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Michael Vaughan mocks Australia after innings defeat in India to stoke Ashes fires

England legend Vaughan stokes Ashes fires by mocking Aussies' miserable loss in India

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Mike Dawes

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12:08 GMT, 5 March 2013

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There a few things more enjoyable for an English cricket fan than watching Australia squirm. For former captain Michael Vaughan the feeling is no different.

The 2005 Ashes-winning skipper spent the morning goading England's old foe as the Baggy Green suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in Hyderabad.

The defeat means Australia became the first side in history to suffer an innings defeat having declared in their first innings, and Clarke admits they could have few complaints about the result.

Headache: Australia captain Michael Clarke is in charge of a poor Australia side

Headache: Australia captain Michael Clarke is in charge of a poor Australia side

Flop: Phillip Hughes is struggling again after being recalled as Australia's No 3 batsman

Flop: Phillip Hughes is struggling again after being recalled as Australia's No 3 batsman

Australia are in England this summer for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against Alastair Cook's side, where they will be looking to wrestle back the urn for the first time since 2006.

And after watching Michael Clarke's side toil in India, Vaughan took to Twitter to poke fun.

Those were the days: Michael Vaughan (centre) led England to Ashes glory in 2005, beating the greatest Australian side of them all

Those were the days: Michael Vaughan (centre) led England to Ashes glory
in 2005, beating the greatest Australian side of them all in the five-match series

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in the third Test in 2005

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in the third Test in 2005

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in 2005

In the first of his tweets, he wrote:
'Breaking news. Anyone that has bought a fifth day ticket for this
summer's Ashes will receive full refund due to Aussie team that won't
make it.'

He then added: 'What do you call a great Australian cricketer Retired…..'

Martin O"Neill tells Sunderland winger James McClean to forget about Twitter

Sunderland players given social media lesson after McClean's latest Twitter row

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Colin Young

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16:31 GMT, 1 March 2013

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00:13 GMT, 2 March 2013

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has called on a technology expert to teach his players the pitfalls of Twitter and other social networking sites.

The briefing follows James McClean’s latest Twitter row, which led to the Republic of Ireland winger deleting his account this week.

Last Friday, McClean professed his love for The Broad Black Brimmer by the Wolfe Tones. The song tells of a boy whose father is killed while fighting for the IRA, with the title referring to the wide-brimmed hat worn by many of the group’s members in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

One DUP MP called for McClean to be sacked but O’Neill, who has repeatedly warned his players about Twitter, is hoping the midfielder’s decision to stay off the site can help him concentrate on re-establishing himself in the Sunderland team after losing his place following Danny Graham’s arrival.

O’Neill said: ‘We have had someone in to talk to the younger boys about the social media thing and he’s going to have a chat with the senior boys for them to keep an eye on it.

‘He can tell you all the ills and woes and the possibility of what might happen if you were sending out a normal message to your friend, how people can log into these things, and it goes global. It will be a real eye-opener for me because I want to be in the meeting.

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

‘It’s just getting back to trying to be a bit more responsible for your own actions. I’d never have believed even five years ago that we’d be having this conversation.’

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will open talks on a new contract, just days after his agent claimed he would have to quit Sunderland to enhance his international career.

Captain Lee Cattermole has had an injection in his knee but still faces a lengthy lay-off.

Rafa Benitez was right, Sir Alex Ferguson is treated as a special case by The FA – Des Kelly

Rafa was right… the sight of Sir Alex ranting at THREE officials on the touchline laid waste to the feeble Respect campaign

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00:47 GMT, 29 December 2012

Every 12 months we make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, drink less, exercise more often and be an all-round better person.

We see some previously chubby ‘celebrity’ selling the tale of how they transformed themselves from a fridge-bothering munter into an amazingly svelte, ‘have it all’ picture of perfection thanks to an amazing diet regime (plus a gastric band and a considerable amount of plastic surgery, although they usually neglect to mention this).

Duly inspired, you decide to drag yourself off the sofa, squeeze into gym gear suddenly stretched to the limit of its molecular structure and do something about it. Yes, it’s time to jog to the home of that D-list celebrity and club them to death with a copy of their bogus diet book.

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Speaking out: Rafa Benitez (left) criticised Sir Alex Ferguson during his 'facts' speech in 2009

Speaking out: Rafa Benitez (left) criticised Sir Alex Ferguson during his 'facts' speech in 2009

BREAKING NEWS:

According to reports, Rafa Benitez is in line to become Chelsea’s permanent manager. BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: At Stamford Bridge, there is no such thing as a ‘permanent manager’.

If you are feeling inadequate or lacking in willpower, console yourself with the idea that at least your resolutions last longer than the average ‘disciplinary crackdown’ in football.

Football is forever threatening to ‘get tough’ on managers and players who set a bad example. It generates a few useful headlines, yet like a New Year’s vow to cut out the sauvignon blanc, it usually lasts less than a week.

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But I have a resolution for the Football Association and the Premier League in 2013. Find some resolve. Show some resolution.

The game becomes a laughing stock when it is too timid to control itself and the sight of Sir Alex Ferguson ranting at not one, not two, but three officials on the touchline laid waste to the feeble ‘Respect’ campaign. And what happened Nothing much.

Elsewhere Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini grumbled the referee at his match might have eaten too much turkey at Christmas and Harry Redknapp advised the assistant to take a trip to Specsavers. They were immediately told to account for their critical remarks.

So there we have it. The FA is prepared to get tough on sarcasm. But angry, spittle-flecking displays of fury and dissent That passes without a word of official condemnation.

Mancini and Redknapp should write back saying: ‘Dear FA, I didn’t do anything that was even half as bad as Ferguson. So get stuffed. Yours sincerely, etc.’

The FA hid behind procedure. They claimed it was impossible to initiate action against

Ferguson because referee Mike Dean had bottled out . . . sorry . . . neglected to mention the incidents in his report.

So what Even if Dean ducked any hassle, the whole unedifying scene was caught on camera. It was obviously aggressive in its intent. It was certainly designed to intimidate officials and it absolutely falls within any definition of the term ‘bringing the game into disrepute’. So do something, FA.

Managers snipe at officials because they believe they can influence them, bully them into submission and they assume they will get away with it, too, with plenty of justification.

But far from engendering Respect, the game’s governing body actively undermines referees by shying away from tackling managers at moments such as this.

Eight months ago, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore announced all the top- flight clubs had decided it was ‘time to raise the bar’ on standards of behaviour in English football.

Ref rant: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson makes his point to Mike Dean

Ref rant: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson makes his point to Mike Dean

Miscreants would be tackled with a ‘zero tolerance’ approach, we were told. So how’s that going

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Across at the FA, they have trumpeted so many crackdowns in recent years I’ve lost count. But just 12 weeks ago chairman David Bernstein was banging on about how football would ‘draw on the sporting spirit of the Olympic Games’, offer ‘moral leadership’ and take the ‘high ground’.

Looking at how things are panning out, I don’t think the high ground is going to be at the kind of altitude where we’ll need oxygen.

It’s quite simple. When a knight of the realm, a statesman of football and an occasional lecturer at Harvard starts shouting the odds like a white van driver abusing a traffic warden, the authorities have a duty to deal with him, or anyone else for that matter.

Not so long ago managers were told they would be fined for even daring to mention a referee before a match. Now, contests are engulfed in all-too-familiar squalls of complaint, recrimination and bitterness. Significantly, assaults on referees at the grassroots level are increasing.

So is Ferguson treated as a special case I know a manager who thinks so. Back in January 2009, when he was at Liverpool, the current Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said this: ‘During the Respect campaign — and this is a fact — Mr Ferguson was charged by the FA for improper conduct after comments made about Martin Atkinson and Keith Hackett. He was not punished. He is the only manager in the league that cannot be punished for these things.

‘We know what happens every time we go to Old Trafford and the United staff are always going man to man with the referees, especially at half-time when they walk close to the referees and they are talking and talking.

‘You can see every single week how they put (referees) under pressure. We had a meeting in Manchester with managers and FA about the Respect campaign — and I was very clear.

And that's a fact: Benitez during his rant about Sir Alex Ferguson while Liverpool manager in 2009

And that's a fact: Benitez during his rant about Sir Alex Ferguson while Liverpool manager in 2009

‘Forget the campaign because Mr Ferguson is killing the referees but he is not punished. How can you talk about the Respect campaign and criticise the referee every single week You can analyse the facts and come to your own decision and ideas.’

Four years on, I think we can. We will also wait and see what happens to Mancini and Redknapp with some interest. In 2013, surely it is time the Respect campaign was shown some respect.

VIDEO: Rafa Benitez's 'Fact' rant from 2009

This item’s a Zlatan…

The Swedish have added the verb ‘to Zlatan’ to their dictionary. They have introduced the new word in honour of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to describe an act ‘with an outlandishly talented action’. This bout of national adulation set me thinking. Which sporting figures would earn a place in our own English dictionary

A new word for a star: Sweden have introduced a new word into their dictionary in recognition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

A new word for a star: Sweden have introduced a new word into their dictionary in recognition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

‘terry’ (verb): to gatecrash a ceremonial occasion or celebration in matching garb.

‘berged’ (past tense of verb ‘to berg’): sunk without warning on an unlikely trip. Known as ‘iceberged’ or ‘henninged’ in Nordic countries.

‘bartonesque’ (adjective): to speak with a ridiculous comedy accent; to fake it; to assume the role of poseur.

‘wenger’ (verb): to blindly pursue an unseen object or ideal, however futile, eg. ‘I spent hours wengering for my keys in the dark’.

‘fergiefied’ (adjective): when an authority figure cowers or backs down after being confronted by rage, eg. ‘the teacher was fergiefied when the delinquent pupil began to shout in front of the entire class’.

John Terry

Henning Berg

Fit for a word: Both John Terry and Henning Berg could have their names used in the English dictionary

‘suarezing’ (also ‘baleing’ in Welsh): the act of losing one’s balance for no apparent reason; to succumb to Newton’s laws of gravity without any indication of an external force.

‘deliaing’ (noun): haranguing from an older lady who appears to have imbibed excessively, eg. ‘I was minding my own business in the pub when this old girl on the sherry gave me a right deliaing for no reason’.

‘mcleish’ (verb): to take on a challenge despite the lack of popular support, eg. ‘I want to be sheriff of Nottingham, but I’m taking a mcleishing in the polls.’ Also known as ‘clegging’

Will 2013 be the year Shebby reveals his grand plan

The business of prophecy is a hazardous one. As Paul Gascoigne observed: ‘I never make predictions — and I never will.’ But there are some things we can be confident of seeing in the year ahead.

We know that compared to the recent bash, the Sports Personality Of The Year awards in 2013 will be as barren as Oliver Reed’s hotel minibar the night he bumped into Alex Higgins. There are other sure-fire certainties in the 12 months ahead.

January: Blackburn Rovers appoint a new manager — a former boss of a friend’s chicken takeaway. The club’s Global Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘This is part of our plan to return to the Premier League.’

Man with a plan: Shebby Singh is the Global Advisor at Blackburn

Man with a plan: Shebby Singh is the Global Advisor at Blackburn

February: UEFA chief Michel Platini says acts of racism will not be tolerated as he upholds UEFA’s appeal against the punishment imposed on Serbia — by UEFA.

March: Blackburn Rovers sack their manager. The club’s Interplanetary Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘We have a plan.’

April: UEFA chief Michel Platini demands the sacking of Michel Platini as part of UEFA’s crackdown on itself.

May: Blackburn are relegated from the Championship. The club’s Intergalactic Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘It is part of our plan.’

June: Taking his cue from UEFA, FIFA president Sepp Blatter declares he will investigate himself in a new corruption probe, until colleagues point out he has done that many times before.

The only hope: Andy Murray is likely to be the only male British tennis player to progress at Wimbledon

The only hope: Andy Murray is likely to be the only male British tennis player to progress at Wimbledon

July: Every British player crashes out of Wimbledon in the first round — except Andy Murray. Lawn Tennis Association chief Roger Draper hails ‘a great success story for British tennis’ and awards himself a huge pay rise.

August: Australia unveil a new spin bowler as they defeat England in the Ashes series. It subsequently emerges it is Shane Warne, only nobody recognised him because of his scary ‘new look’.

September: Sir Alex Ferguson slams a referee for forgetting to serve him his customary glass of red wine at half-time.

