England heroes Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jason Roy and Jorfra Archer named in Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

15 Jul

Four England players have been chosen in the Cricket World Cup team of the tournament.

The host nation lifted the trophy after a thrilling final with New Zealand at Lord’s that went down to a super over.

Jofra Archer celebrated wildly as he help England win the World Cup
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It is the first time England have ever won the Cricket World Cup after previously losing in the three other finals they had reached.

Eoin Morgan’s side justified why they went into the tournament as the number one ranked side and the favourites.

Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

1. Jason Roy (England) – 443 runs @ 63.28

2. Rohit Sharma (India) – 648 runs @ 81.00

3. Kane Williamson, capt (New Zealand) – 578 runs @ 82.57

4. Joe Root (England) – 556 runs @ 61.77

5. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) – 606 runs @ 86.57, 11 wickets @ 36.27

6. Ben Stokes (England) – 465 runs @ 66.42, seven wickets @ 35.14

7. Alex Carey (Australia) – 375 runs @ 62.50, 20 dismissals

8. Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 27 wickets @ 18.59

9. Jofra Archer (England) – 20 wickets @ 23.05

10. Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) – 21 wickets @ 19.47

11. Jasprit Bumrah (India) – 18 wickets @ 20.61

England’s hero of the final Ben Stokes is in the team along with Jofra Archer, Joe Root and Jason Roy.

Losing captain Kane Williamson was named as the overall player of the tournament and picked as captain of the best XI, which was selected by an International Cricket Council panel.

England captain Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup after a nail-biting finale
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Compatriot Lockie Ferguson was also included after taking 21 wickets.

There were two players each from the losing semi-finalists also picked.

From Australia, wicket-keeper Alex Carey was selected for his 375 runs and 20 dismissals.

Mitchell Starc was the top wicket taker at the tournament with 27 scalps and took a deserved place in the XI.

India stars Rohit Sharma, who scored 648 runs, and Jasprit Bumrah, who took 18 wickets, were chosen.

The only player outside of the top four teams to be picked was Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for his remarkable 606 runs and 11 wickets.

When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals? England and India in final four but who has joined them?

3 Jul

The Cricket World Cup is reaching the business end with the tournament’s semi-finals taking place this week.

The round robin group stage has seen the table chop and change throughout the last few weeks but the final four have now been confirmed.

England are in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals
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England followed up their stunning victory over India with a fine win over New Zealand to book their place in the semi-finals.

So with the final coming up on Sunday 14 July, who could be in action at Lord’s?

Which teams are out of the Cricket World Cup?

Afghanistan

Afghanistan were the first team to go home and have yet to win a match, although they did push India to within 12 runs.

West Indies

The Windies started brilliantly by crushing Pakistan in their opening match, but failed to replicate that form since and will be going home.

The West Indies are out of the World Cup
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South Africa

The Proteas have disappointed hugely this summer and will not be progressing any further after a dreadful campaign which saw them become the second team to be eliminated.

Bangladesh

As a result of their loss to India, Bangladesh have been knocked out of the Cricket World cup.

Sri Lanka

England’s win over India saw Sri Lanka dumped out of the tournament.

While they could draw level with Eoin Morgan’s side on points, England would still progress by virtue of winning more games.

Pakistan

Pakistan were the final team to be knocked out of the group stage. They had to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their last group and couldn’t pull off a miracle.

Which teams have qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

Australia

Australia’s victory over England saw them become the first team to make the semi-finals.

India

India made it to the semi-final with victory over Bangladesh.

England

England’s 31 run victory over India and then their 119 run win over New Zealand booked their place in the semis.

New Zealand

The Kiwis claimed the last semi-final spot after Pakistan failed to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their final group game.

India look to be the team to beat at the World Cup
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When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

India vs New Zealand – Tuesday, July 9 – Old Trafford

Australia vs England – Thursday, July 11 – Edgbaston

The Cricket World Cup final – Sunday, July 14 – Lord’s

Is Virat Kohli the greatest ODI batsman of all-time?

22 Jan

Virat Kohli cemented his place in cricketing history by becoming the first man to claim all three top prizes at the ICC Awards.

