1)

    First ball! Gautam Gambhir is gone for a golden duck and James Anderson is one step closer to the top of the mountain. It was a little gentle from Jimmy, a half-volley driven for three by Murali Vijay. Then, a hooping outswinger to Gambhir, which the left-hander looks to leave. He's too late, though, the ball takes the face of the bat and goes through to Jos Buttler. No doubt about the decision and Gambhir departs shaking his head.


    England's James Anderson
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    Kevin, West Yorkshire: Gazza missing a sitter in extra time v Germany at Euro 96. We would have gone on to win the final if that had gone in.

  251. 11:29: 

    Jerusalem as Alastair Cook skips down the steps, his team behind him and through the tunnel of flag-waving children. The sky, once grey, is quite blue, holding some fluffy, white clouds. The overhead conditions seem to have eased for the openers, Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir. The deck, though, is green. James Anderson, hunting history, has the ball.

    India's Murali Vijay
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    Pete, Lutterworth: I can't disagree with not changing a winning team but I just do not see the point of retaining poor old Finny in the squad till the very last minute and then giving him the bad news. Very poor man management. And another thing... which deep thinker decided that not playing a Test for nine months was good preparation? The Aussies must be laughing in their sleeves...

    TMS will be discussing England's "crazy" 2015 fixture programme at lunch today.

  253. 11:27: 

    You know what, it might just be brightening up at The Oval. The sun just started to poke through shortly after Alastair Cook said he'd have a bowl and now the clouds are dissipating a little. Finally, something goes right for India.

  254. 11:24: 
    Art attack

    The England players and members of the media have been busy drawing cartoons of each other in the build-up to this match - all in the name of charity.

    We'll be treating you to a selection of those throughout the day. Here's Jos Buttler's picture of former England captain Nasser Hussain to kick things off.

    Nasser Hussain by Jos Buttler
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk- Sliding Doors moments

    Chris, Norwich: Oval 2005 - Shane Warne dropping a dolly off county colleague Pietersen on 15 in the second innings. He went on to make 158 to help secure the draw... and the Ashes. Had the catch been held, Paul Collingwood wouldn't have got an MBE!

    Peter Ridgway: If Beefy had managed to get his leg over (Oval 1991), would Aggers have been the broadcaster he is today?

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Jos Buttler has made a blistering start to his Test career with the bat, but his glovework has been untidy at times. In an interview in the match programme, the Lancashire keeper revealed why it can be harder to keep wicket to a red ball than a white ball. 'One thing the white ball doesn't seem to do as much is wobble as it goes past the bat before you take it,' he said. 'There's some interesting theory behind the wobble! It's quite hard to spot on camera, but it can make you look a bit silly when you're keeping because it can make it hard to catch.'"

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "Sarah Taylor has been bowled through the gate for 40 - England are 123-7, but they lead by just over 100."

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  258. 11:19: 

    Two things to note about the fact that England are bowling. Firstly, James Anderson is seven wickets behind Sir Ian Botham's all-time England record of 383. Eight in the match and he'll be out on his own. Also, Chris Jordan took two wickets in two balls at the end of the Old Trafford Test. Is he on a hat-trick? I'm told not, but I'm not convinced.

  259. 11:16: 
    Team line-ups

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

    India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.

    Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) & Paul Reiffel (Aus).

    Mahendra Dhoni and Alastair Cook
    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've just done a film for the BBC website about bouncers - I remember how I was clattered on the side of the head here at The Oval by Sylvester Clarke of Surrey, it's a terrifying experience that can affect you physically and mentally. Dealing with bouncers, you need footwork - Broad doesn't get inside the line, he steps back so he's hooking in front of his face. But in recent years, because the helmets are so good, batsmen who aren't good at hooking have had a go at it."

    Watch more from Simon Hughes on the BBC Sport website

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    Rob Garvey: Glenn McGrath's injury in warm-up to 2005 Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Oh how different things might have been.

    Benjamin Hillier: David Gower; Adelaide 1991; Block the ball before lunch and he would be allowed a few more years of Test cricket. 9000 runs?

    Webster's tache: Wembley 1990. Ian Wright scores in the final second. Crystal Palace 4 Manchester United 3. Ferguson is sacked. Coppell wins First Division.

  262. 11:11: 

    That India team looks to finally have the right balance about it. The pace trio of Ishant, Kumar and Aaron is about the best they can muster and you feel that Stuart Binny will offer more with the bat than Ravi Jadeja. As for England, maybe in time Ben Stokes and Steven Finn will be better options than Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, but there's a reluctance to change a winning team. You feel Sam Robson might need a score too.

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    John Andrews: Message to MS Dhoni - pad up now, you'll be on soon.

