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Negative bones, feisty arguments: India's Test tour in their own words

India talked up a big game ahead of the Test series in England. Here's a look back at all the chatter in light of their 4-1 defeat

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England v India

Did the 4-1 scoreline flatter England?

The England-India series was much closer than the margin suggests, but that's not to say that England were undeserving winners

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Tour review

India in England 2018

Exclusive: 'Last one to press the panic button when I see so many positives' - Shastri

India coach Ravi Shastri takes stock of a draining tour of England

Graphic story: Lower-order fightbacks and the Moeen factor

All the areas England excelled in to beat India 4-1

Where now for Shikhar Dhawan?

With an average of 25.80 from 15 Tests in SA, England, NZ and Australia, should he continue being one of India's first-choice openers?

Tour review

India in England 2018

Zaltzman: Thanks for the stats, Cookie, Jimmy, Rooty, Ravi

What was The Oval Test all about? Numbers, of course

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England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Anderson goes past McGrath; England wrap up 4-1 win

Rahul and Pant offered resistance with hundreds, but could not prevent defeat in the final session

Dobell: When in doubt, give the ball to Anderson

India still had a lot of runs to get, but a miracle chase was being talked about when Joe Root recalled his main man. Once again, he delivered

Anderson's latest landmark

England v India

McGrath, Steyn better than me - Anderson

The most prolific seamer in Tests has attributed the Australian's superiority to his 'bounce, relentless accuracy, aggression and ability to move the ball'

The ingredients behind Anderson's 564 wickets


England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Tough lessons will harden India, says Kohli

Captain calls for team to hit the ground running in future, rather than ease into series

#PoliteEnquiries: Which problems have England actually solved?

Melinda Farrell, George Dobell and Nagraj Gollapudi tackle your questions on Anderson, Pant and which team will fare better in their next tour


Gollapudi: Rahul, Pant light up the contest with bravado

The two batsmen showed the kind of fight that only Kohli and his fast bowlers had shown in the series


Mark Nicholas

The game is better for Alastair Cook's place in its history

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Alastair Cook's farewell

The best of Cook's emotional press conference


Dobell: Cook's unforgettable farewell fitting for giant of the game

The Oval was been witness to many famous retirements over the years, but few can have matched the ovation for Alastair Cook

How many times could you binge-watch GoT while Cook was batting?

How many times could you have listened to all of Bob Dylan all those hours Alastair Cook was at the crease? We find out

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

#PoliteEnquiries: Were India or Pakistan the better touring side?

Melinda Farrell and Nagraj Gollapudi tackle your questions on Alastair Cook, India's wicketkeeping and Anderson v Kohli


Without Kohli, can India avoid Black Tuesday?

India have played some excellent cricket in this series, but are now facing a 4-1 margin unless they pull off a final-day rearguard

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Dobell: England dig themselves a hole with loyalty to Jennings

The statistics of Jennings' career are damning but if the indications are correct he will still be on the plane to Sri Lanka

#PoliteEnquiries: Who is the better captain - Root or Kohli?

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell tackle your questions on wicketkeeping, inspired selections, and Mohammed Shami's awful luck


Dravid said I've got the skillset and temperament - Vihari

A fifty on debut is just the start for India's new batsman after contributing to his team's third-day fightback

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Dobell: Buttler becomes England's man for any occasion

His recall at the beginning of the season was something of a left-field decision but it has proved an outstanding success

#PoliteEnquiries: Will Cook bowl before Rashid?

Melinda Farrell and Nagraj Gollapudi answer your questions including Virat Kohli's captaincy, his battle with James Anderson and a police chase


Wait goes on for Anderson in epic Kohli tussle

When Kohli survived a very tight lbw appeal things got a little heated in the middle

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Dobell: Cook's encore a reminder of what England will miss

There was no fairytale hundred, but Alastair Cook still managed to produce a medley of greatest hits on his Test farewell

WATCH - Anderson's 'heartfelt' Cook tribute

Video courtesy of PCA: Jimmy Anderson says goodbye to Alastair Cook, but forgets the camera's still rolling after he's done


Moeen takes pride in Boycott comparisons

A battling half-century from 170 balls was shown in a more positive light after Moeen Ali's team-mates had failed to emulate him

