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In first Test Joe Root run-out sparks hosts’ collapse

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Published: 03:12 GMT, Aug 2, 2018 |
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A horrible run-out of Joe Root sparked an England collapse on day one of the first Test against India at Edgbaston.

Root was on 80 when he and Jonny Bairstow opted for a second run, only for Virat Kohli’s direct hit to beat the dive of the England captain.

From there, England lost four wickets for 27 runs and eventually limped to 285-9.

Earlier, they looked to be taking advantage of winning the toss on a surface that seems true for batting, but is also offering some encouragement to both pace and spin bowlers.

Root shared stands of 72 with Keaton Jennings, who made a watchful 42, and 104 with Bairstow, whose 70 was the most fluent batting of the day.

But, after Root and Bairstow were removed, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tormented England to end with 4-60.

It left England in a disappointing position on the first day of their 1,000th Test, played in front of a ground that was no more than three-quarters full.

The crowd was subdued until it was brought to life by England’s struggle, with some of the biggest cheers reserved for number 11 James Anderson blocking the hosts towards the close.

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