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India v England: Second ODI, Kochi, score

India v England: Follow the score from the second ODI in Kochi

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00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013

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England arrive in Kochi for the second one-day international with India on a high after victory in Rajkot.

Alastair Cook's side won the first in the five match series by nine runs to secure a rare victory on the subcontinent.

The momentum of pre-Christmas in the Tests looks to have survived the festive season, with a total of 325 for four staying just out of range for the beleaguered hosts, who leaked wickets with sufficient regularity to get no further than 316 for nine.

Victory for the tourists would heap huge pressure on the hosts who also lost the recent series to rivals Pakistan.

Cook's side head to Ranchi for the third ODI which takes place on Saturday morning.

We are unable to
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between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
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Leading from the front: Cook's side are hoping to secure back-to-back wins

Leading from the front: Cook's side are hoping to secure back-to-back wins

Jimmy Anderson puts England in control against India on Day Two of fourth Test

Anderson's three wickets put England on top as Root shines on his debut

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11:02 GMT, 14 December 2012

Jimmy Anderson put England in control of the fourth Test with three wickets as India struggled on the second day in Nagpur.

England were eventually all out for 330 with debutant Joe Root scoring 73 and Graeme Swann chipping in with an important 56.

But then it was over to Anderson who took the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag but then most importantly that of the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar for just two.

It is the ninth time that Anderson has taken the wicket of Tendulkar and it left the hosts struggling at the close of play on 87-4, 243 runs behind.

More to follow…

Main man: James Anderson celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar (file picture)

Main man: James Anderson celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar (file picture)

In good nick: Joe Root scored 73 in his first international innings

In good nick: Joe Root scored 73 in his first international innings

We are unable to carry live pictures from the fourth Test in Nagpur due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.
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India v England: India must improve – David Lloyd

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: A billion reasons why India must improve… (and leave Samit alone)

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11:54 GMT, 9 December 2012

England were a bit frenetic on the final morning but the bottom line is that India got a good hiding. The home side now need to show 1.1 billion people that they actually care.

We are talking about players who earn more money than Rooney, Balotelli and Lampard (via endorsements and sponsors) and their fans deserve more. I want to see a major reaction from their players but can't see them beating England unless they improve their skill levels and attitude infinitely.

Well beaten: India must improve to please their fans

Well beaten: India must improve to please their fans

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Zaheer today, gone tomorrow

We now have back-to-back Tests and India had no real time to consider their defeat but they have still reacted and made several changes. But I am certain they have not picked better players.

Zaheer Khan may be a surprise omission to some but he looks out of condition. He's just one who showed no life or intensity in the field.

Jimmy back to his best

Nagpur is the venue for the final Test and the last three matches there have produced resounding results. India should produce a spinning pitch but they must bat better.

For England, they just pick the same team. It was absolutely right for Steven Finn to play in front of Stuart Broad and it was noticeable that Jimmy Anderson had more spark about him because the team had been freshened up.

Leave Samit alone

Get off Samit Patel's back. There is all sorts of Twitter and internet criticism over his ability and place in the team but just leave the lad alone.

He needs to do more, he'll know that, but he produced an attractive little innings in this Test and he'd also be a star fielder in this India team!

Under pressure: Patel has both Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan waiting in the wings

Under pressure: Patel has both Bairstow and Morgan waiting in the wings

Get it done in four

It was terrific to hear captain Alastair Cook say that when you win, you go and have a good night. Just one personal wish though. I hope England wrap the next Test up in four days, these early-morning starts are killing me!

When it became obvious on Saturday that we'd have be back in for just an hour's work at 3am yesterday, Mike Atherton (who is in India) was quick to text and say 'good luck!'. So come on Jimmy, come on Swanny, pull your fingers out!

Bailed out

Finally, in all my years of watching cricket, I have never seen a bail fall from its groove as it did when Jimmy Anderson bowled Pragyan Ojha. The ball just clipped the bail which took an eternity to move but finally dropped…it was as though someone had wind!

MANCHESTER DERBY PICTURE SPECIAL: The goals, the rows and the rivalry… and Ryan Giggs" embarrassing tights

MANCHESTER DERBY PICTURE SPECIAL: The goals, the rows and the rivalry… plus Ryan Giggs' embarrassing tights

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Move over the Merseyside derby. North London has nothing on this. The big one is back – the Manchester derby. Sunday. 1.30pm. Buckle up and enjoy.

Millions will be watching this Sunday's events at the Etihad. The match will be broadcast live in 212 territories across the globe, reaching an astonishing 720 million homes worldwide.

