Key occasions:

England’s batsmen have been executed few favours.

The artwork of captaincy.

Right here is Ali Martin’s report.

Shut of play: India 21-0 and laughing

thirteenth over: India 21-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 9) One other maiden for Robinson, who will get simply sufficient motion to hassle good gamers. However nonetheless no breakthrough, so the day belongs unmistakably to India, who skittled England after which confirmed them find out how to see off the brand new ball. The one factor India couldn’t handle was a good over price: we’ve misplaced half an hour’s leisure. However, because of England’s feeble choice and flagrant rust, plus the absence of Ben Stokes, the sport has moved alongside at fairly a price.

The final visitor spot goes to Gary Naylor. “England received’t know if Tom Haines, Jake Libby and (particularly) Kiran Carlson are Check batsmen,” he says on Twitter, “until we give them an opportunity. Feels prefer it’s turning into a little bit of an Outdated Boys’ Membership.” Nicely, there have been numerous debuts this 12 months, from Dan Lawrence to Ollie Robinson, to not point out all of the understudies within the one-day group.

First, let’s get Hameed in – and Leach. Having Broad and Anderson as two bowlers out of 4 is not viable, if it ever was. They’ll’t bowl all day and their strike price is fading. They might nicely take wickets tomorrow on a pitch that’s smiling on the seamers, however they’re being included right here on the expense of each spin and excessive pace, which is a excessive value to pay.

Thanks to your firm and correspondence. Tanya and I can be again within the morning to see if England can atone for immediately.

Evaluation! For LBW towards Rohit, not given

It’s a superb shout… however not adequate – happening. England lose a evaluation.

twelfth over: India 21-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 9) Right here is Curran, along with his bustling left-arm swing, his Phil Foden hair, and that look on his face that we noticed earlier. His full size tempts Rahul twice outdoors off – first with a large one, then with a magnificence within the channel. That’s a maiden, however India survive and now there’s solely 5 minutes left within the day.

eleventh over: India 21-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 9) Robinson actually is aware of find out how to seal up an finish. He lastly concedes a run as Rahul works one to leg.

“It looks like I’m re-watching some Assessments from the previous,” says Arthur Graves, “the place solely Mike Atherton was scoring and everybody else had an early lunch appointment. Why does Chris Silverwood have all the roles? Weren’t England paying him sufficient to do exactly the teaching?”

tenth over: India 20-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 8) It’s nonetheless Broad, despite the fact that he’s the identical sort of bowler as Robinson. Get Curran on!

ninth over: India 19-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 7) Extra dots, from Robinson to Rohit. There’s an LBW enchantment off the final ball, however it’s above the pad, by no means thoughts the knee roll. Come on England, bowl a yorker.

eighth over: India 19-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 7) Broad stays on and strings collectively some dots, however the rating retains ticking over with a no-ball and a leg bye.

“As a Glawster boy,” says Matt Winter, “and having screamed for 2 years for James Bracey to get a run within the facet, I now assume he’s in the very best place i.e. nowhere close to Silverwood or this.”

seventh over: India 17-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 7) A bowling change! Joe Root, who generally appears to be in thrall to the outdated agency, replaces Anderson with a youthful mannequin, Ollie Robinson. He begins with a maiden and really almost persuades Rahul to supply a nick as he flails at a brief ball.

A tweet from Ben Gardner of Wisden. “England’s 183,” he says, “is the very best rating made on Sky Sports activities THE HUNDRED up to now.” Ha.

sixth over: India 17-0 (Rohit 9, Rahul 7) Rohit has a waft at Broad, then waits for one thing full and eases it previous cowl along with his standard class. “Don’t bowl there to him,” says Dinesh Karthik. “Not many higher on the earth.” Broad, for all his carry and motion, has but to bowl a single ball that will have hit the stumps.

fifth over: India 13-0 (Rohit 5, Rahul 7) Anderson beats Rahul with a magnificence, swinging like a suburban couple within the Seventies. However the subsequent ball, additionally swinging away, is square-driven for 4.

4th over: India 8-0 (Rohit 4, Rahul 3) Broad is bending his again. He extracts some sharp carry off a size, beating Rohit’s bat and eluding Buttler’s seize.

“Is anybody else who’s listening to TMS,” wonders Peter Salmon, “discovering it significantly merciless that the most effective batsman in England is doing the commentary for this schemozzle?” Ha. The Chef has his makes use of, however the most effective batsman in England, for the previous couple of years, has been Ben Stokes.

third over: India 7-0 (Rohit 4, Rahul 3) After that insolent early 4, what Anderson desires is a maiden. And he will get it.

