Moeen Ali
England ease to victory on Saturday.Getty

England saw off the challenge of India within an emphatic three days of the fourth Test to take a 2-1 lead in the series with one match to play.

Afte Friday's session was ravaged by torrential rain, the hosts made up for lost time as they secured nine wickets to secure victory by an innings and 54 runs after tea as India crumbled to 161 all out at Old Trafford.

Joe Root's 77 and Jos Buttler's 70 helped England post a healthy 367 all out in the morning session to leave them with 61 overs to dismiss the opposition.

England lost Stuart Broad at the end of the first innings after his nose was broken by a bouncer from India's Varun Aaron, but not for the first time in this series Moeen Ali stepped up to play an instrumental role in taking apart the opposition's batting order, claiming 4 for 39. The spinner continued his remarkable return from this series having taken 12 wickets at an average of 14 in his last two tests.

James Anderson also claimed 2 for 18 before Chris Jordan claimed the final wickets of the session, catching Varun Aaron behind off a short bowl before bowling out Pankaj Singh to spark jubilant scenes around Old Trafford.

It marks a remarkable transition for England whose series levelling Test victory in Southampton last month was their first in almost a year.

Despite his broken nose, Broad has been named in an unchanged squad of 13 for the final Test at the Oval, which begins on Friday. Broad will see specialists in the comings days and may be forced to wear a protective mask during the match.