There will also be 12 international broadcasters present at the Etihad Stadium, including ESPN Brasil and NHK Japan, the highest number of broadcasters at any Barclays Premier League game this season.

It has become the stand-out fixture of
the Premier League season and here's the photographic
evidence… We love the goals, the rows, the celebrations, the banter
and, above all else, the rivalry…

THE GOALS…

The most famous derby goal: Denis Law (No 10), then of City in 1974, scores with a back-heel past United goalkeeper Alec Stepney. It was a strike which still haunts Law because it effectively confirmed United's relegation

The most famous derby goal: Denis Law (No 10), then of City in 1974, scores with a back-heel past United goalkeeper Alec Stepney. It was a strike which still haunts Law because it effectively confirmed United's relegation

Law mobbed by spectators

Manchester United fans invade the pitch and mob Manchester City's Denis Law at the final whistle of the Manchester derby

Life's a pitch: Supporters mob Law after his back-heeled goal on April 27, 1974 for City against United at Old Trafford. Other results would have sent United down anyway and the game had to be abandoned after a pitch invasion (right) with five minutes left.

DENIS LAW ON THAT GOAL… IN HIS OWN WORDS

'I was inconsolable. I didn’t want it to happen. How long did the feeling last How long ago was the game Thirty-odd years. There is your answer. The subject always crops up. It’s one of those things. It’s always there and I am always remembered for it. That’s a shame.

I played with all those guys. They were pals. I didn’t want them down. It was the last thing in the world that I wanted. It didn’t feel good, no. We weren’t friends on the field. We would kick each other. But once the whistle went and it was over, things changed.

There was a bar in those days so we would have a cup of tea or coffee or a beer and then we might meet up later. It was just normal in those days. I was a bit different as I had been at both clubs and I knew guys who were still playing.

I knew the trainers and the guys behind the scenes. As the years have gone on it has changed, I guess.'

Taken from a 2010 interview by Ian Ladyman

Second most famous derby goal: Wayne Rooney's majestic overhead kick against City in February last year

Second most famous derby goal: Wayne Rooney's majestic overhead kick against City in February last year

Close one: United legend Charlton narrowly misses against City as the Blue side of Manchester prevailed with a 4-0 win in 1969

Close one: United legend Charlton narrowly misses against City as the Blue side of Manchester prevailed with a 4-0 win in 1969

Trevor Morley (front right) scores the second City goal. Mal Donaghy (R). Football: Division 1: Manchester City v Manchester United (5-1)

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (3-L) rises above Manchester United's Chris Smalling (2-R)

Blue moon rising: Trevor Morley (above, far right) scores City's second in their 1989 5-1 thumping of United and captain Vincent Kompany (right) rises highest to score City's opener against United at the Etihad last April

Rarity: Paul Scholes scores the first goal - with his head! - during the 2003 derby, which United won 3-1

Rarity: Paul Scholes scores the first goal – with his head! – during the 2003 derby, which United won 3-1

The near miss: Manchester City's Don Revie (centre) wheels away thinking he has headed home, but the ball strikes the post and United's Bill Foulkes is on hand to clear

The near miss: Manchester City's Don Revie (centre) wheels away thinking he has headed home, but the ball strikes the post and United's Bill Foulkes is on hand to clear

THE ROWS…

Red Devil: Allenby Chilton, the Manchester United captain, heads for the dressing room after being sent of against City in a 1955 FA Cup tie

Red Devil: Allenby Chilton, the Manchester United captain, heads for the dressing room after being sent of against City in a 1955 FA Cup tie

Temper, temper: Bryan Robson (No 7) and Dennis Irwin (centre) wade in as Niall Quinn (No 9) and Steve McMahon (hidden) attempt to keep the peace at Old Trafford in 1992

Temper, temper: Bryan Robson (No 7) and Dennis Irwin (centre) wade in as Niall Quinn (No 9) and Steve McMahon (hidden) attempt to keep the peace at Old Trafford in 1992

In the red corner: Denis Law takes a swipe at Tommy Booth in 1969 as Joe Corrigan lies on the floor during the 2-2 derby draw at Old Trafford

In the red corner: Denis Law takes a swipe at Tommy Booth in 1969 as Joe Corrigan lies on the floor during the 2-2 derby draw at Old Trafford

Roy Keane sent off by referee David Elleray after tackle on Haaland has the last word as he walks off

Roy Keane sent off by referee David Elleray after this tackle on Ale Haaland

Vile: Roy Keane abuses Alf-Inge Haaland (left) after seriously injuring the City midfielder in 2001 (right). Keane was rightly sent off. It was the culmination of a feud which had lasted four years and Keane admitted his violent intent in his subsequent autobiography in 2002