    Chris Dales: Cook doing his best Gary Wilson impression, winning the toss and choosing to bowl at the Oval. Result in the bag already.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think 60% of the Indian wickets have fallen to catches behind the wicket. There wasn't much carry in the first couple of Tests, particularly at Trent Bridge, but there has been since then."

  265. 11:07: 

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "We would have bowled first. It's important to have Ishant back. He's the only experienced bowler that we have got."

    "It's important for the that if you get a good start, you make the most out of it. It's just about converting those starts and I'm very confident that in this game they'll give their best."

  266. 11:05: 

    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "The overnight rain has greened the wicket up, but we've got to put the ball in the right areas. We've got outstanding opening bowlers, experienced campaigners and they know what they're doing. From where we were at Lord's it would be fantastic to win, but we've got to do the basics well and put India under pressure."

  267. 11:04: 
    Team news

    England are once again unchanged, meaning Stuart Broad is fit and Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan retain their places ahead of Steven Finn. India make two changes - Ravi Jadeja and Pankaj Singh go out in favour of all-rounder Stuart Binny and the fit-again Ishant Sharma.

  268. 11:02: 
    England win the toss and field

    "Heads is the call." It's a tail. England have won the toss and Alastair Cook jumps on the chance to have a bowl on a dampish wicket under grey sky. MS Dhoni says he would have bowled, perhaps with the carnage of Old Trafford fresh in the mind.

    Alastair Cook wins the toss
  269. 11:01: 

    A voice over the tannoy, the captains emerge to head down the pavilion steps. Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni have a good chat, Cook looking like he's got ready in a hurry. The drawstring of his trousers is flapping around his knees. Toss imminent.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Stuart Broad's wonky nose is clearly not affecting his competitive spirit. He's the life and soul of England's traditional pre-match game of tag rugby on the outfield. With his nose held firm by protective tape, he is side-stepping tackles, fizzing the ball through his hands and throwing his hands up at any perceived injustices, as is his wont."

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on TMS at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "England went overly defensive last night - I think they could have been well over 100 ahead. But they have to make sure they bat well this morning. I think they'll be looking at 150 minimum, as in women's Tests, scores over 100 are rarely chased down in the last couple of days. The key is getting through the morning session."

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special at WormsleyWomen's Test: England v India

    "Conditions here are similar to The Oval - it's humid, with the ball doing a little bit over the past couple of days. It's not quite been a low-scoring thriller, but it's set up very nicely. No doubt, there will be a result today."

    Listen to live commentary on the Women's Test via the BBC Sport website, or via BBC Live Event 8 on your smartphone

  273. 10:56: 

    There's another England v India Test match going on at the moment, the women's version at Wormsley. It looks like a humdinger too, wickets galore. England begin day three on 110-6, a lead of 88.

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    Tim: How different things might have been if Ed Smith had not been given out LBW to a ball which hit him on the thigh pad at The Oval in 2003. Was an extended Test career cut off in its prime?

    Will: If Gary Pratt had been in the bogs so they sent out a different sub fielder…

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

    "I don't think the injury will affect Stuart Broad's bowling - when batting, he knows the opposition are going to bounce him. I think he's going to go to one of the new helmets with the double grill which doesn't let the ball through. When you think back four or five years ago, we thought he was potentially an all-rounder at seven or even number six, but now I think he's better swinging at nine or 10 - a loose cannon with a good eye."

  276. 10:53: 

    And, when we do get under way, a lot of eyes will be on Stuart Broad. Sconned by a Varun Aaron bouncer at Old Trafford, Broad suffered a broken nose. There was some chat he'd wear a mask to play at The Oval, while pre-match pictures have shown him wearing a splint. Skipper Cook said that Broad is "99.9% certain" to play.

    England's Staurt Broad
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    Gus: Edgbaston 2005 - Kasprowicz gloves Harmison down the leg-side but with his hand off the bat...it's correctly given not out, England fail to regain the Ashes, continuing 16 years of misery. The Press screams for blood, heads roll, new blood comes in, and Graeme Swann earns an earlier recall to bowl England to victory in Australia during '06/'07, ruining Warne and McGrath's leaving do...

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

    "India were very unfortunate losing Ishant Sharma for Southampton as he was the stand-out bowler from both sides in the first two Tests. But they will make changes as they've got to chase the series. Jadeja hasn't had an impact with bat or ball, but India's top six batsmen haven't shown up. If you're only scoring 150, you don't win many Test matches."

  279. 10:48: 
    Play to begin at 11:30

    Good news from the middle. Those wet areas that were causing concern are behaving themselves, so we'll have some play at 11:30 BST, a delay of half an hour. The toss will be at 11:00.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "This pitch seems pretty hard like the one at Old Trafford. I would look at picking Binny as he would give you more options than Jadeja on this pitch, and he can contribute with the bat."

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

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    Christian: I think Ben Kay dropping the ball in the RWC final 2003 proved to be a sliding doors moment for the best as it set Jonny up to win it with that immortal kick. How different things could have been had Ben Kay scored.

