England were bowled out cheaply for 183 in the first innings of the Trent Bridge Test.

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India’s five-match Test series in England began on a fantastic note as the hosts were bowled out for just 183 runs on the opening day’s play in the first Test in Nottingham. England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first on a green top in Trent Bridge. The decision backfired as the English batting unit failed to respond to the call. 

At the end of day’s play, Marcus Trescothick, former England batter and current batting coach chatted with the media. During this interaction, the Somerset man praised the Indian bowling unit for their performance and also called them ‘the most potent’ in world cricket. India opted to go with a four-seamer attack in Nottingham with Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, and Shardul Thakur.

‘They have a lot of bases covered’- Trescothick on the Indian bowling unit

“They’re probably the most potent in comparison to where they’ve been for a few years. They have a lot of bases covered. When they needed certain wickets you can just see the guys who were not playing in the season. You know how much quality they have all sorts of good stuff for red ball bowlers currently,” Trescothick said during the virtual press conference.

Trescothick further went on to point out that India has been successful in Test cricket given their competency with the ball. The former England opener also gave an example of the Australian tour earlier this year when India won their second successive series in Australia. According to him, the bowling performance of India didn’t surprise the English team.  

“You know, they don’t get to be in the World Test Championship final for no reason. They play home and away and of course, they’ve got to have facts to back that up. I think a lot of people watched that when they went to Australia and how well they performed over there, so it’s no surprise to us,” Trescothick said. 

Trescothick further said that the opening day didn’t go well for the Englishmen but the team will sit back to have a chat. He also looked determined while saying that there is a whole Test match left to be played and beyond that, four Test matches, so England will try and find a way to get back. More unfortunately for England, India ended the day on 21 for 0 after facing 13 nervous overs. 


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