October: Blackburn sack their new boss before hiring him. Pan-Universal club adviser Shebby Singh says: ‘It saves time and money and is part of our plan.’

Outcast: Jose Bosingwa looks unlikely to play for QPR anytime soon after his refusal to be a substitute

Outcast: Jose Bosingwa looks unlikely to play for QPR anytime soon after his refusal to be a substitute

November: Queens Park Rangers go bankrupt. Former player Jose Bosingwa emerges as a potential buyer.

December: Channel 4 racing presenter Clare Balding wins Sports Personality Of The Year in the absence of any other nominations.

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

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

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Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the fourth Test between England and India with Sportsmail's
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unfolds in Nagpur while our brilliant team of writers update with their
insights from the ground. Tweet your thoughts to: @JoeRidge87 or email your thoughts to [email protected]

India v England – essentials

India: G Gambhir, V Sehwag, C A Pujara, S R Tendulkar, V Kohli, R A Jadeja, M S Dhoni (Capt, Wkt), R Ashwin, P P Chawla, I Sharma, P P Ojha.

England: A N Cook (Capt), N R D Compton, I J L Trott, K P Pietersen, I R Bell, J E Root, M J Prior (Wkt), T T Bresnan, G P Swann, J M Anderson, M S Panesar

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

Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)

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3.50am: Just a quick reminder then that 21-year-old debutant Joe Root and wicketkeeper-batsmen Matt Prior will be the men at the crease for the tourists when we resume in 10 minutes time. They have put on a valuable 60 together so far.

3.40am: 199-5 doesn't sound too pretty batting first on a subcontinental track but you feel that if England can get to 300 they will have the mental upper hand given that they were 139-5 at one stage. Mind you, if they score at the rate they did yesterday it will take them half the day to get there!

3.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second day of the fourth and final test between India and England in Nagpur.

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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LIVE: India v England – day two, third Test, Kolkata

India v England – the action on day two of the third Test in Kolkata as it happened

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India v England – essentials

India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni (c/wk), Ashwin, Zaheer, Sharma, Ojha.

England: Cook (c), Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Patel, Prior (wk), Swann, Anderson, Finn, Panesar.

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (SRI) and RJ Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: JJ Crowe (NZ)

India won the toss and elected to bat

First innings: India 316.

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3am: Morning one, morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day two of the third Test between England and India from Kolkata.

The tourists efforts yesterday have rightly been described as heroic after being asked to bowl and taking seven wickets on the flattest of tracks.

Talk of pace and bounce were rendered nonsense early on and huge credit must go to James Anderson and Monty Panesar whose efforts have given England the advantage.

The plan from here is to wrap up the three final wickets with minimal fuss then begin the task of building big first-innings runs.

That's the ideal scenario, of course. But if the previous two Tests have taught us anything the first day has been a pretty accurate precursor of what's to come.

3.14: Right, we've got about 15 minutes before play resumes, enough time to have quick peruse of Bumble's Test diary. Day one left him dreaming of Monty and Bruno!

3.20: James Anderson drew huge plaudits for his efforts on day one. Nasser Hussain stood and admired as he got the better of Sachin Tendulkar.. again.

3.24: So, how do you see the action panning out today Can England wrap up the remnants of this India innings without too much fuss. Or are you worried this low, slow track will start turning big when England come in to bat Twitter and email details are above if you so wish to use them.

91st over: India 280-7 (Dhoni 27, Z Khan 1)

Credit to the hardy bunch of Barmy Army fans who serenade their heroes with a rendition of Jerusalem in the early stages of the over. James Anderson begins the attack for England and MS Dhoni is straight on the attack, taking a couple of steps down the track and firing Jimmy back to the rope at long-off.

92nd over: India 282-7 (Dhoni 28, Z Khan 2)

Are you prepared for another long day at the coal face, Monty He bowled 35 overs yesterday and is hoicked straight into the action this morning. Zaheer Khan is – unsurprisingly – in blocking mood, until the final ball of the over where he takes a quick single to retain the strike. Brave. I like it.

93rd over: India 291-7 (Dhoni 28, Z Khan 6)

Dropped! Anderson is absolutely fuming after Swann (now no longer his best mate) shells a dolly at second slip. What a chance that was. Swann was a close second slip, the ball hit him on the chest/ribs and looped up, but Cook couldn't catch the loose ball. Jimmy responds with a ludicrously short one which bounced over Prior for five runs (with the wide). And Khan slogs the final delivery of the over square for four more. It is all going on.

WICKET! Zaheer Khan lbw b Panesar 6

Khan wastes the extra life he was given in the previous over, lunging forward and playing around a straight one. The ball pitched on middle/leg and straightened enough.

94th over: India 292-8 (Dhoni 29)

Maybe that wicket has saved the Anderson/Swann friendship what with Khan adding not many after Swanny shelled him at Slip Well done, Monty. Your still the man. Although your celebrations remain bloody awful.

95th over: India 296-8 (Dhoni 33, Sharma 0)

Anderson dips one back of a length, Dhoni leans back and clubs the ball backward of square for four runs. Meat and drink that kind of length for the Insia captain. Final delivery is wide of off stump, Dhoni swings hard, but misses, which gives Monty a chance to have a dip at new boy Ishant Sharma.

Magic Monty: Panesar has picked up four vital wickets for England

Magic Monty: Panesar has picked up four vital wickets for England

WICKET! Ishant Sharma b Panesar 0

Lofted flight on the delivery does for Sharma who misreads it and plays all around a straight one. Proper No 10's shot and Monty has a four-fer.

96th over: India 296-9 (Dhoni 33, Ojha 0)

Wicket maiden for the boy Monty. But the face on MS Dhoni as he watched Sharma play all around a straight delivery was a peach. Fuming.

97th over: India 296-9 (Dhoni 33, Ojha 0)

'It's a stalemate', notes Nasser in the Sky comms boxs. And he's right. Dhoni's in blocking mode, until the final delivery which he heaves square for a single to retain strike.

98th over: India 309-9 (Dhoni 46, Ojha 0)

Now, here's a stat: No England bowler has taken three five wicket hauls in a row since 1970-71. Monty has five in his previous two and is on four here. One more, Monty, can you do it Well, no, Dhoni's having none of it as he rocks back on his heels and scores the second SIX of the innings over long-off. And then he scores the third SIX with the final delivery of the over – a massive boomer over midwicket.

99th over: India 311-9 (Dhoni 47, Ojha 0)

Well, if you want anyone marshalling the end of an innings, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than MS Dhoni. Ojha faces a couple, there's a big lbw shout which is turned down, and the India captain dabs a quick single to retain strike.

100th over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

A much brighter morning today than the misty fug which enveloped Eden Gardens yesterday, but that hasn't encouraged more spectators in this 63,000-capacity ground. A mere smattering: 4 or 5,000 at most. Monty continues to Dhoni, field set well back, the captain takes a single with the final delivery, chipping one to vacant mid-off.

101st over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Nick Knight reveals the news that Phil Hughes will replace Ricky Ponting in the Australia team. I'm no gambling man, but if I was (and I'm not) I would be down the bookies as soon as the door opened to wager every penny I can lay my greedy mitts on for England to win the Ashes. Hughes hasn't enjoyed the best of luck against England. Maiden for Monty.

102nd over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Bowling change: Graeme Swann is hoicked in in James Anderson's stead. Much to the paceman's chagrin, I presume – certainly when he has the No 11 to face. Slip, gully and short leg come in, Ojha does well to block out. Maiden.

103rd over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Do you think the denizens of Kolkata have any inkling knowledge of Only Fools and Horses Granted, why should those who live in this sprawling metropolis care for the antics of two zooms from Peckham Still, they'll be familiar with the theme tune now that Billy Cooper – the Barmy Army's trumpeter-in-chief has just belted it out.

104th over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Proddy, proddy, touch, touch. Ojha's doing his best to hang around, but this seems all rather futile, India haven't added a run in five overs. It's that tedious, I've searched – and listened to – Fat Larry's Band classic Zoom on youtube. Maiden.

105th over: India 316 (Ojha 0)

Bowling change: Steven Finn comes into the action to try and frighten India out of this innings. Which he does!

WICKET! Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Swann b Finn 52

Great work from Swann who races from second slip to pouch Dhoni's attempted cut which booms up off his gloves. And that is that.

INDIA ALL OUT FOR 316

On the attack: Cook is hoping to score more big runs as England begin their first innings

On the attack: Cook is hoping to score more big runs as England begin their first innings

1st over: England 4-0 (Cook 4, Compton 0)

England will be very pleased with their work so far. Restricting India to 316 after losing the toss is a super effort, particularly on a pitch which is offering no assistance. But what of England's replay Zaheer Khan begins the attack with two slips and a gully in position. Cook moves off the mark with a well timed dash via point for four runs.

2nd over: England 6-0 (Cook 4, Compton 2)

Ishant Sharma joins Khan in the attack to Compton whose busy defensive strokes I admire so. Compton pushes a quick single to cover, but some shoddy work in the field – an overthrow – allows the England pair to take another.

3rd over: England 10-0 (Cook 8, Compton 2)

It is said that whenever the word 'cricket' is mentioned, a Frenchman or German, somewhere in the world, starts laughing, such is esteem in which they hold the game.

Bucking this trend, however, is former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann. Didi Hamann, via Twitter: 'England on top if they get 400+ you got to fancy them to win …Anderson outstanding #onlyonemonty'. Thick edge from Cook sends the ball between slips and gully for four.

4th over: England 10-0 (Cook 8, Compton 2)

Six deliveries outside off, Compton doesn't look interested. That's a maiden.

5th over: England 16-0 (Cook 13, Compton 3)

A rather tepid start from the India pacemen. Cook and Compton looking unruffled, the captain helps himself to four via clip off his pads and, erm, that's about it.

6th over: England 17-0 (Cook 13, Compton 4)

The stats suggest Sharma has had the making of Cook more than many bowlers. But the seamer isn't going to trouble the left-hander with his current line, which is too straight into the England captain. He needs to look for the feather edge, wider of off stump if he is to prosper. Unless he can find some extra pace to leave Cook open to lbw. Just a single for Compton.

7th over: England 17-0 (Cook 13, Compton 4)

Pleased to say Eden Gardens is starting to fill up as the morning carries on. Still huge swathes of empty seats, but there's plenty of atmosphere pouring down from the stands as England go about their business diligently in the middle. Compton faces six from Khan and that's a maiden.

8th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

Cook hangs hit bat out to Sharma who finds an edge, but it is of the thickish variety and thusly runs wide of slips, but inside gully and brings up another boundary. Maybe some spin before lunch It's only 10 minutes away.

9th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

It's another maiden over for Khan, but it was almost so much worse for England after Compton called a kamikaze single, only to send Cook back before any damage could be done. Steady now boys, you're within a sniff of the lunch break. Now is not the time for rash decisions.

In good Nick: Compton has started well as England begin their first innings

In good Nick: Compton has started well as England begin their first innings

10th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

Bowling change: Yep, it's time for some spin and Ravichandran Ashwin is hoicked in to turn his arm over for six before the break. Nothing extra going on for him over Panesar or Swann. Maiden.

11th over: England 22-0 (Cook 17, Compton 5)

Short leg comes in for Compton as Sharma changes ends at in the dregs of the session. Just a single for the Somerset man. And that is lunch. Muy bien.

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Plenty to ponder: Dhoni's side have struggled to break England down

23rd over: England 61-0 (Cook 44, Compton 17)

Full credit to the England pair who are picking the right moments when to stick or twist. The tandem threat of Khan and Ishant had to be seen off, now with Ashwin's gentle spin on, they can vary the attack and take it to the hosts. Just a single from the over.

24th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

So, after an hour of the afternoon session, England continue to move forward serenely. They have added 40 runs without the loss of a wicket in the 12 overs thus far. A decent return. But there's plenty left to do. Another single from the over keeps the scorecard ticking over.

25th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden. And time for some drinks.

26th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

England moving along serenely here. They've enjoyed this session so far. They've added 40 runs without losing a wicket. Still plenty of work left to do, mind. Another maiden.

27th over: England 62-0 (Cook 50, Compton 17)

Shot! Zaheer's attempted inswinging yorker arrows in towards off stump, but Cook flat bats back down the ground for four. Stunning shot. Another single also brings up the captain's half-century.