“Look, this Silverwood factor, it”s a joke,” splutters Richard Rawlings. “There have been 4 England geese within the innings. 4. Who’s going to pay cash to observe this rabid sport from England? The administration want cleansing out. Why do we’ve got to say this? Boycott might do a greater job. If there are too many cricket venues via the 12 months, rethink the sport. However to promote this sort of efficiency and preparation as leisure is a rip-off.”

2nd over: India 7-0 (Rohit 4, Rahul 3) Stuart Broad is grunting and reaching 86mph, however KL Rahul is the same as it, steering via the covers for 3.

I’ve been too busy to take a look at Twitter, so apologies in case your tweet has gone unnoticed. Right here’s one from Man Hornsby. “That is going predictably down the bathroom,” he reckons. “As others have stated, taking part in 6 batters is all nicely and good till they get out cheaply. And with a scoring price so sluggish, when that occurs you’re toast. It’s totally mad that so many haven’t performed red-ball cricket for weeks.” It’s. Even within the squad that they picked, they might have plumped for Haseeb Hameed, who’s simply made 100 towards the Indian bowlers, and Jack Leach, who bought a six-for towards Surrey in July.

1st over: India 4-0 (Rohit 4, Rahul 0) The ball Jimmy has in his arms is a deep purple, like a glass of Malbec – finally, an England choice no one can argue with. It swings immediately and attracts the sting, however Rohit Sharma manages to angle it previous gully for 4.

The gamers are on the market and it’s going to be Jimmy Anderson, aged 39, in his 163rd Check, to take the brand new ball. He could also be a barely grumpy outdated man.

England’s captain Joe Root prepares for the start of India’s first Innings.
England’s captain Joe Root prepares for the beginning of India’s first Innings. {Photograph}: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Pictures

“How lengthy,” asks Andrew Moreman, “earlier than we realise the folly of Chris Silverwood as coach, supervisor, selector? Appears he’s bringing the excellence of the 90s again. 4 seamers, brittle batting, sluggish scoring, questionable ways, crushing sequence defeats. All nice stuff!”

Cricket, bloody hell

That was an innings of two halves. For about 50 overs, England performed Check cricket and managed to make it to 138 for 3. Then they performed skittles and scraped 45 for 7, most of them to the admirably undaunted Sam Curran.

Bumrah completed with 4 for 46, Shami 3 for 28, so that they grabbed 7 for 74, whereas the 2 fringe seamers, Siraj and Thakur, chipped in with 3 for 89 between them and Jadeja’s spin was barely wanted. England’s choice to play seven batsmen and solely 4 bowlers seems to have gone horribly unsuitable, however you by no means know till either side have had a go.

England all out for 183! (Anderson b Bumrah 1, Curran 27no)

Subsequent ball, Bumrah will get the yorker bang on – base of off stump. Bowling, India.

Anderson’s bails go flying, courtesy of India’s Jasprit Bumrah.
Anderson’s bails go flying, courtesy of India’s Jasprit Bumrah. {Photograph}: Tim Goode/PA

Evaluation! Anderson given LBW

A yorker from Bumrah smacks Jimmy on the boot, then hits the bat… however was it lacking leg? It was!

sixty fifth over: England 183-9 (Curran 27, Anderson 1) Again comes Shami, and he’s bought a full over at Anderson – who retains him out, then shovels a single into the on facet. He will get the largest cheer accorded to anybody on 1 not out since Jack Leach’s most interesting hour. Curran, with just one ball to face, steps away and carves a lofted drive over the covers. He’s taking part in just like the No 7 he ought to have been on the scorecard.

“Causes to be cheerful,” says Brian Withington, channelling Ian Dury. “Earlier than all of us drown in English despair and displaced self-loathing, it’s maybe price recalling that this can be a very advantageous Indian assault exploiting beneficial situations with appreciable ability. And also you’d want a coronary heart of stone to not chuckle at Stuart Broad’s LBW, as Oscar Wilde may need stated.” Ha, true. However, with no Ishant or Ashwin, it’s solely a really advantageous new-ball pair, isn’t it?

sixty fourth over: England 178-9 (Curran 23, Anderson 0) Curran can’t nick a single off Bumrah’s final ball – however he could make room to cream it via the covers.

