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LIVE: India v England – day one, fourth Test, Nagpur

LIVE: India v England – the action on day one of the fourth Test in Nagpur as it happens

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India v England – essentials

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

Umpires: R Tucker (Aus) and K Dharmasena (SL)

Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)

ENGLAND WON THE TOSS AND BAT

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80th over: England 164-5 (Root 21, Prior 14)

79th over: England 164-5 (Root 21, Prior 14)

Ashwin comes back into the attack.

Prior plays one down to deep point for a single and Root then flicks one wide of mid-on for another single.

78th over: England 162-5 (Root 20, Prior 13)

Ojha comes back to bowl.

Root adds two more with a nice drive through the covers.

77th over: England 160-5 (Root 18, Prior 13)

Prior takes a single off the first ball with a shot to deep backward square. Root then adds two with a nice shot guided to point.

76th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Jadeja to Root and it is yet another maiden. I wish I hadn't said anything a few overs a go.

75th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Sharma comes back into the attack after his spell on the side lines and he starts off this spell with a maiden.

74th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Just as I mention the lack of maidens, what happens next A maiden from Jadeja.

73rd over: England 152-5 (Root 15, Prior 8)

A lovely shot by Prior from the final ball of the over with a nice shot through the covers.

72nd over: England 148-5 (Root 15, Prior 8)

A run each for Root and Prior, the runs are not flowing freely, but at least the maidens have stopped – for now.

71st over: England 146-5 (Root 14, Prior 7)

Sharma is back on the field.

Prior takes one and then Root plays a nice flick past square leg for three.

70th over: England 146-5 (Root 11, Prior 5)

Prior gets one off the over from the bowling of Jadeja.

69th over: England 145-5 (Root 11, Prior 5)

Prior plays a cut shot towards cover point for two.

68th over: England 142-5 (Root 11, Prior 3)

WICKET: Pietersen c Ojha b Jadeja 73

Big wicket for India, they have got England's main man, it was a loose shot against the spin (what little spin there is) and Ojha takes the catch low at midwicket. England are wobbling.

Matt Prior is the new man in the middle.

Prior gets two off his first ball with an edge and then adds a single to keep the strike.

Coming in for his debut: Joe Root came in for England at No 6

Coming in for his debut: Joe Root came in for England at No 6

67th over: England 139-4 (Pietersen 73, Root 11)

Some news emerging from the England camp, Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the two-match Twenty20 series against India due to a heel injury and will be replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan. James Harris has been called into the Twenty20 squad as a result.

Root gets a single with a shot into the covers and Pietersen then adds another one.

66th over: England 137-4 (Pietersen 72, Root 10)

Excellent shot from Pietersen from the first ball after tea, a flashing drive that goes past cover point for FOUR.

TEA ON DAY ONE: ENGLAND 133-4

View from Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth in Nagpur:

'The trouble with attritional cricket is that it places an onus on the batsmen not to give it away. While England were advancing at two an over to 101 for 2, this was not an issue. But Jonathan Trott gift-wrapped a first Test wicket to Ravindra Jadeja, and Ian Bell presented Piyush Chawla with his first since April 2008. If England are to close out this series, they can’t afford many more shows of generosity.

A lot now depends on Kevin Pietersen, who has reined himself in with impressive discipline on a pitch apparently designed to scare away the people of Nagpur for a generation.

Occasionally Pietersen has opened up, using his class to pierce the few gaps presented by MS Dhoni’s ultra-defensive field. But this was cricket for a very particular type of connoisseur – one who goes through life wondering who is going to blink first.

Dhoni was damned if he was going to be that man, setting 6-3 leg-side fields for Ishant Sharma and generally placing his men as if in a one-day international.

Trott was in his element for a while, and looked set for a repeat of his Kolkata vigil before he misjudged a delivery from the left-arm spin of Jadeja that went on with the arm. Bell got bogged down, but didn’t have the nous to ride it out, driving elegantly to extra-cover to make it 119 for 4.

Joe Root has made a positive start to his Test career, and Pietersen is still there on 68. But, after finally winning a toss, England will be disappointed with anything less than 300.'