After an incredible 2018, the India captain was named Cricketer of the Year, as well as Men’s Test and ODI Player of the Year.

Virat Kohli earned a clean sweep at the ICC Awards

But forget 2018, no one in this generation comes close to Kohli in the shorter format.

The 30-year-old is the fastest man to score 10,000 ODI runs in the history of the game, and in terms of numbers, there’s a simple argument to suggest he’s the greatest ODI batsman ever.

He averaged 133.55 runs in one-dayers last year which, quite frankly, is ridiculous.

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And former Australia captain Michael Clarke is doubtless as to where Kohli stands among the cricketing greats.

“To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke told PTI in an interview.

Sachin Tendulkar may have something to say about that.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at where Kohli ranks among some of the best ODI batsmen of all-time.


Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies)

Matches: 187

Runs scored: 6,721

Batting average: 47.00

Centuries: 11

Top score: 189*


Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Matches: 375

Runs: 13,704

Batting average: 42.03

Centuries: 30

Top score: 164


Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

Matches: 404

Runs: 14,234

Batting average: 41.98

Centuries: 25

Top score: 169


AB de Villiers (South Africa)

Matches: 228

Runs scored: 9,577

Batting average: 53.50

Centuries: 25

Top score: 176


Sachin Tendulkar (India)

Matches: 463

Runs: 18,426

Batting average: 44.83

Centuries: 49

Top score: 200*


Virat Kohli (India)

Matches: 219

Runs: 10,385

Batting average: 59.68

Centuries: 39

Top score: 183


Of course, numbers aren’t everything, and since the days of Sir Viv Richards, the game has evolved into something far more explosive.

However, in terms of technique, Kohli stands toe-to-toe with all of the above players.

To watch Kohli bat is one of those sporting privileges – like a Roger Federer backhand or a Lionel Messi free-kick.

Virat Kohli might already be the greatest ODI batsman of all time

And what’s truly remarkable is that while he’s raced to 10,000 runs faster than anyone in ODI history, he never looks rushed.

If he carries on in this vein, there’s nothing to suggest he shouldn’t surpass Tendulkar as the greatest in history, and numbers aside, he may well be there already.

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England secure emphatic 118-run victory over India as James Anderson becomes all-time leading fast bowler wicket taker

11 Sep

James Anderson made history as his wicket which completed England’s 118-run victory over India made him the world’s most successful fast bowler of all time.

He had a pretty forgettable final day but kept plugging away before clean-bowling India tailender Mohammed Shami to seal England’s 4-1 win in the five-test series.

Anderson has 564 Test wickets to his name

As the middle-stump cartwheeled backwards behind Shami, it was a moment of course which also took England’s all-time leading wicket-taker past Australia great Glenn McGrath to stand alone in fourth place on the all-time Test wicket takers standings with a career tally of 564 – the most for a fast bowler.

England had to hold their nerve to close out their win after KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant had threatened a world-record run chase.

Anderson was billed as the headline act, in search of the one wicket he still needed.

But until his late, late intervention, it was opener Rahul (149) and Pant (114) who lit up a slate-grey final instalment before England bowled India out for 345.

The assumption was that soon enough someone, if not Anderson, would break India’s resolve and deliver England’s victory.

It took much longer than almost everyone expected, but eventually the ‘someone’ turned out to be Adil Rashid – who dismissed Rahul and Pant in successive overs after tea.

By then, thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 205 in just under 45 overs, India had given themselves a chance to chase 464 – and therefore surpass the previous-best of 418 for seven by West Indies against Australia in Antigua 15 years ago.

Rahul’s defiant and stylish 118-ball hundred set the tone, and 20-year-old Pant demonstrated his precocious shot-making talent with 14 fours and three mighty sixes in his maiden century from one delivery fewer than his partner.

Rahul and Pant’s 204-run partnership made England work for their win

India’s efforts were all the more remarkable after Anderson and Stuart Broad had reduced them to two for three the previous evening – in an innings which contained a combined one run from four specialist batsmen.

Heavy cloud cover greeted the morning resumption, and persisted almost throughout.

But if that appeared to be in England’s favour, an increasingly flat and slow pitch was not.