“Wow,” says Andrew Benton, “I simply went out to eat a sandwich and wander aimlessly as a cloud for a couple of minutes, and it’s throughout bar the India walkover victory. Wouldn’t it do any good to name for Silverwood to depart instantly? England want new administration, it’s all too cosy. If this had been the Premiership, they’d have had a brand new supervisor in sharpish again within the early summer season. Time to get him out?”

63rd over: England 174-9 (Curran 19, Anderson 0) Curran turns down a single, then makes room and lofts Thakur over midwicket for 4. Come the fifth ball, he has a heave and virtually offers an opportunity to 3rd man. Anderson will get bat on ball for the primary time, going again to dam a brief ball. Quickly he’ll be reminding his associate that his highest rating in Assessments is the upper of the 2.

“That is when England grasp the bull by the horns,” says Tom van der Gucht, “and wrestle the initiative again with a swashbuckling counter-attacking century from Curran. It’s about time he bought to a few figures.”

62nd over: England 169-9 (Curran 14, Anderson 0) Curran once more steals a single off the final ball of the over – solely to seek out that it’s a no-ball. However this time Bumrah’s yorker is outdoors off, so Anderson survives.

“What on earth is occurring?” asks Christopher Pickles, channelling Fred Trueman. “How can it’s {that a} Check match cricketer hasn’t confronted a ball in

purple ball cricket… in August!”

61st over: England 167-9 (Curran 13, Anderson 0) So England are all the way down to Sammy and Jimmy – and Sammy decides it’s time to have some enjoyable. He goes down the monitor to Thakur and slogs him for six. Then he tries once more and misses, however you may’t have the whole lot. The final ball is a bouncer, and he manages to flip it for a single to maintain the strike. There’s an outdated head behind that younger face.

“I can’t be the one particular person,” says Simon Lacey, “who thinks that England’s batting woes might be solved by slotting within the girls’s high order – they appear to have a little bit of oomph about them. Clearly this might contain numerous Lifetime of Brian false beards and comedy gruff voices however it may work. Price it anyway, to see Sophie Ecclestone trudging previous, Joe Root slung throughout her shoulders, and grumbling ‘I haven’t bought time to go to no cricket, he’s not nicely once more’.” That’s a greater plan than the one with which England went into this Check.

sixtieth over: England 160-9 (Curran 6, Anderson 0) The one factor standing between England and ignominy is the look on Sam Curran’s face. He retains Bumrah out, in some way, and squirts a single off the fifth ball to offer Broad only one supply to face. One too many, because it seems.

Wicket! Broad LBW b Bumrah 4 (England 160-9)

A yorker, swinging away. That may be a very plumb plumb, as Ralph Fiennes would say. So plumb that not even Broad goes to evaluation it.

India’s Jasprit Bumrah (centre left) celebrates the wicket of England’s Stuart Broad with teammates.
India’s Jasprit Bumrah (centre left) celebrates the wicket of England’s Stuart Broad with teammates. {Photograph}: Tim Goode/PA

59th over: England 159-8 (Curran 5, Broad 4) From the second when Bairstow fell, England misplaced 5 wickets for 17 in 51 balls. “That is laborious to observe,” says Andrew Strauss. However right here comes Stuart Broad, elevating a cheer from his house crowd, having a go – and square-driving his first ball for 4.

Wicket! Robinson c Shami b Thakur 0 (England 155-8)

The procession continues! Ollie Robinson, who batted so nicely in his first Check, performs a half-hearted pull and provides a easy catch to mid-on.

Wicket! Root LBW b Thakur 64 (England 155-7)

The large one! Thakur finds some lavish swing on leg stump, and Root doesn’t trouble to evaluation.

India’s Shardul Thakur celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root.
India’s Shardul Thakur celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root. {Photograph}: Paul Childs/Motion Pictures/Reuters

58th over: England 155-6 (Root 64, Curran 5) Curran has that look on his face, like the child making an attempt the toughest within the Underneath-10s. He nicks Bumrah, however safely, and he will get 4. The lights are on and the ball is swinging, however when he’s overwhelmed, the ball thuds into his pad.

57th over: England 151-6 (Root 64, Curran 1) Sam Curran, like Bairstow and Buttler, is taking part in his first red-ball sport of the summer season, however not like them he received’t go into his shell. He will get off the mark with a fast single, which arms the strike again to Root, who pulls Siraj off his nostril for 4. That brings up the 150, and the group reply with a refrain of Joe Root, to the tune of Hey Jude.

