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This was the first glimpse of Test cricket in the Hundred era and for many it would have confirmed their worst fears. In reality, however, the problems started long before the new competition.
England’s batting imploded yet again. If the story of their Test cricket this year were a Netflix drama it would have been cancelled by now for being too predictable. If the star turn, Joe Root, does not produce an Oscar winning performance then the innings turns into a turkey.
They were bowled out for 183 and while Root became England’s leading run scorer across all formats surpassing Sir Alastair Cook when he reached 23, he could only prop them up for so long as they surrendered control of the first Test to India, who closed on 21-0.
Chris Silverwood’s programme notes twice mention “big first innings runs” and assure readers England are “getting better all the time” at switching between formats. Neither of his points came anywhere close to being fulfilled.
England’s batsmen from three to eight had faced only 6 balls in first-class cricket since the end of the New Zealand series and for three of them this was the first time they had seen a red ball since either the end of the India tour or, in Sam Curran’s case, Sri Lanka before that. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, the two senior England batsmen behind Root, were playing their first first-class match this summer... in a Test match in August.
It is impossible to expect players with such little preparation to flick the switch from smacking every ball in Hundred cricket to playing a long Test innings against the Dukes and skilled swing bowlers in decent bowling conditions. It’s a challenge that only the very best, like Root, can be expected to meet, especially after only four days practice that England had from leaving the Hundred to joining up in Nottingham at the weekend.
They tried. This was not an innings sacrificed on the altar of big shots but they just lacked the feel for long, Test match batting crumbling from 138 for three and some are perhaps just not up to Test cricket.
Root carried the team again for most of the day for his 64 off 108 balls. Root has scored 28 per cent of England’s runs this year and it’s a real head scratcher to think of an England captain who has had to prop up his team as much as him. Perhaps Michael Atherton, and before him possibly Len Hutton after Denis Compton’s knee seized up.
England tried to give themselves the best chance of avoiding this fate by picking seven batsmen - recalling Bairstow and sticking with Dan Lawrence at the expense of picking a spinner. They must have got cold feet because on Monday at nets they seemed likely to pick Jack Leach, but again he was sacrificed because they lacked faith in the batsmen to make a defining first innings total.
It took only five balls for India to show why England were so cautious - Rory Burns leg before to Bumrah. Burns had a decent series against New Zealand scoring a century but now has five ducks this year already.
England went on to enjoy a solid hour. The ball beat the bat regularly but Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley did not try and punch their way out of trouble. Virat Kohli was getting a little twitchy and wasted a review on an lbw to Crawley and two balls later smiled, half in hope, when he was talked into reviewing again for caught behind by keeper Rishabh Pant. An inswinger from Mohammad Siraj had threaded between bat and pad. A spike showed up on ultra edge.
After lunch India plugged away at Sibley, bowling straight to get him playing around his pad. It worked. He plopped a catch to short midwicket off Shami for 18.
Bairstow and Root felt like the crucial partnership. Bairstow moved across to the off side, conscious of his weakness to balls darting back in at him. He was patient, left well and picked off fours when the opportunity arose. With Root looking better balanced than he was against New Zealand and batting with more fluency England enjoyed their best passage of play as they added 72.
The ball before tea probably turned the entire Test match. Shami tailed one in and beat Bairstow’s inside edge. There were two noises, which is why he was given not out but the review showed it was ball hitting front pad and then back leg, and not an inside edge. Bairstow was gone for 29.
England were 138 for four but had depth, in theory at least. Dan Lawrence made 81 against New Zealand but now has three ducks in four innings because he is such a poor starter thanks to a quirky technique. This time he was caught feathering down the leg side. It was a lame dismissal. Buttler made a painful 18 ball nought, struggling to lay bat on ball. The top seven have already made 21 ducks this year and there are seven Tests to go in 2021. The record is 28. It will be broken.
Root had played within himself, picking off fours and looking in total control until Shardul Thakur’s first ball from the Radcliffe Road End beat his defence. It was full and swinging and Root did not bother to review.
Sam Curran swiped a six and four fours but the innings had already careered out of control, Bumrah swinging the old ball to finish with four for 46. There are five Tests in this series so time for England’s batsmen to find their feet, but how much damage will have been done by then?
The ball was still swinging when India batted and Robinson was the pick, replacing Anderson, after only three overs, but Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul looked fairly assured. Then again, they have had three weeks to prepare for this match. It helps.
Day 1, as it happened:
That's it from me today...
But Nick Hoult has the full report on the day's cricket. Myself and Rob Bagchi are back tomorrow to guide you through day two from Trent Bridge.
India's day with the ball
No doubt that India's seamers were the star performers today, as they took all ten wickets between them. Jasprit Bumrah took four of them, but England's batsmen continued to play a load of wayward shots and have fallen short of a respectable total again in a test match.
England looked ok in the 13 overs they had with the ball, threatening Rohit and Rahul's outside edges, but couldn't make that crucial breakthrough and will have a shedload of work to do tomorrow to het themselves back in contention.