Broad was reportedly bowling through the pain of a rib injury, after being hit while batting on day one by Jasprit Bumrah.

Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane took their stand to 118, and it was only the latter’s mistake against Moeen Ali – a miscued sweep off the toe-end straight to midwicket – which gave the hosts a belated opening.

In the next over, first of a new spell for Ben Stokes, debutant Hanuma Vihari was caught-behind – trying to drop his hands on a short one.

India were 121 for five, but Rahul still had an appetite for runs and took toll of both Moeen and Stokes as he raced through the 80s and 90s with a series of swashbuckling shots.

The last was a back-foot slap past mid-off for his 16th boundary to reach his fifth Test hundred – and as Pant got the same bug through a wicketless second session, he completed his century even more emphatically by smashing Rashid high over midwicket for six.

India were 298 for five at tea, with 166 more runs needed in 33 overs.

But if history beckoned at that point, it did so only briefly.

Joe Root persisted with the old ball and Rashid, who rewarded his captain and fellow Yorkshireman with exaggerated turn from round the wicket to lift the off-bail past a bamboozled Rahul.

An over later, Pant was gone too when another attempted big hit found the hands of long-off.

From then, it was about England closing out the victory.

Anderson would have had his record-breaking wicket, in his 19th over, if Jonny Bairstow had gathered a diving catch low to his left when Ravindra Jadeja edged.

It therefore fell to Sam Curran to take two of the last three wickets – before Anderson finished the job in fairytale fashion for the second day in succession, after his great pal Alastair Cook had ended his career with a century here too.

It was a fairytale ending to the series for Anderson as well as a fairytale ending for Cook’s international career

Sensational Alastair Cook century in final innings puts England on brink of victory over India

10 Sep

Alastair Cook signed off his England career in incredible fashion with a fairytale century for England on a day where a number of career landmarks.

The left-hander scored his 33rd Test ton, replete with nine standing ovations from The Oval crowd, before James Anderson shared a fraction of the glory by achieving his own personal record.

Cook overtook Kumar Sangakkara’s mark of 12,400 Test runs – making Cook the fifth-highest runs scorer of all time

After Cook (147) and Joe Root (125) helped England pile up 423 for eight declared on day four of the fifth Specsavers Test, and Anderson then equalled Glenn McGrath’s all-time world record of 563 wickets for any pace bowler. The upshot was a near hopeless position for India.

Thanks to Anderson, and Stuart Broad, the tourists lurched to two for three before recovering to 58 without further loss in notional pursuit of 464 for victory.

This was billed as an occasion all about Cook – unbeaten on 46 at the start of play, while for good measure his wife Alice reached her due date to give birth to their third child.

It mostly was too as he bade farewell in the grandest manner.

The 33-year-old opener, England’s all-time record runscorer, became only the fifth batsman to bookend his career with a century in his first and last Test as he and Root shared a mammoth third-wicket stand of 259.

Cook belied his stoic reputation as he rapidly ticked off the milestones.

His first standing ovation came for merely walking out to resume his innings, and he needed just two deliveries to complete his half-century.

Next up was Kumar Sangakkara’s mark of 12,400 Test runs, taking Cook up to fifth in the global list.

It did not escape the attention of the PA announcer – and the Monday crowd, warming to the ‘I was there’ experience, lapped it all up again.

The India players took time out to shake Cook’s hand too

Their critical cue was still to come, though – and despite the expectation, there was an element of surprise thanks to Jasprit Bumrah’s four overthrows.

The bonus runs took Cook from 97, after a back-cut single off Hanuma Vihari, to 101 – and a moment of shared delirium.

For once, it seemed, the most self-contained of sportsmen did not know quite what to do with himself.

On adulation auto-pilot perhaps, he waved his bat to all four corners of the ground.

He then exchanged handshakes with his own captain and India’s Virat Kohli, and cupped his ear to the heavens – the unexplained personal gesture he has made on reaching each of his Test centuries.

Joe Root managed a score of 125

At the other end, Root’s progress was barely footnote rating.

His 14th century was nonetheless significant as his first not just of the year, like Cook’s, but also in 28 innings since Edgbaston 13 months ago.

