It has been pretty tough: Sam Curran on losing father as teenager

Sherman Parsons
August 6, 2018

Ben Stokes took three wickets on Saturday, including the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, as England won the first Test by 31 runs in a thrilling finish at Edgbaston. But without fellow all-rounder Curran's contribution, England may well have lost their 1,000th Test match. But he did admit that when India had the "initiative" they failed to grab it and that it had cost them dearly. "But luckily Stokesy got an awesome spell this morning and turned the game around". In the match local team England won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

"From the team's perspective, I think it was right up there", Kohli said.

The second of five tests starts at Lord's on Thursday. He missed the last Test of that series, in which he aggregated 142 runs in six innings and Australia lost 3-1.

It was a particularly timely reminder to the England and Wales Cricket Board of the long game's enduring worth as they continue planning to reinvent the wheel by launching a proposed 100-ball format in 2020.

Bayliss added: "We're very much in the hunt".

"It sets up the series". Our shot selection could have been better. Joe Root's dismissal opened the floodgates and it was a one-way traffic after that. Only captain Virat Kohli scored 149 runs in the match but rest of the players could not cross 26 runs so far.

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As such, Smith hasn't played any Test cricket since being suspended for his role in the ball-tampering incident in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March. There was enough in there for the quicks and it was doing quite a bit.

One does not know whether the unpredictable selections by Kohli and Shastri are surprising their opponents but they are certainly unsettling Team India. The skipper did check for DRS review but it went in England's favour. "That's what happened to Dinesh Karthik as well in the first innings", he said.

Ishant Sharma (11), who has a county half-century this summer, came down as low as number ten, and looked more comfortable than Shami immediately.

"I'm sure they'll be going away working out how they can play it, as we're going working on how to play the off-spin". The Eden Gardens Test of 1972-73 ended with India winning by 28 runs.

At nine down, it was but a matter of time even as Pandya tried to stay at the wicket and fight until the very end. Paceman Umesh Yadav rattled the stumps of Rashid, who survived 40 deliveries.

With India edging their way towards victory on Saturday, it was no surprise when England captain Joe Root brought the Durham all-rounder on as first change. Former England captain Nasser Hussain wondered why Ashwin was taken off for one hour at that stage, despite an average of 19 against left-handed batsmen like Curran who went on to top-score with 60.

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