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Live Report – India vs England, 2nd Test, Chennai, 1st day | Cricket




Welcome to day one of our live report of the second India-England Test from Chennai. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here

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9.45am: Stone’s perfect start

Much debate about England’s policy of rotating their bowlers throughout this six-Test tour of the subcontinent, but a fresh new-ball pair of Stuart Broad and Olly Stone started right on the money. After Broad’s maiden to Rohit Sharma, Stone then claimed his first Test wicket since July 2019 with his third ball of the morning, as Shubman Gill padded up to one that would have toppled off stump. An easy decision for the umpire, as our own Andrew Miller called it:

9.30am: Let’s play!

Here’s Axar Patel getting his cap on debut. He’ll now be hoping to put his feet up and leave his bowling boots in the changing for the rest of the day… Time to get going out at Chepauk, where the crowds are back and Rohit Sharma is facing up to Broad, headband in place, with the new ball. Three slips and a gully watching on.

9.20am: Rotation situation




Stuart Broad trains during the Sri Lanka leg of England’s tour © ECB


England, of course, have made four changes to a winning team, partly due to injury but also because of preconceived plans about rest and rotation. Here’s Stuart Broad, back in the side in place of James Anderson, on his preparation having sat out the last two Tests: “[It’s gone] as well as can be expected, it’s been nearly a month since I had any form of match practice, but you’ve got to get what you can get in nets but that’s just part of the current situation we’re in. We saw how well the India bowlers came out in Australia after not much match practice and we’re in a similar boat today but we’ve had great facilities to train on, get the full run-up in the nets and I feel as ready as can be. It is quite hard to replicate match conditions in the nets, you just have to try and up your intensity as much as you can. That’s where experience [comes in], I’ve played a lot of cricket, I can fall back on knowledge and feel calm at the crease knowing that I’ve been there before.”

9am: India win the toss, make three changes

Hello and welcome to Chennai II: Payback. That, at least, is the script Virat Kohli is working from – and having won the toss and chosen to bat, his side should get to dictate terms on what is expected to be a much livelier track. India have given a debut to Axar Patel, whose absence through injury last week had a knock-on effect for the rest of the XI. With Patel fit, they have recalled Kuldeep Yadav for the first time in two years, while Mohammed Siraj replaces Jasprit Bumrah, who is rested after bowling 42 overs in his first Test on home soil. England had named their XII on the eve of the match, with Stuart Broad, Ben Foakes and Moeen Ali all coming in. The final spot came down to Olly Stone’s pace versus the experience (and batting) of Chris Woakes, with Stone getting the nod. He’ll play his second Test, having debuted against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019.

Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick


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