Recent rumpus: Rio fumes at Mancini and Platt in April last year

Recent rumpus: Rio fumes at Mancini and Platt in April last year

Boss bother: Mancini (left) and Fergie clash in April this year

Boss bother: Mancini (left) and Fergie clash in April this year

Cup fuss: Anderson (right) takes issue with Balotelli's FA Cup semi-final victory celebration

Cup fuss: Anderson (right) takes issue with Balotelli's FA Cup semi-final victory celebration

City's Craig Bellamy hit by coin and a plastic cider bottle

Cristiano Ronaldo shows his temper as he throws track suit to the ground after being taken off... Premier League: Manchester United v Manchester City (2-0)

Bottling it: Craig Bellamy, then of City, is hit by a coin while a bottle of cider narrowly misses during the January 2010 derby (left) while Cristiano Ronaldo (right) reacts to being substituted the season before by throwing his tracksuit top to the ground and sulking as United run out 2-0 winners

THE CELEBRATIONS…

Kiss catch: Gary Neville plants a smacker on 2010 goalscorer Paul Scholes

Kiss catch: Gary Neville plants a smacker on 2010 goalscorer Paul Scholes

Late drama: Michael Owen celebrates after scoring United's winning goal in the 2009 derby

Late drama: Michael Owen celebrates after scoring United's winning goal in the 2009 derby

Side stepper: Carlos Tevez, now at City, celebrates his 2009 derby goal for United

Side stepper: Carlos Tevez, now at City, celebrates his 2009 derby goal for United

Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at Manchester City FC reacts to the news that City have been drawn to play Manchester United in the FA Cup 4th round in 1970

Michael Carrick second goal celebration with Wayne Rooney

Game on: Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at City (left), reacts to the news that the 1970 FA Cup fourth round draw had pitted the two great rivals against each other as Wayne Rooney celebrates United second goal in January 2010 on team-mate Michael Carrick's shoulders (right)

Football League match 1990 Manchester City v Manchester United (3-3) David White (Left) and Peter Reid (Right) with Colin Hendry after he scored citys third goal

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Manchester United

City slickers: David White (Left) and Peter Reid (Right) with Colin Hendry (left) after the defender scored City's third goal in a dramatic 3-3 derby draw in 1990, while Vincent Kompany (right) wheels away after putting City 1-0 up back in April this year at the Eithad Stadium

Just for kicks: Rooney's celebration is befitting of his wonder goal against City last year

Just for kicks: Rooney's celebration is befitting of his wonder goal against City last year

THE BANTER…

Redundant: Manchester United fans display a banner depicting the last time City won a trophy during the derby in February 2011. City have subsequently won the title and the FA Cup

Redundant: Manchester United fans display a banner depicting the last time City won a trophy during the derby in February 2011. City have subsequently won the title and the FA Cup

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City reveals a message on his T-shirt as he celebrates scoring the first goal

Manchester City FC poster bearing the face of new signing and former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, in the city centre

Text messages: Maro Balotelli reveals his infamous T-shirt message after scoring City's first in last season's 6-1 rout at Old Trafford and Carlos Tevez beams down on the centre of Manchester from the inflammatory billboard erected after he signed foe the Blue side of the city in July 2009

Extraordinary sight: The scoreboard shows the final score of the derby match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011

Extraordinary sight: The scoreboard shows the final score of the derby match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011

THE (FRIENDLY) RIVALRY…

The bosses: Captured here by artist Paul Trevillion in a special commission for Sportsmail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) could be looking for a spot of 'Fergie time' on Sunday against Roberto Mancini's City

The bosses: Captured here by artist Paul Trevillion in a special commission for Sportsmail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) could be looking for a spot of 'Fergie time' on Sunday against Roberto Mancini's City

John Bond, manager of Manchester City FC drinks champagne with Ron Atkinson, manger of Manchester United, 1981

Margaret Atkinson wife of Manchester United Manager Ron Atkinson pictured with Jan Bond the wife of Manchester City boss Jon Bond

Mr and Mrs: City manager John Bond and United boss Ron Atkinson share a bottle of champagne on derby day in 1981, while their wives Jan (bond, right) and Margaret (Atkinson) enjoy a cup of tea ahead of the big match

Friendly rivalry: Mike Doyle of Man City (left) and Man Utd goalkeeper Alex Stepney stroll down the 18th together in 1975