Root was twice dropped at slip, on 46 by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja and 94 by Cheteshwar Pujara off the luckless Mohammed Shami.

His 151-ball century, third as Test captain, contained 11 fours and a six.

England were utterly dominant by the time Root and Cook were both suddenly dismissed in the blink of an eye as debutant Vihari, a part-time off-spinner, put himself on a hat-trick.

James Anderson set a record for himself too

Root picked out sub fielder Hardik Pandya with a slog-sweep; then, barely after his due appreciation had died down, Cook edged a cut behind to end his near six-and-a-half-hour stay.

He made his way off, to more vociferous approval of course, twice allowing himself a turn to drink in what he was leaving behind.

Root insisted on some more swishing from England’s middle order and tail until, after a relative rush of wickets, he declared with 18 overs left in the day.

Anderson answered the call and how, with enough movement to have Shikhar Dhawan and Pujara lbw in his second over.

Kohli’s prized wicket has evaded Anderson all summer, and it did again – because Broad instead had him caught-behind for a golden duck, pushing away from his body – before KL Rahul and Rahane quelled the storm.

Broad’s dismissal of Kohli initially put India on 2-3

England v India: Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope included in side for Alastair Cook’s final international game

4 Sep

England have included Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope to the squad ahead of their final Test match against India, as former captain Alastair Cook prepares for his international swansong at The Oval.

Warwickshire player Woakes and Surrey batsman Pope did not feature heavily in England’s series winning match in Southampton but will be involved in the 13-man squad for Friday’s game.

20-year-old Pope only made his England debut in the second Test at Lord’s last month

England wrapped up a 3-1 series victory with their 60-run triumph in the fourth Test in Southampton, and will now bid to hand Essex star Cook a farewell win before his international retirement.

Cook has racked up an England record 12,254 runs in 160 Tests for his country, with 32 centuries, but the 33-year-old will retire after one more tussle with India.

Alastair Cook calls time on international career

England’s squad – the same XI that faced India in the fourth Test plus Woakes and Pope – offers precious few clues as to the long-term direction of the side once Cook departs.

It’s not clear who will fill Cook’s place at the top of the order

It also remains to be seen who will keep wicket, with Jos Buttler having stepped into the role in Southampton given Jonny Bairstow was struggling with a broken finger.

Pope will link up with England on Thursday morning, after playing for Surrey in the first two days of their County Championship division one clash with Essex in Chelmsford.

ENGLAND SQUAD TO FACE INDIA AT THE OVAL: Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Sam Curran (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

England win Specsavers series with India after heroic effort from Moeen Ali during fourth Test in Southampton

2 Sep

Moeen Ali proved the difference as England defeated a stubborn India side to seal the Specsavers series with a 60-run win after a titanic struggle in Southampton.

England had to wait until the penultimate evening of the fourth Test to make the breakthrough, but finally defeated the world’s number one team.

Moeen Ali sparked wild celebrations at Southampton with yet another wicket

A magnificent century fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51) proved to be in vain in a pulsating clash.

But Moeen (four for 71) took his match haul to nine wickets, and India lost four for 13 soon after tea to give England an unassailable 3-1 lead with one match to play.

India’s target, one they have exceeded just once in their history to win outside Asia, was 245 after England were bowled out for 271 in their second innings.

Kohli, especially, and Rahane made Joe Root sweat, but Moeen eventually dismissed both, on an increasingly helpful pitch, in a total of 184 all out.

India captain Virat Kohli is caught behind

An eventful morning always appeared in the offing and, in gloriously cloudless conditions, so it proved as first England lost their last two wickets for 11 runs.

Stuart Broad edged the first ball behind to go for a golden duck and put Mohammed Shami (four for 57) on a hat-trick for the second time in the innings.

Sam Curran prevented that at the start of the next over, only to fall four short of his second 50 of the match, run out despite a dive in for a chancy second.

This fluctuating contest was therefore perfectly set, but India were soon undermined by early wickets.

Kohli celebrates after reaching a half century

KL Rahul was undone by low bounce, bowled on the back-foot defence by Broad.