65th over: England 133-4 (Pietersen 68, Root 10)

Pietersen sweeps one into the deep, they run one and come back for the second, for a second it looks as though Root may struggle to make his ground, but he does

Run off the final ball of the over meaning Pietersen will keep the strike after tea.

64th over: England 130-4 (Pietersen 65, Root 10)

Nice shot by Root to square leg for two.

He then finds a boundary with a well timed drive for FOUR.

63rd over: England 124-4 (Pietersen 65, Root 4)

First runs in Test match cricket for Root. He will be relieved to be off the mark. He takes a big stride forward and plays a neat drive through the covers for three.

Pietersen adds one more and then Root retains the strike with a single from the final ball of the over.

62nd over: England 119-4 (Pietersen 64, Root 0)

Ojha comes back on and it is another maiden.

61st over: England 119-4 (Pietersen 64, Root 0)

Now this is interesting, Ishant Sharma has gone off the field just one over into his latest spell. Rules state that players can only go off if injured (it does not always work like that in practice) but if he is injured then that is a problem for Dhoni, as he is his only seamer.

Piyush Chawla comes into the attack.

Pietersen takes two thanks to a miss field, gets home safely despite the appeal. And then another single.

WICKET: Bell c Kohli b Chawla 1

Bell chips one to short extra-cover and he is caught, 28 balls, one run and out.

Debutant Joe Root is the new man in the middle. A big moment for the young batsman.

60th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

And another maiden, this time it is Jadeja to Bell.

59th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Sharma to Pietersen and another maiden.

58th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Just one slip in for Bell. Four leg-byes come off the final ball.

57th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

India's only seamer Ishant Sharma is back into the attack.

Chance for India, or was it Pietersen flicked one away towards midwicket and Cheteshwar Pujara could not hold it, but unclear if it actually carried.

Maiden over.

56th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Another maiden from Jadeja, bowling to Bell.

55th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Another good shot from Pietersen which is dispatched to the boundary, it was in the air, but safely over extra cover for FOUR.

Looking to build: England batsman Ian Bell make a telling contribution with the bat

Looking to build: England batsman Ian Bell make a telling contribution with the bat

54th over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

The dot balls continue to mount, another maiden for India, this time it is Jadeja.

53rd over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

Ojha to Pietersen, and not for the first time today it is a maiden.

52nd over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

Bell gets off the mark as he plays the ball to mid-on and scampers home for a single. KP then adds one more from the final ball to keep the strike.

51st over: England 106-3 (Pietersen 56, Bell 0)

Another perfectly timed shot from Pietersen for FOUR, this time he plays it through midwicket.

50th over: England 102-3 (Pietersen 52, Bell 0)

WICKET: Trott b Jadeja 44

The debutant gets his first Test wicket. Trott left it along and it came in to take the bails. What was he thinking

Ian Bell comes to the middle.

49th over: England 101-2 (Trott 44, Pietersen 51)

Another nice sweep shot from Trott to the backward square boundary for FOUR.

That brings up the hundred for England.

Time for drinks.

48th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

KP breaks to eat a banana.

Another maiden for Jadeja.

47th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Ojha bowls another maiden to Trott. India have done well to keep the runs down.

46th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Jadeja comes back into the attack.

KP sees a good shot well blocked. Maiden.

45th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Trott survives a very optimistic shout for LBW after missing a sweep. It was sliding down the leg side. Maiden for Ojha

44th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Pietersen works one away fine to the boundary for for FOUR.

FIFTY FOR KEVIN PIETERSEN

KP then nudges one away to square leg for one and then Trott gets a single off the last ball.

43rd over: England 91-2 (Trott 39, Pietersen 46)

Ojha comes back for the first time in this session.

Pietersen drives one down to third man and they run three.

42nd over: England 88-2 (Trott 39, Pietersen 43)

Ashwin bowls five dot balls to Trott, but the sixth is unleashed past point for FOUR.

41st over: England 84-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 43)

Sharma continues, this policy of using just one seamer could come back to hurt India.

Pietersen drives one through the off-side for FOUR, brilliantly timed shot.

40th over: England 80-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 39)

Pietersen whips one away down to deep square for one.