Friendly rivalry: Mike Doyle of Man City (left) and Man Utd goalkeeper Alex Stepney stroll down the 18th together in 1975

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) with Manchester City manager Mel Machin (left)

Rival managers Joe Mercer (Manchester City) and Frank O'Farrell (Manchester United)

Breakfast club: City manager Mel Machin (left) and Fergie (right) chew the fat ahead of a derby fixture in 1989, while derby rivals Joe Mercer (City, left) and Frank O'Farrell United) chink glasses in 1971

… BUT WE DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE THIS AGAIN, GIGGSY…

Tight fit: Ryan Giggs wearing black leggings during the derby clash on February 13, 2005. Dear, oh dear, Giggsy

Tight fit: Ryan Giggs wearing black leggings during the derby clash on February 13, 2005. Dear, oh dear, Giggsy

India v England third Test – Top Spin at the Test

Top Spin at the Test: Skipper makes it a gang of four after bizarre run out

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22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

Alastair Cook’s bizarre dismissal, when he failed to ground his bat while trying to avoid being hit by a throw from Virat Kohli, at least allowed him access to an exclusive club.

Only three other Test batsmen have been run out in the 190s: Australia’s Arthur Morris made 196 in Don Bradman’s final Test, at The Oval in 1948. Garry Sobers fell for 198 at Kanpur in 1957-58.

And, most agonisingly, Pakistan’s Younis Khan was run out for 199 by a direct hit from India’s Harbhajan Singh at Lahore in 2005-06.

In good company: Sobers (pictured) was also run out in the 190s

In good company: Sobers (pictured) was also run out in the 190s

PICTURE DISPUTE

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…but one record eluded him

Astonishingly, this was the first time Cook has been run out in his entire first-class career – and it took him until his 312th innings.

It meant he fell short of a record belonging to England selector James Whitaker, who has been in Kolkata for this Test.

Whitaker was not run out until his 393rd first-class innings. And it proved to be the only run-out of a career which ultimately extended to 497 innings.

More records ahead for Cook

The demise of the England captain meant he has now scored 547 runs in five innings in this series in more than 26 hours at the crease.

But he has a potential three more knocks in which to break yet another record: the most number of runs by an England batsman in a series in India.

Ahead of him stand Ken Barrington, who made 594 in 1961-62 and Mike Gatting, with 575 in 1984-85. But both men were playing in five-Test series.

Long handle: Gatting on his way to a double century in Madras in January 1985

Long handle: Gatting on his way to a double century in Madras in January 1985

Welcome relief for Ashwin

No wonder Ravichandran Ashwin let out a roar of relief when he removed Kevin Pietersen lbw for a lively 54: it was the Indian off-spinner’s first wicket of the innings after conceding 150 runs.

The demise of Ashwin in this series has been central to the plot after he took three wickets in England’s first innings at Ahmedabad. But his record since then has been dreadful: by stumps on day three in Kolkata, he had managed a further four wickets at 115 apiece.

Bell's barren spell goes on

It wasn't a great day for Ian Bell either, returning to the side after missing the second Test in Mumbai to spend time with his new baby son.

Bell wafted carelessly at Ishant Sharma in the second over after tea to depart for just five, and extend a mediocre record in India that now reads 207 runs at an average of just 17.

Overall, Bell averages 45 – but he is yet to make an impression in this part of the world.

MS Dhoni says Kolkata pitch for third Test will suit seam

Pull the other one, MS… Dhoni says that seam will prosper during third Test in Kolkata

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PICTURE DISPUTE

We are unable to carry live pictures from England's tour of India due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept the mixed messages coming on the state of the pitch for the third Test against England.

Thousands of inconclusive words have been written and spoken over the past week about the conditions to be expected when play at last gets under way on Wednesday with the series level at 1-1.

It is hard to escape the likely conclusion that a slow turner – closer to Ahmedabad, where England lost the first Test, than Mumbai, where they won the second – will be presented at Eden Gardens.

If it was Dhoni's intention to confuse the opposition, however, he could hardly have chosen much more effective language than at his pre-match press conference.

His opposite number Alastair Cook, and England's remaining batsmen, may do best in fact to turn down the volume and just trust the evidence of their own eyes.

Under pressure: Dhoni's side were beaten by 10 wickets in Mumbai

Under pressure: Dhoni's side were beaten by 10 wickets in Mumbai

'The wicket looks good. I don't think there will be much help for the spinners initially,' said Dhoni.

'The fast bowlers get a bit of swing at this time of year, both at start of play and then close to stumps. So I think the role of fast bowlers will be very crucial in this game.'

