Hello and welcome to the coverage of day one of the 3rd Test between England and India at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. The match starts at 3.30 PM IST.
Sourav Ganguly hands over Pankaj Singh his Test cap. Looks like Ishant Sharma is unfit and might miss out.
Right Toss, time: England have won the toss and elected to BAT. Cook - It's going to be a good cricket wicket. It might help the bowlers early on but will settle down as a good wicket.
Dhoni says they were 50-50, I think there is a bit of moisture on the pitch but we are worried about the 5th day where the rough patches might come into play. We just need someone who will have to bowl 10-12 overs. We have seen Rohit is a good off spin bowler so that looks to be a good fit.
Two changes for India as Ishant Sharma is unfit and Pankaj Singh makes his Test debut. Rohit Sharma replaces Stuart Binny.
Three changes for England. Joss Buttler, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett.
ENG XI: Cook, Robson, Ballance, Bell, Root, Moeen Ali, Buttler, Woakes, Jordan, Broad, Anderson.
India XI: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, R Sharma, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, B Kumar, Shami, Pankaj Singh.
Right! The England openers Alastair Cook and Sam Robson have made their way out to the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start off proceedings for India.
First ball....Edged but just short! A tad full outside off, swinging away. Cook looks to push but gets an outside edge which falls short of the second slip fielder.
It's been a good start by the Indian bowlers. They managed to beat the outside edge on a couple of occasions. Both the batsmen poked outside off and misses. The only boundary so far has come off the outside edge off Cook through third man.
The bowlers are getting good movement. They need to utilise this to good effect.
Meanwhile in another intriguing match, Sri Lanka have set South Africa a target of 369 in 128 overs. It's turning out to be a pretty good series so far....
Cook is batting way outside his crease.
Cook and Robson seem to have grown in confidence. They are leaving the ball confidently. Robson played a lovely cover drive for a boundary. Pankaj Singh is bowling in the right areas but is struggling to fine that bit of extra movement. He's bowled two overs so far. Off which one was a maiden and one cost just a single run.
The Slip cordon is shouting out to Bhuvneshwar 'Drive pe laa, drive pe' (Get Robson to drive)
Oh boy! Jadeja has dropped Cook! Pankaj comes from round the wicket and delivers a good length delivery. Cook pushes at it and gets an outside edge. Jadeja at 3rd Slip drops a regulation catch. Huge let off for Cook. Pankaj Singh is unlucky..........
Robson looks positive out in the middle. He's looking good on the drive - a shot that has brought about his downfall in the pads. He hit a lovely cover drive off Bhuvneshwar for a boundary and then flicked Pankaj Singh for a lovely wristy four. The outfield seems to be slow...........
Cook has to make most of the lifeline provided to him by Jadeja!
Drinks on day 1: England have got off to a cautious start but they will be happy not to have lost a wicket in the crucial first hour. Cook had a lifeline when Jadeja dropped a regulation catch at third slip off Pankaj Singh. Robson has played a couple of lovely cover drives and looks unflustered. Cook, meanwhile looks cautious.
50 Comes up for England. They will be happy with the start. Indians have missed out on early wickets with the new ball. Shami has struggled with his lines. Bowling half-volleys outside off and on the pads. Robson has made a point to dismiss those to the boundary rope. Cook meanwhile, has looked cautious. He crashed one for a boundary off the back foot off Bhuvneshwar and that might have given him a lot of confidence.
OUT! Shami draws first blood. Robson departs. Jadeja manages to hold on to this one at 3rd slip. Eng-55/1. Good length delivery on off, nips away. Robson pushes at it and gets an outside edge to third slip where Jadeja - this time - manages to hold on.
SD Robson c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 26 (59b, 4x4, 0x6)
Gary Ballance is the new batsman.
Cook is on 31 and it's his highest score of the summer. Needs to convert this into a big one.......
Ballance got off to a nervy start as he edged one off Bhuvneshwar to first slip but it fell short of the fielder. Cook looks assured playing off his pads but seems to have lost his concentration a bit as he goes for a booming drive outside off but gets an outside edge wide of the slip cordon for a streaky boundary. Shami has found his rhythm it seems.
Meanwhile..... The ICC has urged Dhoni and Cook to respect judicial process in Jadeja-Anderson spat.
Here's a part of what they sent out in the press release - The International Cricket Council (ICC) today urged all relevant parties to respect the judicial process in relation to the alleged incident that took place during the first Test at Trent Bridge which has resulted in charges being brought against England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja.
In a statement on Sunday, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “England captain Alastair Cook and, more recently, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have made public comments relating to the alleged incident that took place during the first Test at Trent Bridge, the latter of which is critical of and undermines the ICC disciplinary process.
Lunch day 1: England will be satisfied with the first session, they scored 78 runs for the loss of just one wicket. Cook is still at the crease along with Ballance. India might rue the missed chance when jadeja dropped Cook at third slip.
Cook is nearing fifty and this might be his chance of redemption. India would be looking for early wickets after break......
Right! Back for post-lunch session....