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England were in sight of their first win in 11 Tests as they closed in on a series-levelling victory against India at Southampton on Wednesday. India were 112 for four, still needing a further 333 runs to make what would be a new record 445 to win, at stumps on the fourth day of the third Test, AFP reported.
Renowned for their ability to play spin, India lost three wickets to Moeen Ali and Joe Root — both primarily batsmen and regarded as ‘part-time’ off-break bowlers. Ajinkya Rahane was 18 not out and Rohit Sharma, dropped on five, six not out.
The most any side has made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the 418 for seven by the West Indies against Australia at St John’s in 2002/03. There was one concerning moment for England after play ended when paceman James Anderson, celebrating his 32nd birthday Wednesday, was spoken to by the umpires after appearing to have words with Rahane.
Anderson is already facing disciplinary action by the International Cricket Council following his bust-up with India’s Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge and could be banned from the rest of this series if a teleconference hearing on Friday goes against him.
After Anderson took the two wickets needed to wrap up India’s first innings, England captain Alastair Cook opted against enforcing the follow-on.
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