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England vs. India, 4th Test: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

India's Ravindra Jadeja successfully appeals for the wicket of England's Gary Ballance, left, during the fourth day of the third cricket Test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Antoinette MullerFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

It's all square as the two teams head to Manchester for the penultimate Test in their five-match series.

Venue: Rose Bowl, Southampton, U.K.

Date: Thursday, August 7 — Monday, August 11

Start time: 11 a.m. BST

Live on: Sky Sports (U.K.), STAR Sports (India), SuperSport (South Africa), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (Sri Lanka), Orbit Showtime Network (Middle East), Fox Sports (Australia).

Weather:  It wouldn't be cricket in England if there wasn't at least some bad weather looming. AccuWeather predicts that showers are likely on at least two days of the Test, but it shouldn't wash out a whole day at any point. 

 

Overview

The off-field hullabaloo of this series has almost overtaken the actual cricket being played. With the James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja spat firmly in the spotlight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that there is actually a fairly good series on the go.

After imploding at Lord's, England bounced back to level the series at Southampton. Captain Alastair Cook finally got some runs and Moeen Ali picked up wickets like a frontline spinner. This all while India's batsmen stuttered and stumbled their way through the second innings.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, India are likely to make a few changes for Manchester. Struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan could be dropped after six failures with the bat and Gautam Gambhir could make a Test return for the first time since 2012.

Ravichandran Ashwin is also a possible replacement for either Jadeja or Rohit Sharma, which will see India go back to a five-batsman line-up.

England, meanwhile, have added Steven Finn to their squad to replace Liam Plunkett, who is suffering from an ankle injury as per ESPN Cricinfo

The possible changes to both teams adds an interesting dimension to the fourth Test before a ball has even been bowled. Ashwin and Gambhir both have a point to prove in the Indian team, and should either get the nod, they have a real opportunity to muscle their way back into the set-up. England's Finn, meanwhile, was deemed "not selectable" by Ashley Giles back in January, according to the BBC.

He has since returned to his county Middlesex, where he has put in the hard yards and had a decent few outings across all three formats. He is fourth on the overall wicket-takers list in Division One County Championship with 44 scalps at an average of 29.72. There are still a few control issues in his bowling, but a calm captain and good supporting bowlers will stand him in good stead. 

Should the rain stay away as it has for most of the series, expect another feisty contest as both sides look to gain the advantage heading into the final Test.

 

Key players

England

Gary Ballance has had a fine run with the bat for England. With two hundreds and over 400 runs in his three matches, Ballance has been a revelation even when it looked like the England ship was sinking. Steadying the lower order will be key for the Yorkshire player.

India

Murali Vijay has been exceptional at the top of the order for India. With 364 runs at an average of 60.66, his reliability will be even more crucial should India opt to change the opening partnership.

 

Teams

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Ishwar Pandey, Ishant Sharma, Stuart Binny, Naman Ojha


England: Alastair Cook(c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (w), Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Chris Jordan

 

All team info and stats from ESPNCricinfo unless otherwise stated.

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