England v India Test Live: India take opening day honours at Edgbaston

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England collapsed after Joe Root's run-out.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin bowled opener Alastair Cook in the first hour before England fought their way to 83-1 after 28 overs at lunch. India hit back with a second wicket early into the second session with pacer Mohammed Shami getting the better of Keaton Jennings who departed for 42. The India pacer then had Dawid Malan trapped lbw soon after to reduce England to 112-3. Joe Root has since gone on to register another Test half-century as the hosts went into tea at 163-3.

Jonny Bairstow then notched up his half-century in just 72 balls as England went past the 200-run mark. The England skipper missed out on a Test century once again after he was run-out by Virat Kohli for 80 runs. Bairstow joined his skipper back in the pavilion almost immediately after he dragged an Umesh Yadav delivery on to his stumps. The hosts’ woes were further heightened in the next over with Ashwin dismissing Jos Buttler for a duck to reduce England to 224-6. Stokes fell to the off-spinner soon after before Ishant Sharma removed Adil Rashid with the second new-ball.

The hosts were batting on 285-9 when stumps were drawn at Birmingham.

Joe Root chose to bat first after winning the toss in England‘s 1,000th Test match against India at Edgbaston. The hosts were as announced on the eve of this landmark occasion, the first of five Tests over the next six weeks, with Adil Rashid confirmed as their only spinner.

India left out Cheteshwar Pujara, replacing him with KL Rahul after his run of poor form with the bat, and they too picked just one spinner – Ravi Ashwin unsurprisingly getting the nod.

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England captain Joe Root cannot wait to unleash 'the real' Adil Rashid against India

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Rashid is being made a scapegoat by England's decision to select him.

Joe Root is ready to unleash the real Adil Rashid against India in England’s 1,000th Test.

Root confirmed on the eve of the landmark occasion that his fellow Yorkshireman, subject of an open-season reaction since his controversial selection in a 13-man squad last week, will be the hosts’ sole spinner at Edgbaston on Wednesday (14:00 UAE).

The England captain spelled out too that, contrary to some rumblings, he needed no persuading about Rashid’s recall – at a time when the leg-spinner has no first-class contract with Yorkshire or any apparently imminent plans to return to county championship action this summer.

He senses Rashid’s significant white-ball improvement for club and country indicates that at the age of 30 he has matured to the point that he should be ready to do himself and England full justice at Test level.

England will certainly need him to be more of a threat than his career figures to date suggest – after 38 wickets at an average of 42.78 from 10 overseas caps, including most recently five in India up to December 2016.

Root has known Rashid throughout his own professional career, having followed him up through the ranks at Yorkshire, and said: “He’s very talented – he always has been.

“I think over the last couple of years … he has grown as a player massively.

“He’s got high skill levels, which I think are very transferable into Test cricket.

“I’ve known Adil for a long time, seen his success over the last year in white-ball cricket and feel I have an opportunity to get the best out of him in this format now.”

Rashid’s chance comes at the expense of fellow spinner Moeen Ali, who alongside uncapped seamer Jamie Porter has not graduated from squad to team.

Root added: “(Adil) is bowling with a huge amount of confidence at the minute … (and) has matured a hell of a lot since he last played Test cricket.

“Obviously I was in favour of the selection, and I think it gives us a really great attacking spinning option.”

He believes the furore in some quarters over Rashid’s selection – despite his current white-ball only status, and including in part from Yorkshire – has been misplaced.

“In terms of the criticism, people are entitled to their opinions and can voice what they want.

“I probably think it’s slightly unfair – but (that’s) my opinion.”

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A look back at India's Test record at Edgbaston as they search for first win at the ground

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Gautam Gambhir scored 38 and 14 in the two innings in the 2011 defeat

England welcome India to Edgbaston on Wednesday as the five-match Test series gets underway in Birmingham.

The tourists have a dismal record at the venue having lost five of their six games against England with their first defeat going way back to 1967.

Here, we look at all the six games as India look to register their first win in the Midlands.

JULY 1967 – LOST BY 132 RUNS

You have to go back to the days when Geoffrey Boycott was playing for India’s first defeat at this venue. England made 298 in the first innings after half-centuries by John Murray (77) and Ken Barrington (75) before India were shot out for 92. England added 203 in the second innings to set India a mammoth 410 to win. Ajit Wadekar top-scored with 70 but the tourists were all out for 277.

JULY 1974 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 78 RUNS

If India’s last visit was dismal then 1974 was even worse. Sunil Gavaskar was out for a duck as India were all out for 165 with Farouk Engineer top-scoring with an unbeaten 64. England declared on 459-2 with David Lloyd smashing 214 while Mike Denness scored a century.

England did more damage with the ball with Mike Hendrick and Chris Old taking three wickets each as India were dismissed for 216.

JULY 1979 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 83 RUNS

England made the perfect start by declaring on a mammoth total of 633-5 thanks to a 200 from David Gower and a ton from Boycott. Bob Willis was among the bowlers to impress with three wickets with Ian Botham also taking two scalps as India registered 297 on their first attempt.

Gavaskar was one of three players to reach half-centuries but Botham’s five-wicket haul was too much for India as they crashed to 253 all out.

JULY 1986 – DRAW

The only time that India have travelled to Edgbaston and come away undefeated. Unlike their previous visits, India managed to cross the 300-run mark when they hit 390 in a solid team effort that featured no centuries. Mohinder Amarnath top-scored with 79 to match England’s first innings and after the hosts were all out for 235, the Indians fell short of their 236-run target when they ended on 174-5.

JUNE 1996 – LOST BY EIGHT WICKETS

India had a young Sachin Tendulkar in the team but even his century in the second innings could not stop his side falling to another defeat. India were already up against it when they started their second innings after England took a 99-run first innings lead and while Tendulkar’s 122 saw India reach 219, Mike Atherton’s unbeaten half-century saw them reach the 121-run target with ease.

Sachin Tendulkar scored a century against England

Sachin Tendulkar scored a century against England

AUGUST 2011 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 242 RUNS

Even with a squad boasting the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and VVS Laxman could avoid an embarrassing defeat. After India were all out for 224 in their first innings, England piled on the pressure as Alastair Cook hit 294 while Eoin Morgan  scored a century to help the hosts to 710-7. Jimmy Anderson showed why he is one of the best pacers around with four wickets as India came nowhere near.

Alastair Cook scored 294 in the match

Alastair Cook scored 294 in the match

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