OVER 13: IND 21/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 9*)
Huge shout for LBW against Rohit as Robinson continues his impressive spell. It's waved away but Root chooses to review. No outside edge but it was sliding down leg and England lose their review. The team didn't look confident in that review but they're desperate for that wicket.
Another maiden for Robinson, he's conceded just one run in four overs. India's batsmen have survived to the end of the day as they reach the close of play at 21/0, trailling by 162. India's day without a doubt, England have a kot of work to do in the first test...
OVER 12: IND 21/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 9*)
Sam Curran replaces Broad. He tempts Rahul to drive one outside off stump and it just evades the edge again....
So frustrating for England, they've huffed and puffed but just can't quite make that initial breakthrough. Maiden over for Curran and his beach blonde hair.
OVER 11: IND 21/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 9*)
Short leg in for Robinson as he looks for a catchable, chipped backwards defensive by bowling short. Robinson's concedes his first run with a single down to square leg.
He catches Rohit in front again, but his length is so short that every time it hits the pads, it's clearly rising over the top.
OVER 10: IND 20/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 8*)
Rahul squirrels one down to third man for a single off Broad as England's search for that all-important wicket before the end of the day grows more desperate. Broad's line gets a bit loose outside off stump and Rohit won't be tempted by those.
OVER 9: IND 19/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 7*)
Robinson continues. He's varying his line significantly, moving things around outside both off and leg stump, but the length is still consistently relatively short. The final ball raises half-hearted appeals for an lbw but it was clearly high, another maiden for Robinson.
India trail by 164 as we're in the final half hour of play.
OVER 8: IND 19/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 7*)
Broad continues with his smooth action, overstepping for an early no ball before a leg bye. Two extras from the over.
OVER 7: IND 17/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 7*)
First change with the ball as Ollie Robinson replaces Jimmy Anderson. His first ball is left by Rahul, but it nips back and *almost* clips his off-stump bail. England are getting mighty close to that much-needed opening wicket.
OVER 6: IND 17/0 (Rohit 9* Rahul 7*)
Broad then very very nearly finds Sharma's outside edge, hands were half raised in the slip cordon but it has just missed his bat. Sharma then punches him away to the boundary to keep things ticking over
OVER 5: IND 13/0 (Rohit 5* Rahul 7*)
Anderson continues in search of an outside edge as he swings it in before moving it away off the seam. He comes close twice but Sharma get a single before Rahul punches a textbook cover drive through the offside away for four.
OVER 4: IND 8/0 (Rohit 4* Rahul 3*)
Broad's first delivery is too hot for Buttler to handle and he fumbles it for a bye, poor keeping. The Nottinghamshire local keeps his line and length tight for the rest of the over, conceding no further runs.
OVER 3: IND 7/0 (Rohit 4* Rahul 3*)
Anderson continues with the new ball, having six cracks at Rahul. Maiden over
OVER 2: IND 7/0 (Rohit 4* Rahul 3*)
Broad partners Anderson from the other end to open England's attack and Rahul punches one through the off side for three runs.
OVER 1: IND 4/0 (Rohit 4* Rahul 0*)
Sharma bangs a boundary off James Anderson off the first over to get India off the mark
England all out for 183
It was India's day with the ball, with the seamers sharing the wickets, taking all ten between them - 4 for Bumrah, 3 for Shami, 2 for Thakur and 1 for Siraj.
Joe Root the only Englishman to cross 50 as he top scores with 64. No one else managed to cross 30 as England have struggled again with the bat. The floodlights will be on for the final session, hopefully England's seamers will also have some success with the ball early on.
WICKET!! Anderson b Bumrah 3
Bumrah bowls a vicious yorker, which Anderson can't get his toe out of the way of. He's given out but decides it's worth the review. The review was worth it as the ball was sliding down leg and the Burnley Lara survives.
However, one ball later, Bumrah gets his revenge and he's clean bowled. England all out for 183
OVER 65: ENG 183/9 (Curran 27 Anderson 1)
Anderson plays and misses then pushes into the legside with a front foot defensive. He leaves the bouncer.
Anderson clips a single through mid-on and Curran ends the over before drinks with another scything cut for four.
Over to Marcus Parekh to commence the long and probably bitter inquest. But let us not forget that the schedule they've been lumbered with - for all sorts of reasons, mainly to fill the coffers and prop up the wider game - means they never stood a chance against a team as good as India or indeed New Zealand who preceded them.
OVER 64: ENG 178/9 (Curran 23 Anderson 0)
Bumrah give Curran nothing to hit for five balls and he turns down a single mid-over then crashes four with a wonderful square cut off the last which means Anderson will be on strike ... to Mohammed Shami.
OVER 63: ENG 174/9 (Curran 19 Anderson 0)
Curran clears his front leg and wallops four off Thakur over deep midwicket and thus overtakes Dom Sibley and fulfilling Cosgrove's prophecy that he would outscore four of the batsmen ahead of him in the order: Burns (0), Sibley (0), Lawrence (0) and Buttler (0).
