Wednesday 6 August 2014 

England-India Fourth Test Preview

India may be forced to make changes for the Old Trafford Test, through a combination of injuries and poor form
India may be forced to make changes for the Old Trafford Test, through a combination of injuries and poor form
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England take on India in the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford beginning tomorrow (7th August), and the players will most likely be pleased to be back on the field of play following a controversial few days off the pitch.

While England, with James Anderson available to play after he was cleared of an ICC Code of Conduct breach, may favour going into the game with an unchanged line-up, India may be forced to make changes.

With Ishant Sharma definitely out injured and Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggling for fitness, and a number of other players, notably Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja, struggling for form, MS Dhoni's men could make changes following their 266-run defeat at The Ageas Bowl.

Watch a video preview above (courtesy of SNTV - available until 19th August) and then have a look at some key statistics, (produced by Opta), ahead of the match, below.

The five-match series is level at 1-1.

Venue Stats

England are unbeaten in their eight last matches at Old Trafford, winning six of them and drawing two, including last year's Ashes Test that ensured they retained the urn.

By contrast, India have never won in eight visits to the ground, drawing three and losing the other five.

Three of England's six highest innings totals at Old Trafford have been made against India.

Team Stats

England have scored more than 500 in an innings just twice in their last 40 attempts in Test cricket but they managed it last time out in Southampton.

England have lost two of their last 12 Tests against India, although one of those was at Lord's two Tests ago.

Batsmen

Ian Bell is currently the eighth leading Test run-scorer at Old Trafford. 19 runs in this game will put him into seventh.

In this series, an Indian batsman has reached a half-century 15 times but only Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane have gone on to reach three figures.

Gary Ballance has a batting average of 80.4 in this series - the best of any player to have batted more than twice.

Virat Kohli has now gone six Test innings without a half-century but in the nine games before that run began, he scored five.

Cheteshwar Pujara is 160 short of 2,000 Test runs.

MS Dhoni has played and missed at 13.9 per cent of balls faced in this series, which is the highest rate of any player facing more than 200 balls in the series.

The five players to have left the ball alone the most, in terms of percentages, are all Indians - Vijay (35.5%), Kohli (32%), Pujara (30.6%), Dhoni (29.6%) and Dhawan (29.4%)

Bowlers

Bhuvneshwar's bowling average of 23 is the best among players bowling more than 10 overs in the series so far.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs