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Bumrah and Shami demolish sorry England

India's seamers ripped through an undercooked and ill-equipped England battling line-up to take charge on day one of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat on a Nottinghamshire surface that promised assistance to the seamers and the tourists took advantage with a masterful performance.

Only Root offered any significant resistance with a fluent 64 as Jasprit Bumrah (4-46) and Mohammed Shami (3-28) excelled to skittle the hosts for 183.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul guided India to 21 without loss at stumps, showing far more aptitude than England's top order.

Rory Burns was brilliantly set up in a first over examination from Bumrah, who pushed deliveries across the left-hander before bringing one back in to trap him lbw – the first of four ducks on the England card.

Virat Kohli's excitably erratic reviewing can prove a hindrance at times but he was vindicated in going upstairs to discover Zak Crawley, who appeared in good touch en route to 27, got a faint inside edge behind off Mohammed Siraj (1-48).

Dom Sibley shovelled Shami to short midwicket in the second over after lunch to curtail a painstaking 18, uniting Root with his great friend Jonny Bairstow for a solid stand of 72 that suggested England might have got to grips with a considerable task.

But Shami successfully reviewed to have Bairstow lbw for 29 on the stroke of tea and Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson all came and went without scoring around Root being trapped in front by Shardul Thakur (2-41).

From 138-3, England had slumped to 155-8, whereupon a breezy 27 not out from Sam Curran offered some brief respite. Such moments might be few and far between in this series for Root's men on this evidence.

Bumrah and Shami suggest plenty of toil to come for England

Before getting too carried away with India's dominance on day one, it is worth remembering England won the first Test when the sides met in a reverse series earlier this year, before subsiding to a 3-1 defeat.

However, Root's lack of high-class spin bowling depth was always likely to catch up with him. By contrast, India have a seam attack perfectly suited to English conditions, led by the immaculate Bumrah and Shami.

Along with threatening both sides of the bat, the new-ball pair were miserly throughout, meaning Root and Bairstow could never get away when they threatened to turn the tide. Bumrah's economy rate of from 20.4 overs was 2.22, with Shami returning an even more miserly 1.64 across his 17.

England pay the price for chaotic schedule

Being without premier talents such as Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer would hurt any side, but England – or, more accurately, the administrators in charge of their workload – do not help themselves. While India have spent two months acclimatising to foreign conditions after the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, England's batsmen have appeared fleetingly in white-ball cricket.

This batting debacle in the longest form of the game coming amid the launch of The Hundred will do nothing to quell arguments on either side of what is starting to look like an ugly divide in English cricket.

Buttler, one of the faces of the fledgling competition and a global star, has seldom looked so lost on a cricket field as he did during his 18-ball duck. On the other hand, it was the wicketkeeper-batsman's first red-ball outing since the Chennai Test in February, so what should we expect?