Home > News >

India vs England 1st Test at Trent Bridge: Five key points that emerged from 1st Test at Trent Bridge

MS Dhoni-led India drew the first Test against England at Trent Bridge © Getty Images
MS Dhoni-led India drew the first Test against England at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

By Julian Guyer

Nottingham: Jul 14, 2014

The first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge ended in a draw to leave the teams all square in their five-match series ahead of the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday.

AFP Sport examines five key points to emerge from the stalemate in Nottingham.

1. Pitch battle

An utterly docile Trent Bridge pitch was heart-breaking for any bowler operating above medium pace.

Few things are so central to determining the course of a game as the state of the pitch and any more like this during the remainder of the series will have seamers on both sides begging for mercy.

2. England in a spin

Going into a Test without a specialist slow bowler is often a risky strategy.

Yet that is what England did at Trent Bridge where part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali’s 18 first-innings overs cost 97 runs, compared to India slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja‘s 35 for 80 runs.

For Lord’s, England have called up Lancashire left-armer Simon Kerrigan whose only previous Test appearance saw him concede 53 runs in just eight wicketless overs against Australia at The Oval last year.

India, by contrast, have the option of bringing in off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has taken 104 wickets at an average of under 29 in 19 Tests.

3. Umpires strike back

One of cricket’s enduringly dramatic moments was restored to its rightful place at Trent Bridge where the sight of the umpire raising his finger confirmed a batsman was out, rather than being the basis for the start of a protracted, and frequently inconclusive, debate.

Indian objections mean the Decision Review System is not being used this series and, whatever your views on that, its absence certainly speeded up the game.

4. Stuart Binny shows his character

Prior to the match, India captain MS Dhoni had said Stuart Binny “won’t be as good as Jacques Kallis” which, while a fair point, was probably not what the all-rounder needed to hear ahead of a debut at the relatively late age of 30.

Binny was having a performance to forget in scoring one and then taking no wickets for 37 runs.

But, with England given a glimmer of hope after the tourists were 184 for six in their second innings on Sunday, he demonstrated both composure and class in an innings of 78 that secured the draw.

5. Alastair Cook has a sense of humour

Cook can come across as quite an earnest figure but in bringing himself on when the game was all but over he demonstrated a neat line in impressions of former England bowlers, including a passable Bob Willis, and took his first Test wicket into the bargain.

However, the opening batsman’s lack of runs is no laughing matter. Cook’s dismissal for five in this match meant he had gone 25 innings since compiling the last of his England record 25 Test hundreds, during which time he averages 24.

He now needs a big score as much as England, following a run of nine Tests without a win, need a victory.

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

10 little-known facts about Sir Frank Worrell

Statistical analysis of Jacques Kallis’s ODI career

England England vs India England vs India 2014 Ian Bell India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa Sri Lanka

Alastair Cook calls on England to repeat India win in 4th Test at Old Trafford

Azhar Mahmood aims to raise money for mental health patients

Indian-origin Israeli cricketers don army uniforms in armed conflict

India to announce ODI squad for England on August 7

England should maintain good performance, even if James Anderson misses out: Geoffrey Boycott

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

Faisal Iqbal: Political interference has caused harm to my international career

Ray Markham — The Press Box Scorer who made it from the Loft to Lord’s

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

India made 16 requests to Twitter for user information in the first half of 2014

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Hina Khan and Karan Mehra aka Akshara- Naitik celebrate the 1500th episode!

Kick box office collection: Salman Khan’s action flick earns Rs 164.09 crore in one week!

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Google brings 76 more India heritage sites and rare archives online

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here