Packing the batting with batsmen averaging around bites England on the backside.
Curran goes for the repeat shot and top edges it to third man, 180 degrees away from where he was aiming. The sub fielder, Vihari, can't make the ground to catch it with a brave dive.
OVER 62: ENG 169/9 (Curran 14 Anderson 0)
Bumrah delivers five dot balls to Curran but the Surrey imp manages once again to pinch the strike ... oh no he doesn't. It was a no ball.
Anderson, with the face on, leaves the outswinger well alone and lets it go by.
England went from 138 for three to 160 for nine in 59 balls. As bad as London Spirit...
OVER 61: ENG 167/9 (Curran 13 Anderson 0)
Sam Curran's had enough, charges Thakur and smacks him with a horizontal bat over long on for six! He swings and misses at the fifth ball but farms the strike off the last with a pull.
OVER 60: ENG 160/9 (Curran 6 Anderson 0)
The cynic in an old cricket fan says that Anderson and Broad will now come out and bowl too short. Let's hope not. India still have a wicket to take before we get to that.
Broad lbw b Bumrah 4 Too good for thee. It swings in towards leg-stump, straightens and hits him in front of middle on the back leg. So plumb Broad ought to have walked without the finger going up. FOW 160/9
OVER 59: ENG 159/8 (Curran 5 Broad 4)
Actually ball tracking suggests it would have been umpire's call, clipping leg stump but it looked dead. And now Robinson becomes England's fourth duck as they reap what the ECB has sown.
Stuart Broad and Sam Curran will try to play some shots and they'll be bowling within 25 minutes one would expect.
Broad square drives Thakur for four. Nice shot but it will invite some chin music.
Robinson c Shami b Thakur 0 Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Cloths a pull to mid-on. As soft as ... well ... FOW 155/8
Root lbw b Thakur 64 Brilliant, full inswinger. Absolutely plumb. England's goose is well and truly cooked. FOW 155/7
OVER 58: ENG 155/6 (Root 64 Curran 5)
Pant comes round the wicket to Curran, closes him off with his front leg going towards leg but he manages to get enough bat on it to squirt it through the slips for four. Bumrah is intrigued, though, by Curran's footwork and carries on squaring him up with majestic control. Curran survives but England's prospects are hanging on the flimsiest thread.
OVER 57: ENG 151/6 (Root 64 Curran 1)
Root slaps a single down to third man against the new bowler Siraj and Curran does the same to get off the mark, a little more choppily. With Root back on strike Siraj bangs in the bumper which takes off and Pant has to get on his pogo stick to take one-handed.
Siraj's blood is up and goes short again and Root, the diamond in the dross, nails the pull stroke, rolling his wrists and cuffing it for four just behind square.
OVER 56: ENG 145/6 (Root 59 Curran 0)
My colleague David Cosgrove said this morning that he would back Sam Curran to outscore four of the top order - he'll need 19 to do that to overhaul Sibley as well as the three duck eggs, Burns, Lawrence and Buttler.
India's seamers have been relentless all day.
Buttler c Pant b Bumrah 0 India dried up Buttler for 15 balls, he had a bog swipe and a miss at the 16th, and nicked off to the 18th. Great bowling, great captaincy and England are already heading for defeat. FOW 145/6
OVER 55: ENG 144/5 (Root 58 Buttler 0)
Root flicks a single off Shami down to long leg for a single and leaves Buttler to face four balls, looking more secure against them than he did against Bumrah. But if your life was on the line and Buttler had to survive an hour to save you, your long-term prospects are not looking healthy at the moment.
Fifteen balls without scoring suggest he'll be having a yahoo any minute now.
OVER 54: ENG 143/5 (Root 53 Buttler 0)
A maiden for Bumrah to Buttler but one in which the batsman seemed to be flying by the seat of his pants, thick-edging a no footwork drive just short of point, looking back tentatively as two whistle past off stump and chiselling out a yorker that also seemed to miss only by a whisker as it scuttled through to Rishabh Pant.
OVER 53: ENG 143/5 (Root 53 Buttler 0)
Shami has worked with great discipline to try to stop Root freeing his arms but in his 15th over offers just a soupcon of width and Root creams it on the up for four. Shami's figures with a style engineered for England - 15-2-22-3 - show how rare a lapse that was.
OVER 52: ENG 139/5 (Root 53 Buttler 0)
Joe Root opens the face to steer a single down to third man. Buttler defends a couple into the legside but is well beaten by a Bumrah beauty that fizzes past his edge as he fends at it on the back foot.
OVER 51: ENG 138/5 (Root 52 Buttler 0)
Have to say, as my colleague Sir Geoffrey Boycott would, 'that was rank bad batting' from Dan Lawrence or, if his Fitzwilliam dander was up, 'rank bad battin' not that Digby, Lord Jones would dare upbraid him for dropping the g ...