39th over: England 79-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 38)

Pietersen works one away for one and Trott flicks one away for a single and KP ends the over with one more towards square.

38th over: England 76-2 (Trott 34, Pietersen 36)

FOUR for Trott, a nicely timed half volley through cover point.

37th over: England 72-2 (Trott 30, Pietersen 36)

Sharma looks to bang one down to Trott but it gets no height, Trott looks to sway out of the way to avoid being hit and it hits the gloves and goes away towards third man for one.

36th over: England 70-2 (Trott 29, Pietersen 36)

Ashwin to Trott and it is another maiden.

35th over: England 70-2 (Trott 29, Pietersen 36)

Sharma stays on at the other end.

Pietersen gets two from a ball he works away towards long-leg.

Sharma then bowls too straight and KP has no problem in flicking it away past midwicket.

Pietersen adds a single and Trott does the same, eight runs from the over.

34th over: England 62-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 29)

Ashwin takes the ball after lunch.

Big session for both sides, England and Pietersen in particular will look to kick on, while India will no doubt feel that a couple of wickets and they are in with a good chance of winning this Test and leveling the series.

Pietersen flicks one away to deep backward square for a single.

LUNCH ON DAY ONE: ENGLAND 61-2

View from Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth in Nagpur:

'That was a bizarre session, in which England’s early nerves were assisted by India’s eggs-in-one-basket selection. If Ishant Sharma had been granted a fellow seamer to help him exploit a pitch of variable bounce (most of it low), England might have been in deeper trouble than 61 for 2 after both openers had fallen with 16 on the board.

At lunch, they were grateful to have faced as many as 25 overs of spin, many of them met with a dead bat as England focussed on not making a mess of winning their first toss of the series.

It really was slow going. Nick Compton nibbled at one he ought to have left, even if he might have been unfortunate to get one of the few deliveries which didn’t die a sorry death on the way through to MS Dhoni.

And Alastair Cook, tied down by Pragyan Ojha’s left-arm spin and a 7-2 leg-side field, was definitely unlucky to be given out leg-before by umpire Dharmasena to a ball that was clearly missing off stump.

If Cook’s 1 off 28 balls – following 548 runs in the first three Tests – said something about the mood of the morning and the state of the pitch, then Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen were generally content to bide their time. It may be the only match-winning template available as England go in search of their first series win in India for nearly 28 years.'

Looking to make his mark: Kevin Pietersen will look to build after lunch

Looking to make his mark: Kevin Pietersen will look to build after lunch

33rd over: England 61-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 28)

This should be the last over before lunch.

Pietersen gets a single. Trott then ducks to avoid a bouncer, but again it does not bounce particularly high.

One from the over, and that is lunch.

32nd over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Trott sees off a maiden from Ashwin.

31st over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Sharma comes back into the attack before lunch.

No slips in play. No real surprise given the lack of bounce in the pitch.

He bowls a maiden with his first over back.

30th over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Change of bowling for India, and it is their best player from the last test, Ravichandran Ashwin, to take over with the ball.

Trott paddles one away for a single. Pietersen drives one to long-on for a single.

Trott then hits a couple off the final ball of the over.

29th over: England 56-2 (Trott 25, Pietersen 26)

Trott works one away on the half-volley wide past Ashwin for three.

28th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Jadeja stays on and bowls another maiden, this time to Pietersen.

27th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Chawla to Trott and it is another maiden.

26th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Pietersen looks in the mood now, he punches the ball through cover-point for another FOUR.

25th over: England 49-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 22)

Pietersen starting to show his power, brilliant shot for FOUR over mid-on, really nice shot from the England batsman.

He's done it again, another boundary, as Pietersen once again clears mid-on for FOUR, no fuss from KP.

Single off the final ball and Pietersen keeps the strike. Nine from the over.

24th over: England 40-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 13)

Pietersen finally finds the gap from the final ball, off the front foot and through cover point for three.

23rd over: England 37-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 10)

Pietersen walks down the wicket and works one away to long-off for a single. One from the over.

22nd over: England 36-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 9)

Trott facing Jadeja, and it is yet another maiden. Trott won't mind this, but you get the feeling that Pietersen at the other end could get frustrated, that is no doubt India's plan.