28th over: England 74-0 (Cook 51, Compton 23)

Shot! Compton leaves his crease and punches Ojha high and mighty over the midwicket boundary for another maximum! SIX big runs for Nick, England sitting pretty here.

29th over: England 74-0 (Cook 51, Compton 23)

A series of dots. Six in total. That's a maiden.

30th over: England 77-0 (Cook 53, Compton 24)

Ojha's in now, so we have spin on at both ends. England have played it well thus far. But I can tell you, this over-by-over lark isn't half made difficult with two twirlers on, what with their minute long overs and all. There's steam coming off my keyboard. Cook taps a couple backward of square.

31st over: England 83-0 (Cook 58, Compton 25)

Howizaaaat! Ashwin asks the question, but he's clutching at straws – the ball hit Compton's boot on the flush, but miles outside the line of the stumps. There follows a howler in the field – of which there have already been a few – which allows England to nick a single and overthrows add another four. Ouch.

32nd over: England 86-0 (Cook 60, Compton 26)

Half an hour to go until the tea break, England will be mighty pleased if they reach the break without loss. And will certainly hope to reach three figures by that point, too. Three more singles from Ojha's bowling.

33rd over: England 90-0 (Cook 64, Compton 26)

Courtesy of Sky Sports' statto Bendict Bermange, on Twitter: 'If – or rather – when Cook gets to 88 he will be the youngest to reach 7000 Test runs. Another Sachin record will fall'. Cook finds the rope with a well timed club through covers.

34th over: England 94-0 (Cook 67, Compton 27)

So, after a promising opening 34 overs, England trail by 222 runs. An excellent base from which to work on and takes the pressure off those coming in behind the openers. But India are allowing them to find the singles, find the gaps to keep the score ticking over. A couple of singles and one brace come as England move forward.

35th over: England 95-0 (Cook 68, Compton 27)

An eerie silence around the ground at the moment, despite the fact there must be 15,000 spectators in attendance. The locals have had very little to cheer today. Ashwin zooms through his over, one from it as yet another misfield allows the England pair to cross without too much fuss.

36th over: England 100-0 (Cook 69, Compton 31)

Dhoni's not happy with the ball, he asks the umpires to run it through that piece of kt which measures the balls roundness. It doesn't come up to scratch and so a selection of new'uns is brought on. But even the new cherry cannot help India as Compton chops forward of point to take England past the century mark.

Solid start: The England openers have laid excellent foundations for England's first innings

Solid start: The England openers have laid excellent foundations for England's first innings

37th over: England 104-0 (Cook 73, Compton 31)

Of course Cook will receive plaudits for his excellent form again today, but mention must be made of some of the dross which is being served up. Ashwin dips down a rank wide one and the England captain dispatches it through cover point for four. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

38th over: England 110-0 (Cook 74, Compton 36)

Compton leans across his pads and clips the ball square for four more. I don't want to gush, but England are filling their boots here at the moment, India need to find a creative spark from somewhere. Maybe they're waiting on an England mistake Doesn't look forthcoming at the moment.

39th over: England 113-0 (Cook 77, Compton 36)

Final few overs before tea now. England must be eyeing the break. They will be delighted to reach it without losing a wicket. India keeping everything crossed that they can.

40th over: England 116-0 (Cook 79, Compton 37)

England nurdle three more singles from Ojha who has looked pretty toothless in his eight overs thus far. And he's going at a shy under four an over.

41st over: England 116-0 (Cook 79, Compton 37)

Ashwin continues, a series of dot balls. That's a maiden.

42nd over: England 116-0 (Cook 81, Compton 40)

Four more from that over as England reach the break without loss. Sterling effort in that afternoon session from the tourists.

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Kolkata writes: That was another sparkling session for England – and a miserable one for India. Cheteshwar Pujara dropped Alastair Cook at first slip on 17, their spinners lacked bite, and the fielding was lethargic. If England reach stumps without major damage, they will be in a decent position to take a scarcely believable 2-1 lead in this four-match series.

Quietly, Cook and Nick Compton have gone about establishing an opening partnership that, despite a few rough edges (mainly Compton’s), seems to work.

Against the odds, Cook has become the aggressor, with Compton content to defend the good balls, chance the occasional quick single to mid-off, and take toll of the free gifts. The six he launched down the ground off Pragyan Ojha was a glorious aberration.

Cook simply looks immovable, and it needed a beauty from Zaheer Khan to induce the error that was spurned by Pujara: the ball shaped to swing in, then held its line before kissing the outside edge. It was the kind of delivery only in-form batsmen tend to nick.

This pair have put on 123, 66, 58* and now 121* since they were parted early on the second evening in Ahmedabad. And if Cook has stolen the headlines, scoring more runs in a series in India than any England captain in history (Ted Dexter, who has been at this game, was the previous record-holder, with 409 runs in 1961-62), Compton has been a more than faithful sidekick.

As for India, some shoddy work in the field betrayed their state of mind. But it's far too early for heads to drop: a couple of quick wickets, and a reversing ball after tea, can bring them back into the game.

TEA: ENGLAND ARE 121-0

43rd over: England 127-0 (Cook 80, Compton 46)

No pressure, but Alastair Cook needs just 20 more runs to become England's most successful batsman ever. Those runs will take him to his 23rd centrury, taking him past the tally of 22 held by Kevin Pietersen, Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Sir Geoffrey Boycott. Compton gets England underway with a rather ugly chop backward of square for four.

44th over: England 131-0 (Cook 81, Compton 49)

India really have been poor in the field today. Two rather shoddy pieces of work turn dicey singles into comfortable strolls. Surely cricket -even in India where the hosts are usually so dominant – has moved on from this part-time-looking attitude.

45th over: England 138-0 (Cook 88, Compton 49)

I'll be honest, we've had a bit of a chat about the impending milestone Alastair Cook could pass if he reaches 100 runs here, and I was worried I could jinx his chances. But with bowling like that, he'll have no trouble becoming the first Englishman to score 23 Test centuries. Man at extra cover could have stopped the ball, I reckon, before it passed him to the boundary. But I think I've covered the quality of India's fielding already.

46th over: England 138-0 (Cook 88, Compton 49)

Ashwin continues – with very little reward. That's a series of six dots – a maiden in old money.

47th over: England 144-0 (Cook 92, Compton 50)

Are they signs of frustration creeping in there from Ishant Sharma The paceman dips one in well short, Compton has to take evasive action and there follows some staring action from the pair. There follows two singles which bring up Compton's half-century. You can't see me, but I'm clapping in admiration. A huge milestone in any player's career. Cook chips in with a dashing drive which finds a the edge and races to vacant third man.

48th over: England 146-0 (Cook 93, Compton 51)

England into the 48th over, still without loss and trail India by 170 runs with all their wickets intact. They won't find parity today, but could be within 50 runs of the hosts' total by the close of play. Two singles dabbed either side of the wicket.

49th over: England 146-0 (Cook 93, Compton 51)

There's a Mexico Wave wending its way round the stadium at the moment. It seem the locals are entertaining themselves seeing as their players are declining to offer any support. I'd ban the bloody things if I could. Mexican Waves, that is. Not locals. Maiden over.

50th over: England 148-0 (Cook 94, Compton 52)

I am getting ahead of myself here, but, for the record, England's highest first wicket stand against India was the 225 scored by Messrs Gooch and Atherton at Headingley in 1990.

51st over: England 152-0 (Cook 98, Compton 52)

Shot! Cook goes on the sweep, finds the rope in front of square to take him to two runs shy of that tantalising 23rd Test century for England.

Man of the moment: Cook has become England's most successful batsman ever

Man of the moment: Cook has become England's most successful batsman ever

52nd over: England 156-0 (Cook 101, Compton 53)

There it is, he's done it! Alastair Cook dabs the two runs he needs to become England's most successful Test batsman, with his 23rd century. Plaudits will rightly rain down on Ice Man. He's on some run at the moment.

WICKET! Nick Compton lbw b Ojha 57

The attempted paddle/sweep, but misses the ball which hits his back leg. That looks plumb.

53rd over: England 165-1 (Cook 106)

Big moment for India , they've been desperate for the breakthrough. The crowd have really come alive now, too.

54th over: England 176-1 (Cook 117, Trott 0)

Zaheer Khan returns to the fray… can he shake up the England pair with a new man in Nope. Cook pulls one just behind square for four and another boundary come via backward point.

55th over: England 181-1 (Cook 118, Trott 4)

So, the ever dependable Trott is in. But he's in dire need of some runs. His scores thus far in this series are 0, 17, 0. Not good enough. But he makes a decent start here, with a flick round the corner for four runs.

56th over: England 187-1 (Cook 124, Trott 4)

The wicket has really endowed the Indian players and crowd with renewed energies. Ishant Sharma has just performed an athletic slid e to save a certain four and the crowd scream their agreement as Ojha asks for an lbw decision against Cook. No dice, well outside the line. There follows a stunning cover drive from the England captain. A real beauty. And that takes us up to drinks.

57th over: England 187-1 (Cook 124, Trott 4)

Here we go then, final hour of the day – or 17 overs. Should squeeze them all in with the spinners in play. If England end the day with just the one in the wickets column they will be mighty pleased. The trick will be to bat all day tomorrow, build a lead of 200-odd and go from there. Granted, that is a best-case scenario, India are formidable on home soil, surely they can't remain as docile as this for much longer. Ojha continues with a maiden.

58th over: England 191-1 (Cook 128, Trott 4)

Cook eyes the ball as it races to the fence via mid-on. He holds his pose, just long enough to let Ashwin know who's in charge. The local producers also show us Trott's three dismissals in this tour. All have come on turning pitches. This is not one of those.

59th over: England 191-1 (Cook 128, Trott 4)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden.

60th over: England 194-1 (Cook 130, Trott 5)

With spinners on at both ends we might actually end up bowling more than the allotted 90 today. A rare scenario and one which will please Bumble immensely. Trott dabs one and Cook dabs a couple of singles.

61st over: England 194-1 (Cook 131, Trott 9)

Zoooom! Ojha rips through his over at lightning speed, Trott scores what now seems like the obligatory boundary – through midwicket – for England.

62nd over: England 201-1 (Cook 132, Trott 10)

Cook dabs a single to mid-on which brings the England supporters to their feet as England reach the 200 mark. In all honesty, it has been something of a cake walk.

63rd over: England 205-1 (Cook 132, Trott 14)

England
are still behind by 111 runs, but India already look deflated. It is
like they are being forced to watch and swallow England's lesson in how
to play the conditions in their own back yard. They're probably keen to
get back into the dressing room to regroup and think about the plan of
attack for tomorrow. Trott bangs one through midwicket which zip to the
fence in a flash. Four!

64th over: England 207-1 (Cook 133, Trott 15)

Another
couple of singles and we have nine overs left today. India desperate to
make a breakthrough before the close of play. They need it to give them
some impetus for tomorrow.

Able assistant: Trott is hoping to improve on his poor record in the series

Able assistant: Trott is hoping to improve on his poor record in the series

65th over: England 208-1 (Cook 133, Trott 16)

Trott dabs a single via midwicket. Shot playing is being reined in now as the England pair have their sights firmly set on the close of play.

66th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

The life's gone out of this one. Is it worth shaking hands on the day now England aren't playing any shots, India's body language suggests they've had enough for the day.

67th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden.

68th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

You can read more on Alastair Cook's batting heroics today right here. As for the action out in the middle Well, erm, there isn't any, really. Maiden.

69th over: England 210-1 (Cook 133, Trott 18)

Trott pushes to midwicket and England snaffle a single. Sends my heart a-flutter, been a while since England scored four overs left in the day.

70th over: England 212-1 (Cook 134, Trott 19)

Another couple of singles added to the tally in the fag end of what has been a thoroughly successful day for England. The defeat in Ahmedabad seems like a lifetime ago just now.

71st over: England 214-1 (Cook 135, Trott 20)

Final throw of the dice today for MS Dhoni who asks Zaheer Khan to come back in and tried to 'do a Jimmy'. And by that, I mean take a late wicket in the dregs of the day, not the rhyming slang Jimmy Riddle (you can work it out for yourself). Nowt doing, though, three singles from the over.

72nd over: England 214-1 (Cook 135, Trott 20)

The penultimate over of the day starts after a lengthy break for the England pair to take on some fluids. Trott blocks/shoulder arms the life out of the over from Ishant Sharma. Maiden.