James Anderson had been strangely wicketless through the first innings, but soon bagged two in four balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara could muster only five, following his unbeaten century on Friday, lbw pushing forward. Then in his next over, Anderson had Shikhar Dhawan edging some swing to be well-caught by Ben Stokes at third slip.

The lunchtime talking point was yet to come, though.

Kohli had just nine when he survived in a moment of controversy after England opted for an lbw review.

Technology depicted Moeen’s off-break hitting in line and going on to leg-stump, but third umpire Joel Wilson interpreted an Ultraedge as Kohli’s bat-on-ball saviour – despite an apparently synchronised impact with the front pad.

Rahane also had a marginal escape on 12, given out lbw to Curran on the field but handed a lifeline by DRS which demonstrated a finger-nail protrusion of the front pad outside off-stump.

England could muster only one wicket in the afternoon, but it was the one they craved above all others.

It was a fantastic bowling attack by England on an irregular pitch

The session was an exposition of cricketing skills as bat countered ball, despite the hazards of spin, occasional variable bounce and footmarks for Moeen and Adil Rashid, and reverse-swing for Anderson.

Kohli dealt with the lot, reaching his 114-ball 50 with just his third boundary, until Moeen got one in the perfect place to spin, bounce and take the glove for a catch at short-leg.

Hardik Pandya lasted just three balls into the evening, before fencing a catch low to second slip off Stokes and, suddenly it seemed, everything depended on Rahane.

Rishabh Pant tested England’s nerve briefly with a counter-attacking cameo of two boundaries and a lofted six from just 12 balls.

But he hooked out to deep cover off Moeen – and once Rahane went to the off-spinner too, lbw deep in his crease after a 147-ball 50 which contained a solitary boundary, England were at last on the home straight.

It was not Moeen, on his return after being dropped in Christchurch in March, who struck the final blow, but his fellow comeback kid Curran, with the 14th lbw verdict of the match as Ravi Ashwin was last out.

Fourth Test between England and India still alive after heroic half-century from Jos Buttler at Southampton

1 Sep

Jos Buttler produced a fantastic half-century to keep the Fourth Test between England and India alive on Day Three in Southampton.

This gripping contest, which hangs finely in the balance, sees England leading by 233 after eking out 260 for eight on a pitch playing a few tricks already – with reverse-swing in the equation too thanks to a worn late-season square.

Buttler leaves the filed of play after scoring 69

India are facing by far their highest chase to win a Test match in England, and it will not come easily as they seek to keep the series alive by levelling at 2-2.

Number seven Buttler (69) ensured the testing target after joining forces to add 56 with Ben Stokes and then 55 with Sam Curran.

Neither team has been able to secure a significant advantage for long in this fluctuating contest.

England’s openers appeared set to at least wipe out their 27-run deficit until Alastair Cook was suckered into a drive by Jasprit Bumrah and eventually caught by juggling second slip KL Rahul at his third attempt.

Joe Root reacts after being run out

Moeen Ali’s curious promotion to number three ahead of Joe Root did not work out as he too fell cheaply into Rahul’s hands, low this time as Ishant Sharma created his usual confusion for left-handers from round the wicket.

A second and final official warning for running on the pitch soon followed for the tall seamer, though, and Virat Kohli took him out of the attack.

It was therefore Mohammed Shami (three for 53) who stood up either side of lunch and set England back just when it seemed Keaton Jennings and Root might be reclaiming the initiative with a stand of 59.

Shami had Jennings lbw from round the wicket – with one that kept a shade low and, according to DRS, would have hit leg-stump flush.

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates after Keaton Jennings is given lbw

It also became the last ball before lunch, and when Jonny Bairstow strode out to face the first of the afternoon he paid for an instant moment of misjudgement and apparent over-confidence.

Shami already had the old ball tailing into the shine by now, and Bairstow evidently did not bargain for the lateral movement as he pushed out in front loosely on the up and was bowled between bat and body for a golden duck.

It was his second first-ball dismissal in his last three innings, both bowled, and not a turn of events England could afford.