21st over: England 36-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 9)

Bowling change for India, Piyush Chawla comes into the attack.

First run for a while. Trott pushes one away for a single.

20th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

This time it is the turn of Pietersen and Ojha, but the result is the same, another maiden.

19th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Jadeja to Trott and it is another maiden. India keeping the runs down well.

18th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Pietersen is having no real problem with this left arm spin so far, just struggling to beat the field at the moment. Another maiden.

17th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Really nice shot from Trott, down the wicket, takes it on the half-volley and drives it between the stumps and mid-on for FOUR.

16th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Ojha makes a big appeal against Pietersen, but there was a big inside edge. And then just a few balls later he goes up for another appeal, but Pietersen is so far down the wicket again there is no way it could be given out. Maiden.

15th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Trott sees off Jadeja's first over after drinks. Maiden.

14th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Trott sweeps one away over square leg for FOUR. Single off the final ball of the over as India look for a run-out, but Pietersen is home comfortably.

End of the first hour, so time for drinks.

13th over: England 26-2 (Trott 12, Pietersen 9)

Bowling change for India, and MS Dhoni is going for two left arm spinners as Ravindra Jadeja replaces Sharma.

Pietersen looks in the mood as he comes down the wicket again and plays one off the pads to midwicket and England run three.

Trott then pushes one to short leg for a single and then KP gets his first boundary of the morning. Pietersen comes down the wicket and lofts the ball back over the bowlers head for FOUR.

12th over: England 18-2 (Trott 11, Pietersen 2)

Ojha to Pietersen and there is another big appeal from the fourth ball as the ball hits the pads. But the England batsman is half way down the wicket when he lets the ball hit his pads. No way he could be given out coming that far down. Pietersen then takes a single.

Out in the middle: Jonathan Trott came in at No 3 earlier than he would have hoped after Nick Compton's dismissal

Out in the middle: Jonathan Trott came in at No 3 earlier than he would have hoped after Nick Compton's dismissal

11th over: England 17-2 (Trott 11, Pietersen 1)

WICKET: Cook LBW Sharma 1

Another big appeal from Sharma and this time umpire Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger. But it looked to be a poor decision. It was hitting him outside the line and did not look like it was going to hit the stumps. Very poor call from Dharmasena, not that you will hear too many Indians complain, they have dismissed England's talisman cheaply.

Kevin Pietersen is the new man for England and he will have to adjust to this pitch which seems to be dying a death out there.

He pulls one away from the final ball to keep the strike.

10th over: England 16-1 (Cook 1, Trott 11)

Trott sweeps Ojha away past short fine leg for FOUR. He is playing well, despite that scare in the last over.

9th over: England 12-1 (Cook 1, Trott 7)

Trott plays one fine down towards fine leg, good stop by Ojha on the boundary.

Trott then ducks to avoid a Sharma bouncer, with the pitch and its uneven bounce that one went through at about waist height.

Big, big appeal from Sharma. It was a length ball that was nipping in and it beat the inside edge, and hits Trott in front or just outside off as the umpire shakes his head. Probably just the correct decision, but it was very close.

8th over: England 9-1 (Cook 1, Trott 5)

India bring a leg slip in for Cook, the England skipper defends the over away.

Maiden over from Ojha.

7th over: England 9-1 (Cook 1, Trott 5)

First boundary of the day to Trott and it is a beautifully timed shot back down the ground past the stumps on the half volley for FOUR. It has been a careful start from England so far.

6th over: England 5-1 (Cook 1, Trott 1)

Cook gets off the mark with a shot to deep midwicket. Trott then gets off the mark with a single to mid-on.

5th over: England 3-1 (Cook 0, Trott 0)

WICKET: Compton c Dhoni b Sharma 3

Breakthrough for India early on. Sharma gets Compton to play at one and nicks off the edge and it is a straight forward catch for Dhoni behind the stumps, replays showed Sharma was very close to bowling a no ball, but it was ok – just. England are one down.

Jonathan Trott is the new man in the middle.

Wicket maiden for Sharma.

4th over: England 3-0 (Cook 0, Compton 3)

Compton defends the first five ball of the over. He then hits the final ball towards mid-on and takes a single to keep the strike.

