20 Aug 2011

England cricketers completely on top

2:21 pm on 20 August 2011

Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen shared a record partnership of 350 as England ruthlessly dissected an inadequate India attack on the second day of the fourth and final cricket test at the Oval.

At the close of a prolonged day after two sessions were lost to rain yesterday, England were 457 for three with a 4-nil series whitewash in their sights.

The home team took top place in the world rankings from India with their innings victory in the third test at Edgbaston.

Bell (181 not out) and Pietersen (175) each completed their second centuries of the series and the third-wicket stand exceeded the previous England best for any wicket against India, 308 by current batting coach Graham Gooch and Allan Lamb at Lord's in 1990.