Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

England wins toss and bats vs India in 1st of 5 tests

England wins toss and bats vs India in 1st of 5 tests

No contest here, and Alastair Cook was the unfortunate batsman on the receiving end.

England has won the toss and chosen to bat first against India on a dry wicket at Edgbaston in the first of five cricket tests between the countries across six weeks.

England swing bowler Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls before lunch - removing Murali Vijay (20), Lokesh Rahul (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) - to reduce India to 59-3, before the tourists were given a testing first hour of the afternoon session against a ball that swung around.

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

To put Root s achievement into perspective, Donald Bradman remains the quickest batsman to 6,000 Test runs in terms of innings, the Australia great needing just 68 knocks to achieve the feat. Root and Bairstow got their runs off only 138 balls as England crossed 200 in the 62nd over and were looking set for a strong total before things unravelled in the most odd fashion.

Root also said there were "no hard feelings" between him and Jonny Bairstow over the call which led to his dismissal for 80. Because I have been through a very good phase of bowling with a particular action, a lot of bad habits have crept in, with my arms coming in and all that.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli follows the ball after playing a shot during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. India got back in the game as soon as the partnership broke with an outstanding throw from Indian skipper Virat Kohli to run Root out.

Ashwin was bowled by a beauty, while Mohammad Shami could only edge an away swinger to Malan. Jennings was the first to go, but in an odd manner. It was a lucky breakthrough for India as their pacers found movement after the break. As has become all to familiar, England, through their own errors, are up against it and will need their bowlers to bail them out. It didn't help matters that England lost an early review as Anderson's loud appeal was turned down, with DRS ruling in favour of the umpire's decision. But Malan never looked comfortable against Shami, who trapped him lbw eventually in the 40th over. But what happens when you try to do the batsman in the air (is that) the body sometimes just gives up.

India got off to a flier.

But, not for the first time, he failed to convert a century into a hundred, although the fault lay as much with Bairstow as Root.

At lunch, England were 83 for one.

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