Dhoni's thesis is that home advantage is a fundamental part of international cricket and one that should be fostered rather than mistrusted because it creates one of his sport's great challenges and fascinations.

'When you come to India you want to play on turning tracks, irrespective of the result,' said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

'We lost the last game, but still we want to play on wickets that suit the sub-continent – what the sub-continental challenge is all about.

'If you're not really doing that then that concept of playing around the world, and facing different challenges, goes down the drain.

'If you come to India, why do you want to play on wickets that are flat for the first three or four days

'And sometimes even five days is not enough to get a result.

'I feel the challenge is to play on tracks that turn, and assist the spinners.'

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar took 19 Indian wickets in Mumbai

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar took 19 Indian wickets in Mumbai

England could perhaps boast – they have been careful not to – that they beat India at their own game on a spinners' pitch in Mumbai last week.

But Dhoni added: 'It doesn't matter if we lose a few games, or if we win the series …

'The crucial thing is that a cricketer who has played five or six years can say 'I went to the sub-continent and the wickets were turning and bouncing and I scored runs or I failed'.

'We should still stick to turning tracks because that's what our strength is.

'That's what home advantage means.

'It doesn't mean that when Australia play in Australia and England play in England they win all the games – but they still stick to the speciality they have.

'It's the same for the sub-continental teams.

'Whatever the result, we'll stick to the kind of wicket that is our speciality.'

To that end, India can be expected – despite Dhoni's initial contention that pace will play a big part – to major on spin again.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh missed net practice because of flu today, and Yuvraj Singh took a blow in the nets.

But the indications from the home camp were that both should be fit for selection.

Monty Panesar: At last I"m fulfilling my potential

Panesar: At last, I'm showing the 'Inner Monty' (but I'd still like to bat a bit better)

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Picture dispute

We are unable to carry live pictures from England's tour of India due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) and international news organisations. The BCCI has refused access
to Test venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action
Images and other Indian photographic agencies. MailOnline consider this
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boycott BCCI imagery.

Eleven wickets in Mumbai, including a
glorious double over Sachin Tendulkar, did not merely signify a
successful return to Test cricket for a left-arm spinner seemingly stuck
in the international wilderness.

According to Monty Panesar, the
performance that helped secure only England's second Test win on the
subcontinent in almost three decades was also the culmination of a
two-year search for the 'Inner Monty'.

Left out of the first Test when
conditions in Ahmedabad screamed for his inclusion alongside Graeme
Swann, Panesar might have thought his latest England outing was going to
pan out like most of the others since the first Test of the 2009 Ashes;
thanks for coming, better luck next time.

Cool customer: Monty Panesar has worked on the mental side of his game

Cool customer: Monty Panesar has worked on the mental side of his game

But with an exquisite exhibition of orthodox slow left-arm bowling, the 'Montster' was back.

Now, as the third Test in Kolkata approaches, it is India who are under scrutiny and Panesar revealed that, as much as his journey back into the team was about finding a way forward as a bowler, it was also about finding himself as a person.

'When I was out of the side, that was a period when I needed to reflect,' he said.

'I felt I needed to know which direction to take my game. I wanted to take on the responsibility for my own learning so I invested in myself on and off the pitch by going to people away from the England Cricket Board.

'I did some work with Neil Burns [the former Essex wicketkeeper], who runs a sort of a mentoring organisation, and Dr Ken Jennings, a sports psychologist.

'We worked together on the emotional perspective and the mental side of things, seeing what was important for me as a cricketer. I helped build emotional resilience and mental focus. It's given me more sense of who I am. People were saying I needed to have lots of variations. I felt I needed to go back to my strengths, rather than trying to be a bowler I cannot be.

'When I first came into the international arena I was very shy. I'd defer to coaches, captains and players. I wouldn't speak to the coaches or anyone. Put a ball in my hand and I'd be happy to bowl line and length. Now I have a clearer understanding of who I am, what I can bring to a team.'

Inner Monty: Panesar is pleased with his progress

Inner Monty: Panesar is pleased with his progress

What he brought to England in Mumbai was a way back into the series.

'Coming into the Test I felt under a lot of pressure,' he added. 'I knew I had to be at my best, so my self-belief had to be high. I had to have that mindset where I don't take things for granted but I commit to my processes.

'For instance, when I bowled that ball to Sachin which bowled him, the previous ball was a short ball, so when I was walking back I was thinking: “Get my mind right. How is my breathing” All these things are on the checklist in my mind I was ticking off. It was like I was doing a service on me … an MOT.'

And how he passed it.