Lawrence c Pant b Shami 0 Strangled and gone for a four-ball duck, flicking for the second ball in succession and one angling down the legside. He didn't connect with the previous one but also didn't think on and learn any kind of lesson. FOW 138/5
Here's Bairstow's dismissal
TEA: ENG 138/4
Afternoon - Rob Bagchi back for the start of the third session. Encouraging innings from Bairstow in a good partnership of 72 but England needed more from him (as well as from Burns, Sibley and Crawley). It's all on Root's shoulders now.
WICKET!! Bairstow 29 lbw Shami
Shami looks to trap Bairstow in front of the off-stump and draws big appeals, which are waved away from the umpire. Kohli goes upstairs. There's no inside edge and balltracker shows it was clipping the top of leg stump.
The end of Bairstow's afternoon and it's a huge wicket for India. Kohli goes mad. That will be tea
OVER 50: ENG 137/3 (Root 51 Bairstow 29)
50 up for Joe Root, vital knock under pressure. He punches a forward defence to cover and is greeted by an appreciative scream of "RROOOOOTTTT" from the whole crowd.
OVER 49: ENG 133/3 (Root 49 Bairstow 28)
Shami comes in for Siraj as Kohli continues to persist without a spinner for now. Bairstow works him away down to midwicket for two.
OVER 48: ENG 131/3 (Root 49 Bairstow 26)
Couple of strong in-swingers from Bumrah have to be fended off by Root, including one vicious yorker. The final ball goes careening away off Root's inside edge. He has no idea where it's gone but it mercifully fires away down to fine leg for four. A very lucky escape...
OVER 47: ENG 127/3 (Root 45 Bairstow 26)
A pair of boundaries from Bairstow, the second a truly textbook on drive back past Siraj's hands, as he looks to accelerate his scoring slightly.
OVER 46: ENG 116/3 (Root 45 Bairstow 14)
Bumrah comes into the attack to replace Thakur. Root works one down to fine leg to bring up the 50 partnership which is warmly applauded by the Trent Bridge crowd.
OVER 45: ENG 115/3 (Root 44 Bairstow 14)
Bairstow works Siraj away for a pair as he and Root have really stabilised England's wobbling batting lineup. The skipper is fast approaching his half century as the partnership reaches 49
OVER 44: ENG 112/3 (Root 43 Bairstow 14)
Much better over from Thakur to Bairstow this time, who can't quite time his shots as well as Root outside the off stump. He does manage to flick one away off his pads for a single before Root also earns himself another scurrying one
OVER 43: ENG 110/3 (Root 42 Bairstow 13)
Siraj back in the attack for the tourists as they look to break this fledgling partnership. Three singles from the over
OVER 42: ENG 107/3 (Root 41 Bairstow 11)
Root works Thakur away again expertly through the offside, first for a pair through backward point, then a cracking cover drive runs away for four more. Thakur is starting to get expensive for not much reward
OVER 41: ENG 101/3 (Root 35 Bairstow 11)
Bairstow cuts Jadeja away through backwards point off the first ball, four more as the 100 comes up.
OVER 40: ENG 97/3 (Root 35 Bairstow 7)
Root tickles another boundary off Thakur through the slip cordon and away down to third man.
OVER 39: ENG 93/3 (Root 31 Bairstow 7)
Afternoon everyone, Marcus Parekh here to take you through to tea. After drinks, Jadeja rounds off his over with two dot balls, the first of which misses Bairstow's outside edge by a whisker.
OVER 38.4: ENG 93/3 (Root 31 Bairstow 7)
Jadeja oversteps for the second time in seven balls and then tosses one up to Root who smears a cover drive through point for four, opening the bottom wrist elegantly.
Big mix-up in the running when Root sends Bairstow back after a single to midwicket that he wanted to turn into two. I think there was two there but no damage as Shami's throw was weak and Bairstow scrambled back. He has cut his elbow so they call for drinks two balls early.
Time for Marcus Parekh.
OVER 38: ENG 87/3 (Root 26 Bairstow 7)
Lovely stroke from Root to lace a square drive through point for two and he finishes the over with a single, punched off the back foot. Thakur has 7-3-13-0.
OVER 37: ENG 84/3 (Root 23 Bairstow 7)
Jadeja sticks a maiden in the book and rattles through an over that may allow, if repeated 30 times, allow Virat to escape censure for this terrible over rate.
But a no-ball does allow England to advance the score at today's typical snail's pace.
OVER 36: ENG 83/3 (Root 23 Bairstow 7)
Virat turns to his gun outswinger, Shardul Thakur, presumably based on similar analysis to that below.
And he draws the edge off the fourth ball as Root drives and the ball lands a couple of feet short of third slip.
England's two hustling Yorkshireman, singles rustlers in all fomats, are stuck on gluepaper by the skill of India's bowlers and excellent fielding.
Time for spin.
OVER 35: ENG 83/3 (Root 23 Bairstow 7)
Maiden over from Siraj to Bairstow who is defending stoutly so far ... no jinxing.
OVER 34: ENG 83/3 (Root 23 Bairstow 7)
Sky's Ian Ward and Kumar Sangakkara also note a change in Bairstow's trigger movement - his back foot goes across which enables him to close the gate and also judge where off-stump is more reliably. Hr defends a couple from Shami then drives up the pitch for a single which could have been four but for Shami's big left paw taking the sting out of it.
