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

Caribbean Premier League, 2014

Jul 11, 2014 (23:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Caribbean Premier League, 2014

Jul 12, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Caribbean Premier League, 2014

Jul 12, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Caribbean Premier League, 2014

Jul 17, 2014 (01:00 IST)   at North Sound, Antigua

Caribbean Premier League, 2014

Jul 17, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Providence, Guyana

More

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 105 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 9 wkts

Photos

Highlights of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

Will Duncan Fletcher exit, or will he hang on and risk getting sacked?

India’s coaching saga: Need stable options leading up to the ICC World Cup 2015

Ravi Shastri’s appointment could be the last straw for Duncan Fletcher

Michael Vaughan and his Twitter misdemeanours

Ravi Shastri will be His Master’s Voice; Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney convenient ‘bakras’

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014

India women, England women face off in World Cup qualifiers

Hashim Amla to be rested from 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe

BKS Iyengar, Sachin Tendulkar’s instructor and yoga legend, passes away at 95

Imran Khan – Nawaz Sharif meeting announcement turns out to be fake

MS Dhoni’s failure in England series mocked by Amul

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

Bernard Tancred: Best batsman of the first South African side

BCCI appoints Justice Mudgal to probe India’s overseas defeats

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

659 Posts | 6 Fans

India tour of England 2014: Sunil Gavaskar says Indian batsmen did not learn anything

Rani Mukerji turns into a photographer!

India women, England women face off in World Cup qualifiers

Dr Harsh Vardhan promises to put healthcare before politics

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Hansika Motwani brings ALS ice bucket challenge to Kollywood!

178 million phones at security risk in Middle East, Africa: Report

How to be in a new relationship after a bad break-up

Karbonn Titanium S19 selfie smartphone featuring a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Android KitKat launched for Rs 8,999

NHRC notice to Gujarat govt over poor facilities

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here