LiveEngland v India (day one as it happened), The Ageas Bowl

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  • England are batting after winning the toss.
  • Three changes have been made to the team that lost at Lord's; Jos Buttler is in for Matt Prior, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan are in for Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes


247-2 A near-perfect day for England is over. We'll be back tomorrow morning, when Ballance (104*) and Bell (16*) will resume.


Romsey Advertiser:

247-2 Rod Bransgrove was discussing arguably the best day of his chairmanship when Gary Ballance (104*) reached the third hundred of his six-Test career. Quotes in tomorrow's Daily Echo. Two overs left tonight.


213-2 Cook (95) goes in very unfortunate fashion, caught behind down the leg side against the slow left-arm of Ravindra Jadeja.  He walked off to a standing ovation, a noticeable contrast to the reception Kevin Pietersen received when he was bowled by Liam Dawson here in 2012. Incidentally, KP has tweeted this today: "Yowza...Cook getting some today! Brilliant for Alastair the batsman..."   


200-1 Another ruthless pull shot, against Mohammed Shami, has taken Cook to 91*


186-1 An excellent session for England. Cook (82*), Ballance (72*)


184-1 Cook (81*) glances his first boundary in 67 balls off his legs against Jadeja


173-1 Two fours in three balls for Gary Ballance (64*) against Pankaj Singh - another cover drive and an emphatic square cut


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158-1 Batting against slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja and a 7-2 leg-side field, Gary Ballance has reached a fine fifty (107 balls, five fours)




155-1 Alastair Cook (74*) has put on 100 with Gary Ballance (48*) and has his highest Test score since his last century, his 130 against New Zealand at Headingley 14 months and 27 innings ago


143-1 Alastair Cook (70*) goes past David Gower to become England's third-highest run scorer. He has had excellent support from the Ageas Bowl crowd, having received a standing ovation when he reached his 98-ball fifty. 


118-1 Confirmation from Hampshire Cricket that The Ageas Bowl is only a few hundred short of the 17,500 capacity, now the late arrivals have overcome travel problems to get here. Another 11,000 are expected tomorrow and sales for the third day's play are now up to 8,000.


109-1 Lovely on-drive from Ballance (19*) against Kumar


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105-1 Cook (59*) and Ballance (15*) have now put on 50 for England's second wicket


78-1 (29 overs) Cook (48*) cut his fifth four in slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja's first over, the last before the interval. Gary Ballance (4*) has so far helped add 23 for the second wicket.

India bowling: Kumar 12-3-25-0, Mohammed Shami 9-1-29-1, Pankaj Singh 6-1-13-0, R Sharma 1-0-7-0, Jadeja 1-0-4-0


74-1 Cook (44*) cut his fourth boundary in the first over from off-spinner Rohit Sharma


56-0 Alastair Cook (30*) has been out for ducks in two of his previous three England innings at The Ageas Bowl, but he has an impressive record here against India, having hit 80* and 102 in leading his country to one-day international wins in 2007 and 2011.

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55-1 Sam Robson (c Jadeja b Shami 26) was squared up by a good ball that left him. He edged to third slip, where Jadeja made amends for his earlier drop. 



55-0 Cook (29*) cut his first boundary in 51 balls after Kumar came back on at the Pavilion End. He has gone past Kevin Pietersen's Test aggregate to become England's fourth-highest run scorer of all time this morning.  


51-0 Another lovely cover drive from Sam Robson (26*) against Mohammed Shami, who has replaced Kumar at the Northern End.


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27-0 Cook dropped at third slip on 15 by Jadeja off Pankaj Singh, who is bowling from the Pavilion End. Hopefully he will make them pay for that. He certainly needs a break after 27 innings without a Test century 


Shot of the day so far, Sam Robson (10*) has cover driven Kumar for his first four. 25-0 



Mohammed Shami beat the outside edge of Alastair Cook in his opening over. England are seven without loss after two.


This is a huge match for Alastair Cook, who nicked the first ball just short of the slips before getting off the mark with a single against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took 5-82 and 6-82 in the first innings of the first two Tests


India have made their first changes of the series, with Ishant Sharma, England's destroyer at Lord's, and Stuart Binny making way for Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh.

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni*†, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh


England have made three changes from the last Test, with Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan in for Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett and debutant Jos Biuttler in for Matt Prior: Cook*, Robson, Ballance, Bell, Root, Moeen Ali, Buttler†, Woakes, Jordan, Broad, Anderson


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