56th over: England 145-6 (Root 59, Curran 0) So Burns, Lawrence and Buttler have made 0 between them.

“I’m unsure it’s the ‘ploy’ of taking part in 6 batsmen that’s going unsuitable,” says El Nombre on Twitter. “That’s what it is best to do, it’s the methods of those picked.” I do know what you imply, however it’s nonetheless the unsuitable coverage. England have a lot of good bowlers and hardly any Check batsmen. This choice performs to their weak spot.

Wicket! Buttler c Pant b Bumrah 0 (England 145-6)

Nicely, it’s been coming. Bumrah’s outswinger attracts the sting and places Buttler out of his distress as he goes on the ball with laborious white-ball arms. That was one of many worst innings you’ll ever see from such a gifted participant.

fifty fifth over: England 144-5 (Root 58, Buttler 0) Root takes a single, which at the least will get Buttler up the opposite finish – however he nonetheless can’t purchase a run. He has now confronted 15 balls.

54th over: England 143-5 (Root 57, Buttler 0) Buttler, like Bairstow, comes into the Check with out having confronted a single purple ball this season, and it’s exhibiting. He performs and misses at Bumrah, then slices near backward level, then misses a yorker, which in some way avoids the stumps – possibly it simply felt sorry for him.

53rd over: England 143-5 (Root 57, Buttler 0) Root sees a half-volley from Shami and conjures some defiance with a sq. drive for 4.

“Whats up from Trent Bridge,” says Marv. “Poor method from England all day I’m afraid, at no level have they sought to dominate the bowling assault (change bowlers particularly), regardless of the pitch not having any misbehaviour in it. This safety-first method means Jos is just about our final hope of scoring greater than 200. No less than 100 wanting par on this pitch.” I fairly agree that they’ve been too defensive – beginning with the choice – however I’m not so certain in regards to the pitch. Hasn’t it supplied the bowlers loads?

52nd over: England 139-5 (Root 53, Buttler 0) Jos Buttler performs and misses as Bumrah angles one in and will get it to straighten off the seam. Immediately India are throughout England like a rash.

51st over: England 138-5 (Root 52, Buttler 0) Two wickets within the over for Shami. After a morning of principally unrewarded excellence, that’s karma.

Wicket!! Lawrence c Pant b Shami 0 (England 138-5)

One brings two! Dan Lawrence falls over to the off facet and will get a nick down leg. England’s ploy of taking part in six batsmen has gone unsuitable already.

India’s Mohammed Shami celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Dan Lawrence with teammates.
India’s Mohammed Shami celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Dan Lawrence with teammates. {Photograph}: Paul Childs/Motion Pictures/Reuters

Wicket! Bairstow LBW b Shami 29 (England 138-4)

Sure, three reds, as a full supply thumped into the pads: one other good name from the grasp of the Late Evaluation, and Bairstow pays the worth for the tweak to his approach that had him masking his off stump.

That’s tea, with England wobbling once more after a advantageous partnership of 72, and Shami having fun with a cuppa with the well-deserved figures of 2-18 off 13.2 overs. As so typically, England are relying moderately too closely on Joe Root getting a giant one.

India fans celebrate after Mohammed Shami took the wicket of England’s Jonny Bairstow for lbw.
India followers have fun after Mohammed Shami took the wicket of England’s Jonny Bairstow. {Photograph}: Paul Childs/Motion Pictures/Reuters

Evaluation! Bairstow not given LBW b Shami

One other of these last-second selections from Kohli. Could possibly be out if there’s no nick…

fiftieth over: England 137-3 (Root 51, Bairstow 29) Three singles off Bumrah’s over, plus a no-ball.

Fifty to Root!

A push into the off facet and Root jogs to his half-century, his first for six Assessments – the longest drought in a fruitful profession. It’s been a combination of juicy fours, clunky chips and streaky edges: he’s been seeing off weeks of rust in addition to some good bowling.

