England crash to dismal defeat in third Test as Jaiswal and Jadeja cap India rout

England crashed to a chastening defeat in Rajkot as India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with a dominant display to win the third Test by a record margin of 434 runs.

Chasing a world-record target of 557 after India declared on 430 for four, the tourists lost both openers shortly before tea, ending a grim session on 18 for two. Ben Duckett ran himself out before Zak Crawley was given lbw off Jasprit Bumrah, the decision staying with the on-field umpire as the ball would have flicked leg stump.

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Ashwin constructs his greatest project by joining 500-wicket club | Tanya Aldred

The ‘engineer who became a cricketer’ reached the milestone for India after taking Zak Crawley’s wicket in the third Test

It turns out that even if you’ve swept up 499 Test wickets, you can’t choose when to ratchet in your milestone moment. Chief cricketing engineer Ravichandran Ashwin’s 500th didn’t come during a period of glorious Indian dominance. It wasn’t a breathtaking ball. Nor did it win the day, or even the session. Instead, it was a small sign of relief during an afternoon of whoopee led by Ben Duckett, who had already knocked up 55 in the first 11 overs of England’s reply before Ashwin started bowling, and went on to steal the headlines with a breathtaking hundred soon afterwards.

Just a few hours later the BCCI announced Ashwin had withdrawn from the Test because of a family emergency.

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Duckett’s 88-ball century leads England fightback in third Test against India

Opener Ben Duckett smashed an 88-ball hundred to lead England’s robust reply to India’s first innings total of 445 on day two of the third Test in Rajkot on Friday.

The opener’s blistering 133 not out off 118 balls, which contained two sixes and 21 fours, powered England to 207- for two.

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Wood is England’s ace in the pack but India dominate on batting paradise | Tanya Aldred

Fast bowler took three wickets on day one of the third Test, which included a skilful display on debut from Sarfaraz Khan

Way back in the depths of day one, when the temperature in Rajkot was cool, when Sarfaraz Khan was just a kid with the highest first-class average of any current player, England had India completely on the rack.

It was a magical three quarters of an hour, the pale faces in the crowd, in their football shirts and sunhats, buying sweetmeats from the hawkers, watching in some amazement as Rohit Sharma won the toss for the second time in a row, chose to bat, and India folded to 33 for three.

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England’s Jack Leach ruled out of rest of India Test tour with knee injury

  • Spinner will ‘fly home from Abu Dhabi in the 24 hours’
  • England will not call up replacement after injury in first Test

Jack Leach has been ruled out of the rest of England’s Test tour of India with a left knee injury. The 32-year-old picked up the injury during England’s first Test victory in Hyderabad, where he was forced to play a restricted role and subsequently missed the second Test in Vizag.

His absence saw Somerset team-mate Shoaib Bashir come into the side, where he picked up four wickets on his international debut. Bashir was joined by Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley in England’s spin attack, with the trio only holding three caps between them going into the second Test.

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India’s Virat Kohli a major doubt for next two Tests against England

  • Indian media outlets reporting absence to be extended
  • Serious consideration being given to resting Bumrah

India batter Virat Kohli has emerged as a major doubt for the remainder of their Test series against England.

Kohli withdrew from the first two Tests citing personal reasons and several Indian media outlets are reporting his absence will extend into at least the next two matches in Rajkot and Ranchi this month.

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England unrepentant after Bazball fails to repeat heroics of first Test | Tanya Aldred

Captain Ben Stokes spoke of his pride while Zak Crawley said he won’t change after a rash first-innings shot against India

The way Ben Stokes’ team play does not feel up for debate anymore. They do it their way, with gumption, and if you don’t like gumption you don’t have to watch. And if you watch, you must be prepared to take your tablespoon of cold, glutinous cod liver oil alongside your cakes and ale.

England have played two Tests on this Indian tour, both from the now-familiar blueprint. They won the first at Hyderabad, incredibly, against all precedent, coaxing from Tom Hartley, a man on Test debut who had a first-innings bowling debut to fold, fold, and fold again before pressing into the dirt, astonishing second-innings figures of seven for 62. Ollie Pope’s 196, one of the great innings™, under pressure on a turning pitch, led the second-innings fightback. India, who had never lost at home before with a first-innings advantage of three figures, watched open-mouthed, their body language dropping into their boots.

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