3rd over: England 2-0 (Cook 0, Compton 2)

Compton works one away off the pads for a single down the leg side. Cook sees off the the remaining five balls of the over, and is still to get off the mark.

2nd over: England 1-0 (Cook 0, Compton 1)

Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha takes the new ball at the other end.

First run of the morning as Compton pushes the ball to mid-on.

Cook then fends the remaining balls away. Just the one run from the over.

1st over: England 0-0 (Cook 0, Compton 0)

Only one seam bowler in the starting XI, and he, Ishant Sharma, opens up for India.

Low bounce from this first over, and it is a maiden first up.

Captain marvel: Alastair Cook has guided England to a 2-1 lead

Captain marvel: Alastair Cook has guided England to a 2-1 lead

3.57am: Earlier, Joe Root was handed his first Test cap by former batsman Paul Collingwood, big five days for the 21-year-old at No 6 for England.

3.55am: View from Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Nagpur via Twitter:

'England will miss Finn, but with Bresnan they have a shorter tail. In Mumbai, last four fell for seven, in Kolkata for 13…'

3.50am: We are just ten minutes away from the start of play and Alastair Cook and Nick Compton opening up for England. Hopefully from the England point of view they will start better than the second innings in the last Test where they found themselves 8 for 3.

3.45am: If England manage a draw then they will win the series 2-1 for the first time since 1984/85, if they win the game then they will win 3-1 for the first time ever.

3.35am: Couple of changes for England. Steven Finn misses out due to a bad back and Tim Bresnan returns. And as Sportsmail's Paul Newman revealed here, Joe Root comes in for his debut in place of Samit Patel.

3.30am: England have one the toss and will bat.

3.25am: The one thing England have not managed to do so far is win the toss, that is coming up. Can Cook win his first toss as England captain

3.15am: Good morning and welcome to the first days play of the fourth and final Test between India and England.

It has been some series so far, with India winning the first Test with ease and looking like they would stroll to a comfortable series win. But Alastair Cook and England had different ideas and fought back brilliantly to win the next two tests to take a 2-1 lead.

They now stand on the brink of a the first series win in India for 28 years.

Field of dreams: England have the chance to secure a famous series win in Nagpur

Field of dreams: England have the chance to secure a famous series win in Nagpur

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England beat India by 10 wickets in second Test: Report

Cook and Compton see England home after spin twins set up Test win in Mumbai

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06:06 GMT, 26 November 2012

England raced to a famous 10-wicket win over India in the second Test this morning, after Monty Panesar finished with a career-best match haul of 11 for 210.

The tourists' series-levelling victory was achieved principally on the back of Kevin Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook's wonderful first-innings centuries yesterday.

Today, they merely had to complete an apparently straightforward task – and duly did so with the minimum of fuss at the Wankhede Stadium.

Panesar recorded innings figures of six for 81 as he and Graeme Swann accounted for 19 of the 20 home wickets to fall and India mustered just 142 all out on this spinners' pitch.

Beginning 31 runs in front and with just three wickets remaining on day four, India had to believe opener Gautam Gambhir (65) could somehow inspire enough resistance to set England an awkward total.

It was an unlikely scenario, and one which proved beyond him.

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

Harbhajan Singh made his intentions clear from the first ball of the morning, clubbing Panesar for four high over mid-off in an over which cost 10 runs.

But Swann (four for 43) made short work of the tailender at the other end, finding extra bounce with an off-break to take the glove for a neat catch by Jonathan Trott away to his left at slip after Harbhajan shaped to cut.

Positive play: Nick Compton made 30 not out as England won on day four

Positive play: Nick Compton made 30 not out as England won on day four

Zaheer Khan also tried to slog India into more credit, but managed only a single before his sweep at Panesar resulted in a gentle skier safely held by wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Number 11 Pragyan Ojha then appeared to have made contact with his bat, for a catch at short-leg, off Panesar.

But umpire Aleem Dar's agreement about that was required to close the India innings, and it was not forthcoming.

