A rainy Manchester forecast suggests that the 4th Test will end all square
England are back on track after winning their first Test Match in over a year at Southampton, with Alastair Cook now hoping his team can build on that excellent victory to take a series lead.
The two teams head to Old Trafford to meet in what has been an ill-tempered series, although the weather might thwart either side’s attempt to claim victory in Manchester, with showers forecasted for Friday and Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, the draw is trading at odds of 23/20, with Boylesports the bookmaker standing that particular price and it appears that the weather might stop England from carrying momentum from a Third Test where the hosts dominated to win by more than 250 runs.
Paddy Power go 17/10 about England claiming victory, with Steven Finn coming back into the international fold to replace Liam Plunkett, while captain Cook will be hoping to get back amongst the runs that saw him score 95 in the first innings before managing 70 not out in the second.
The Indian bowling attack were notably toothless in Southampton as England declared on seven wickets in the first innings before setting their opponents an unsurpassable total later in the Test and it appears that the Indians have lost their way despite that victory at Lord’s.
Cook is a 4/1 chance to top score in the first innings although it might come down to a straight shootout between Garry Ballance and Ian Bell who both racked up sizeable totals in the last Test.
Jimmy Anderson might be in hot water as an investigation into a First Test incident continues, although the England bowler has regularly taken the most wickets in this series and Winner go 9/4 about him doing the same here.
Draw @ 23/20 with Boylesports
Ian Bell top score for England @ 4/1 with William Hill
James Anderson top bowler for England @ 9/4 with Winner