England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day July 29, 2011

Finn's incredible journey, and the return of Sreesanth

Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge

Journey of the day
Steven Finn took five wickets last night before driving up the motorway to Trent Bridge as cover with Chris Tremlett injured. However, with no mishaps before play he was soon back in his car to rejoin Middlesex for their County Championship match against Derbyshire where he replaced Steven Crook. He duly took a wicket in his first over and ended with 3 for 51 in 14.2. It's been a productive couple of days with a few hundred miles of driving inbetween.

Early flashpoint of the day
It must be something about the Nottingham air that causes tensions to become frayed when these two teams meet. In 2007 jelly beans made their infamous appearance as did Sreesanth's combustible character. Despite Sreesanth being back in the team, though, he wasn't the first India bowler to lose his cool. This time it was Praveen Kumar who couldn't believe a shout for lbw against Kevin Pietersen was turned down by Marais Erasmus. Praveen stood with hands on hips - as did most of the Indians - and at the end of the over had to be moved away from the umpire by Harbhajan Singh as the situation nearly boiled over with Praveen wagging his finger. He may be hearing from the match referee.

Distraction of the day
Batsmen are very easily put off when taking strike. As Pietersen resumed after lunch he wasn't happy with the sighting area behind the bowler's arm at the Pavilion End. It's a mixture of windows, panels, blinds and sheets. In the middle a set of windows were uncovered and this seemed to be the problem area. It was fixed enough for Pietersen to resume but he soon edged one to third slip. Was he put off? Whatever the cause, later in the day all the windows were blocked out again.

Fake celebration of the day
Sreesanth was understandably pumped after removing Pietersen but he almost got a little too carried away. Ian Bell got a leading edge which flew towards Sreesanth in his follow through and he dived forward before seemingly throwing the ball up in celebration. However, none of his team-mates moved - they'd noticed it had clearly landed short - and he sheepishly returned to his mark. The antics, even if in humour, prompted regular boos from the Trent Bridge crowd whenever Sreesanth fielded the ball on the boundary. The 'character' was back.

Over of the day
In his second over of his afternoon spell Praveen knocked the stuffing out of England's top order. They had just lost Pietersen and now two more went in a hurry. Praveen drew Andrew Strauss it a loose drive after probing away wide of off stump before drawing him into the shot. Then he greeted Eoin Morgan with deliveries that moved both ways - first into the left-hander, then away - before trapping him lbw, although it was a marginal call from the umpire. Morgan even asked Asad Rauf what he'd given, in case it was a catch he could review, but was told that the decision was leg before.

Lifter of the day
Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann changed the momentum of the day with their ninth-wicket stand of 73 in 11 overs but the way it ended will have interested everyone. A delivery from Praveen spat off a good length and reared into Swann's gloves then looped to slip. Surfaces here can produce uneven bounce so this could be a sign of things to come. Of more immediate concern for England, however, was that Swann was soon on his way to hospital for an x-ray on his left hand - at least not his bowling hand. He wasn't vital to the attack on the first evening, but would be a major loss for the rest of the match.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bryn on July 31, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    wow finn is almost as bad in county cricket than test cricket. sreesnath has serious issues the fact that he plays professional sport is embarrassing how did he even get past under 10s?

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I think india have to be aggressive while batting.It is evident when broad and swann are batting freely with no respect to the lethal swing of indian bowlers. Suddenly the whole scenario changed and the bowlers length and control of the game shattered.This is what indian batsmen have to do against englishmen.You have to dictate the terms by attacking and there by disturbing their line and length.Go India.

  • Sashank on July 30, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @ Mahesh Sankaran

    I was thinking that it is how it is operated now. Only ball-tracking is not allowed, is it not? Like you said, the batsman should be able to review an LBW decision if he'd nicked it using Hotspot.

    But then, it raises the question - if the umpire deemed that the ball was hitting but that the batsman nicked it, when in fact there is no edge, can the bowler review? That will involve the bowler asking why the umpire turned it down and then review, so that just won't work I guess. Quite confusing actually.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    I find this rule of not being able to review LBWs a bit ridiculous.What if the umpire missed an inside edge and declared the batsman LBW? The DRS (Hotspot) would reveal the mistake, and nobody, including the BCCI, has any issues with Hotspot. The rule should be no ball tracking (even that is debatable), but to say that you cannot review LBWs is simply wrong.

  • Dimuthu on July 29, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    TENDULKAAARR!!!!!!111 That is all

  • FAZ on July 29, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    well played broady...they bowled well but you showed fight and grit. if we can get dravid, laxman and sachin out in the first session the rest should be easy!

  • Subha on July 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    India lost the advantage at 118/8 England were reeling but 221 is a good score on this track...Indians have to bat out of their skin and it's not going to be easy!!!!

  • Sreejith on July 29, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Like how languages are different, people are different too. Learn to understand and respect these differences. Sreesanth is not like regular people. He is different. Try to understand Sreesanth's differences. Then maybe you will learn to respect Sreesanth!

  • Sreejith on July 29, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Fake celebration of the day??? We Love him him celebrating... Let him celebrate!!!

  • rahul on July 29, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    great job INDIA.....especially bowlers

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