73rd over: England 216-1 (Cook 136, Trott 22)

Cook dabs a single to mid-off, Trott angles one to third man and that – my good friends – is stumps.

STUMPS: England are 216-1

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India v England – essentials

India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni (c/wk), Ashwin, Zaheer, Sharma, Ojha.

England: Cook (c), Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Patel, Prior (wk), Swann, Anderson, Finn, Panesar.

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (SRI) and RJ Tucker (AUS)

Match referee JJ Crowe (NZ)

India won the toss and elected to bat

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3am: Good morning and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on the first day of the third Test between India and England from Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

What a difference four and a bit days make. The doomsters had written-off the tourists' hopes after the first match in Ahmedabad, only to be forced to swallow humble curry after the 10 wicket victory in Mumbai.

Alastair Cook's side played the Indians at their own game – specifically bowling spin and playing spin better than their opponents. It was a victory to savour.

Will Stuart Broad retain his place in the team after a wicketless series thus far

What will become of Eden Gardens' 83-year-old groundsman Prabhir Mukherjee after being asked to step aside by the BCCI following a frank exchange of opinions with MS Dhoni over the type of pitch to be prepared for the next five days

OK, Mukherjee is back in place. I'm not so sure Broad will be when the teams are announced in a few moments.

One thing is certain, England have the opportunity to end what has been a ragged year on a momentous high if they maintain the momentum from Mumbai.

But history is against them. Pakistan are the last team to beat India in Kolkata – and then by just 46 runs, in 1999.

India have since won five of seven Tests, including innings victories over South Africa and West Indies on their two most recent visits in each of the last two years. Eek.

All the action is on the way in a moment. Good news.

3.05: BREAKING NEWS – India win toss and elect to bat.

3.06: ENGLAND TEAM NEWS – Stuart Broad is dropped for Steven Finn and Ian Bell returns in place of Jonny Bairstow.

3.15: Broad's omission is no surprise. Finn was excellent in the ODIs last year and the vice-captain's form so far on this tour has been below his usual very high standards. Finn's extra pace can certainly give the hosts a big problem.

3.19: There was a collective meltdown yesterday after Shane Warne appeared to chuck his hat into the ring for next year's back-to-back Ashes series.

But Warne has now backed away from claims he wants to come out of retirement.

After waking to headlines this morning declaring he was willing to end his five-year exile from Test cricket and return if asked by skipper and best friend Michael Clarke, former leg-spinner Warne took to Twitter to explain his situation.

'Clarification guys & thankyou for the kind words, but… I was asked “could” I play not “would” I play..yes, I could..didn't say I would!' Warne wrote.

'It was a hypothetical question re if Michael Clarke asked me… Read my quotes 'I'm not asking Michael to ask me' Hope I didn't disappoint !”

'Sorry @MClarke23 if you woke up to calls! See you soon buddy…'

Booo, etc.

3.25: Players are on their way out, cricket is imminent. Super.

Grounds for concern: Eden Gardens has been at the centre of recent controversy

Grounds for concern: Eden Gardens has been at the centre of recent controversy

1st over: India 1-0 (Gambhir 1, Sehwag 0)

Early morning mist engulfing the ground as the match begins at 9am local time. James Anderson begins the attack for England on a track which looks bone dry and full of cracks. Any suggestion this pitch has bounce or will favour seamers (yes, I'm talking to you MS Dhoni) is a complete nonsense. There's a hint of some swing, mind.

2nd over: India 10-0 (Gambhir 9, Sehwag 0)

General consensus is the omission of Broad freshens up the attack for England and gives the vice-captain a break and time to compose his thoughts after what has been a tricky first two Tests. His replacement starts with two real looseners, straying down leg with his first and edged past the slips with his second. Both race to the boundary. There follows a huge shout for caught behind, but the sound heard is the bat hitting pad, not ball on bat.

3rd over: India 14-0 (Gambhir 14, Sehwag 0)

Still some movement in there to keep Jimmy interested, but the early signs are this will be a long day for England, particularly after this ball loses its shine and the morning mist is burned off by the sun. Tidy shot from Gambhir as he leans forward and pushes square for four.

4th over: India 18-0 (Gambhir 14, Sehwag 4)

Two slips, but no gully for Sehwag who moves off the mark with a confident punch wide of Pietersen at point to the boundary for four. I could be wrong, but I'd have the spinners on some time around the drinks break. If not sooner.

5th over: India 18-0 (Gambhir 14, Sehwag 4)

'Pace and bounce', said the much-maligned groundsman Prabir Mukherjee of this Kolkata track. Pace and bloody bounce Not a chance. Anderson's fourth delivery of the over bounces no more than two inches and hobbles through to Matt Prior behind the stumps. Maiden.

6th over: India 21-0 (Gambhir 14, Sehwag 7)

Sehwag dabs through the covers and Samit Patel goes trundling after it, there's another single in there, too. Monty must be looking at this and be contemplating a 35 over day today.

Leading the way: Sehwag has made a decent start in India's first innings

Leading the way: Sehwag has made a decent start in India's first innings

7th over: India 28-0 (Gambhir 14, Sehwag 14)

Anderson's plan is clearly to try and tempt Sehwag into a drive outside off stump. The opener duly obliges with a risky drive which bounces wide of Pietersen at gully and races for four. Monty 's limbering up, looks like he's ready to come on.

8th over: India 33-0 (Gambhir 18, Sehwag 15)

We're 30 minutes into the Test and already England have opted for Spin. India's nemesis from the second match, Monty Panesar, is into the fray. Monty dips one in short, Gambhir rocks back on his heels and punches through cover for four.

9th over: India 38-0 (Gambhir 18, Sehwag 20)

No gully in for Sehwag who duly drives wildly at one and sends the ball flying through that area. Annoyingly, Cook then puts a man in that position. Chasing the ball and all that, a real bug bear of mine. Decent shout for lbw in there, but it seemed to the naked (and DRS-less) eye that it was sliding down leg.

10th over: India 45-0 (Gambhir 24, Sehwag 21)

Shot! Gambhir takes a trot down the track and punches Panesar back over his head and to the long-off boundary for four runs. India moving along nicely here.

WICKET! Virender Sehwag run out (Finn) 23

Shocking running between the wickets hands England a real gimme. Gambhir to blame, turning his back on Sehwag as Patel chased the ball down in the deep, Finn threw in and the opener was well short of his ground.

11th over: India 49-1 (Gambhir 24, Pujara 2)

What a bonus for England, India were cruising up until that point. Still. Pujara is in now. He's been good for a few runs so far in this series, hasn't he.

12th over: India 49-1 (Gambhir 24, Pujara 2)

Zooooom. Panesar far rips through his over to Gambhir. No runs added – the second maiden of the day for England. Chance here for the tourists to apply some pressure.

13th over: India 54-1 (Gambhir 28, Pujara 3)

Nasser's chuntering away in the Sky comms studio in west London. 'There are 14million residents in Kolkata and only a handful in this ground today. Why don't they just let a few in' Not sure regular fee tickets is the way to encourage the locals to shell out for a ticket. But what do I know Credit to Jimmy who's still plugging away, Gambhir seizes on a wide length ball and drives hard through gully for four.

Run out: Finn's excellent throw helped England to make the breakthrough

Run out: Finn's excellent throw helped England to make the breakthrough

14th over: India 54-1 (Gambhir 28, Pujara 3)

'Brilliant Panny, brilliant Panny', is the constant shrill from Prior behind the stumps. Pujara looks happy to dab the spinner away. Not quite the forward press style Duncan Fletcher adores so. And now it is time for drinks. Slurp.

15th over: India 54-1 (Gambhir 28, Pujara 3)

Paul Collingwood has taken to Twitter to reveal his umbrage at Cook's continuing failure at the toss: 'When does Alaister Cook start calling tails! #IndvdEng #road'. I think the England captain will be more distressed at how Colly spells his first name, but that's another issue. Steven Finn is in to replace James Anderson and begins with a maiden.

16th over: India 54-1 (Gambhir 28, Pujara 3)

Another maiden as Panny continues his spell. England building up some pressure here. The saying goes that three consecutive maidens brings a wicket. Complete nonsense, of course, but I'm one of life's dreamers.

17th over: India 58-1 (Gambhir 32, Pujara 3)

Shot! Gambhir shakes his wrists at Finn's delivery which went angling across his body. A risky option as the ball was airborne through the fifth slip area. Credit the batsman there for showing ambition, but England will be pleased all the India batsmen are nibbling at the outside off-stump carrot being dangled.

18th over: India 62-1 (Gambhir 32, Pujara 7)

Excellent over. For lots of reasons. Pujara dazzles witha full-blooded punch back through mid-on/midwicket. Great footwork sets up the drive which races for four. But Monty strikes back – getting one to rip off the track and finds some extra bounce, too. Good stuff.

19th over: India 64-1 (Gambhir 33, Pujara 8)

Just a couple of singles in there. Have I mentioned this is a dead cert to be a day of hard graft for England If not, I will mention it again later. I promise.

20th over: India 70-1 (Gambhir 33, Pujara 14)

Howizaaaaaaaat Monty asks the question, but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Looked faster that delivery. Maybe his arm ball Looked to be heading the way of the leg. No dice. There follows a mighty impressive on drive from Pujara which races to the fence for four.

21st over: India 70-1 (Gambhir 33, Pujara 14)

Howizaaaaaaaat Monty asks the question, but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Looked faster that delivery. Maybe his arm ball Looked to be heading the way of the leg. No dice. There follows a mighty impressive on drive from Pujara which races to the fence for four.

Grace and style: Gambhir has been in fine nick in the opening session

Grace and style: Gambhir has been in fine nick in the opening session

22nd over: India 80-1 (Gambhir 42, Pujara 15)

Shot! Gambhir's seeing it like a beachball now, his dance down the track and crash through point for four would suggest he's enjoying himself out there at now after the earlier run out debacle. Unlike the bowlers, of course…

23rd over: India 81-1 (Gambhir 43, Pujara 15)

Bowling change: Swanny is ushered into action and begins well. A slip and short leg in place and the ball is worked past the man close in for the only single of the over.

24th over: India 84-1 (Gambhir 45, Pujara 16)

Twenty minutes until the break for lunch and England are hoping they can take another wicket or two before then. They have put in a great deal of hard work on a flat-as-a-pancake pitch without much return. This looks like an excellent toss for the hosts to have won. Three singles from the over and we move on.

25th over: India 88-1 (Gambhir 49, Pujara 16)

Shot! Gambhir nudges down fine leg and the ball fair zips to the fence for four more. Fine shot. England need something here.

WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara b Panesar 16

Bowled him! Done on length, Pujara steps back and is gated through a tentative push. Huge wicket for England and it's that man again.

In the wickets: Monty made the key breakthrough of India's Pujara late in the first session

In the wickets: Monty made the key breakthrough of India's Pujara late in the first session

26th over: India 88-2 (Gambhir 49, Tendulkar 0)

Ovation for Tendulkar as he comes ambling out. The home fans go wild for Sachin, but forget that, Panesar's done the damage again and his whistling/dance celebration was something to behold. Wicket maiden.

27th over: India 90-2 (Gambhir 50, Tendulkar 1)

Howizaaaat Huge appeal from the massed England ranks, as Prior takes a catch which ricocheted off Bell's shin. The umpires send it upstairs, but the replays show the ball bounced half a yard shy of Bell's leg before hitting him. Slightly embarrassed, we move on as Gambhir reaches his half century and Tendulkar moves off the mark via a respective singles.

28th over: India 90-2 (Gambhir 50, Tendulkar 1)

We're five minutes shy of the lunch break, but I've already eaten the sandwiches my wife lovingly made for me before I came to work. Sometimes I wonder if there is any justice in the world. In more important matters, Monty has just bowled another maiden.

29th over: India 90-2 (Gambhir 50, Tendulkar 1)

Bowling change: Jimmy Anderson is back in for an over before lunch. Looks like we might get the full 30 in before the break, too. Bumble will be pleased. Maiden.

LUNCH: INDIA ARE 90-2

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Kolkata writes: 'Momentum is an over-rated notion in modern sport, but you sensed that England’s best chance of harnessing whatever remained from their win in Mumbai was to make first use of what looks like a flat Eden Gardens track. If they are to win this series, they must do it the hard way: Alastair Cook has now lost three tosses out of three.