  282. 10:45:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    The appearance of Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith in this entertaining and informative text commentary will tell you that Test Match Special is on the air.

    You can listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 Long Wave, on digital TVs, here online and via the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer Radio apps.

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

    "India will know that England have been in a terrible place this series, after Lord's. That said, the momentum is strongly in England's favour. Duncan Fletcher has been in charge of India for a number of years now, so it's a real challenge for him as they'd have expected him to come here with a few ideas on how to beat England. Their selection has been very erratic - they don't seem to have got their best bowling side out on the field very on. They've resisted picking their best six batsmen, Dhoni and their four best bowlers."

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

    "I think Ishant Sharma might be back for India today, as might the all-rounder Stuart Binny. Ravichandran Ashwin will keep his place for his batting as much as anything. These might be the conditions for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Our good friend Pankaj might miss out."

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

  285. 10:41: 

    The players are out warming up - there's nothing wrong with the overhead conditions. Some parts of the square, the ends of some old wickets, are very muddy. These are the areas that are causing concern. The pitch is dry, perhaps a little green, but the lingering cloud could make it a bowling morning.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Despite all this modern technology, the best way you can dry the square is to rub grass cuttings into it, and sweep them up again."

    Listen overseas to Test Match Special commentary (not available in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh)

  287. 10:37: 
    Get involved

    Have you go the answers to the questions I pose? How do you see the final Test of the summer panning out? Who would you like to see in the England side? What are the other famous 'Sliding Doors' moments in sport? And how might this summer have turned out had Jadeja held that catch? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

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

    "I think both sides would be looking to bowl first today. I think it will swing quite a lot, it won't be flying through chest-high but there will be good carry to the keeper. The confidence levels of the Indian batsmen are all at sea, you feel if England get ball in hand they could bowl India out cheaply, but Sam Robson is the real question-mark in the England team. I've been there, going into the huddle and hoping the captain wins the toss."

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    England's Sam Robson
  289. 10:33: 

    Yep, there's some morning dampness at The Oval, which means we can come off a longer run in the build-up.

    As ever, the first morning of a Test match comes with more questions than answers. Will Steven Finn get back into the England side? Who will win the tombola to get into the India XI? Will Stuart Broad look like Hannibal Lecter? What should the skipper who wins the toss do?

  290. 10:31: 

    BBC Weather's Simon King: "It's unfortunate that we had those torrential rain showers yesterday evening and this morning, as they've been few and far between. The good news is we're not expecting any showers over the next few hours. There should be some bright spells today, but there's about a 30% chance of a heavy shower later this afternoon. It might miss completely. It's looking pretty good for the rest of the game - breezy tomorrow and Sunday. There might be some morning drizzle on Sunday but that should clear."

  291. 10:29: 
    Start delayed

    Because, for now, there are more pressing concerns. The start of this fifth Test at The Oval will be delayed after overnight and morning rain.

    The toss has been pushed back from the usual time of 10:30 BST and there will be an inspection at 10:45.

  292. 10:28: 

    Well, you know the rest. Cook and England return to form. Success in Southampton, a huge win at Old Trafford to arrive for the fifth and final Test at The Oval 2-1 up.

    Quite a turnaround. But what would have happened if Jadeja had held that catch? Will we look back in years to come and see Cook's 'Jadeja moment' in the same way as Fergie's 'Robins moment?'.

    I'll leave that with you.

  293. 10:27: 

    Did Alastair Cook's Sliding Doors/Mark Robins moment come on the first morning of the third Test against India?

    A skipper with no runs, a team under pressure after going 10 matches without a win. Batting after winning the toss, on only 15. Edge to third slip, Ravi Jadeja drops a dolly.

    And then...

    Alastair Cook is dropped
  294. 10:25: 

    Have you ever seen the film Sliding Doors? When Gwyneth Paltrow's life is played out twice depending on whether she caught a train or missed it?

    Or maybe you know the story of how a Mark Robins goal against Nottingham Forest in 1990 supposedly saved Sir Alex Ferguson's job as Manchester United manager?

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Live Scores - England v India


  • England beat India by an innings and 244 runs
  • England: 486 (116.3 overs)
  • India: 148 & 94 (29.2 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

India 2nd Innings

All out
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Vijay lbw b Anderson 2
Gambhir run out (Woakes) 3
Pujara c Buttler b Anderson 11
Kohli c Cook b Jordan 20
Rahane c Ballance b Broad 4
Dhoni c Robson b Woakes 0
Binny not out 25
Ashwin c Bell b Jordan 7
B Kumar c Bell b Jordan 4
Aaron run out (Moeen) 1
I Sharma c Moeen b Jordan 2
Extras 1w 8b 6lb 15
Total all out 94

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