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England name unchanged squad for 5th Test

Stuart Broad named in the 13-member squad

/broad receives attention after the ball got wedged in his helmet during day three of the fourth Investec Test Match between England and India held at The Emirates, Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England on the 9th August 2014

Photo by Ron Gaunt / SPORTZPICS/ BCCI

Following England’s victory over India by an innings and 54 runs in the 4th Investec Test, England selectors have announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the 5th Test commencing Friday 15 August at the Kia Oval.

England currently lead the series 2-1 with one Test remaining.

England squad: Alastair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. 

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Stats Highlights: Eng vs India, 4th Test - Day 3

Pankaj Singh finally took his first Test wicket off his 416th delivery when he dismissed Joe Root

Pankaj Singh of India celebrates the wicket of Jos Buttler of England  during day three of the fourth Investec Test Match between England and India held at The Emirates, Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England on the 9th August 2014

Photo by Ron Gaunt / SPORTZPICS/ BCCI

Jos Buttler (70) became the fourth player to score fifties in first two Test innings as a wicketkeeper after India’s Dilawar Hussain, West Indies’ Desmond Lewis and Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal.

Pankaj Singh finally took his first Test wicket off his 416th delivery when he dismissed Joe Root. He is, however, very far off the record of most balls bowled by a bowler before taking his first Test wicket. Another Indian AG Milkha Singh holds this record, as his maiden Test wicket came off his 652nd ball!

Stuart Broad had to retire hurt when Varun Aaron’s bouncer hit him on the face. The last batsman to get retired hurt against India after being hit was Australia’s Steve Waugh (Melbourne in December 2003). Waugh got hit on the left elbow by Ajit Agarkar.

Indian openers once again failed to put on a fifty stand. It has now been 31 consecutive innings outside India that the opening pair has not managed a fifty-stand since 63 put on by Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir at Lord’s in 2011.

James Anderson has now dismissed Virat Kohli four times in 30 balls in the series giving away only 7 runs!

Moeen Ali has now taken 19 wickets in the series – second most by an England spinner against India in England, behind only Ray Illingworth’s 20 in 1967.

Pankaj Singh bagged a pair in the Test. He became 37th Indian to have this misfortune (on 51st occasion). The last player to suffer this fate was Suresh Raina also against England at The Oval in 2011.

Ravi Ashwin’s unbeaten 46 took his average to above 40. This makes him the only player to average above 40 with the bat and below 30 with the ball in Tests among all players who have taken at least 100 wickets.

India’s two innings lasted for only 89.4 overs. This is the fourth lowest amount of overs India have batted in a Test in which they were dismissed in both innings. The details:

Least overs India have batted in a Test
(while getting dismissed in both innings)

Overs

Runs

Opponents

Venue

Season

58.1

140

England

Manchester

1952

73.2

166

South Africa

Durban

1996-97

82.1

253

New Zealand

Hamilton

2002-03

89.4

313

England

Manchester

2014

95.0

156

v Australia

Brisbane

1947-48

96.5

292

New Zealand

Wellington

2002-03

 

India lost a Test within three days for the 14th time. The break-up: six times against England, four times against Australia, thrice against South Africa and once against New Zealand. Last time this had happened was against Australia at Perth in January 2012. The last time England had beaten India within three days was in 1967 at Birmingham.

The defeat was MS Dhoni’s 13th outside India. Only three captains have lost more Tests abroad than Dhoni – Stephen Fleming and Brian Lara (16 each) and Graeme Smith (15). Arjuna Ranatunga also had a tally of 13 defeats in away Tests.

For the second time in successive series England managed to take lead after trailing behind. This had happened in 2012-13 series in India also!