England don't follow-on

James Anderson, right, took two wickets on his birthday

James Anderson, right, took two wickets on his birthday

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England unsurprisingly opted against enforcing the follow-on after making short work of India on the fourth morning of the third Investec Test at the Ageas Bowl.

Birthday boy James Anderson finished with five for 53, after taking two wickets in the space of six balls as India were bowled out for 330 to concede a first-innings deficit of 239.

England, however, were not tempted to put the tourists straight back in again - preferring a rest for their bowlers, who needed 106.1 overs to bowl India out first time round.

Anderson, 32 this morning, wasted no time snapping up India's last two wickets.

He bounced out both captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, gloving an attempted hook behind without addition to the 50 he reached the previous evening, and then Mohammed Shami as India managed to add only seven runs after resuming on another glorious day.

Ian Bell was able to field for England, after x-rays showed on Tuesday he had not broken his thumb taking an awkward one on the bounce in the slips, and he was expected to bat as necessary.

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