He added: 'I know I'm not the world's best batter or fielder, despite all the effort and improvements I've made. I want to play all forms of cricket, to improve in these areas.'

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India v England second Test analysis – The Top Spin, Lawrence Booth

Home is not so comforting after all as Dhoni's plan backfires

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12:19 GMT, 27 November 2012

England v India – pictures

We are unable to carry live pictures from the First Test in Ahmedabad due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.

The BCCI has refused access to Test venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic agencies.

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One of England’s most famous wins must also rank as one of India’s most wretched defeats. This series, if local TV is to be believed, was all about revenge – not just for fact of the 4-0 loss in 2011, but for the manner of it, played out in what many Indians have convinced themselves were conditions tailored for an English triumph.

And so India, egged on by MS Dhoni, decided two could play at that game. They denied England any meaningful practice against spin during the three warm-up games – a tactic akin to county sides picking four slow bowlers at home against India – and chose three frontline tweakers for the first time in a Test since the visit of Australia in 2003-04.

Dhoni even expressed dissatisfaction with the pitch at Ahmedabad, despite it being precisely the kind of surface on which England have traditionally struggled: slow, ankle-low, flat as a roti.

Back to the drawing board: Dhoni's plan to spin England out backfired spectacularly

Back to the drawing board: Dhoni's plan to spin England out backfired spectacularly

More from Lawrence Booth…

The Top Spin: Spooked England were beaten in their minds in Ahmedabad
20/11/12

The Top Spin: India preparations leave England in a spin, but for Cook's charges the warm-up has barely begun
13/11/12

The Top Spin: Why India are clinging to faith in England's ineptitude against spin
06/11/12

The Top Spin: England's batsmen show they are still struggling to get to grips with spin
24/09/12

The Top Spin: England voyage into the unknown on a wing and a prayer
18/09/12

The Top Spin: Bears, Twitter and textgate… a review of the summer that was
10/09/12

The Top Spin: KP's England future is more dependent on his attitude than he may realise
03/09/12

The Top Spin: Strauss's future uncertain after mid-table mediocrity takes hold at precisely the wrong moment
21/08/12

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Had he really wanted to rub English noses in it, he would have demanded three more pitches just like that one. Instead, eyes lit up in the first over of the Test, when Jimmy Anderson – as well as removing Gautam Gambhir – had Matt Prior taking the ball above his shoulder.

Bounce: it’s the one ingredient designed to bring England into a Test match in Asia, because it encourages both strokeplay and attacking spin bowlers. India, it turns out, have only one: Pragyan Ojha. England, miracle of miracles, have two.

In the post-match press conference Dhoni stuck manfully to his line about wanting Indian pitches to turn from the first ball, because – he says – this renders the toss less important. Either he’s being genuinely philanthropic or hopelessly disingenuous. Lamentably for India, Plan A backfired. And there was no Plan B.

India can quite obviously still win this series, but it might do their long-term prospects the world of good if they stopped taking refuge in the old chestnut of home advantage.

Let’s rewind for a moment to 2011, the series in which England supposedly knocked them over on a succession of obliging greentops.

Lord’s, the venue for the first Test, is no such thing. It happens to be one of the truest surfaces in the world. India’s problem in that game was the early injury to an unfit Zaheer Khan.

At Trent Bridge, India twice blew match-winning positions, reducing England to 124 for 8 on the first day, then eyeing up a decisive first-innings lead when they reached 267 for 4 themselves. That they lost by 319 runs had little to do with the conditions.

Famous win: England twice came from behind to beat India at Trent Bridge last year

Famous win: England twice came from behind to beat India at Trent Bridge last year

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At Edgbaston, England scored 710 for 7 against an Indian attack containing three seamers. Again, if that really was a seaming track, it was simply the case that India failed to exploit it.

And at The Oval, they lost seven wickets after tea on the final day on a typically flat Kennington pitch and with the game ripe for the saving.

But the narrative that emerged from that series was a convenient one: India had been diddled by home advantage. What hope did they have

At Edgbaston, Gautam Gambhir suggested life would be less congenial for England when they arrived in India. And at Ahmedabad, it most certainly was. Yet England, to their eternal credit, refused to panic, even if Stuart Broad betrayed their tetchiness on Twitter.

Here, though, we come to another twist: England’s win in Mumbai was essentially the work of four men, with a little help from Nick Compton. And all four played out of their skins.