Root is squared up by the nip-backer into his thigh pad, surprised by the nibble as well as the bounce.
OVER 33: ENG 82/3 (Root 23 Bairstow 6)
Siraj replaces Bumrah and begins with five dot balls, a different approach to everyone else, stalking the corridor. It might not be his approach for long as Root bides his time then thumps a cover drive for four.
OVER 32: ENG 78/3 (Root 19 Bairstow 6)
Root plays out a testing first five balls from Shami who is cramping him for room, refusing to give him any opportunity to drive or dab through third man. He finally gets away off the last delivery, a bouncer into his body, which he pulls hard for a single with a resounding clout.
OVER 31: ENG 77/3 (Root 18 Bairstow 6)
India still have the short midwicket in and are pursuing their plan of bowling straight, looking for bowled, leg before and caught in the legside ring. Bairstow does clip four uppishly through the onside infield but he didn't give it the kitchen sink and it fell well short of square leg.
OVER 30: ENG 73/3 (Root 18 Bairstow 2)
Root works a single off his pads. It's his way - third man, midwicket are his go to areas for strike rotation. Bairstow is surprised by the bounce but adjusts well to defend with the splice, loosening his grip, changes his mind late when planning to drive because the ball moves into him and pokes it out to point instead. He doubles his score off Shami off the final ball , working it off middle through square let to move from one to two.
OVER 29: ENG 71/3 (Root 17 Bairstow 1)
Bumrah is understandably bowling at Bairstow's stumps, targeting the gate with his inswingers. Twice he gets it wrong, slanting it too far across. Bairstow tries to tickle one but misses despite India's exuberant appeal and the next flicks his pad and scuttles down for four leg-byes.
OVER 28: ENG 67/3 (Root 17 Bairstow 1)
The problem with Sibley's method, of slow, painful accumulation, is that it doesn't hurt the opposition in the slightest unless he stays in all day with his blunting style. And like any batsman, he rarely does. Tried to flick that too square and India's plan worked.
Enter Jonny Bairstow in his 75th Test. Batted well in Sri Lanka. Sawn off by the rotation policy in India. Who is sponsoring Jonny's bat this week? It's ...TON. No red-ball cricket since the final Test at Ahmedabad.
Bairstow breaks the run of England ducks with a push for a single past gully.
They're in serious trouble here and need a proper partnership from these busy Tykes.
Sibley c Rahul b Shami 18 Oh dear. Shami gets his reward for the strategy and its execution. Off goes his head to slip and he spoons a catch to short midwicket, placed there to exploit the flaw of playing around his pad. FOW 66/3
OVER 27: ENG 66/2 (Sibley 18 Root 17)
Terrific from Root after defending three, he climbs into a cover drive and threads it wide of extra's left hand for four. Sibley wants to steal a single when Root taps one into the offside but the captain sends him back.
OVER 26: ENG 62/2 (Sibley 18 Root 13)
Dom Sibley's 18 off 67 balls is the lowest not out England score by an opener in the first session of a match since Kippy Smith in 1984.
Mohmmed Shami resumes after lunch. Root facing. Defends off the front and back foot with soft hands and a loose grip. I note the wearing of sponsors' logos on the front of shirts, an ICC 'stop-gap' during Covid to offset the loss of revenue through the gate, remains in place even though it's a full house.
Root takes a single off the final ball with a clip to fine leg. India again employing the strategy of using their strengths against the batsmen, believing they'll miss one of these glances and they will be trapped lbw.
LUNCH: ENG 61/2 (Sibley 18 Root 12)
Scratchy start by England against two fine opening spells but given their recent form, 61 for two isn't too shabby if these two can hang around deep into the next session.
Nonetheless, India will dine the happier of the two sides.
OVER 25: ENG 61/2 (Sibley 18 Root 12)
Bumrah attempts to diddle Root with the same ruse that did for Burns, a series of oustwingers from wide of the crease which he defends on the back foot, followed by a big inswinger that keeps going past Root's ankles and Pant makes excellent ground to keep the byes down to one.
Big appeal off the final ball as Bumrah hits Sibley on the back knee as he played around an inswinger but the bowler tells his captain it was too high and it would have stayed as not out as it was umpire's call on height.
OVER 24: ENG 60/2 (Sibley 18 Root 12)
Thakur has changed his line now to Sibley but it allows the right-hander to leave four of them. He pushes one to point for no reward then drills two through cover.
One over left before lunch and it will be delivered by Jasprit.
OVER 23: ENG 58/2 (Sibley 16 Root 12)
Root leaves two of Siraj's first three deliveries, defends the other off the back foot then plays his favourite shot, opening the face and playing late to squeeze the ball down through third man for four.
The next ball is pitched up, wider and Root drives hard, edging it 5ft wide of gully for four more at catchable height. Siraj then goes for the inswinger and Root ends the over with his third and best boundary in succession, flicking it through square leg with a twist of the wrist.
