Updated: 08/07/2014 19:08 | By Agence France-Presse

India bat against England in fourth Test

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.


India bat against England in fourth Test

England captain Alistair Cook (2-L) congratulates a teammate after he took the wicket of India's batsman Gautam Gambhir during the first day of the fourth cricket Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on August 7, 2014 - by Lindsey Parnaby

Dhoni decided to bat, despite the overcast conditions, on a straw-coloured pitch renowned as one of the quicker surfaces in English cricket.

England were unchanged from the side that won the third Test in Southampton by 266 runs -- their first victory in 11 Tests -- to level the five-match series at 1-1.

That meant there was no Test recall for Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn, with all-rounder Chris Jordan given another chance to prove his worth after a poor bowling display in Southampton.

Fast-medium bowler James Anderson was included after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Wednesday they would not appeal against the decision of judicial commissioner to clear him 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 mediocre, with the 32-year-old having taken just 12 wickets in four matches at 35 apiece.

India, though, made three changes to their side.

Opener Gautam Gambhir was recalled in place of fellow left-hander Shikhar Dhawan who  has scored just 122 runs in six innings this series with a top score of 37.

This match was Gambhir's 55th Test but first since playing against England in December 2012.

Meanwhile off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was brought in to play his first Test this year after all-rounder Rohit Sharma was dropped.

And in a bid to add extra pace to their attack in the ongoing absence of Ishant Sharma, the star of the tourists' second Test win at Lord's who has since been sidelined with an ankle injury, fast bowler Varun Aaron was selected for his first Test since making his debut two years ago in place of Mohammed Shami.

Pankaj Singh, who recorded the worst wicketless figures by a Test debutant -- none for 179 -- but bowled better than his figures indicated, retained his place.

Early morning rain saw the scheduled start delayed by 30 minutes, with play now due to commence at 11:30am local time (1030GMT).

Teams

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wkt), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, James Anderson 

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wkt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh

Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Marais Erasmus (RSA) 

TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) 

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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