London, July 30 - England bowlers put the hosts side in the driving seat as they reduced India to 323-8, 246 runs behind England's total of 569-7 declared and 47 short of avoiding the follow-on, after three days of the third Test in Southampton.
The hosts bowlers backed up their side's batting skills in the first innings, with Stuart Broad claiming three wickets, James Anderson adding two to the one he took on day two and Moeen Ali taking two of his own.
Southampton: Talented batsman Ajinkya Rahane expressed his disappointment in the manner he got out playing a poor shot off a rank longhop bowled by part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali on the third day of the third cricket Test against England here on Wednesday.
"I was really disappointed in the manner I got out. I was concentrating really well at that point of time. I thought it was a loose delivery and played it, but the shot was a miscued one. In the end, it was a bad shot. I just need to learn from this and bat well in the second innings," a dejected Rahane told the mediapersons at the end of the day`s play.
London, July 29 : England has defended their all-rounder Moeen Ali for showing his support for Gaza by wearing wristbands during the third Test with India .
Ali, who plays for county club Worcestershire, wore bands saying 'Free Palestine' and 'Save Gaza' on the second day in Southampton.
International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations state that players should not wear messages relating to 'political, religious or racial activities', The BBC reported.
The ICC is investigating the matter but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that Ali has done nothing wrong.
Southampton: England batsman Ian Bell today expressed his delight at scoring his 21st Test hundred in the third match versus India here and said that he has been "playing well".
His 167 runs helped the hosts declare at 569 for seven in their first innings and put pressure on the visitors who scored 25/1 at stumps to trail by 544 runs.
"I have felt like I have been playing well and then found some strange ways to get out," said Bell.
Southampton: England captain Alastair Cook was a relieved man after finally striking form to end a prolonged lean run even though he was disappointed not to get a hundred on the opening day of the third Test against India here.
Cook missed out on his 26th Test century by just five runs but the English skipper said even though it was frustrating he was delighted to get out of poor form.
Cook marked his return to form with a dogged 95 while youngster Gary Ballance (104 not out) hit his second successive century as England reached a comfortable 247 for two against India on the opening day.
London: In a fresh twist to the alleged altercation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, two England players have testified that the Indian all-rounder had turned towards the English bowler with a raised bat during the showdown.
According to a report in a leading cricket website, Ben Stokes and Matt Prior, during the hearing against Jadeja, testified that the Indian raised his bat at Anderson during the altercation for which he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee.
Mumbai: BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla reiterated on Saturday that the board will appeal to the ICC against its decision to penalise Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for his altercation with England pacer James Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
London, July 26 - England's Test debutant Jos Buttler wants to draw inspiration from Matt Prior to become one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world.
The English county cricket club Lancashire player, who will make his Test debut against India on Sunday at Hampshire's Rose Bowl, said that it is an incentive that with the right work ethic, he feels he has the talent to develop into that and knows that it is obtainable from Prior's example.
Buttler comes in for the third Test after Prior stood down from England duty because of injury and the Lancashire player has appeared in 33 ODIs and 36 Twenty20s for England, The BBC reported.
Dubai, July 25 : Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Code for Players and Player Support Personnel for his involvement in an incident with James Anderson during the second day of the first cricket Test against England at Trent Bridge on 10 July.
Jadeja was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who found him not guilty of the offence which he was originally charged with, but found him guilty under Article 2.1.8, that relates to 'conduct contrary to the spirit of the game'.
Colombo, July 24 : Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene unbeaten 140 helped Sri Lanka to end Day One of the second Test against South Africa on a healthy 305 for the loss of five wickets.
At the end of the day's play at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Jayawardene walked off to a huge applause after scoring his 34th Test century, while giving some hope to his Sri Lankan team mates of putting up a healthy and challenging total for the Proteas.
It was Jayawardene's 11th Test hundred at his home ground, and extended his lead at the top of the list for most Test runs scored at a single venue.