The same could be said soon afterwards when Root, two short of what would have been a deserved and skilful 50, responded uncertainly to Stokes’ call for a needlessly sharp single and – without a dive which might have saved him – was sent on his way by Shami’s direct hit to the striker’s end from mid-on.

Stokes tried his manful best to make up for his part in the captain’s dismissal, and shut India out for 110 balls until he became Ravi Ashwin’s first victim of the innings – squeezing a very full ball off a thick edge to slip.

Buttler was joined by England’s first-innings saviour Curran, though, and duly bagged his 96-ball 50 with a cover-driven four off an Aswhin full-toss.

He was following up last week’s maiden Test century at Trent Bridge, at a venue where he had made 85 against these same opponents on debut four years ago.

But as in Nottingham, it was the second new ball which proved his downfall – lbw again too, and the 10th to go that way in this match when the returning Ishant got one to nip in sufficiently to hit him just in line and marginally satisfy DRS on height too.

England collapse at Trent Bridge during Third Test against India as Hardik Pandya runs riot

19 Aug

England suffered a spectacular collapse  as India took control of the third Specsavers Test on a remarkable second day at Trent Bridge.

India posted 329 all out and the hosts duly responded by going into lunch on 54 for none, but then lost all 10 wickets in a session – for the third time since October 2016 – to be bowled out for 161 in 38.2 overs.

Hardik Pandya walks off the pitch after obliterating the England batting order

India duly took their commanding lead to 292 after reaching 124 for two at stumps, putting themselves bang on course to reduce their series arrears to 2-1.

Unheralded star Hardik Pandya took four wickets for eight runs off 11 balls on the way to a career-best five for 28 in a match dominated so far by exaggerated swing.

It was a head-scratcher that no England wickets fell in 40 awkward minutes under heavy cloud cover before lunch, but the collapse which followed was spectacular.

Openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings fell to successive deliveries, from different bowlers, the first two of debutant wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s five catches.

Joe Root trudges off after being dismissed at Trent Bridge

Cook had just been dropped at first slip off Ishant Sharma when he edged behind two balls later, and then Jennings departed to one slanted across him by Jasprit Bumrah.

Ishant struck again when he had Ollie Pope caught down the leg-side, but it was the introduction of fourth seamer Pandya that sent England unexpectedly into terminal decline.

To the first delivery after drinks, Joe Root edged low to second slip – and trudged off with evident disappointment after the third umpire confirmed the ball carried.

There was one success for Mohammed Shami, with Ben Stokes nicking the ball to KL Rahul at second slip again in the Durham all-rounder’s first innings since being acquitted of affray on Tuesday.

England collapsed in spectacular fashion

Then Pandya took over.

He saw off Jonny Bairstow via another Rahul catch, and was on a hat-trick after Chris Woakes gloved a hook for a brilliant take by Pant, and Adil Rashid edged a drive.

He then had to wait four balls to pin Stuart Broad for a duck.

Only a leading-edge miscue just over the head of cover from top scorer Jos Buttler scrambled England past the follow-on mark, at the start of a last-wicket stand of 33 with James Anderson.

Tea had to wait until Buttler was last out, slogging Bumrah to deep mid-on, and India could set about batting England into evening oblivion.

They lost Rahul in the cause, on the attack against Stokes when he was bowled off his pads to end an opening stand of 60, and Shikhar Dhawan was stumped off a Rashid googly six short of his 50 as the tourists nonetheless extended their yawning advantage.

A rain-shortened morning session had been pretty manic too.

India lost their last four wickets for the addition of six runs, but Cook and Jennings gave England’s reply a start of misleading promise.

The edge of the bat was prominent throughout, even when Pant and Ravi Ashwin were taking India to 323 for six.

It was then that Broad (three for 72) had the left-hander edging an attempted drive on to his leg-stump, and it was no surprise that the India tail then quickly folded.

Ashwin had ridden his luck, but it ran out when Broad produced a memorable inswinger to flatten his middle-stump, and Anderson (three for 64) then dismissed numbers 10 and 11 in successive deliveries.

It felt like the preface to a spot of bother before lunch for England’s openers – but with a little good fortune on their side, as Shami and Bumrah were slightly wayward, all too briefly they defied expectations.