OVER 22: ENG 46/2 (Sibley 16 Root 0)
Thakur strays on to leg stump and Sibley clips it briskly for four just behind square. Any error in line as they pursue this lbw strategy against Sibley has been punished ... so far.
OVER 21: ENG 42/2 (Sibley 12 Root 0)
Sibley works a single off his pads but that's the only damage to India off the over as Crawley is worked over by Siraj's line, seam movement and bounce.
Kohli seemed to think he had burned his second review and was about to tear a strip off Rishabh Pant but then his face breaks into the broadest of smiles and he gives his keeper a hug.
Crawley c Pant b Siraj 27 Almost a mirror of the first review, only that Crawley didn't inside-edge the first one so they checked for leg-before instead. This one took an age for Kohli to decide to use, but when he did there was a huge spike as Crwaley pushed forward and the ball nipped through the gate. FOW 42/2
Crawley c Pant b Siraj
Umpire's call on impact and besides the ball was vaulting the stumps.
Crawley lbw b Siraj Looks high.
OVER 20: ENG 41/1 (Sibley 11 Crawley 27)
Crawley gives the scoreboard operators a nudge with a crashing pull for four off Thakur but it's the only gimme ball of an otherwise tight and probing over. Good to see both these under-pressure batsmen have used the white-ball hiatus to work on their techniques.
OVER 19: ENG 37/1 (Sibley 11 Crawley 23)
Siraj now racks up a maiden as Kumar Sangakkara shows us that Zak Crawley has also made an adjustment to his set up and stance, not just in batting outside his crease, but in bringing his left leg further round towards the offside.
OVER 18: ENG 37/1 (Sibley 11 Crawley 23)
Another maiden for Thakur to Crawley. It's as if the bowler has the ball on the edge of his control, making it do surprisisng things with bounce, seam and swing but unable quite to get it to do his bidding when it comes to kissing wood - stumps, bails or edge of the bat. He makes Crawley look like an amateur groping after the ball but in truth he's not under a great deal of threat against such extravagant movement.
OVER 17: ENG 37/1 (Sibley 11 Crawley 23)
Siraj has legside reinforcements but bowling a middle-stump line to Sibley, trying to pin him, isn't working so far and he manages to work two behind square and one in front. The same line also costs him a leg bye when Crawley's knee earns England one.
OVER 16: ENG 33/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 23)
Second change is Shardul Thakur who beats Crawley with a snorter, first ball up - angled in and swinging away from the edge. Trent Bridge is still a lotus land for swing and seam bowlers. Sir Richard Hadlee would be filling his boots.
Thakur starts with a maiden, big swing alternating with seam movement too. All heading towards the slips so far, allowing Crawley to line up his off stump which will serve him well as long as Thakur doesn't duck one back into the stumps.
OVER 15: ENG 33/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 23)
Sibley's front pad earns England a second leg-bye as Siraj fires one on to middle and leg from wide on the bowling crease. The bowler wants his captain to review, or at least consider it, but Kohli shakes his head.
Crawley, still batting out of his crease, presses a single to cover.
OVER 14: ENG 31/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 22)
Goodness. Shami has bowled as handsome an opening spell in the first session of a series as anyone since Glenn McGrath and continues in that vein with one that jagged back into the right-handed Crawley and whizzed between bat and midriff. Almost cheesewired him in half.
Still perturbed by Crawley batting out of his crease, Shami bangs in a short one that angles towards his chest. Crawley hastily pulls, not connecting properly as he is hurried into the stroke and bottom edges for a single to midwicket. Sibley takes a leg-bye when Shami pushes one across him and Crawley survives two further penetrating inquisitions from the bowler, the ball flirting with his outside edge but not consummating the relationship.
OVER 13: ENG 29/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 21)
First change for India - Mohammed Siraj replaces Bumrah. He was hardly required in the massacre of England at Ahmedabad and the second Test Chennai bunsen but was magnificent in the series victory over Australia, particularly at the Gabba.
Siraj is bowling wobble seam, overpitches and Crawley harpoons a cover drive for four. Siraj responds with a shorter ball and Crawley pulls it nicely for a single, totally in control.
Time for drinks.
OVER 12: ENG 24/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 16)
Maiden for Shami to Sibley who needs to bowl a little fuller to be truly devastating in England. When he does pitch it up having whistled two over off-stump that Sibley left on length, Sibley inside edges it painfully into his foot.
OVER 11: ENG 24/1 (Sibley 8 Crawley 16)
One thing I will say in the Hundred's favour - the penalties for slow play are effective and genuinely penalise dilatory sides in the field. We'll be lucky to get through 12 overs in an hour here.
Bumrah continues for a sixth over off the reel and Crawley almost ruins all the patient work so far with a madcap single to mid-on. Thakur swoops to gather and hurls it at the non-striker's. A direct hit and Crawley would be back in the pav, hurling his bat then lighting up a fag and cursing himself ... but he got away with that one.
