England are on the back foot after an awful day at the crease saw them all out for 183 on day one of their first Test against India (Match betting – England 11/2, draw 5/6, India 13/8).
The hosts arrived into the five-Test series without their star man in Ben Stokes, who is taking an indefinite break from cricket in order to focus on his mental health struggles.
Bowling duo Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer are also absent but it was with the bat where England were lacking on Wednesday.
Joe Root’s side won the toss and elected to bat first but India’s fearsome attack soon made them regret that decision as Jaspirit Bumrah dismissed opener Rory Burns for lbw in just the fifth ball of the match.
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley didn’t last much longer with the former out for 18 after being bowled by Mohammed Shami while Mohammed Siraj got the latter for 27.
Captain Root was probably the only man to come away with a shred of credit to his name after he halted India’s progress in the afternoon with a classy knock of 64.
However, Shardul Thakur’s delivery got the better of Root and England’s batting attack soon fell like dominoes.
India’s four-strong bowling attack were superb and at one, they claimed six wickets in 9.5 overs.
Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, and Ollie Robinson all fell for ducks at Trent Bridge with India’s pacemen taking full advantage of conditions.
Bumrah got 4-46 while Shami totalled 3-28 in what was a sobering day for the hosts, with many of their side coming into the game without much recent red-ball cricket under their belts.
Jimmy Anderson fell after tea as England were all out for 183 and India’s serene knock of 21-0 ended a terrible day at the office for Root and co.
“It was a really difficult day. We’ve not quite reached the mark that we wanted to,” said England batting coach Marcus Trescothick.
“There’s a lot of white-ball cricket in the middle of summer, that’s always a challenge. We’d like a bit more red-ball cricket.
“They felt good coming in. You walk out of the nets feeling good. Maybe the battle of a real Test match just highlighted that you need a little bit more. I don’t think confidence is an issue.”