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Gavaskar slams Nair omission from Oval Test

The former India captain said no argument was going to satisfy him for Hanuma Vihari being preferred over Nair

Knew if we got one wicket, more would come - Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja discusses India's bowling plans at The Oval and attempting to keep England's scoring rate down


Alastair Cook retires

England v India

Cook wanted to keep door ajar for Pietersen return

The former England captain gave more detail of the decision that rocked his career and reveals he hasn't spoken to Pietersen since

Dobell: Eyes on Jennings and Moeen as England look for answers

Many questions remain about England's Test side - despite the series victory - although they at least appear to have drawn a line on the Bairstow v Buttler debate

"I can hit a golf ball a long way but struggle with the cricket ball"

Sheep, sweat glands and Cena all find a mention as we look back at Alastair Cook's career in his own words

England v India

Test series

Chopra: Finally, a well-rounded Indian pace attack

For the first time in their history, India have four bowlers of high ability, making for a formidable quick-bowling unit

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Alastair Cook retires

England v India

No second thoughts as Cook faces final curtain

England opener to continue his career with Essex but will not be persuaded back to Test cricket

'I became the best player I could have become'

Alastair Cook says that he will retire from international cricket knowing that he managed to dredge every ounce out of his ability

Compton: Cook departure leaves a huge spot to fill

Former England team-mate Nick Compton discusses the legacy of Alastair Cook after he announced his retirement from international cricket


England v India

Test series

Manjrekar: India have one problem to sort out

Unlike on past overseas tours, where many flaws came to light, now it is only their batting technique that needs work

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Vihari for Pandya, Jadeja for Ashwin?

Wednesday's training session suggested India might be looking at a few changes at The Oval

Not enough to compete, we must complete games - Shastri

India's coach has pulled up his batsmen for not being strong enough mentally to capitalise on a strong position in Southampton

England v India

5th Test, The Oval

Jennings retained as Woakes and Pope re-enter fray

England named a familiar 13-man squad for the final Test against India, starting on Friday

Mick Jagger makes charity pledge for Oval Test

Rolling Stones frontman to donate £20,000 to Chance to Shine each time a player from either side scores a century or claims a five-wicket haul

Ess v Sur: Burns' runs continue to flow as England look away

Rory Burns did not win an England call-up on his home ground at Kia Oval, but he has a potential Championship win and winter tour to fight for

Alastair Cook retires

England news

Miller: Cook's immense record will stand the test of time

The workload of carrying England's batting for 12 years has finally consumed Alastair Cook, but he leaves behind a monumental body of work

Chef special: Farewell to Alastair Cook

The Switch Hit team are joined by one of Cook's opening partners as they say goodbye to an England great

Alastair Cook retires

England news

Gooch hails 'great person and great cricketer'

Former coach and mentor pays tribute to fellow England legend as he prepares to play his last Test

By the numbers - Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook will step away from international cricket at the end of the India series having set a host of records


'No player has given more to the England cricket shirt'

Tributes poured in on Twitter following the announcement of Alastair Cook's retirement from international cricket

England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Bayliss braces for top-order void

Trevor Bayliss has admitted England are no closer to settling on their top-order batting line-up despite winning the Test series against India

Dobell: England's all-round riches prove priceless

In a tightly-fought contest, the depth of England's options proved telling even though the side retains a number of holes

England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Root moved himself back to No.4 for 'good of the team'

The England captain has batted at No. 3 throughout the summer but says he made a "spur of the moment decision"

#PoliteEnquiries: Was Bairstow's duck a protest at losing the gloves?

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell tackle your questions on England's top order, Virat Kohli's behaviour and puddings


Buttler denies rivalry over wicketkeeper's role with Bairstow

England's top-scorer content to have his Test place back as he targets a fourth-day victory push on a wearing wicket

England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Gollapudi: The guts and glory of Pujara's innings

Cheteshwar Pujara had been rock solid, but India were in trouble. And then he showcased a rarely-seen side of his game and batted outstandingly with the tail

#PoliteEnquiries: Did Pujara show enough intent to keep his place?