Bumrah arrows one into Sibley's pads and he shapes to clip it through midwicket but doesn't connect, his bat having to come too far around the pad. There's an appeal but a strangled one.
Sibley digs out the yorker for a single and then Bumrah almost has Crawley on toast with a big leg-cutter that he thinks will stay straight as he tries to push it through mid-on. Squared up, he plays and misses but the latter only just.
OVER 10: ENG 22/1 (Sibley 7 Crawley 15)
Excellent probing over again from Shami, beating the bat as Sibley plays and misses twice but then the characteristically unfortunate Shami spears one into Sibley's pads after four outswingers and the right-hander clips it in front of square for two.
OVER 9: ENG 20/1 (Sibley 5 Crawley 15)
Crawley leaves two outside off stump then laces a cover drive for four. Twenty for one. Always a danger moment for England ... and Bumrah does get one to straighten past the edge as Crawley plays a rather wafty push. The last ball of the over is a Bumrah T20 special, a searing inswinging yorker that Crawley chisels out of the blockhole with necessarily fast hands.
OVER 8: ENG 16/1 (Sibley 5 Crawley 11)
Michael Atherton says Dom Sibley seems more sideways on than earlier in the summer, which is evident when Sky sticks up a splitscreen showing his left shoulder pointing more between mid on and the bowler than midwicket as before.
He weathers five dot balls but when Shami feeds him on his pads, Sibley skelps it off his pads with a lovely flick of the right wrist behind square for four.
OVER 7: ENG 12/1 (Sibley 1 Crawley 11)
Crawley shows his enduring class with a glorious cover drive to register England's first boundary, taking a big stride out and just punching it hard, checking the followthough so the bat hardly went through the perpendicular.
But Bumrah is canny and tries to turn Crawley's strength against him, sticking to the same line but ripping his fingers down the seam so the ball screams away from the edge as Crawley fends forward.
OVER 6: ENG 8/1 (Sibley 1 Crawley 7)
Shami doesn't want Crawley standing so close to him so sends down a bouncer to try to persuade him to get back behind the line. Crawley ducks and lets it soar over the crown on his helmet badge.
Masterly bowling, swing and zip but Crawley is confident in his judgment and lets one that veers back in go, knowing it will climb over the stumps, which it does.
Crawley tucks a single fine off his ribs as Shami tries to kettle him back in his crease with some short stuff.
OVER 5: ENG 7/1 (Sibley 1 Crawley 6)
Crawley has taken guard a good six inches outside his crease and uses Bumrah's angle wehen he goes wide on his crease to whip three though midwicket. Again it's a stroke that comes with his head going towards first slip and his bat coming around his left leg, 'the big dog' as they call it in white-ball cricket. Miss it and it would have hit middle stump so it's a stroke laden with risk against a swinging and seaming ball.
Sibley eases one past the bowler to get off the mark and Crawley pinches the strike with another flick off middle, this time for a single.
OVER 4: ENG 2/1 (Sibley 0 Crawley 2)
Shami and Bumrar are Trent Bridge Torquemadas this morning, with precision, pace and relentless discipline with line and length. Shami nibbles one past Crawley's edge and smiles at the batsman who managed to resist the temptation to follow it with his hands. A big stride enables Crawley to smother the swing and push a single to cover but Sibley, getting into line nicely, can't pierce mid-on with a sweet drive. Good diving stop by Shardul Thakur. Saved four.
OVER 3: ENG 1/1 (Sibley 0 Crawley 1)
Crawley looks all at sea against the swinging ball and Bumrah's mastery. Sir Geoffrey Boycott wrotes about him playing around his front pad and he does so here, once with a push to midwicket and then to get off the mark after four dot balls with a prod through mid-on.
Sibley leaves the last ball of the over that was sent down the channel and stayed on its path.
OVER 2: ENG 0/1 (Sibley 0 Crawley 0)
Crawley leaves the last ball of Shami's over alone.
Mohammed Shami shares the new ball and hoops his first ball away from Sibley who pulls his bat inside the line, then defends the next.
Shami's got the ball on a string and whistles a jaffa past Sibley's edge as his hands followed it. Seam, swing and bounce. After seven weeks of rest following the World Test Championship, India look uncaged.
Shami starts with a maiden, no quicker than 85mph but very probing.
OVER 1: ENG 0/1 (Sibley 0 Crawley 0)
Bumrah begins from over the wicket to the left-handed Burns and angles it across him. He leaves well alone. However often you see it, Burns' jerk of the head to midwicket and back again is bizarre. Like a meerkat with cricked neck. Still, it ain't the way that you do it that counts, contrary to Bananrama's philosophy.
Burns defends a couple with soft hands then plays and misses at another on the slant. Having set him up, Bumrah swings one back into him and pins him leg-before.
It is happening again ... Nought for one off five balls.
Burns lbw b Bumrah 0 Pitched inline hit him on the knee roll and was umpire's call for height. FOW 0/1
Burns lbw b Burmrah
Has the new ball, three slips and a gully stationed.