London: Former Indian wicket-keeping great Farokh Engineer has questioned skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s ploy to stand back against spinner Ravindra Jadeja during the second Test at Lord`s.
India won by 95 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series against England.
"Standing back to Ravindra Jadeja didn`t make sense at all," said Engineer.
Karachi, July 23 : Ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka beginning August 6, Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has said that although his team has a nice balance of quality spinners and pacers yet it is no match to the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the South African team.
Before starting the training camp for Pakistani team at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, Younis also added that it will be unfair to compare the Pakistani bowlers with Steyn and Morkel because they are much younger, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.
According to the Dawn, the backlash comes at a time when the England skipper is already under fire from all sides for his poor form and performance. The loss suffered by England at the hands of India at Lord's on Monday made it the 10th successive test match that the team has lost in the recent times. England cricket team's ten losses are being dubbed as their worst stint in the format in the last 21 years.
London - England speedster Liam Plunkett feels that second Test against India hangs in the balance after three days of cricket.
"The match is quite balanced at the moment. It is very even between both sides," said Plunkett after the day`s play. In the morning, if we can nick a couple a wickets quickly then the match will swing in our favour. If you get in at Lord`s it is a good wicket to bat on and you can chase the targets down. So anything they give us should be chase-able," Plunketttold reporters at the end of the day`s play.
Galle (Sri Lanka), July 19 : Sri Lanka on Saturday got off to a strong start in their second innings against South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle, scoring 110 for the loss of Upal Tharanga's wicket.
Leading the hosts towards the victory target of 370 runs set by the Proteas at the close of play, were Kumar Sangakkarra on 58 with seven boundaries and six, and Kaushal Silva on 37 with five boundaries. The partnership between the two is worth 96 runs. The Lankans scored their runs of 32 overs.
They now have to score 260 runs in three sessions on the final day of the Test on Sunday.
Galle (Sri Lanka), July 19 : South Africa on Saturday declared their second innings at 206-6 at tea on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, and set the hosts a victory target of 370 runs.
The top scorers for the Proteas were A. B. DeVilliers (51), Faf du Plessis (37), Quentin de Kock (36) and Alviro Petersen (32). J. P. Duminy was batting on eight when the visitors decided to declare and set the Sri Lankans four sessions to try and win the match. Sri Lankan spinner MDK Perera claimed four wickets for 79 runs in the Soth African second innings.
London: England`s century-maker on day two of the second Test versus India here, Gary Ballance today said that his side needs to make use of the remaining wickets tomorrow and try to take a lead in the first innings.
Ballance scored 110 runs and added to his century tally at Lord`s, where he got his maiden Test hundred earlier in the summer against Sri Lanka. This was his second century in four Tests and helped England finish the day at
219/6, 76 runs behind India`s total.
London, July 18 : Resuming their first innings on Friday morning, India managed to add just five runs on Friday to their Thursday night total of 290 for the loss of nine wickets, before losing the wicket of Mohammad Shami in the second Test between the two sides being played at the Lord's cricket ground here.
Shami was caught off an outside edge by England captain Alastair Cook stationed at first slip of the bowling of Ben Stokes for his individual score of 19 with three boundaries.
His partner, Ishant Sharma remained unbeaten on 12 with two boundaries.
London, July 17 : India has lost the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan on the first day of the second Test against England being played at Lord's.
England bowler James Anderson claimed Dhawan's wicket in the second over of the match caught in the slips by Gary Ballance for his individual score of seven.
Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bowl first on a pitch with a decent covering of grass.
With the first Test ending in a draw, both sides are fighting for an advantage in the five-match Test series.
London, July 17 - England Captain Alastair Cook has rubbished India's claim that James Anderson had pushed and abused Ravindra Jadeja and called it a tactic to disconcert Anderson.
Anderson was accused of misbehavior after the incident during the drawn first Test.
Cook also remarked that they could not let India's tactic be any distraction for their team.
Jadeja was also charged under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct.
The England and Wales Cricket Board had sent a level two counter-accusation against Jadeja to the ICC.