postponed
5th Test, Manchester, Sep 10 - 14 2021, India tour of England
Match centre 

8.58am The ECB has confirmed that the "forfeiture" line in their statement was amended after publication, adding that they are "working through details with BCCI right now, so bit of a live situation". For full coverage of this unfolding drama, follow the action on our live blog

8.45am So that's it then. The Old Trafford Test has been cancelled without a ball being bowled.

A statement has just landed from the ECB: "Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled.

Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.

We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.

Further information will be shared in due course."

The initial wording of the statement from the ECB, as per their website, stated that India would be "forfeiting" the match, meaning the series would finish 2-2. That word is missing now, so we await clarification of what this means for the series.

8.07am Good morning and welcome to what should be the first morning of the fifth Test between England and India at Emirates Old Trafford. Unfortunately, we've just got word that there will be no play today.

ESPNcricinfo understands that a number of India players have expressed reservations about taking the field in the wake of India's assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar testing positive for Covid-19. Although the entire squad returned negative RT-PCR tests on Thursday, they will now undergo a further round, with the hope that the match may be able to start over the weekend.

SQUAD
PLAYER
ROLE
Joe Root (c)Top order batter
Moeen Ali Batting allrounder
James Anderson Bowler
Jonny Bairstow Wicketkeeper batter
Rory Burns Opening batter
Jos Buttler Wicketkeeper batter
Sam Curran Allrounder
Haseeb Hameed Opening batter
Dan Lawrence Middle order batter
Jack Leach Bowler
Dawid Malan Top order batter
Craig Overton Bowling allrounder
Ollie Pope Middle order batter
Ollie Robinson Bowling allrounder
Chris Woakes Allrounder
Mark Wood Bowler
Match details
Old Trafford, Manchester
Tossno toss
SeriesIndia tour of EnglandICC World Test Championship
Season2021
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 002433a
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days10,11,12,13,14 September 2021 - day (5-day match)
PointsEngland 0, India 0