Undefeated shots from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have Brendon McCullumThrill seekers dare to dream of a record 378 chase in what is sure to be a grandstand for this decisive series. No English team has ever hunted more than 359 – Ben Stokes‘ Ashes miracle at Headingley three years ago – but the new spirit of adventure that engulfed the team this summer looks set to raise the bar at Birmingham.
A fearless century-long stand between fly-half Alex Lees and Zak Crawley carved out a huge part of the target, before Root (76 not out) and Bairstow (72no) continued their magnificent form to leave the hosts 259-3 at the end of day four. Follow all the latest Day 5 news in the live blog below:
Eng 277-3, need 378 runs to win
Four ! Bummrah moves her line to the outside of the stump and Joe Root tries to cut her off with the front foot. He passes an inside edge past his own stumps and the ball runs away towards the boundary after a jump from Pant can’t reach it.
There are slight smiles on the faces of the Indian players. They know Root got away with one over there.
101 more runs to win at the end of the over.
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:47 a.m.
Eng 273-3, need 378 runs to win
Jasprit Bummrah replaces Mohammed Siraj. Siraj received the first to allow Bummrah to switch sides after winning the day’s final yesterday.
England need 107 more points to win. It’s a good start for them.
Bummrah has a strange field. He has two midwickets in catch positions, but that means he has to play straight to keep them in play.
Root works the ball in the leg for one before Bairstow does the same. Easy pickings for England.
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:45 a.m.
Eng 271-3, need 378 runs to win
Not great overall honestly.
Shami strays too far outside the stump and the ball does nothing off the pitch. It stands up well for Jonny Bairstow who takes advantage of it with some fine cut shots on the border.
He touches on the last delivery in the over and a touch of momentum pushes the ball away from the outside edge. Maybe there is a little for India?
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:42 am
Eng 263-3, need 378 runs to win
At the other end, Mohammed Shami receives the ball. He sends three tight deliveries to Jonny Bairstow who defends them confidently enough.
There is a bit of reverse swing, but India are not happy with the shape of the ball. Captain Bummrah wants that changed and the referees agree.
Takes out the chest of spare bullets and it’s swapped. How will this new ball play out for India?
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:40 a.m.
Eng 263-3, need 378 runs to win
Joe Root resumed the first innings of the day with an easy single before poor ground in the coverage area netted Bairstow a couple after a solid drive from the Yorkshireman.
He takes another single on the last ball of the over with a guide to the fine leg and England are on the march.
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:36 am
Eng 259-3, need 378 runs to win
Mohammed Siraj is given first by Indian captain Jasprit Bummrah. He will bowl against Joe Root first.
There is a bit of a bounce as Root leans back and lets the ball pass safely to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
The next delivery slashes and pins Root on the pads, sending Indian players on appeal. The ref says “not out” and Bummrah decides not to review.
The ball hit Root above the knee roll and strayed to the side of the leg. India has only one opinion left, they have to make it count.
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:34 a.m.
Edgbaston lets fans in for free
Edgbaston allowed fans to participate in the final day game for free, as has been the case at all Test grounds except Lord’s this summer.
Warwickshire Courty Cricket Club is asking anyone in attendance if they would make a donation to the Bob Willis Fund, a charity which raises money for prostate cancer research and awareness, with the aim of carrying out a national screening program in the next 3 to 5 years.
Remarkably, England will start the day’s game as favorites to win the test match and tie the series 2-2.
If England chase this successfully, it will be the highest record chase for England in Test matches and the ninth highest in the history of the game.
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:22 am
Bazball works, is it still magic?
England’s turnaround in form since Brendon McCullum was appointed as the men’s Test team head coach has been incredible.
Previously England had only won one Test in their last 1 but since beating world Test champions New Zealand in a 3-0 draw and are on the about to score another historic victory over India.
The biggest change was the belief McCullum and new captain Ben Stokes instilled in the players. They play with freedom, support their own abilities and attack the opposition.
Jonny Bairstow best embodied this change in mentality. He leaned on his naturally aggressive batting game and scored three centuries in three Test matches, helping the team counterattack in difficult times and leading them to brilliant Finals victories.
He starts today on 72* alongside fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root (76*) and will have another century in his sights. The personal benchmark will be secondary, however, with the focus on the extra 119 runs England need to win.
India need to take seven wickets and if Bairstow and Root go down early things could get very tense. How will this last day go?
Michael JonesJuly 5, 2022 10:14 a.m.
Two first wickets would open the game: India’s batting coach.
Here’s a bit more from India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour, who certainly isn’t conceding victory with 119 runs still needed for England.
“Two wickets in the early morning and again the game will open up,” he said. “We know that, we understand the game, it’s still a big goal. It’s still more than 100 races. We take two wickets early and the game can still open.
“The kind of bowling that Shami and Bumrah do, it’s not beyond them that they get a wicket and then one, two, three can fall. And that can bring us back into the game.
Luke BakerJuly 5, 2022 10:09 a.m.
‘An ordinary day’ at bat may have cost India that Test match – India batting coach
While an England prospect on day four rightly focused on efficient bowling in the morning and an explosive batting afterwards to give them a chance of winning this Test, there is no doubt that India did a mess when she should have put this game to bed.
And India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour admitted that an “ordinary” day at bat may have cost them dearly.
“The plans didn’t work out,” Rathour said. “I agree we had a pretty ordinary day stick-wise. We were ahead in the game. We were in a position where we really could have knocked them out of the game. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
“A lot of people started but really couldn’t convert. We expected one of them to play a big shot and have a big partnership but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way.
“Yeah, they used a shortball plan against us on the field. We had to show a little better, not intention, but strategy. We could have handled it slightly differently. People tried to play shots but didn’t really convert or execute them well enough. They got away with it. We will have to rethink how we handle this next time in a similar situation, against similar bowlers keeping similar fields. We will have to have a better strategy against them.
Luke BakerJuly 5, 2022 10:01 a.m.
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