Melinda Farrell and Nagraj Gollapudi answer your questions on Cheteshwar Pujara, Moeen Ali and dropping entire teams


Dobell: Moeen banishes memories of his winter of discontent

Moeen Ali put in a performance that will reignite debate about who is England's best spinner

England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

#PoliteEnquiries: Time to drop Curran again?

Melinda Farrell and George Dobell tackle your questions on Sam Curran, Ishant Sharma and why Virat Kohli can't call a coin toss


Dobell: Bell's timing seductive but England need more than quick fixes

Batting was tricky in the morning session, against a fine India attack, but the brittleness of England's top order was on stark view

Sam Curran's fearless return saves England's blushes

For the second time in the series - the match after being left out - Sam Curran hauled England's batting off the mat

Ian Chappell

England v India 2018

India's results are a tribute to Kohli's captaincy


England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Dobell: Are England an accident waiting to happen or a grand design?

It has been a far from simple build-up for Joe Root with injury and form concerns to deal with. The final XI looks exciting, but also a gamble

This India knows how to win big moments - Kohli

A greater belief and ability to seize the momentum, based on a strong pace attack, gives the India captain confidence the team can avoid a repeat of 2014

Dasgupta: Why footwork is overrated when keeping wicket

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England v India

4th Test, Southampton

Gollapudi: Ishant and the fast men are India's heartbeat

The seamers have adapted quickly to English pitches, taking 38 out of the 46 wickets claimed

Kohli or Root - who has top-scored more often in Tests?

Kohli current streak in England puts him on the all-time leaderboard

Ashwin and Bairstow ease injury concerns in training

India's spinner and England's wicketkeeper-batsman looked to be winning the fight to be fit for the fourth Test


England v India

4th Test, Southampton

Woakes misses training, Bairstow clings to gloves

Chris Woakes has emerged as a new fitness concern for England ahead of the fourth Test

Could Bairstow retain wicketkeeper role?

Jonny Bairstow admits he would accept a specialist batsman role, but plans to test his injured finger by taking the gloves in training


Mark Nicholas: The case for James Vince

Why England ought to play him in the fourth Test, bring in Moeen Ali, and bring back Sam Curran

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England news

Once Anderson goes past me he won't be beaten - McGrath

Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets by a fast bowler in Test cricket with 563. James Anderson is seven wickets away from beating him

A star-studded XI

India in England 2018

Laxman's modern (1993-2018) India Test XI in England: Ganguly to lead


Gloves Off: Has Kohli won the battle against Anderson?

VVS Laxman and Steve Harmison step into the ring for a heated debate


Aakash Chopra


How Ishant got his mojo working

The work he has put in on his wrist position and length has begun to pay off

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England v India

4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Batting order key among England's issues to solve

Will Moeen Ali earn a recall at the Ageas Bowl and can Sam Curran find a place in the XI?

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How England's batsmen fought valiantly to avoid scoring 30 at Trent Bridge

England may have lost the third Test to India, but they won the hearts of stats fans everywhere

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Kohli ranked No. 1 batsman in the world, again

Indian captain achieves a career-high 937 points, the 11th best of all time; Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah also move up

Nicholas: Kohli's magic trick is his suppression of ego

As India captain, he needs ego in spades, but while on the job, he needs to show none of it. He has succeeded, and how

Gloves off?

England news

'Cook would do better at No. 3' - Nick Compton

Nick Compton suggests some changes in the England top order which he believes would create opportunities for two new players in the outfit


Bairstow injury could lead to keeper change - Bayliss

England's coach has hinted the team might 'have a decision to make' over Bairstow's role after he fractured a finger at Trent Bridge

Vince recalled as Bairstow cover for fourth Test

James Vince could make a comeback if Jonny Bairstow is not passed fit but England resist temptation to make wholesale changes

Squad announcement

India in England 2018

India call up Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari for last two Tests

M Vijay has been dropped. Kuldeep Yadav has been sent back to India to play for the A team against Australia A

Chopra: Vijay's exclusion is slightly perturbing

What does Vijay's exclusion from the India squad for the final two Tests against England mean, and is Jadeja back to being India's No. 2 Test spinner?


