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England v India 4th Test live & preview at Old Trafford

England will host India for the fourth Test match starting on Thursday at Manchester of what has been a grueling Test series till now.

India’s shambolic outing in third Test saw England drubbing the visitors, which looked a completely one sided-affair with the hosts winning comfortably by 266 runs.

What emerged in India’s miserable thrashing was absence of focus and purpose and they will need to pull up their socks if they are to show some composure in this Test at Old Trafford.

One never know when the tide swings like a pendulum. In just a few days time, the team which looked completely out of their game and was down and out on the field have managed to overcome the side which looked ready for ruling the world.

India overcame England at Lord’s in what came out to be their one of finest overseas victory for years now only to get a thrashing in the next one. One might have expected some more intensity from the side which was on a high after a rather infamous victory.

The problems for the visitors started from the onset when captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni replaced Stuart Binny with Rohit Sharma. This seemed as a defensive shift when the need of hour was aggression.

The lack of intensity of Indians was visible in the very first hour when Alastair Cook was dropped on 15 and went to score fifties in both innings and could well have found the form he was long running for.

The same then continued in the Indian batting as well with the visitors throwing their wickets away with some atrocious selection of shots.

The batting mainstays for India, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli never looked in contention for a big knock and both felling cheaply with lack in defense to Moeen Ali, who is certainly not the most intimidating spinner in the word.

Unless India go out and play for the win – rather than to play for not losing – they might not stand a chance against an opponent which looks far more confident at this stage.

With the James Anderson-Jadeja spat making headlines for the way it ended - in favour of the quick bowler - India have a lot to play for in this game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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