'And yet, at lunch on the first day, they are hanging on in there, having been gifted one wicket by the mindless running of Virender Sehwag and burgled another when Cheteshwar Pujara got into a muddle against Monty Panesar’s arm-ball.

'Given that India have passed 600 in each of their last three first innings in Kolkata, Cook would presumably have taken a scoreline of 90 for 2. But, well, losing the toss wasn’t a great start.

'Still, there were two bonuses for England. Steven Finn’s second spell of 4-1-10-0 looked much sharper than his first (3-0-16-0), while Pujara’s first first-innings failure of the series has given the bowlers an unexpected route in to a struggling middle order. But England could do with three more wickets by tea.'

30th over: India 90-2 (Gambhir 50, Tendulkar 1)

Here we go then, Monty to his *bunny Tendulkar. England know they must remain patient in this middle passage. They'll have no help from the pitch, but India's middle order are ripe for the taking. *joke. Maiden.

31st over: India 90-2 (Gambhir 50, Tendulkar 1)

Jimmy's back following the break and he continues round the wicket to the left-hand bat Gambhir. Another maiden as Gambhir shoulder arms the life out of the over.

Little master: Tendulkar has made a tentative start to his first innings

Little master: Tendulkar has made a tentative start to his first innings

32nd over: India 92-2 (Gambhir 51, Tendulkar 2)

If you'd like to share any thoughts on the day's play thus far, you can get in touch via the Twitter and email options above. Ta very much. A couple of singles from Monty's over. Again, nothing coming from the pitch to embolden the England bowler's spirits.

33rd over: India 96-2 (Gambhir 55, Tendulkar 2)

Shot! Oh, the beauty of it. Anderson's full length delivery is swatted away nonchalantly through cover point by Gambhir. A rip-snorter which arrives at the boundary in the blink of an eye.

34th over: India 100-2 (Gambhir 55, Tendulkar 6)

Century up for India – and the cheers are even more raucous as the hosts pass the landmark as the runs come via an edge past the slips from the Little Master.

35th over: India 100-2 (Gambhir 55, Tendulkar 6)

Anderson changes to over the wicket to Gambhir. No dice, another maiden.

36th over: India 100-2 (Gambhir 55, Tendulkar 6)

This
is better from England, crowding a few men round the bat, ramping the
pressure up on Tendulkar. There's a man at short leg, silly point and a
leg slip in. Nothing biting, though. Maiden.

37th over: India 102-2 (Gambhir 56, Tendulkar 7)

Changes
all round: Steven Finn comes in to replaces Anderson and Sachin
Tendulkar has asked for a change of bat. Nasser's convinced that's the
sign of a man out of nick: 'If you're lacking form, the first thing you
do is blame your kit'. Finn bumps a couple up into Tendulkar's ribs,
but the wise old sage is good to the challenge.

38th over: India 103-2 (Gambhir 56, Tendulkar 8)

Tendulkar pushes a single to mid on and, erm, that's a bout it. *drumsfingersondesk

39th over: India 108-2 (Gambhir 60, Tendulkar 9)

The
India pair have been very watchful in these early exchanges, in fact,
barely a stroke has been played. But that's a fine dab from Gambhir, who
allows the ball to come onto his bat and guides the ball square for
four runs.

Full Monty: Panesar has taken two key wickets today

Full Monty: Panesar has taken two key wickets today

40th over: India 109-2 (Gambhir 60, Tendulkar 10)

Zooooooom! Monty screams through his six, Tendulkar takes a single and we move on. Seems Monty is bowling from stumps to stumps, hoping for a mistake from the batsman.

41st over: India 117-2 (Gambhir 60, Tendulkar 18)

Two stunning shots from the Little Master cast-off the shackles which England have been attempting to chain around Tendulkar this morning. A neat clip to fine leg slides under the dive of Monty Panesar and there follows a picture perfect punch low back down the ground on the on side.

WICKET! Gautam Gambhir c Trott b Panesar 60

Monty does the business again! Pitched up, Gambhir tries the cut, but the turn finds the outside edge and Trott makes no mistake at first slip.

42nd over: India 117-3 (Tendulkar 18, Kohli 0)

Bless
ya, Monty! And credit to Trott who had to show quick reflexes to grab
the ball at the second bite after it initially hit him on the arm.
Wicket maiden.

43rd over: India 118-3 (Tendulkar 18, Kohli 0)

Oooohs
and aaaaahs from the England fielders as Finn bumps one in short and
Tendulkar gets himself into a bit of a mess. The ball bounces off his
arm and lands harmlessly next to the track.

44th over: India 120-3 (Tendulkar 19, Kohli 1)

A
couple of singles for each of the batsmen and that takes us up to
drinks. A decent hour for England who have taken one wicket for 30 runs
in the session thus far.

45th over: India 121-3 (Tendulkar 19, Kohli 2)

Anderson's
back and he's obviously been watching the action studiously as this
over offers far more variation than any of his previous. A yorker, an in
ducker and some full stuff. Just the single from it.

46th over: India 121-3 (Tendulkar 19, Kohli 2)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden.

47th over: India 128-3 (Tendulkar 26, Kohli 2)

Oh
my word! Anderson holds his head, looking anguished after Tendulkar's
edge bounces *this far* shy of Swann at second slip. To add insult to
injury, the ball races for four. But England will take heart that the
Little Master is willing to play those kinds of shots. Great over from
Anderson.

Jumping Jimmy: Anderson has chipped in with a vital wicket

Jumping Jimmy: Anderson has chipped in with a vital wicket

48th over: India 132-3 (Tendulkar 26, Kohli 2)

Oh dear. Oh deary me. Prior hangs his head after being nutmegged by a straight delivery from Panesar. Four byes.

WICKET! Virat Kohli c Swann b Anderson 6

Edged behind, Swann pouches. England and in particular, James Anderson, has their just rewards. Great, low take from Swanny at second slip.

49th over: India 136-4 (Tendulkar 26, Singh 0)

This is rapidly becoming an excellent session for England. On a pitch which is offering little to no support, taking two scalps, with half an hour of the afternoon remaining, they are certainly enjoying the better of the action thus far.

50th over: India 138-4 (Tendulkar 28, Singh 0)

Bowling change: Swann is introduced for just his fourth over of the day. Sure he'll bowl plenty more as the day goes on. Two from the over for Tendulkar and we move on.

51st over: India 139-4 (Tendulkar 28, Singh 1)

Huge, huge lbw shout as Singh pads up outside the line. But the ball strikes in line with off stump, that's go to be out. Surely But umpire Rod Tucker shakes his head. Not out. The chaps at Sky tell us that he would have been out had the DRS system been a) available and b) called into play.

52nd over: India 147-4 (Tendulkar 28, Singh 9)

Boom, crash, pow! Singh carves successive strikes through point and via mid-on for a brace of boundaries.

53rd over: India 155-4 (Tendulkar 36, Singh 9)

Credit to Anderson, he's developing some shape on the ball in this spell, going for four an over and taking the key wicket of Kohli. But he's given the treatment there by Tendulkar who crashes successive boundaries to end the over.

54th over: India 158-4 (Tendulkar 38, Singh 9)

Swann continues into his third over of this spell, Tendulkar pushes a couple via long leg as we enter the final final minutes before the tea break

55th over: India 159-4 (Tendulkar 38, Singh 9)

Bowling change: Steven Finn comes in for Anderson who took something of a shellacking at the end of his last over. Just a single from it, a no ball, for overstepping.

56th over: India 167-4 (Tendulkar 46, Singh 9)

Hands on hips, I think they call it a teapot, whatever you want to call it, it means Swann is looking very unimpressed after going for eight in that over. Four go via fine leg, and another four go via third man… a genuine edge. India ending the session on a high after some sticky stuff earlier on.

57th over: India 168-4 (Tendulkar 46, Singh 9)

Penultimate over before tea, Finn goes back to his old tricks and kicks over the stumps with his fourth delivery and there's just a single from the over.

58th over: India 172-4 (Tendulkar 46, Singh 14)

Swann takes the final over before tea, Singh bags a boundary and that's your lot for this session.

TEA: INDIA ARE 172-4

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Kolkata writes: 'That
was a superb session from England’s bowlers – and they deserved better.
It helped that Sachin Tendulkar was fighting a battle against the
ravages of time as well as trying to hold India’s innings together, but
Monty Panesar was remorseless and James Anderson world-class.

'Had
Rod Tucker upheld Anderson’s more-than-plausible shout leg-before shout
when Yuvraj Singh had only one, England would be unquestionably in
control. Instead, the innings feels in the balance, even if Tendulkar’s
travails have limited it to second gear.

'It
was fascinating to watch him at work – fascinating, and slightly
voyeuristic. Here was an all-time great, willed on by an Eden Gardens
crowd that grew as his innings progressed, struggling to come to terms
with his own decline.

'One
back-foot force for four off Steven Finn (which should have been kept
to two by Anderson) had some of the old timing. But otherwise he was
reliant on nicks and nudges behind the wicket. More than anything, he
was kept out there by sheer competitive instinct.

'The
upshot was a sense of control for England. Panesar completed a superb
spell of 21-9-42-2, having persuaded Gautam Gambhir to chop to slip for
60, while Anderson – after removing Virat Kolhi with a smidgen of
away-movement – was in his groove.

'This
game is boiling up nicely. And if Tendulkar is still there at stumps,
we may have witnessed one of the great acts of willpower on a cricket
field.'

59th over: India 182-4 (Tendulkar 56, Singh 14)

As I ponder just how this session is going to pan out, Tendulkar takes the advantage with successive boundaries off the first tow deliveries. His first squirms backwards of square to bring up his half century – cue bedlam at Eden Gardens. Finn disappears off into the deep, scratching his head after that post-tea rude awakening.

60th over: India 189-4 (Tendulkar 56, Singh 21)

With a hop, skip and jump, Yuvraj dances down the pitch and pumps Panesar back down the pitch for SIX big runs. Some statement for the Indians in these early exchanges.

61st over: India 189-4 (Tendulkar 57, Singh 22)

Woah there, Monty! Panesar very nearly makes a complete hash down at third man, finding a wet patch/tiny ice rink under his feet and slips at the vital moment. But he composes himself and manages to pluck the ball out of the air to save a couple of runs.

62nd over: India 189-4 (Tendulkar 57, Singh 22)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden in old money.

63rd over: India 195-4 (Tendulkar 59, Singh 24)

It's a lesson in concentration from Tendulkar who is thinking long and hard over every shot selection. A steely determination which is moving his score slowly but steadily upwards. Four singles from the over.

64th over: India 203-4 (Tendulkar 63, Singh 24)

Two boundaries from Monty's over takes India past the 200 mark – the first a bye which clipped the pad, the second a purposeful tap down the leg side. The hosts have been moving along at 4.4 an over, a fair old lick in the last ten.

65th over: India 204-4 (Tendulkar 63, Singh 25)

'Oh yes, Swanny boy', comes the cry from behind the stumps. Matt Prior's excited after Yuvraj shovels one towards Cook at mid-off, but the ball lands short.

66th over: India 205-4 (Tendulkar 63, Singh 25)

Spinners on at both ends now as England look to take advantage of a pitch which has seen some treatment in this first day. The cracks are there to be exposed, but there's no joy for Monty there. Still, he only concedes the one run.

67th over: India 214-4 (Tendulkar 67, Singh 31)

Yep,
this is an excellent session thus far and profitable partnership for
India. It's worth 79 -helped by two crashing boundaries off Swann's
bowling. England need to put their foot on this, or it could run away
from them in this session.

68th over: India 215-4 (Tendulkar 67, Singh 32)

Better. Monty gives it some flight and dip, Yuvraj and Tendulkar stay back in their crease – just one from the over.

Spin the zone: Swanny has chipped in with a wicket today

Spin the zone: Swanny has chipped in with a wicket today

WICKET! Yuvraj Singh c Cook b Swann 32

Big wicket for England, ending a prosperous partnership. But it was a horrible shot from Yuvraj: a feeble dink to Cook at short extra cover.

69th over: India 215-5 (Tendulkar 67, Dhoni 0)

Huge wicket for England, but it came so close to being two as Dhoni's attempted drive landed *this far* short of Patel's grasp at midwicket. Nervy start from the India captain.

70th over: India 216-5 (Tendulkar 68, Dhoni 0)

Right, no time for England to turn the screw, one more wicket and they're into the tail. There's a great chance they could (could) bowl the Indians out today. Granted, that insight is coming from an England fan. One from the over.

