Rain delays fourth England, India Test

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iol spt aug7 India players AP India's Shikhar Dhawan, centre, stands with teammates Ishant Sharma, right, and Cheteshwar Pujara on the dressing room balcony at Old Trafford cricket ground. Photo by: Jon Super/AP

Manchester, United Kingdom – Rain delayed the scheduled 10:30am local time (0930GMT) toss in the fourth Test between England and India at Manchester's Old Trafford ground on Thursday.

Light early morning rain falling from overcast skies was sufficiently strong for both the pitch and square to remain covered.

However, with conditions easing, the umpires planned to hold a pitch inspection at 10:45am (0945GMT), with a view to getting the match under way as close as possible to the scheduled start time of 11:00am (1000GMT).

The five-match series is level at 1-1 after England won the third Test in Southampton by 266 runs Ä their first victory in 11

Tests.

England are set to include James Anderson, man-of-the-match in Southampton, after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Wednesday they would not appeal against the decision of judicial commissioner to clear the fast-medium bowler of charges he had had abused and pushed India's Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test in Nottingham.

That left Anderson, 12 shy of Ian Botham's England record of 383 Test wickets, free to play at his Lancashire home ground.

However, Anderson's Test record at Old Trafford is poor, with the 32-year-old having taken just 12 wickets in four Tests there at 35 apiece. – Sapa-AFP


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