Cricket is a game for everyone
Say the T-shirts on the front with We Stand Together Against ... on the back.
After God Save the Queen the England players file off and Jerusalem is played through the PA.
India huddle and then take their places in the field.
Here come Dom Sibley and Rory Burns. The clouds are gathering.
Hope springs eternal but 20 for two looks nailed on.
The players are out
And have lined up for 'a moment of unity', England wearing black T-shirts in support of various anti-discrimination causes.
And now the national anthems, which I must say still seem out of place in Test cricket for someone who's been going to Tests for 43 years.
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj.
Burns, Sibley, Crawley, Root, Bairstow, Lawrence, Buttler, Curran, Robinson, Broad, Anderson.
Blimey. Three right-arm seamers, one left-arm seamer, no 'pace like fire' or spin beyond Root's golden arm. Can't see them taking 20 wickets unless India's batsmen lend them a hand. They have bolstered the batting but given at least four of the top six have not been convincing of late, every England supporter's heart will be in their mouth for the first couple of
England have won the toss
And will bat.
Michael Holding says there is 10mm of grass on the pitch but beneath that it's hard and dry. He thinks it will offer something for the bowlers and given that he has heard India have selected only one spinner, he thinks they may choose to bowl. So scratch that abdication of duty line. Premature adjudication.
Win the toss and bat
Anything else, despite the early swing, would be an abdication of duty.
Jonny Bairstow in the XI
Graham Thorpe gave the Yorkshireman a commemorative 75th Test cap this morning which means he's in the side:
Rob Bagchi here with coverage of the first Test in the Pataudi Trophy from Trent Bridge. India have not won in England since 2007, losing comprehensively in 2011, 2014 and 2018 despite being favourites in at least the first two of them. England are in an almighty slump following the thrashing in India and being outclassed, out-thought, out-played and out-fought by New Zealand and are in a dreadful pickle with their top-order batting, Joe Root's poor form in England, the lack of Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Jofra Archer, a seeming lack of confidence in their best finger-spinner Jack Leach, Jimmy Anderson's poor returns against New Zealand (three wickets at 68.66) never mind the quality of the opposition's middle order and multi-purpose attack.
In England's favour is the lack of success for India's openers in England, Trent Bridge's history as a paradise for home seamers and the residual class of Root, Broad and Anderson plus the battling moxie of Rory Burns, Sam Curran's ability to influence most games and the promise of Zak Crawley which needs now to flower into consistent achievement.
It should be a great series, one which ought to be enjoyed without constantly looking for Ashes context, India are a far better side than Australia. Focus on beating them and the rest will take care of itself.
England batsmen may have mental scarring, says Kohli
By Tim Wigmore
Virat Kohli has suggested that England’s batsmen may be mentally scarred after their collapses during the latter stages of last winter’s Test series in India.
England failed to pass 205 in any of their six innings across the last three Tests against India, as they suffered crushing defeats by 317 runs, 10 wickets and then an innings and 25 runs, and in their only series since, earlier this summer, they were beaten 1-0 by New Zealand.
Indian captain Kohli attempted to ramp up the pressure on Joe Root’s side by claiming his powerful bowling attack will try to target these vulnerabilities in the five-Test series, which begins today at Trent Bridge.
“If the scars are being carried or not, I'm not in a position to answer that, it honestly depends on the individual walking out to bat,” Kohli said.
“That all depends on the batsman, working out how much scarring they carry with them when they walk out to bat. That's basically it.
“I can vouch for the fact that we definitely have the ability to bowl them out on a consistent basis. That's the kind of quality that we possess, and as long as we execute our skills and our plans then we are very confident of doing that very often in the series.”
India have two main selection dilemmas at Trent Bridge. They must decide who should open in place of Mayank Agarwal, who suffered concussion symptoms after being hit on the helmet in training on Monday, and how to balance their attack. KL Rahul, who scored a century in India’s last Test in England, is set to return as opener. India are also expected to drop one of their spin bowling allrounders - probably Ravindra Jadeja - to select a fourth seamer, with seam bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur likely to be selected to balance the side from number eight.
But Kohli said that, despite these issues, India are “much better prepared” than on previous tours of England. India have been in England since early June and played the World Test Championship final - which they lost to New Zealand - at the Ageas Bowl.
“Playing under different changes in conditions in terms of weather, whether it's overcast, or it's sunny, how the pitches behave, how the ball travels, how much it swings in the air. All those kinds of things are definitely going to add to our experience, which already the team possesses a lot of having played in England in the past,” Kohli said. “We're definitely much better prepared than we have been in the past, the situation allowed us to acclimatise.”
After their remarkable series victory in Australia last winter, Kohli said that the series in England presented another opportunity for India to win a big Test series in overseas conditions.
“For us it's all about wanting difficult cricket, wanting tough cricket and wanting to win in conditions which are not ours, that's the only challenge that I see.
“It all boils down to execution in crunch moments and that purely comes from belief and how badly you want to be in situations which are not easy. As long as we're looking to embrace that, we will find answers to all the questions.”