Jumping for joy: Monty Panesar was a key bowler for England taking 11 wickets in the game

Jumping for joy: Monty Panesar was a key bowler for England taking 11 wickets in the game

It was not a decision which looked likely to be significant, and so it proved as India could add only another six runs before Gambhir fell to another dubious call – this time from Tony Hill – when there was a suspicion of inside-edge about his lbw dismissal.

There were no complaints from England, of course, and fewer still after Cook and Nick Compton passed their target of just 57 well before lunch in under 10 overs.

Doing his bit: Graeme Swann helped clean up the India tail on day four

Doing his bit: Graeme Swann helped clean up the India tail on day four

The tourists therefore surpassed India's nine-wicket margin of victory from the first Test, and will head for the third in Kolkata with renewed confidence that they can after all become the first Englishmen to win a series here since 1984/85.

Andy Flower takes the blame for getting Test selection wrong

Flower takes heat off Cook by saying: I'm to blame for Monty error

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Andy Flower has admitted England got it badly wrong in leaving spinner Monty Panesar out of their side for the first Test and insisted: ‘Blame me.’

The team director, who makes all selection calls on tour along with his captain, shielded new leader Alastair Cook from criticism by taking full responsibility for what may go down as England’s worst howler since calling up Darren Pattinson out of the blue four years ago.

‘With hindsight, yes, it was a mistake not to play Monty in Ahmedabad,’ said Flower after England’s arrival here in Mumbai for Friday’s second Test. ‘I didn’t expect that pitch to turn as early as it did. I certainly misjudged it.’

It's good to talk: Andy Flower speaks with Kevin Pietersen during England training

It's good to talk: Andy Flower speaks with Kevin Pietersen during England training

The chances of Panesar playing here were improved yesterday when Steven Finn was ruled out after aggravating his thigh injury. It is a big blow for England’s fastest bowler, who was expected to play a significant part in this series.

Ahead of the first Test England believed they were better off concentrating on their seam-bowling strengths but the slow, dry, dusty Ahmedabad surface proved far more conducive to the likes of Pragyan Ojha and Graeme Swann, who took 15 wickets between them in a match India won by nine wickets.

England will look at the pitch at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday before they decide if the time is right to pair Panesar with Swann in a match they have to win.

Set for a recall England captain Alastair Cook could be able to turn to Monty Panesar in the second Test

Set for a recall England captain Alastair Cook could be able to turn to Monty Panesar in the second Test

It is probable Panesar will return at the ground where he made his first big impression as an England player six years ago — but not absolutely certain.

The rebuilt stadium is now more open, with the Mumbai breeze assisting reverse-swing, and the pitch offering more bounce than Ahmedabad.

The feeling remains that Panesar, still a one- dimensional cricketer, is not a man in whom England really trust but Flower dispelled the strong suggestion that the Sussex slow left-armer blotted his copybook with his poor behaviour earlier this year on tour in Sri Lanka.

‘I’ve got no issues with Monty Panesar,’ said Flower. ‘He’s been working extremely well out here and he’s in good form. He’s ready to play if we want him to. He was OK in Sri Lanka.’

Finn was due to have a scan today on an injury he picked up fielding in a warm-up game here and England hope he will be fit enough to play for the Performance Squad in their first game here next week. If he is not then, sadly, he will be on his way home.

Sitting it out: Steven Finn is not fit to play in the second Test

Sitting it out: Steven Finn is not fit to play in the second Test

His absence means vice- captain Stuart Broad will definitely get a chance to prove that his poor performance in the first Test was an aberration but there was a warning for Broad yesterday about the dangers of Twitter.

The spiky Broad had clashed with Sir Ian Botham after England’s greatest all-rounder called for him to be dropped for the next Test.

‘I’ve had a word with Broady about it already,’ said Flower. ‘You have to be very careful what you say on Twitter. With so many athletes using it and journalists watching very closely, it’s quite easy to write stories about some of the comments. It’s inevitable.

‘We have to educate our players on doing it the right way. In the main our guys are pretty good. I don’t think this is a big thing.’

Flower is likely to miss the one-dayers in India in the new year — a call that, given his workload, would be sensible.