71st over: India 217-5 (Tendulkar 69, Dhoni 0)

Yep, India have gone right back into their shells here. The Barmy Army are in fine voice, too. But England are still a wicket or three away from claiming rights on this being 'their' day.

72nd over: India 217-5 (Tendulkar 69, Dhoni 0)

A series of dots, six in total: Maiden.

73rd over: India 223-5 (Tendulkar 69, Dhoni 6)

'Oh Jimmy, Jimmy', chirp the hardy Barmy Army England fans who have made the trip to the subcontinent. After a few nervy prods and pushes, Dhoni finally finds some cojones as he splashes a back foot drive past to the fence for four.

74th over: India 230-5 (Tendulkar 69, Dhoni 6)

This topsy-turvy session swings back India's way, courtesy of the Little Master who is displaying a dogged determination to score his 52nd Test century. Tendulkar times the life out of a picture-perfect cover-drive. And it's time for some drinks.

WICKET! Sachin Tendulkar c Prior b Anderson 76

Big
moment. Great nut from Anderson, pitching on off stump and moving away
just enough to entice the drive and Tendulkar duly obliged, edging
behind to Prior.

75th over: India 232-6 (Dhoni 7, Ashwin 1)

Great
take, low to his left by Prior. But the joy of taking Tendulkar's
wicket has the gloss taken off it after a howler from Steven Finn wastes
a golden run-out chance. Ashwin and Dhoni were at the same end for a
stage, but Finn fumbled the ball and the moment passed.

76th over: India 236-6 (Dhoni 11, Ashwin 1)

Now,
England can't let that moment detract from what was a great over from
Anderson. They must just not let Dhoni and/or Ashwin score big runs now.
Dhoni adds four with a crunch through point.

77th over: India 236-6 (Dhoni 11, Ashwin 1)

Anderson
continues – a maiden over. Interestingly, Anderson has now dismissed
Tendulkar eight times, equalling Muralitharan's record.

Safe hands: Prior held onto a stunning catch to dismiss Tendulkar

Safe hands: Prior held onto a stunning catch to dismiss Tendulkar

78th over: India 238-6 (Dhoni 12, Ashwin 2)

Will England take the new ball The current one is moving around for Anderson so the general consensus is that they won't take it as soon as possible. India aren't scoring many runs, so I'm inclined to agree. Two runs from Monty's over.

79th over: India 244-6 (Dhoni 12, Ashwin 8)

Credit to the Barmy Army and in particular Billy Cooper, the trumpet player – and that chap who sings falsetto on the Lions Sleeps Tonight. They're doing their best to entertain the masses in the last dregs of the day. Ashwin crunches four past point from the bowling of Anderson.

80th over: India 244-6 (Dhoni 14, Ashwin 8)

Panesar continues – his 32nd over of the day, no less – India snaffle a couple more, but all eyes now on the umpire. Will they take the new ball

81st over: India 249-6 (Dhoni 16, Ashwin 9)

New ball available, but no, England stick with the old cherry which is still doing just about enough. Finn enters the attack – probably to give it a bit of dip before taking the new nut in four or five overs.

82nd over: India 251-6 (Dhoni 16, Ashwin 11)

Oh, how England would love another wicket or two before the close. We've seen it plenty of times before, one more wicket would mean England end the day the more pleased of the two sides.

83rd over: India 254-6 (Dhoni 17, Ashwin 12)

The floodlights are on now as the evening encroaches on Kolkata. Finn keeps it tight, just three singles from the over. I fancy Anderson will be brought back in at the death for a couple of overs with the new ball. Just a hunch, mind.

84th over: India 255-6 (Dhoni 18, Ashwin 12)

Right, last six overs of the day. Who's got that touch of magic dust to cap a fine day for England Swann has a go, but there's nowt doing. Just one from the over.

85th over: India 256-6 (Dhoni 19, Ashwin 12)

Finn has been excellent today, despite not taking any wickets (thus far) and exemplifies that point in this over with a tight, straight line – if a little short. One from the over. Not many left now.

NEW BALL TAKEN

86th over: India 259-6 (Dhoni 20, Ashwin 14)

Swann continues, nowt going on. Time for new ball, surely Give the batsmen something new to think about in the final four overs of the day

87th over: India 264-6 (Dhoni 21, Ashwin 17)

Yes, new cherry is taken and Finn continues his spell with it. Ashwin clips one off his hips ad Patel saves a boundary bout in the deep… but only after 1,798 replays for the TV umpire. Huff.

88th over: India 264-6 (Dhoni 21, Ashwin 17)

India have shut up shop now. Six dot balls, that's a maiden for Panesar.

WICKET! Ravichandran Ashwin b Anderson 21

You beauty! Just what England wanted… and thoroughly deserved. Ashwin plays inside a delivery which lands on middle and off and straightens through the gate.

89th over: India 268-7 (Dhoni 21, Z Khan 0)

Great captaincy from Cook to introduce Jimmy right at the death here, that wicket means today is firmly England's.

90th over: India 273-7 (Dhoni 22, Z Khan 0)

Five men round the bat to the tailender Khan. But there's nowt doing in Panesar – and England's – final over of the day. That is stumps.

STUMPS: INDIA ARE 273-7

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David Price and Tyson Fury negotiations stall

Price and Fury still miles apart as negotiations between Britain's heavyweights stall

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The latest round of negotiations to make a fight between David Price and Tyson Fury has reached a standstill.

The heavyweight pair both maintained their unbeaten records with straightforward wins at the weekend and hopes are high for a domestic blockbuster in the new year.

But a 650,000 offer from Frank Maloney, Price’s manager, was today laughed off by Mick Hennessy, who promotes Fury.

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

‘If David Price doesn’t step up to the plate on our terms, the fight won’t happen,’ Hennessy told the Daily Star. ‘I don’t think it will happen soon because he doesn’t want any of Tyson Fury really. Without Tyson there’s no story with David Price.

‘He’s just trying to get publicity by calling out Tyson. If Price and Maloney are going to put out offers, they need to make the offers serious.’

Fury has come under fire recently for a series of foul-mouthed rants and tweets about British and Commonwealth champion Price, while earlier this year Maloney enraged Fury’s camp by branding the 24-year-old a ‘coward’ after separate talks to make a fight failed.

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Both men have moved towards a world title shot in the past year, with Fury in line for a crack at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt after winning an eliminator against Kevin Johnson on Saturday.

Price, meanwhile, maintained his unbeaten record on Friday by demolishing Matt Skelton on Friday.

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Hennessy added: ‘Tyson has said he will do the fight but he doesn’t want anything to do with Frank Maloney after he called him a coward.

‘If the fight is to happen, Price needs to accept it will not be 50-50 because Tyson has a much higher ranking and profile.’

Norwich complain over alleged racial abuse at Sebastien Bassong

Norwich use Twitter grabs in complaint to police over alleged racist abuse aimed at Bassong

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Norwich have made a formal complaint to police over alleged racist tweets directed at defender Sebastien Bassong.

The Canaries confirmed they had passed on evidence to Norfolk Constabulary which was supplied to them by supporters in the wake of Saturday's Barclays Premier League draw at Everton.

It is understood Norwich have sent police screen-grabs of tweets that have since been deleted from Twitter accounts that no longer exist.

Levelling up: Sebastien Bassong earns a point for Norwich with his late goal

Levelling up: Sebastien Bassong earns a point for Norwich with his late goal

Manager Chris Hughton told a press
conference today it was 'hugely disappointing' to learn of the alleged
abuse of Bassong, who scored a stoppage-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw
at Goodison Park.

He added of the tweets: 'We have taken the appropriate action and passed them on to police.'

The alleged racist abuse of Bassong
took place almost a year to the day that Norwich reported similar tweets
directed at former Everton striker James Vaughan.

Bassong's goal at Goodison extended
the Canaries' unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions ahead of
Wednesday's trip to Southampton, which is followed by games against
Sunderland, Swansea, Aston Villa and Wigan.

Hughton's men will be confident of
maintaining their good form, although the settled line-up could be
disrupted by injuries to John Ruddy and Michael Turner.

Hughton confirmed Turner would be out
for 'a few weeks' with the shoulder injury that kept him out of the
Everton game, which saw Ruddy substituted late on with a thigh problem.

Heading for a draw: Bassong was allegedly racially abused on Twitter

Heading for a draw: Bassong was allegedly racially abused on Twitter

If Ruddy fails to recover, Mark Bunn will make his first Premier League start for the club.

After an awful start to the season, Southampton have hauled themselves out of the drop zone with back-to-back wins.

Hughton said: 'They have been playing well and come into it on the back of two great wins, so we know that it will be tough.

'We are also on a good run of results and need to maintain our recent high standards on Wednesday evening.'

Wednesday's match also heralds the return of Mark Clattenburg to refereeing following the dismissal of allegations he racially abused Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The 37-year-old was the fourth official in Tottenham's win over West Ham yesterday but Wednesday will mark a month since he was last the man in the middle.

Hughton said: 'I think he will get a good reception.

'I, for one, am certainly pleased he is back after all that happened.'

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

LIVE: India v England – the action on day four 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: 198

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

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109th over: England 302-5 (Cook 158 Prior 58)

100 partnership and 300 up for England. Which begs the question: why couldn't they have done this earlier Top class batting from Cook and Prior, and it continues as the No 7 punishes an Ojha long-hop and pulls for FOUR.

109th over: England 296-5 (Cook 157 Prior 53)

Zaheer comes back into the attack as Dhoni changes things up again. But he is sent to the boundary for FOUR with a nice pull shot to the long leg boundary.

108th over: England 292-5 (Cook 153 Prior 53)

A quick single for Cook as he places a shot from Yuvraj down the leg side and then Prior picks up two with a shot behind square.

107th over: England 289-5 (Cook 152 Prior 51)

Cook retains the strike with a single off the final ball of Khan's over. India may start to get frustrated having not taken a wicket for some time.

106th over: England 288-5 (Cook 151 Prior 51)

And there it is

150 FOR ALASTAIR COOK

Cook off the back foot places a shot through point for two, although today is not really about personal milestones, as good as they are, it is about digging in, and that is what these two are doing at the moment. The extra half an hour is available to India should they feel they can finish England off today, but Cook and Prior will be looking to take the game into a fifth and final day.

105th over: England 285-5 (Cook 148 Prior 51)

Cook edges closer to his next significant landmark with a nice drive through cover-point for FOUR. The England captain really is leading by example.

104th over: England 274-5 (Cook 143 Prior 51)

50 FOR MATT PRIOR

Top knock from England's No 7 – surely the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world. Just what the doctor ordered for England but his work is far from over. His half-century came from 109 balls and contained five fours. It's his 23rd in Test cricket.

103rd over: England 274-5 (Cook 140 Prior 48)

Someone should tell Zaheer that he needs the ball to bowl. The left-armer steams in but somehow drops the ball before his delivery stride to leave Cook nonplussed. Perhaps it's part of a devilish plan, but then maybe not. England's skipper carves another easy single as his marvellous innings continues. His team-mates must look and learn: this is how to bat on the Subcontinent.

102nd over: England 271-5 (Cook 139 Prior 46)

Is that pastry I can smell It must be because it's everyone's favourite pie-chucker, Yuvraj, coming on for a trundle. Sadly KP's already back in the hutch so those two can't resume their rivalry, but this could get tasty. Prior clips through point for two then picks up two more with a mis-hit drive.

101st over: England 266-5 (Cook 139 Prior 41)

We're back, Zaheer with ball in hand, Cook on strike…

… and it's a fine start for Cook as he clips into the leg side for a single. Prior follows suit and cracks away a single of his own on the opposite side of the wicket.

AT TEA ON DAY FOUR ENGLAND TRAIL INDIA BY 66 RUNS WITH FIVE SECOND INNINGS WICKETS IN HAND

Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, reports from Ahmedabad:

Let’s hear it, while this game is still going on, for Alastair Cook. While many of his team-mates have unwittingly complicated the task of batting against spin in India, England’s new captain has simply got on with the job. He has worked the singles, clattered the bad ball, and exuded a calm that – if his colleagues have been paying attention – can still serve them well in the three Tests that remain.

