Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Stuart Broad shows his fractured nose

Stuart Broad: England fast bowler set to play in a mask for fifth Test decider vs India after fracturing nose

The 28-year-old suffered the nasty injury after the ball got through his helmet

Chris Woales celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay

England vs India fourth Test: India are Moeen down as Ali sets up innings victory

England, even without the injured Broad, force India to capitulate in three days with part-time spinner taking four wickets to give home side a 2-1 series lead, writes Stephen Brenkley at Old Trafford

MS Dhoni looks on as Joe Root plays a shot during the fourth Test

England vs India fourth Test: Ian Bell and Joe Root keep England on top but rain threatens hopes of victory

Play abandoned: England 237-6 v India 152, day two

Englands Stuart Broad (R) appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Indias Cheteshwar Pujara

England vs India fourth Test: Four wickets, no runs, 13 balls... England strike early to rattle India

India 152 England 113-3: On mornings like this at Old Trafford bowlers must offer prayers of thanksgiving

James Anderson walks alongside Alastair Cook before a nets session at Old Trafford

England v India fourth Test: Alastair Cook defies India’s outrage and tells Jimmy Anderson to keep on swearing

Captain says he has not come across any player whose private and professional characters are so markedly different than the fast bowlers'

England captain, Alastair Cook (left), has a laugh as he warms up with Jimmy Anderson at Old Trafford

England v India fourth Test: England to make hay having turned summer around

No changes expected as Cook’s side seek to build on resounding Test win

Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson speak on the field
England’s (from left) Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson and Steven Finn share a joke during a nets session in Manchester

Jimmy Anderson appeal: India pressures ICC to appeal own judgement over Anderson

The encounter is rapidly becoming a saga and a farce

Gary Ballance (right) reaches 150 at Southampton with Ian Bell, who was given the No 4 berth in order to keep the young batsmen apart

England vs India fourth Test: Level-headed Gary Ballance puts his shirt on being an England fixture

New boy’s centuries at No 3 have consigned Jonathan Trott to memory already and was able to use nightclub shame as motivation

M S Dhoni heads for the pavilion at Southampton after losing his wicket to Jimmy Anderson, second left, at Southampton

England vs India fourth Test comment: India need Dhoni to get his eye back on the ball

Whatever Jimmy Anderson does or does not think of M S Dhoni, there is no doubt that Dhoni is one of the coolest customers in cricket. According to the judicial commissioner’s report of the disciplinary hearing which followed the notorious lunchtime incident at Trent Bridge, Anderson referred to Dhoni as a “f****** fat c***”.

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