Set to play: Stuart Broad will have the chance to prove his critics, including Sir Ian Botham, wrong in the second Test

Set to play: Stuart Broad will have the chance to prove his critics, including Sir Ian Botham, wrong in the second Test

He accepted England’s first innings batting in subcontinental conditions let them down in the first Test, as it did this year in the UAE against Pakistan and in Sri Lanka, but he wants people to wait until the end of this series before being too harsh on his batsmen. ‘Let’s judge at the end of this tour, not after one Test,’ said Flower.

‘I sincerely hope that at the end of this series we will have fought our way back and showed real skill against spin. I still believe our batsmen can do that. There might be a little more bounce here which would help our seamers and we’ve got to overturn what seems predictable at the moment.

‘I hope there is no real reason why our batsmen should keep failing in the first innings. We have to turn that round and I’m as excited about that challenge as I was before the first Test. It will be really interesting to see if we’re good enough to do that.’
England’s reputation as a Test team of substance depends on it.

LIVE: India v England, day five, first Test, Ahmedabad

LIVE: India v England – the action on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad

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India v England: Essentials

India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Tony Hill (New Zealand).

Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka).

India first innings: 521-8 dec

England first innings: 191

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LUNCH ON DAY ONE: INDIA 120-0 (Sehwag 79 Gambhir 37)

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LUNCH ON DAY ONE: INDIA 120-0 (Sehwag 79 Gambhir 37)

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131sth over: England 346-5 (Cook 168 Prior 90)

Shot! That's a statement of intent from Prior, who creams a length ball from Zaheer to the cover fence for the first FOUR of the day. And Prior follows up with another sweet drive into the covers, just one this time as the sweeper cuts it off. Into the 90s goes England's wicketkeeper. Will they be nervous If he carries on like that he won't be in them for long…

130th over: England 341-5 (Cook 168 Prior 85)

The highly-impressive Pragyan Ojha resumes the attack from the opposite end with his left-arm spin. India on the attack: slip, gully, silly point – they won't move for most of the day, you'd think. Prior notches the first run of the day with a trademark punch through the covers.

129th over: England 340-5 (Cook 168 Prior 84)

Zaheer Khan, wily old left-armer, gets us underway… and it's a beauty! From over the wicket to the left-handed Cook the ball holds its line and zips past the outside edge. Nervy start for England's captain. Maiden.

3.55am: Players are out, Indians in a huddle and getting a real talking to by captain MS Dhoni… we're ready to go.

3.50am: Brisbane 2010, remember that England 221 runs behind after first innings 501 for one Alastair Cook 235 not out

Well, that's the spirit that Cook invoked yesterday during his incredible innings of 168 not out, but the job's not done yet.

England lead by just 10 runs and with only five second-innings wickets in hand. But if the Gabba taught us anything it's that this side knows how to seriously scrap.

Rounds one, two and three went to India, but round four was claimed by Cook and Matt Prior.

Ding ding… round five.

Hopes fading: Can Matt Prior rescue England in the first Test

Glimmer of hope: Can Matt Prior help rescue England in the first Test

Bumble at the Test: England finally wake up and join the Test

Bumble's Test diary: England finally wake up and join the Test series

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England have joined the tour. Abysmal in the first innings but they have finally entered the series, and Alastair Cook has been outstanding, while Matt Prior’s knock was fantastic. All we have heard is 'England’s batsmen can’t play spin', but these two have put that to bed. And they can definitely get something out of this game today…

Welcome to the tour: Alastair Cook got England up and running in India

Welcome to the tour: Alastair Cook got England up and running in India

Captain Cook stays cool under pressure

It’s the captain Cook show. He has already batted longer than any other England player in a follow-on situation and has also now made more centuries on the subcontinent (five) than any other Englishman. And it’s no sweat for him. He doesn’t perspire and never changes his gloves. Magnificent.

KP looks out of sorts as England's batsmen struggle

However, the lack of runs from other big names in the top six (Trott, Pietersen and Bell) is a worry. Pietersen looks out of sorts generally, and against left-arm spin in particular. Bell of course flies home now for the birth of his child and Jonny Bairstow should replace him for the second Test

In a spin: Kevin Pietersen has not been at his best in the two innings so far

In a spin: Kevin Pietersen has not been at his best in the two innings so far

England must admit they got it wrong… and turn to Monty

The nailed-on bowling change for Mumbai is Monty Panesar for Tim Bresnan because the pitch will spin and England do not need three seamers. They must admit they picked the wrong side. England should also consider bringing in Steven Finn, but this would be at the expense of Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad, so I don’t see it happening, even though the latter has struggled lately.

