England v India Test LIVE: India lose five wickets chasing 194

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India fast bowler Ishant Sharma picked up five wickets as the visitors dismissed England for 180 in the first Test in Birmingham, getting a target of 194 to win the match.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin picked up three top order wickets before Ishant Sharma dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes in the last over before lunch with the hosts at 86-6. Post lunch, it took only two balls for Ishant to strike again with Jos Buttler edging behind.

Thereafter, seamer Sam Curran (63) fought back with a defiant knock as England went from 87-7 to 180 all out. Ishant finished with 5-51.

In reply, England snared five wickets before India reached 100 to set up the game beautifully with Stuart Broad picking up two wickets.

India finished the day on 110-5 with captain Virat Kohli batting on 43.

Which way will the pendulum swing on day four? Do not miss any of the live action from the thriller at Edgbaston by following the link below.

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Monty Panesar writes letter to all 18 English counties in hopes of getting a trial

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Monty Panesar is bidding to revive his stalled career.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has written a letter to all 18 English counties in a bid to revive his career which has stalled in recent years.

The left-arm orthodox spinner was at the forefront of England’s first Test series win in India since 1984-85 when the Alastair Cook-led team took on the hosts in a four-match series in 2012-13.

Now, with England locking horns with the same opponents at home, Panesar is doing his best to get back into competitive cricket after last playing for Bedfordshire in August 2017.

“I’m hoping that one of the county coaches can give me a go – give me a net, give me a trial,” Panesar told BBC’s World Service.

“I still have huge ambitions to play in the professional game.”

The 36-year-old is currently playing club cricket for Hornchurch in Essex after briefly playing for Nottinghamshire in 2016. The Indian-origin spinner had been released by his county Essex in 2015.

Panesar last played an appearance for England in 2013.

Panesar last played an appearance for England in 2013.

Panesar has played 50 Tests, 26 ODIs and a sole T20I for England with his last appearance in international cricket coming in 2013 in an Ashes Test against Australia.

He has been dealing with a spate of personal issues in recent times and he was released from his Sussex contract in 2013 after urinating on a nightclub bouncer.

Following that, he moved to Essex but off-field issues kept him from playing any part in the 2015 season. He later spoke out about how he had been dealing with depression and anxiety during the time.

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Prospect of time in the middle convinces Smith to make late call on CPL

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Steve Smith is set to undergo his maiden stint in the CPL.

Steve Smith was all set to give the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) a pass before a late change of mind convinced him to sign up for a maiden stint in West Indies’ T20 league.

The banned Australia batsman made his return to competitive cricket recently in the inaugural Global T20 Canada. That was Smith’s first participation in any competition since he was handed a 12-month suspension from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that occurred in Newlands.

Following his stint in Canada, Smith was all set to take a break from cricket once again as he finalized his wedding plans with partner Dani Willis. However, the prospect of time in the middle was enough to persuade the former Australia skipper to change his mind and sign up with the Barbados Tridents.

Smith recently took part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

Smith recently took part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

“It was a relatively late change of heart but there weren’t any financial incentives,” CPL chief executive Pete Russell stated.

“In consultation with his manager and wife-to-be, I think they decided he just needed playing time. He wanted to play hard cricket, get back into the swing of it and also fly under the radar.

“You don’t get hassled by anybody in the Caribbean, that was a large part of it. If this were an opportunity in England for example, there’d be more of that.”

Smith will be joined by fellow banned Australia batsman David Warner in the CPL with the left-handed opener set to turn out for the St. Lucia Stars.

The CPL gets underway on August 8 at the Queen’s Park Oval with Warner’s St. Lucia Stars taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders.

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