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England batsmen falter as India push for victory

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

England’s batsmen again struggled to deal with the moving ball on the fourth day of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

India’s seamers dominated the morning session as the entirety of England’s top four edged behind the wicket to be dismissed, with England still well over 400 runs behind in the fourth innings of the game.

With Ishant Sharma swinging the ball substantially away from the left-hander, Keaton Jennings nicked the tall paceman to Rishabh Pant.

His opening partner Alastair Cook got to 17 but soon fell to Sharma for the 12th time in Tests – meaning the Indian overtook Morne Morkel as Cook’s most prolific opponent – edging to KL Rahul at second slip.

Right-handers Joe Root and Ollie Pope battled away against more good swing and seam bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, but both played at balls away from their body – Root off the back foot, Pope, even more wildly, off the front – to nick off to the slips as well.

England found themselves 84-4 at lunch staring down a potentially crushing defeat.

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