Cook now has 21 Test hundreds, and five of them have been in Asia: at Nagpur (on debut), Galle, Dhaka, Chittagong and now Ahmedabad. He is not generally chalked down as one of England’s better players of spin, but perhaps it’s because ostentation does not form part of his game. His Test average in Asia is now 54; Kevin Pietersen’s is 36.

Quietly, he has put together one of England’s great Test hundreds, and he has enjoyed the company of Matt Prior, who survived some skittish moments shortly before tea to remind everyone why Pietersen once declared him this team’s best player of spin.

Ironically, then, the two wickets England have lost in this session were in successive balls to late-dipping yorkers from Umesh Yadav. It’s hard to blame Ian Bell or Samit Patel for their demise, although both will leave this game with thoughts to mull over.

Bell flies home at the end of it to attend the birth of his first child and will miss Mumbai, which leaves open the possibility that we will not see him again in this series. And Patel, after looking positively regal during the warm-ups, has now been sawn off cheaply twice – even if he should have been given out in the first innings before he eventually was. Any calls to drop him from the second Test must be resisted.

100th over: England 264-5 (Cook 138 Prior 40)

Last over before tea, Prior on strike, three men around the bat on the off side. Ojha over the wicket now. Prior survives by the skin of his teeth. Maiden.

99th over: England 264-5 (Cook 138 Prior 40)

Cook – yes, he is still batting – edges short of slip. This pitch is d-e-a-d. But England's captain gets two more with a drive through the covers.

Lone furrow: England captain Cook remained unbeaten at tea

Lone furrow: England captain Cook remained unbeaten at tea

98th over: England 262-5 (Cook 136 Prior 40)

Ojha is really probing here, flight and guile – and the pace taken right off giving the ball every chance of spinning. Prior keeps trying to have a go but a combination of good close Indian fielding and over-ambition keeps England's wicketkeeper under the pump.

97th over: England 261-5 (Cook 135 Prior 40)

Blimey, it's getting jumpy out there! The Indian spinners fancy their chances of getting Prior here, they're hopping about, appealing like mad, the crowd are getting worked up and England are clinging on.

96th over: England 261-5 (Cook 135 Prior 40)

Howzat! No, nothing doing, Prior survives again. Inside edge. tea can't come soon enough right now.

95th over: England 260-5 (Cook 135 Prior 39)

Ouch! Prior sweeps hard at Ashwin and the ball clatters straight into short leg's ankle – I think that's Pujara under the helmet there. He's made of strong stuff though and just gets on with things – no magic sponge for this hard nut!

94th over: England 258-5 (Cook 134 Prior 38)

And again Ojha has Prior in trouble! Ojha tosses one up again and finds big turn, the batsman prods forward and edges to first slip, but just short! Nervy times for Prior.

93rd over: England 256-5 (Cook 133 Prior 37)

Now it's Ashwin's turn to make Prior sweat, beating his bat outside off. India throwing a two-pronged spin attack at this pair now.

92nd over: England 254-5 (Cook 132 Prior 36)

But Prior can't rest on his laurels – the dangerman, Ojha, is back on and very nearly gets his man. The right-hander steps back and looks to cut but Ojha finds some extra bounce to deceive his man.

91st over: England 253-5 (Cook 131 Prior 36)

Prior really is a top player of spin, using his feet this time to Ashwin and clipping two through square leg. England trail by 76. Another hour of Prior and that'll be all but gone.

90th over: England 250-5 (Cook 130 Prior 34)

Oh dear! More Indian misfielding gifts Prior four as Zaheer tumbles but can't stop a cut at backward point. 50 partnership between Prior and Cook, off 75 balls too, a good lick.

89th over: England 244-5 (Cook 129 Prior 29)

Decent innings from Prior, this – but it must be just the start of something as far as England are concerned. Both Trott and Bell made promising starts but ultimately failed. The Sussex man collects another couple of singles, and Cook follows suit, off Zaheer.

88th over: England 240-5 (Cook 127 Prior 27)

Ashwin, arms whirling above his head like an exotic dancer (one that keeps their clothes on, mind) nearly prises Cook from the crease with a lovely flighted delivery. But this is better from Prior, who skips down the track and lofts the off-spinner over midwicket for four. Great shot.

87th over: England 234-5 (Cook 126 Prior 22)

It's a double change in the attack as Zaheer is brought back in. He looks as grumpy as ever after Prior swishes wildly outside off and misses, before the batsman crunches a cover drive that is cut off by the sweeper for two. The wily old left-armer's using all of his tricks here though, and a slower ball nearly has Prior punching to mid off. And now Zaheer's leaping around, imploring for leg-before after a beauty of an inswinger from around the wicket. Umpire Hill says no – inside edge on that one.

86th over: England 230-5 (Cook 125 Prior 19)

Cook cracks a single off Ashwin to backward point and England now trail by 100 runs. Right then, quickly knock those off, build a lead of 200 or so then skittle India in the final session for a 1-0 series lead – simple, right Anyone No

85th over: England 229-5 (Cook 124 Prior 19)

Yadav steams in again, Prior clipping a single to square leg as the bowler pitches it up again. He's taken his two wickets with full, swinging deliveries. If the pitch is dead then the way to beat batsmen is in the air – and he's done just that, in complete contrast to England's one-dimensional, line and length seamers. Four singles from the over.

84th over: England 225-5 (Cook 122 Prior 17)

Ojha gets a dart at Prior, men all around the bat, and rips a big turner past Priors flashing blade. They run a bye as Dhoni fails to collect, not for the first time. Maiden.

83rd over: England 224-5 (Cook 122 Prior 17)

Four for Prior, Yadav spearing it into his pads and watching as the ball is clipped fine to the fence. That forces India to take the new ball and Prior licks his lips at the extra bounce on the ball as he lashes through the covers for four more.

82nd over: England 212-5 (Cook 122 Prior 8)

A gift from Yuvraj at midwicket as a misfield hands Prior two more. No sign of that new nut just yet.

81st over: England 212-5 (Cook 122 Prior 5)

Now Prior's up and running, that cut shot bringing four through point after Yadav drifts wide of off stump. Finally Cook is forced into an edge as the bowler fires the ball down from wide on the crease, over the wicket. But Cook's hands are soft and the ball drops short of a diving slip.

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

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

80th over: England 206-5 (Cook 122 Prior 0)

Captain Cook plunders four more off Ojha with a razor-sharp cut. But Prior nearly hands the left-armer another wicket as he backs off and aims a cut at a ball perhaps not wide enough for the shot, and misses. still not yet off the mark, is England's wicketkeeper. New ball now available.

79th over: England 201-5 (Cook 117 Prior 0)

Cook faces Yadav's hat-trick ball… and survives! It was a decent ball though, full of grunt outside off and finding some extra bounce. England's captain thinks about fencing at it, but wisely leaves well alone.

78th over: England 200-5 (Cook 115 Prior 0)

Cook must be wondering what on earth is going on down the other end – it's more serene progress from him with a single off Ojha. 200 up for the visitors but they still trail by 130 runs.

77th over: England 199-5 (Cook 114 Prior 0)

Yadav's back. Sweet timing from Bell whose forward defensive manages to penetrate the gap between bowler and mid on, and he runs two.

WICKET!!! Bell lbw Yadav 22

Well, what can you say about that The new ball is just around the corner but, just when it looked like he as starting to settle down, Bell departs. Yadav can consider himself fortunate to get the decision – the ball was just clipping leg stump – but Bell was beaten all ends up. That completes a miserable Test for the man who will miss the match in Mumbai.

WICKET!!! Patel lbw Yadav 0

He's gone first ball! England in ruins here, staring at a crushing defeat now. Patel is not impressed at all – and with good reason – he got an inside edge on that. This is what the technology is for. But the frankly ridiculous Indian board won't have any of that. Imagine if Sachin had got that decision Yadav on a hat-trick!

76th over: England 196-3 (Cook 114 Bell 20)

Bell starting to build an innings here, his hard work in defence paying off as the returning Ojha offers some filth, which the batsman cracks away through point for four easy runs.

75th over: England 191-3 (Cook 113 Bell 16)

Zaheer continues from round the wicket to Bell, who survives a half-hearted leg before shout before pushing two through the covers.

Bell must play this innings like the croc in Neverland (bear with me here). But, unlike his namesake, hearing that scoreboard keep tick, tick, ticking along will be music to captain Cook's ears.

74th over: England 187-3 (Cook 112 Bell 13)

Bell is tempted to throw the bat outside off and is lucky to survive an injudicious swipe. Ashwin sinks to his knees in frustration. The right-hander gets himself out of the firing line unconvincingly, misreading the flicked carrom ball but nicking to point.

73rd over: England 185-3 (Cook 111 Bell 12)

Bell grabs his first run after luncheon with a single off Zaheer before Cook nudges and runs a terrific single to mid on, the fieldsman was on his heels there and England's captain took full advantage.

72nd over: England 183-3 (Cook 110 Bell 11)

Dhoni continues to mix things up by throwing the ball to Ashwin again. England will be breathing a sigh of relief that Ojha's out of the attack. Another maiden. Pressure building.

71st over: England 183-3 (Cook 110 Bell 11)

The new ball's just 10 overs away but Zaheer is brought back to have a dart with the old nut. His seven overs so far have gone for just nine runs. Cook nicks a single but Zaheer's keeping the scoring drier than Jack Dee in an airing cupboard.

70th over: England 182-3 (Cook 109 Bell 11)

Not the most encouraging start from Bell as he misses out twice, hitting short balls straight to the fieldsmen in the ring on the offside, and then prodding forward and missing a slow turner from Ojha, the dangerman. Maiden.

Just waking up Well, you probably won't be surprised to hear that England are right up against it after losing three wickets this morning. The good news is that captain Cook is still going strong. But he needs support or this Test match could be done and dusted by the end of play today.

The Indian team and two batsmen are back on the field. Let's play!

AT LUNCH ON DAY FOUR, ENGLAND TRAIL INDIA BY 148 RUNS WITH SEVEN SECOND-INNINGS WICKETS IN HAND

Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, reports from Ahmedabad:

When England resumed their second innings this morning on 111 without loss, still 219 behind India, they knew they could not afford to lose more than three wickets in the entire day, maybe four. In the event, they have lost three before lunch, a session in which only the outstanding Alastair Cook showed the nous necessary to survive.

Nick Compton looked nervous before – an accident waiting to happen – he was trapped in the seventh over by Zaheer Khan, while Jonathan Trott got a good one from Pragyan Ojha that turned and kissed the outside edge. These things happen.

But Kevin Pietersen was left to reflect on the fact that reintegration may be a trickier business than he imagined. For the second time in the game, he was bowled by Ojha essaying something extravagant, which means he has now lost his wicket to a slow left-armer in Tests on 25 occasions. Sorry, Kev: facts are facts.

Pietersen boasted in his autobiography that Shane Warne would never bowl him round his legs. Then came Adelaide 2006-07. This felt similar, but in one sense it was more remarkable: Ojha was bowling round the wicket, and from wide of the crease. The degree of turn was eye-popping, even if Pietersen opened himself up to the possibility by moving across his stumps.

Regardless, England are now left hoping that Cook and Ian Bell, who has survived some hairy moments of his own against Ojha, can bat until tea and beyond. Realistically, we’re looking at 1-0 to India.

69th over: England 182-3 (Cook 109 Bell 11)

Ashwin to bowl the final over before the break, and Cook helps himself to three more through midwicket, he's so strong in that area. Bell trots a single and Cook blocks out the final ball. Time for a well-earned break, Alastair. But England remain well adrift of their hosts.

68th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Oooooh, Bell's in trouble here! Ojha spins one past his groping bat and the ball flicks the back pad in front of middle stump and the Indians scream an appeal… but it's not out! Umpire Dar says no, but why That looked plumb Dhoni took the catch behind the wicket but bat did not graze ball. Did it pitch outside leg Great decision if so. Maiden.

67th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

It's spin, spin, sugar as Ashwin returns. But that's not sweet news for England's battle-scarred batsmen. Cook's got one eye on the lunch break – just five minutes to go. Maiden.

66th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Ojha certainly looks the dangerman for England again, but Bell smothers his latest efforts. Maiden.

65th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Cook, in contrast to his hapless team-mates, is making this all look like a doddle. Another sweetly-timed clip into the leg side finds the gap at midwicket and rolls away for four. Whoops, have i spoken too soon Cook pads up outside off stump as Yadav spears it in from round the wicket – this is the angle from which Cook, like so many left-handers, can look uncomfortable. Umpire Hill isn't having it, however.