Bowled him: Gautam Gambhir loses his wicket at Edgbaston last year

Bowled him: Gautam Gambhir loses his wicket at Edgbaston last year

To apply the law of averages, you might think Alastair Cook is due a failure at Kolkata after scoring 357 runs at 119 in the first two Tests, while Kevin Pietersen’s extra-terrestrial innings tend not to occur more than once a series. (This is not a dig, just an observation.)

Equally, it remains unclear who should partner Anderson as the second seamer at Eden Gardens. Will Steven Finn be fit Will Broad be in the right frame of mind Will Tim Bresnan even be considered

Just as the Ahmedabad win glossed over India’s own deficiencies, so Mumbai runs the risk of over-inflating England. The champagne-glass half-full will have tasted sweet last night.

But the glass half-empty tells you that the normally grounded Jonathan Trott looks at sea against spin, Ian Bell will have to start again – assuming he returns in place of Jonny Bairstow – and Samit Patel is yet to make a serious impact.

And that is the beauty of a Test series longer than three matches. This series has time for the subplots to work their magic or do their worst. England can either make history – or repeat it.

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS

No laughing matter

Even in the aftermath of England’s historic win in Mumbai came a sense of the touchiness that has been close to the surface ever since the loss in Ahmedabad. Speaking about England’s constant claims over the past few months about how their batting has improved against spin, Alastair Cook suggested that ‘you guys were probably laughing a little bit’ – as if the media were walking around revelling in the latest collapse.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s no fun writing the same old story time and again. If there was any laughter at the Wankhede, it came from a mixture of pleasure and relief: the best tale is the most unexpected one.

Backs to the wall: Cook felt the media were against England after Ahmedabad

Backs to the wall: Cook felt the media were against England after Ahmedabad

Enough is enough

What has happened to the umpiring in this series At times, the lbw and bat-pad decisions have resembled guesswork. When Aleem Dar turned down Monty Panesar’s appeal for the wicket of Pragyan Ojha, who had gloved him to backward short leg, he almost deserved our sympathy.

While the BCCI’s objection to the DRS looks more absurd by the howler, could it be that umpires who have grown used to officiating with the comfort blanket of technology have subsequently lost their bearings without it With DRS, a mistake does not remain a mistake for long; without it, the pressure is on. The need for the ICC’s other Full Members to drag India into line is more urgent than ever. Don’t hold your breath.

A twisted kind of logic

Why does Kevin Pietersen’s for-the-ages 186 demand an apology from those who suggested England were right to drop him in the summer Answer: it doesn’t. It takes a wilfully bone-headed type of logic to claim that KP has shown England what they have been missing, since he was never dropped for a lack of runs in the first place.

Beer we go: England celebrate their win in Mumbai

Beer we go: England celebrate their win in Mumbai

If that proves a little tricky to grasp, then this should be more straightforward: it was Pietersen himself who retired from one-day international and Twenty20 cricket, Pietersen himself who warned that the Lord’s Test against South Africa could be his last. The one good thing to come from the texting furore was that it brought to a head tensions that had been simmering for months. Now, can we just get on with enjoying the rest of his career

Let’s hear it for Tests

On the same day that England were beating India in Mumbai, South Africa completed a fantastic rearguard in Adelaide, where Test debutant Faf du Plessis batted for 14 minutes short of eight hours to make a mockery of those who claimed the game was already Australia’s. The two matches had as much in common as the batting of Cook and Pietersen – yet both contrasts were a reminder of the endless fascination of Test cricket. We’re lucky to have it.

India v England, Second Test, Day Two report

Cook and KP put on 100 run partnership as England look to take control in second Test

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:05 GMT, 24 November 2012

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11:29 GMT, 24 November 2012

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen's unbroken century partnership put England in a position of great promise on day two of the second Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium.

Cook (87no) and Pietersen (62no) joined forces at a critical point in an intriguing contest, on this spinners' pitch, after England had lost two wickets for as many runs to Pragyan Ojha.

From 68 for two shortly before tea, in reply to 327 all out, they then saw out the day to the tune of 178 without further loss – and England's prospects of battling back here after their nine-wicket defeat in the first Test of four were significantly bolstered.

There was an England all-time record-equalling 22nd Test century on offer as extra motivation for each of the third-wicket pair.

But it was the opportunity to be associated with a famous victory here which had to be the principal guiding force.

England fared well almost throughout, save the setbacks of losing Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott in such quick succession.

After Monty Panesar completed his five-wicket haul, and Graeme Swann finally shifted Cheteshwar Pujara (135), openers Cook and Compton shared an encouraging stand of 66.