England’s Joe Root celebrates his half century.
England’s Joe Root celebrates his half century. {Photograph}: Paul Childs/Motion Pictures/Reuters

forty ninth over: England 133-3 (Root 49, Bairstow 28) Siraj is within the doghouse after that 4-4-2, so Shami is again. He was too good to achieve success this morning, repeatedly swinging the ball previous the surface edge. Bairstow is watchful however picks up two with one other clip off the pads. He’s wanting snug now.

forty eighth over: England 131-3 (Root 49, Bairstow 26) Bumrah remains to be getting that sharp motion again into the right-handers and it virtually does for Root as he inside-edges simply previous the leg bail. Haven’t seen any stats, however I believe Root’s false-shot share has been unusually excessive for him.

forty seventh over: England 127-3 (Root 45, Bairstow 26) The true Bairstow stands up! Dealing with Siraj, he helps himself to a canopy drive for 4, a straight drive for 4 extra, and a clip for 2.

“Hopefully,” says Andrew Benton, “Bairstow is practising the not-getting-out-as-a-prerequisite-to-scoring-runs precept that England so typically put out of your mind. Fingers crossed.” It’s working for him up to now immediately, and we like to see it, however solely two Assessments in the past it stopped England making an attempt to win a match that was nicely inside their attain.

forty sixth over: England 115-3 (Root 44, Bairstow 16) Kohli takes Thakur off and brings again Jasprit Bumrah, the human catapult. He has Root taking part in within the air once more – that’s how rusty he’s – however once more the ball lands safely and that’s the fifty partnership, off 112 balls. It’s been important.

forty fifth over: England 115-3 (Root 44, Bairstow 16) Siraj, who’s been probably the most beneficiant of India’s 4 seamers, offers every batsman one thing on his legs. Root settles for a single; Bairstow sprints again for 2.

forty fourth over: England 112-3 (Root 43, Bairstow 14) My telly’s on the blink so I’ve resorted to the radio. Andy Zaltzman pops as much as report that this has been Bairstow’s slowest progress to 50 balls in his final 50 Check innings. He’s been unrecognisable from the big-hitting, crowd-pleasing, match-winning captain of Welsh Fireplace. Perhaps, being at No 5, he’s determined to do a Stokes: plod alongside for 5 hours or so, then go loopy.

forty third over: England 110-3 (Root 42, Bairstow 13) Jadeja is taken off after simply three overs. I hope he’s altering ends – in any other case the over price will keep it up being fairly atrocious. Siraj returns, bearing singles.

forty second over: England 107-3 (Root 41, Bairstow 11) Thakur continues, and rightly in order he’s been persuading Root to mistime the ball. The chip photographs from the earlier over are actually joined by a thick inside edge, most un-Root-like. Kohli, sniffing blood, posts a brief cowl. Root performs and misses at a jaffa, however he’s adequate to bounce again with a dab for 2 and a crunching square-drive for 4. His common in England since Might 2018 is barely 32: is immediately going to be the day he does one thing about that?

forty first over: England 101-3 (Root 35, Bairstow 11) And the reduce was the one scoring shot off the over. Even with that 4, Bairstow has solely 11 off 44 balls. Are you Sibley in disguise?

The hundred!

Thanks Tanya, afternoon everybody and whats up! Jonny Bairstow performs the shot he missed a couple of minutes in the past, a reduce off Jadeja, and that’s the hundred up. Off solely 40.2 overs!!

fortieth over: England 97-3 (Bairstow 7, Root 35) An outswinger dispatched by Root with gentleness via third man for 4. And that’s it from me, thanks for all of the messages, sorry I haven’t bought to all of them. Tim de Lisle will lead you house.

thirty ninth over: England 93-3 (Bairstow 7, Root 31) A sq. drive off Jadeja, Root’s again leg stretched to the restrict, which freestyles quickly to the boundary. Then a horrible mix-up as Bairstow has to back-pedal from half manner down the pitch going for a second. Let off the hook by a lacklustre throw. And that’s drinks mid-over as Root will get some remedy for one thing, however appears to be okay now.

“Whats up from Trent Bridge,” faucets James Wallace, “this Check cricket malarkey is kind of absorbing isn’t it?! Not a firework, avatar or excitable commentator to be seen or heard. Unhappy to see Crawley and Sibley’s barren trots proceed, however does give me the chance to shamelessly plug this on the OBO for people who may’ve missed it final week. Perhaps one or each of them will begin to undertake the Botham or Viv Richards method?”

Ah sure, that is glorious:

thirty eighth over: England 87-3 (Bairstow 7, Root 25) One other Root drive, this break day Thakur, however it could’t beat the sector and so they decide up a pair. A fast single – Root at all times retains it ticking over – to shine off the over. Affected person accumulation. On the couch, my canine wags her tail in her sleep.


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