64th over: England 174-3 (Cook 102 Bell 10)

Cook, by the way, now has three centuries in five innings spread over this Test match (his first as permanent skipper) and the series in Bangladesh in 2010.

63rd over: England 173-3 (Cook 101 Bell 10)

Short, wide, four. Bell cashes in on Yadav's rubbish, cutting with ease to the third man rope. But that's much better from the bowler, nipping one back into Bell's thigh pad and there's a muted shout for a catch at slip. And now there's hands on heads as Bell misses and the ball shaves the off stump. And finally he offers up a half-volley, which Bell misses out on. Rather a mixed bag, that.

62nd over: England 168-3 (Cook 100 Bell 6)

Watchful from Bell, ignoring the tempter floated up outside off stump from Ojha. Maiden.

Captain marvel: Cook hit his 21st Test ton

Captain marvel: Cook hit his 21st Test ton

61st over: England 168-3 (Cook 100 Bell 6)

HUNDRED FOR COOK!

That's the spirit, Cookie! A nudged two to leg seals a terrific knock from England's captain – it's his 21st Test ton and fifth on the Subcontinent – that's the most by any England batsman.

Cooks milestone comes up in 181 balls, with 16 fours.

Right, can anyone hang around with Cook long enough to rescue this for England

60th over: England 166-3 (Cook 98 Bell 6)

WICKET!!! Pietersen b Ojha 2

Why can't one of the greatest batsmen in world cricket play left-arm spin This is Dr Who stuff – watch it from behind your sofa or between your fingers or something – just shield your eyes. KP tries to sweep and is bowled round his legs. Awful, abysmal stuff. England now deep in the mire. Effectively they're minus 170 for three.

Ian Bell at the crease now, on a king pair. His first ball squirts off the edge. But that's a beautiful way to get off the mark – a trademark cover drive for four. And he gets two more, again driven through cover.

59th over: England 160-2 (Cook 98 Pietersen 1)

Muffled shout from Yadav against KP as the ball reverses into the pads. Horrible swipe to a short ball brings the batsman a single to square leg. KP's arrival seems to have woken the crowd up at last, pantomime build-up and oooohs following each ball, great stuff.

58th over: England 158-2 (Cook 97 Pietersen 1)

WICKET!!! Trott c Dhoni b Ojha 17

Another one bites the dust! Trott has looked in fine touch but his horrible run continues with a regulation dismissal for the left-arm spinner. Ojha gets one to grip and turn and Trott can only edge behind. Easy as pie. After a decent start this morning, England are in trouble now. And, guess what, here comes KP against left-arm spin…

Boy, do England need a big innings from Pietersen now. He's off the mark with a trademark Red Bull run to mid on.

Apologies everyone, we've had gremlins in the system for the last few overs. But here's how the action unfolded while we were away…

57th over: England 156-1 (Cook 96 Trott 17)

Dhoni has turned back to pace in his search for the breakthrough as Umesh Yadav gets his first trundle of the day. Impeccable stuff from Cook as he hops back into his crease and flicks to the midwicket boundary for four more. His hundred is just one hit away now…

56th over: England 152-1 (Cook 92 Trott 17)

One more for Cook before Trott unfurls the sweep to Ashwin – but of a Tom Cruise shot that (risky business) with leg before brought into play – but he times this one well. Whoa, where's that one come from Cook misses a big turner that beats bat and keeper and nips away for two byes.

55th over: England 147-1 (Cook 90 Trott 16)

Ojha resumes after the drinks break and Trott looks suitably refreshed by his beverage. A perfectly-timed drive beats the man at cover and zips away for four.

54th over: England 143-1 (Cook 90 Trott 12)

There's no time for fussing and fighting for Cook as he calmly blocks out another over from Ashwin. England's captain leading from the front in this rearguard. That's the first hour out of the way with England having lost just the wicket of Compton to Zaheer.

53rd over: England 143-1 (Cook 90 Trott 12)

Cook resists hammering a juicy full toss from Ojha but picks up another single to jog into the 90s. Four more for Trott as the left-armer drops one short and wide, England's No 3 rocks back and cuts hard to the boundary.

52nd over: England 137-1 (Cook 88 Trott 8)

It's spin from both ends now as Ashwin twirls away again. One more for Captain Cook. The real test starts now for Trott, with silly mid off, leg slip and short leg all in around the bat.

51st over: England 137-1 (Cook 88 Trott 8)

Zaheer takes a well-earned rest as Pragyan Ojha is thrown the ball. The left-arm spinner was the main threat in the first innings, taking five wickets. Trott reads his arm ball and runs two.

50th over: England 135-1 (Cook 88 Trott 6)

Four singles help England keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely, and Trott appears to be settling down nicely.

49th over: England 131-1 (Cook 86 Trott 4)

Oh ho! A bouncer! Not much value in that ball from Zaheer, I fancy. Maiden. Cricinfo are reporting that Gautam Gambhir's grandmother has died and India's opener has flown off to Delhi. His team may not need to bat again in this match but if they do his position in the order will be affected depening on how long he is off the field.

48th over: England 131-1 (Cook 86 Trott 4)

One more for Trott, England trail by less than 200 now. Which is something… But effectively they are minus 199 for one.

Rearguard: Alastair Cook offered some resistance to India on day four in Ahmedabad

Rearguard: Alastair Cook offered some resistance to India on day four in Ahmedabad

47th over: England 130-1 (Cook 86 Trott 3)

Relief for Trott as he escapes the pair with a clip into the leg side for two as Zaheer strays onto the pads. Meat and drink for a batsman of his class. Frankly, India would be mad to persist with Zaheer for too long at Trott, as well as he might be bowling. The Warwickshire right-hander looks princely against the medium pacers. Against spin in the first innings he looked more like Prince might with a bat in his tiny hands.

46th over: England 127-1 (Cook 86 Trott 0)

The mood's changed out in the middle now, there's little yelps of tension and expectation after each ball from the close fielders right in under the batsman's helmet. Cook's not having any of it though and sweeps hard for four.

45th over: England 123-1 (Cook 82 Trott 0)

Life's looking pretty uncomfortable for Compton out there. The Somerset opener is digging in and fighting for his life but I'm not quite sure where his scoring areas are. Zaheer, going round the wicket and wide on the crease, has him in a right tizz with another beauty that nips back in off the seam, and the batsman misses completely. Fortunately for him, so do the ball and the stumps.

WICKET!!! Compton lbw Khan 37

But there's the breakthrough! Zaheer gets his man this time after changing the angle of attack to over the wicket. Compton's looked ill at ease all morning and he plays round a ball that straightens up a touch. Umpire Hill raises the finger. Was that ball pitching outside leg though Nope, good decision and Compton's troubled stay is over.

Jonathan Trott is the new man in – and he's on a pair. Tough times for England, these.

44th over: England 123-0 (Cook 82 Compton 37)

Missed stumping! Oh, that's a shocker from MS Dhoni behind the stumps. As if to back up the point about Indian fielding, their captain lets Compton off with an absolute howler. Ashwin had him dancing down the track but beat the batsman in the flight. Compton was miles out of his ground but Dhoni didn't even get the gloves anyway near the cherry and Compton breathes again. Cook nicks two off his pads.

43rd over: England 120-0 (Cook 80 Compton 36)

Plenty of oohs and aahs in the field as Compton scampers through for a very tight single. Yuvraj Singh gathered the ball at point and shied at the stumps where Cook was hurtling through, and had he hit that would have been squeaky bum time. England's captain would have been gone had that hit, I fancy. But, talented and highly-skilled as this Indian side is, their fielding is not a strong suit.

42nd over: England 119-0 (Cook 80 Compton 35)

Howzat! Ashwin screams for lbw against the right-handed Compton after a big offbreak beats the defensive prod, but that was doing too much and umpire Dar shakes the head. Compton pushes to cover and sets off on a quick single to trouble the scorer for the first time today.

41st over: England 116-0 (Cook 79 Compton 34)

Shot! Cook's up and running now, leaning back to cut past point for four precious runs. Zaheer threatens to hit back as he finds some sharp movement off the seam from over the wicket, the ball jagging back into Cook, but the batsman leaves it on length and is not troubled. This pitch is deader than a Victorian undertaker for the seamers.

40th over: England 112-0 (Cook 75 Compton 34)

Ravi Ashwin's off-breaks will resume the attack from the opposite end. Cook nudges a single into the leg side for the first run of the day.

39th over: England 111-0 (Cook 74 Compton 34)

And it's a maiden to kick things off as Compton remains watchful. Hint of reverse swing for the left-armer Zaheer.

3.55am: Now, you may not know this, but India actually DO have a fast bowler playing in this match. You wouldn't know it by watching most of England's dismal first innings collapse to spin, but the hosts do in fact have two quicks in their side. Yes, hard to believe, I know.

One of them, Zaheer Khan, is about to get us underway, Compton on strike, 34 not out…

3.50am: Morning, evening, night… whatever time of the day it is for you (and I'm not sure what on earth the time is here), welcome to day four of the first Test.

Right, hands strapped, gloves on, walk to the ring accompanied by dodgy music done… it's time for a scrap, England.

Alastair Cook and Nick Compton have battled their way to 111 for no loss in their second innings following on but remain a whopping 219 runs behind India.

And the trial by spin will continue relentless.


Digging in: England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made 111 in the second innings at the end of day three

Digging in: England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made 111 in the second innings at the end of day three

Kyle Walker returns to twitter after closing it following abuse

Time to be social: Walker to reopen Twitter account following abuse from fans

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14:21 GMT, 2 November 2012

Kyle Walker has vowed to reopen the Twitter account he closed after receiving criticism for his performances on the social networking site last month.

The Tottenham defender shut his @kyle28walker account, which had over a quarter of a million followers, after becoming angry at those who had hit out at his poor showing in Tottenham's 4-2 home defeat to Chelsea 13 days ago.

The England right-back explained that he had come off Twitter because he wanted to concentrate on football after what has been a mixed start to the season for the ambitious 22-year-old from Sheffield.

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

He revealed he would reactivate the account shortly, however, admitting he misses interacting with the club's fans, who have taken to him after he enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season last term.

'I will be back on it shortly,' Walker said at an event to publicise the Topps Match Attax Tour.

'I just thought with my form it was time to concentrate on my football rather then tweeting.

'But I will definitely be back on it because I like to have a bit of banter with the fans and it's good to give the fans something back because they are coming to support us every game.'

Walker is not the first player to have shut his account. Darron Gibson and Danny Simpson both came off Twitter after receiving abuse while others have removed their profiles after getting in to trouble with their clubs and the authorities.

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

The former Sheffield United defender was clearly angered by some of the tweets he received following his display against Chelsea, and he admits he will have to learn to take any more abuse that comes his way when he returns to the site.

'When people say silly things you have to be a bit thick skinned and try and not make it bother you, but sometimes some comments do hurt because you go out there every week to try your best and you don't want to disappoint anyone,” Walker said.

'You just have to overcome it and get on with it. People are entitled to their opinions.'

Last year Walker enjoyed a hugely successful season in which he was compared to Roberto Carlos, scored a magnificent derby winner against Arsenal, and won the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award.

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

The pacy full-back admits his form has been patchy at times this season, however.

'My form has been a bit up and down to be truthful. I couldn't tell you why,' Walker said.

'I had a good season last season so to keep that standard is very high.

'I will try and keep doing what I did last season and hopefully everything will fall in to place.

'I am prepared to work after training…that will make me a better player.'

One player whose form has not been questioned this season is Walker's team-mate Jermain Defoe.

Defoe struggled to make Harry Redknapp's first team last season, but he has looked sharp since Andre Villas-Boas' arrival, scoring eight goals for club and country so far this year.

The 30-year-old will no doubt be looking to add to that tally tomorrow when Tottenham welcome Wigan to White Hart Lane in the Barclays Premier League.

Walker thinks Defoe is in just as good form now as he was three years ago when he put five past Wigan in Tottenham's stunning 9-1 win at White Hart Lane.

'I don't think he has ever dropped that form (since the 9-1 win),” Walker added.

'He is one of the first in the gym and he does his finishing after training as well so he is getting the rewards he didn't get last season.

'He is someone young strikers look up to and will learn a lot off, not just in terms of his goalscoring, but his attitude as well.

'He is a pleasure to play with.'