The time is now: England need to call up Monty Panesar for the second Test

The time is now: England need to call up Monty Panesar for the second Test

Ojha leaves Ashwin in the shade

Monty and Graeme Swann lose nothing in comparison with Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. Ashwin is supposedly India’s star spinner but he has now gone an eternity without taking a wicket.

Fire alarm broke my sleep pattern

My sleeping patterns are all over the place! After my oversleeping episode on Friday, I was hit by a double whammy last night…the fire alarm went off in the hotel and there was a wedding reception! I need to get my head down…

Test Cricket: India beat New Zealand

Ashwin picks up six wickets as India wrap up innings victory over New Zealand

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India wrapped up a comfortable victory over New Zealand inside four days by bowling the visitors out for 164 to win by an innings and 115 runs in Hyderabad.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six for 54 in the second innings to add to his six victims in the first as the home side took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The Black Caps failed to advance past 170 in either innings, with India's opening effort of 438 out of New Zealand's reach.

Ravichandran Ashwin (left) celebrates with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni after taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Ross Taylor

Ravichandran Ashwin (left) celebrates with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni after taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Ross Taylor

FIRST TEST SCORECARD

Hyderabad – India beat New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs

India 1st Innings – 438 (Pujara 159, Dhoni 73; Boult 3-93, Patel 4-100)

New Zealand 1st Innings – 159 (Franklin 43*, Williamson 32; Ashwin 6-31, Ojha 3-44)

New Zealand 2nd Innings – 164 (Williamson 52, B McCullum 42; Ashwin 6-54, Ojha 3-48)

Following on after they were skittled out for 159, the tourists resumed on Sunday on 41 for one, after heavy rain had curtailed play on Saturday night, with the weather again intervening today and forcing a later start.

Opener Brendon McCullum returned to the wicket on 16 alongside Kane Williamson who was on three and it was the former who brought up his team's 50 with a single off Pragyan Ojha.

Both players showed caution, avoiding any impulse to take the attack to the hosts, and at lunch McCullum was unbeaten on 39 off 124 deliveries while Williamson was 31 not out off 96 balls.

However, the partnership was brought to an end shortly after the resumption when a furious McCullum was removed by Umesh Yadav.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) and Virat Kohli appeal successfully for the wicket of Chris Martin

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) and Virat Kohli appeal successfully for the wicket of Chris Martin

The New Zealander edged a delivery onto his pads and, after a huge appeal, umpire Steve Davis raised his finger with McCullum clearly displeased.

It reduced the visitors to 98 for two after McCullum had reached 42 off 130 deliveries, including three boundaries, in a stand worth 72.

New Zealand's plight worsened shortly after when McCullum's replacement, Ross Taylor, became Ashwin's seventh victim of the match, the New Zealander unwisely choosing to leave a delivery.

Pragyan Ojha produced a delivery that few could play, drifting in towards the stumps and then spinning away with bounce which Williamson (52) poked at – a thick edge carrying it through to Virender Sehwag at first slip.

Ashwin (centre) celebrates with the rest of the India team after taking the final New Zealand wicket in Hyderabad

Ashwin (centre) celebrates with the rest of the India team after taking the final New Zealand wicket in Hyderabad

Four runs later and things went from bad to worse when Ashwin removed Daniel Flynn leg before for 11 and, when Franklin also fell to Ashwin with the total on 145 for six, the Black Caps looked to be merely delaying the inevitable.

They were seven down in just the second over after tea as Ojha got one to turn away from Doug Bracewell, the right-hander edging to a diving Virat Kohli.

Kruger van Wyk hit successive boundaries off the spinner in the 76th over, but three balls later he became Ashwin's 10th victim of the match, trapping the wicketkeeper lbw.

Ashwin added two more to his own tally with Trent Boult edging to Sehwag at slip before getting Chris Martin lbw for nought.