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

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Jermaine Lawson inspires United States to an emphatic win over Bermuda

West Indies cancel tour of India: Marlon Samuels reveals he did not want to abandon tour

Duleep Trophy, East Zone vs South Zone, 1st semi-final at Rohtak: South win by innings and 118 runs

Live Streaming: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3 at Dubai

Saqlain Mushtaq finishes month-long remedial work with Saeed Ajmal

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Saqlain Mushtaq finishes month-long remedial work with Saeed Ajmal

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Live Streaming: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3 at Dubai

Happy New Year quick review: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone make this heist thriller worth watching!

‘Facebook killer’ Ello raises $5.5 million in funding

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Why are Karan Patel and Kamya Punjabi lying about their relationship?

Facebook’s Rooms is a new iOS app that lets users chat about their interests anonymously

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here