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England vs India Test: Rory Burns and Zak Crawley fall in the morning session at Trent Bridge

England lose Rory Burns in the very first over and Zak Crawley just before lunch as India strike in the first session at Trent Bridge after Joe Root elected to bat

  • England made the worst possible start as Rory Burns fell in the first over
  • Jasprit Bumrah claimed the wicket of the England opener for a fifth-ball duck
  • Zak Crawley fell not long before lunch after smart review by Virat Kohli  
  • It came after England won the toss and chose to bat first at Trent Bridge
  • Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence took their places in England’s middle order 
  • But spinner Jack Leach missed out as England went with four seam bowlers 
  • Ollie Robinson returned to the England side after his Twitter controversy

India struck to remove England’s Rory Burns and Zak Crawley before lunch as the much-anticipated Test series got underway at Trent Bridge.

After Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat, England made the worst possible start when Burns fell to a fifth-ball duck.

Crawley and Dom Sibley steadied things but Virat Kohli’s decision to review after Mohammed Siraj found some seam movement to whistle past Crawley’s bat proved inspired. 

Jasprit Bumrah appeals for the wicket of England opener Rory Burns in the first over of the match, with the LBW decision upheld following a review

Jasprit Bumrah appeals for the wicket of England opener Rory Burns in the first over of the match, with the LBW decision upheld following a review

Burns looks dejected as he walks off at Trent Bridge after falling for a fifth-ball duck

Burns looks dejected as he walks off at Trent Bridge after falling for a fifth-ball duck

India celebrate their early breakthrough after England won the toss and elected to bat first

India celebrate their early breakthrough after England won the toss and elected to bat first

UltraEdge showed a feather on the inside of the bat before the ball carried through to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as Crawley departed for 27 off 68 balls.

Root showed his intent with three boundaries in the final minutes before lunch as England reached 61 for two in a well-balanced session.

It had looked ominous for a far from reliable England batting line-up when Burns was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah in the first over.

The Surrey opener was thumped just above the knee roll and looked on with anguish as an LBW decision was upheld by DRS.

It was far from the ideal start after Root put England in, with Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence both returning to the middle order in the injury absence of Ollie Pope. 

India captain Virat Kohli (left) can't hide his delight after his review found an inside edge nick to remove Zak Crawley for 27 just before lunch

India captain Virat Kohli (left) can’t hide his delight after his review found an inside edge nick to remove Zak Crawley for 27 just before lunch

Crawley was starting to look fairly well set until Mohammed Siraj found the edge of his bat

Crawley was starting to look fairly well set until Mohammed Siraj found the edge of his bat

For a third Test in a row, England opted against a frontline spinner, with Jack Leach missing out in favour of an all-seam attack comprising James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson.

The latter returned to the Test arena after the historic tweet storm that cast a black cloud over his excellent debut against New Zealand at Lord’s earlier in the summer.

After Burns went and England took 15 minutes for the first run to materialise, Sibley and Crawley worked diligently to see off the new ball.

Bumrah did beat Crawley’s outside edge when the batsman was on 16, while Sibley was already digging in at the other end.

Zak Crawley plays a pull shot as England attempted to recover from their early setback

Zak Crawley plays a pull shot as England attempted to recover from their early setback

England opener Dom Sibley made a typically measured start to his innings in Nottingham

England opener Dom Sibley made a typically measured start to his innings in Nottingham

That left Crawley to play the strokes and he hit Siraj for a beautiful cover drive, played and missed at Shami and pulled Shardul Thakur for four with a flourish.

But after India wasted a review looking for the edge, Kohli almost let the DRS timer elapse before making the decision to review that saw the back of Crawley, to the captain’s visible delight.

Root marked his arrival with three quick boundaries and cautious Sibley reached lunch on an unbeaten 18 from 67 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah reacts after a near miss as India tried to put pressure on England's bowlers

Jasprit Bumrah reacts after a near miss as India tried to put pressure on England’s bowlers

Zak Crawley (middle) and Dom Sibley (right) run a single during the morning session

Zak Crawley (middle) and Dom Sibley (right) run a single during the morning session 

England's players, including the recalled Ollie Robinson (centre), applaud before the match

England’s players, including the recalled Ollie Robinson (centre), applaud before the match

India's fans were making themselves heard in the crowd at Trent Bridge in Nottingham

India’s fans were making themselves heard in the crowd at Trent Bridge in Nottingham




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