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Cricket: England thrash India at The Oval to secure 3-1 victory in Test series

Chris Jordan took career-best figures of four for 18 as England wraopped up a comprehensive win over India at The Oval.

On a late summer Kennington afternoon, India suffered their final humiliation of a month that had already seen indignity heaped on indignity. Faced with the task of making 338 in their second innings even for England to bat again, they had capitulated with almost relentless predictability by 4.20pm, dismissed for 94, leaving England winners by an innings and 244 runs. Only at Lord’s, in 1974, when the margin was an innings and 285, have England delivered a bigger beating to India, for whom this represents their third heaviest innings defeat.

Thus, England, seemingly on the ropes and in crisis only a few weeks ago, after they themselves had been dismissed ignominiously at Lord’s, finish the summer having won the last three matches by 266 runs at Ageas Bowl; an innings and 54 at Old Trafford; and now this. It also means that England retain the Pataudi Trophy that they won under Andrew Strauss and retained under Alastair Cook in India.

The England seam bowlers were irresistible, aided by the substantial movement, both in the air and from the pitch of a kind that has made batting a trial throughout this match, and indeed the last four matches, and by the technical and mental inadequacies of the Indian batting. The chief beneficiary was Chris Jordan, who polished things off with clinical precision, taking 4 for 18, with Jimmy Anderson taking 2 for 16, and Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes taking a wicket apiece for 22 and 24 runs respectively. There were two run outs.

Anderson stands only four wickets short of overtaking Ian Botham’s England record of 383 wickets, but must wait at least until Antigua in April for the opportunity to do so in what would be his 100th Test match. In taking 25 wickets at 20.6 runs apiece, Anderson was the obvious choice for Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, to nominate as England’s man of the series.

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Cricket: England in control as India’s Dhoni plays lone hand

England’s fast bowlers tore through India’s top order again to put the touring side in desperate trouble on 43 for five at lunch on the first day of the fifth Test at The Oval on Friday.

Only a battling knock of 82 by India captain MS Dhoni saved the tourists from complete collapse and his last-wicket partnership of 58 with Ishant Sharma was by far the largest stand of the innings.

England captain Alastair Cook and Sam Robson gave the home side a solid start and, leading the series 2-1, they are in a strong position to clinch it.

Cook had little hesitation in choosing to field after winning the toss on an overcast morning in south London and India were soon in trouble.

James Anderson struck in the first over of the match, dismissing Gautam Gambhir for a golden duck when the left-hander tried to leave an outswinger and edged the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Cheteshwar Pujara never looked comfortable, crawling to four off 19 balls before he was bowled by Stuart Broad, who was named in the England side despite breaking his nose in the last test.

Virat Kohli hit the first boundary off the bat after 55 minutes of play but, on six, he left a straight ball from Chris Jordan and was adjudged lbw.

Ajinkya Rahane, on nought, got a leading edge in Jordan’s next over and the bowler held a sharp return catch to reduce India to 28 for four.

Opener Murali Vijay batted 92 minutes for 18 runs before he prodded tamely at a full delivery from Chris Woakes and edged a catch to Joe Root at third slip.

India struggled to 43 for five at lunch and Stuart Binny edged an Anderson outswinger to Cook at first slip before Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 24.

Ashwin was superbly caught by Joe Root low down at third slip off Woakes for 13 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5) slashed at a wide ball from Jordan and edged through to Buttler.

Woakes caught and bowled Varun Aaron for one before Dhoni went on the attack, reaching his 50 with his 10th four and disdainfully driving Jordan over extra cover for six.

India took tea on 125 for nine and Dhoni continued to spray the ball around the ground in the final session.

He hit 15 fours and batted for over three hours before pulling Broad straight into the hands of Woakes at long leg.

England’s Cook and Robson batted cautiously, mixing a few crisp attacking strokes with watchful defence, though the captain was lucky to survive a strong lbw appeal by Kumar on nine.

England named the same team that won the fourth test while India made two changes, bringing in Binny for Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Sharma for Pankaj Singh.

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Cricket: ENG v IND: England beat India by an innings in three days at Old Trafford

England stormed to a resounding victory over India inside three days at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead in the Test series with one match to play.

The hosts took nine wickets in an extraordinary session after tea to bowl India out for 161 and win the fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs.

For the second match in a row, spinner Moeen Ali was instrumental in the final push, taking 4-39 as England made light of the absence of the injured Stuart Broad, whose nose was broken by a Varun Aaron bouncer at the end of England’s first innings.

James Anderson claimed 2-18 and Chris Jordan took the final two wickets in two balls to the delight of a full house at a sun-drenched ground.

The hosts had earlier posted 367 all out, with Joe Root’s 77 and Jos Buttler’s 70 giving them a lead of 215 runs, with 61 overs left in the day to bowl out India before Sunday’s predicted downpours.

In the end they needed only 43, completing an extraordinary turnaround by a team that was heavily beaten in the second Test at Lord’s to extend their winless run to 10 Tests.

Even more remarkable is the transformation of Moeen, who took only 10 wickets at an average of 45 in his first four Tests this summer, but now has 12 victims at 14 in his last two.

England will hope to carry their winning momentum into the final Test at The Oval, starting on Friday, where only an India victory can deny them the series.

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Cricket: ENG v IND: Stuart Broad stars with 6-25 at Old Trafford

Stuart Broad took six wickets and James Anderson three as England assumed control of the fourth Test against India on an action-packed opening day at Old Trafford.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, India collapsed to 8-4 as Broad and Anderson found prodigious swing and carry on a bouncy wicket.

Captain Mahendra Dhoni countered with 71, but Broad blew away the tail to bowl India out for 152, a total in which a record-equalling  six batsmen were out for ducks.

England lost both openers cheaply, but rallied to reach 113-3 by the close, with Ian Bell unbeaten on 45.

Bell added 77 with Gary Ballance, whose dismissal for 37 in the final over of the day gave a second wicket to fast bowler Varun Aaron, one of three India players making their first appearances of the series.

England’s near perfect day has put them in a strong position from which to go 2-1 up with one match to play.

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Cricket : ENG v IND : Alastair Cook relieved by end to barren run

Alastair Cook says the 266-run win over India in the third Test has prevented the pressure on him to resign as England captain from coming to a head.

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Both Cook and England had suffered a year-long run of poor form, but his innings of 95 and 70 not out helped them end a 10-match winless run.

“It was getting to a crux situation,” said Cook, who had averaged 22.10 with the bat over the previous 10 Tests.

“If it had carried on like that who knows what would have happened?”

He added: “One game does not change everything and we know how important my runs are from the top of the order. I don’t know if my captaincy got dragged into it but when you are losing there will be focus on it.”

England, who have named an unchanged squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford next Thursday, had not won since the fourth Test against Australia in August 2013, during which time they had lost seven of the 10 Tests they played.

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Cricket : ENG V IND : Hosts collapse to 95-run defeat in second Test

England crumbled to a 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord’s to extend their winless run to 10 matches and increase the pressure on captain Alastair Cook.

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The hosts collapsed after lunch to a series of reckless shots and were bowled out for 223 to hand the tourists a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali (39) gave England hope with a partnership of 101 to take them to 173-4, 146 short of their target.

But after Moeen fell to the last ball before lunch, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Root were all out to pull shots in a disastrous 14 minutes of self-destruction as seamer Ishant Sharma took 7-74 – the best figures by an India bowler in England.

The match ended when James Anderson was run out by Ravindra Jadeja, whom he is charged with pushing and verbally abusingduring the first Test at Trent Bridge.

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