England, after Joe Root opted to bat, lost two four wickets before lunch and then slumped to 86/6 in the afternoon, until Sam Curran put up tremendous resistance with a career-best 78 to get them to 246 on day one of the fourth Test at The Ageas Bowl. Curran scored 48% of the 160 runs that England’s last four wickets added before he was last out, bowled by R Ashwin when attempting a big heave.

His partnership of 81 for the seventh wicket with Moeen Ali (40) and ninth-wicket stand of 63 in 57 balls with Stuart Broad wasted much of the good work India’s pace attack had done, and could yet prove match-shifting. In four overs before stumps, India made 19 runs as the new ball continued to move wildly.