Cricket: Test victory in sight

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England are bang on course to end their long winless run with a first success in 11 Tests, after India stumbled in pursuit of a world-record run chase at Southampton.

Alastair Cook’s team need just another six wickets on the final day. The only shame, as Cook (70no) himself confirmed his much-needed return to form with his second half-century of the match and James Anderson marked his 32nd birthday with a five-wicket haul in India’s first-innings 330 all out, was that barely a third of the 17,500 capacity was present to see the tourists also then reach 112 for four in notional pursuit of 445 second time round.

A midweek finish, in this middle instalment of a five-match series, has seen to it that if England prevail today hey are likely to do so in front of another sparse crowd.