Friday 8 August 2014 

Video - Both Teams Feel Fourth Test Nicely Poised

Both England batsman Ian Bell and India fast bowler Varun Aaron say the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford is nicely poised despite just 36 overs of play being possible on day two.

Please note this video will be available until 22nd August 2014, after which time it will display the latest available content instead.

Replying to India's score of 152 all out, England had made their way 237 for six when rain arrived and no further play was possible due to an area of the outfield remaining wet.

Bell scored 58 before falling in the morning session while Aaron took the wicket of Moeen Ali and the catch to dismiss Chris Jordan for 13.

"Poised very nicely," Bell said when asked about the state of the game after the day's play was called off.

"Hopefully tomorrow (Saturday) we can well, certainly get past a 150 lead which would put us in a nice position.

"But so far I think it has been a great Test match. I think probably the best cricket wicket we have had all season.

"You know, good pace, good to bat on. But like I said, something there for everyone."

Aaron admitted that England hold an advantage at the moment, but he hopes India can find a way back into the game.

"As the game is poised at moment, I think that England are ahead obviously, but they aren't too much ahead," he said.

"If we have a couple of quick wickets and then even like a hundred runs lead, it is quite manageable on this wicket.

"It has changed drastically from what we saw in the first session of day one and I am sure it will get flatter as we progress."

Aaron's delivery to dismiss Ali, clean bowled with a perfectly placed swinging yorker, was one of the highlights of the shortened day's play.

And he revealed that he sensed it was just a matter of time before he earned the breakthrough.

"He (captain MS Dhoni) asked me if I wanted to bowl another couple of overs or an over and I felt I was bowling well in the previous two overs and I knew that it was just a matter of time for me getting that wicket.

"And yeah, that over (to Moeen Ali) I thought I would give it all in that over before lunch. And yeah, that chat was all it was about."

It was left to Bell to sum up the over-riding feeling at the ground though - one of frustration with so much time lost due to one area of the ground near the boundary that wasn't dry enough for the players to return.

"I think everyone is frustrated aren't they today? Yeah, it is disappointing as I say with the Test match balanced so nicely. Yeah, we would love to be out there."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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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