Leading the charge: Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook put England in a good position at the end of Day Two (file picture)

Leading the charge: Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook put England in a good position at the end of Day Two (file picture)

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Cook was less crease-bound than in his heroic but vain 176 in Ahmedabad – and after the captain had twice hit Ojha over the top, once for six over long-on, Compton too was emboldened to use his feet against India's three-strong specialist spin attack.

It was only when slow left-armer Ojha returned for his second spell that Compton was undone, caught at slip off a full ball which turned enough to take the edge of his forward-defence.

Then Trott went fatally back, as he has tended to on this tour, and was stone-dead lbw for his second duck in three Test innings in India.

Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh had conditions in their favour.

But Cook and Pietersen answered every question, in their contrasting styles, each needing a little luck as well as plenty of skill as edges were controlled short of slip and the line of the stumps protected when sharp turn often beat the bat.

Pietersen began with a cover-driven four off Harbhajan, and reached his 63-ball 50 with a back-foot stroke in the same direction for his eighth boundary off Ashwin.

Cook's tempo was slower, but his presence equally assured, taking more than twice as many deliveries to reach his half-century but hitting six fours and that six along the way.

Cleaning up: Spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann wrapped up the India innings (file picture)

Cleaning up: Spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann wrapped up the India innings (file picture)

Only when he escaped a sharp chance to Virender Sehwag, on 85, in the last over of the day from Harbhajan did he make a notable mistake.

Panesar and Swann had combined well too this morning, to take India's last four wickets for 61 runs. By the time Swann had Pujara stumped half an hour before lunch, the near immovable India number three had batted for almost 18 hours without being dismissed in the series since first taking guard at the Sardar Patel Stadium last week.

He underpinned a total which had appeared highly unlikely when the hosts stumbled to 119 for five yesterday, and his stand of 111 with Ashwin (68) was a source of particular frustration for England. Ashwin had hardly batted like a number eight, since his arrival at the crease last night.

Finally dismissed: Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 135 off the bowling of Graeme Swann - it was the first time he had lost his wicket in the series. (File picture)

Finally dismissed: Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 135 off the bowling of Graeme Swann – it was the first time he had lost his wicket in the series. (File picture)

But he was deceived by Panesar (five for 129), who followed a series of stock balls with one that hurried on to hit the back pad just on off-stump and win an lbw as Ashwin picked the wrong one to cut.

Harbhajan survived on one when an outside-edge off Panesar flew between wicketkeeper and first slip for four, and clubbed the slow left-armer for a six wide of long-on before Swann (four for 70) ended his fun – lbw walking across his stumps.

England's off-spinner then achieved what no one else had since this series started – getting Pujara up the wicket and missing on the forward-defence as an arm ball slid past the outside edge for Matt Prior to complete a routine stumping.

It was an underwhelming way for the new 'Wall' to fall at last, in an India innings which closed soon afterwards when Swann had Zaheer Khan caught at short-leg – off pad and shirt, on replay evidence, but to England's relief nonetheless.

By close of play, thanks to Cook and Pietersen, the visitors' dressing-room was doubtless an altogether more optimistic place.

Nasser Hussain: Cook comes nicely to the boil in Mumbai

Captain Cook comes nicely to the boil in Mumbai

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UPDATED:

19:58 GMT, 23 November 2012

Give Alastair Cook a job to do and he learns on his feet very quickly. We have seen it with his batting and on Friday we saw it with his captaincy.

The difference between Cook's leadership in the first Test and here was marked. England picked the right side in Mumbai and then Cook turned to Monty Panesar early when he could have been stubborn and bowled Graeme Swann ahead of him.

Good day: Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar

In control: Alastair Cook

Cook employed attacking fields with men round the bat and realised how important a position gully was on a pitch that turned and bounced.

It was all going well for England until Cheteshwar Pujara spoiled their day and I genuinely don't know what I would do to get him out at the moment. I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of him in the next few years.

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Perhaps Cook could have been a bit more ruthless with Stuart Broad and left him stewing at long leg because he leaked runs whenever he bowled and, in a relatively low-scoring game, those runs could be vital come Monday or Tuesday.

Sometimes you have to be unpopular with a player as a captain and, even if it had meant bowling Panesar and Swann into the ground, Cook should not have turned to Broad as much as he did because it was clearly not his day.

It is difficult to put your finger on what's wrong with Broad but these pitches have been unresponsive for seamers.

In the summer it seemed his pace was down but he blamed the speed gun and then England said he had reduced his pace deliberately to concentrate on accuracy. He bowled very well in subcontinental conditions last winter, and it would have been harsh to leave him out here after one bad game (batsmen get several chances), but he is clearly going through one of those difficult spells.