The Prithvi Shaw story

From boy wonder and Under-19 World Cup winner to Test-cricketer-in-waiting, Prithvi Shaw has come a long way in a few years


Who is Hanuma Vihari?

All you need to know about the 24-year-old batsman with the best first-class average among all contemporary cricketers

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

'Dominated because we put runs on the board' - Kohli

India's captain knew that if his batsmen could stand up and fight, he had the bowling to win the Test and keep the series alive

Gollapudi: India tick every box in a win for the ages

You name the discipline, and Virat Kohli's team excelled in it, a remarkable feat given they were 0-2 down coming into Nottingham

Trent Bridge India's best overseas win, says Shastri

Head coach says in all his time in the job, this was the best performance from India "as a batting unit, as a catching unit and as a bowling unit"

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Faltering Cook gets '100%' backing from Root

England captain throws his support behind Alastair Cook for the rest of the India series, says he expects him to play in Southampton

Root pleased to see Moeen's double-hundred

England captain says it is good to have guys in the fringes playing well after Moeen's 219 and 8-wicket performance in county cricket


England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

#PoliteEnquiries: Who's the next batsman in England's revolving door?

George Dobell and Nagraj Gollapudi tackle your questions on Jos Buttler, Rishabh Pant and bold predictions for the final day


Buttler ranks maiden Test century above his white-ball success

The England batsman was "lost for words" after reaching a landmark he feared may have passed him by

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

#PoliteEnquiries: Why are England either comfortable or catastrophic?

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell return to tackle your questions with India well on top at Trent Bridge


Dobell: England drop the ball...again, and again

England have mixed and matched their slip cordon for considerable time, but the current combination isn't making things any better

Bairstow's finger injury adds to England's headaches

An Anderson delivery did damage to the middle finger of the keeper's left hand, but he is expected bat for England if needed

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Dobell: England's Alastair Cook problem

It was a collective failure from England's batsmen at Trent Bridge, but the issues start at the top

#PoliteEnquiries: Why can't England convert 10s into 20s?

Melinda Farrell and Nagraj Gollapudi take on your questions on Hardik Pandya, over rates and send-offs


Buttler puts on a brave face after England's latest batting meltdown

England's top-scorer insisted the players will "dust themselves down" after a "very poor day"

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

#PoliteEnquiries: How long before Kohli is Rashid's bunny?

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell answer your questions on Rashid, reviews and the unfortunate signs of ageing


Rashid's key wicket countered by Stokes' rusty return

A hard-fought, entertaining day of Test cricket threw up a number of talking points about England's performance in the field

England ponder resting Anderson, Broad from SL tour

While nothing is confirmed there could be a consideration being given to planning for a time without England's two leading wicket-takers

Ian Chappell

England v India

Kohli's legacy will be defined by the next few months

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England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Small changes make a big difference for Broad and England

The fast bowler reveals the change of mindset that has made a key difference to the England bowling attack against India

'I got four, but should have got six or seven'

Stuart Broad speaks to ESPNcricinfo about his destructive spell at Lord's and discusses finding some of best form after a difficult 2017


England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Gollapudi: Time for Shastri to wade in and get hands dirty

The India coach will not be doing his job if he agrees with everything Kohli feels is good for the team

Monga: India refuse to take a backward step, but is it prudent?

India have been so obsessed with their off stumps that they are missing out on scoring opportunities with the cut shot

Manjrekar: What India's batsmen must do at Trent Bridge

A checklist for the top five (barring Virat Kohli) as India head into a match they must not lose if the series is to stay alive

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Rishabh Pant in line for debut at Trent Bridge?

The wicketkeeper batsman averaged 63 in the two unofficial Tests on India A's recent tour of England

Krishnaswamy: It's the conditions, stupid

Before being too harsh on the Indian batsmen, it's worth looking at the bowling-friendly conditions offered to them in SA and England

England v India

3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Playing Kuldeep at Lord's was a mistake - Shastri

India coach also backs under-fire Rahane and calls him a 'pillar of India's batting'

WATCH - India train ahead of the Trent Bridge Test

Kohli and Pant were active during India's nets session on Thursday


Kohli feeling better by the day - Shastri

The India coach says Virat Kohli is now moving much better following his bout of back stiffness at Lord's


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