India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 1st day December 13, 2012

Cook suffers on Root's bow

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first day in Nagpur

Close-call of the day
Jonathan Trott was on seven and the score was 11 for 1 when, attempting to drive a delivery from Ishant Sharma, he seemed to complete the stroke too early and was struck on the front pad by the ball. India were convinced it was out but the umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, gave Trott the benefit of the doubt. Hawkeye suggested that the ball was going on to hit middle stump but Trott was struck fractionally outside the line of off stump. It was very, very close.

Error of the day
If India were feeling aggrieved at the not out decision to Trott, their mood was quickly improved by the lbw decision against Alastair Cook in Sharma's next over. Cook, the most prolific batsman on either side in this series, was struck on the front pad as he prodded forward, with replays suggesting the ball would have missed the off stump by some way. It was a surprising error from Dharmasena, who was named the ICC's umpire of the year in September, and another reminder of the value of the DRS.

Selection of the day
The selection of Joe Root was something of a surprise. While the decision to drop Samit Patel, whose spin has been ineffective and who has failed with the bat, was not unexpected, 21-year-old Root was thought to be behind Jonny Bairstow and perhaps Eoin Morgan too in the race to replace him. But with Bairstow having looked unconvincing against spin in Mumbai and Morgan having done little to dispel the poor impression he made in the UAE - he averaged only 19.00 in the 2012 County Championship season - Root's ability to play spin won him a maiden Test cap.

While Root has had little opportunity to impress on this tour, he did score 166 for the England Performance Programme (EPP) a couple of weeks ago. He also made a good impression on the last EPP and Lions tours where his ability to play spin was identified by the ECB's lead batting coach, Graham Thorpe. Former England stalwart Paul Collingwood, now working as a TV summariser, presented the cap to Root a few minutes before the toss.

Wicket of the day
Ravindra Jadeja's first Test wicket owed more than a little to batsman error. Jonathan Trott, solid after his early lbw scare, left a straight one and watched it thump into his off-stump. It was an odd stroke - or lack of stroke - bearing in mind there had been little spin throughout the day. Trott and Kevin Pietersen had added 86 runs together in 39 overs and the dismissal began a turning of the tide in India's favour.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Comments on umpiring with the benefit of a slow replay is unfair to the umpire who has to take a decision at the moment and most batsman move their feet and this can cause some reason for such mistakes. It has also been seen that even with TV rep-lays to decide appeals do not guarantee a fool proof decision, I think arm chair commentators sitting in the comfort of their air conditioned cabins with the benefit of sl mo replays should desist from condemning honest, impartial umpires. And quite often these get compensated in one way or another. There should be a ICC ruling o0n such unfair comments on umpiring and let the umpire panel tale note of such mistakes if any and make an overall assessment of the umpire's ability.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Mr. Dobell, probably you didnt watch the replays of Trott's appeal. The ball clearly struck him on off stump. Stop calling for DRS when it suits you!

  • Shahid on December 14, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Dharmasena once again. No matter whether you are against or for DRS, Dharmasne should be shown a red card. How come this guy got umpire of the year award! There is something wrong somewhere.

  • Poovarasan on December 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Jadeja - Under Dhoni T20 - flopped ODI - flopped IPL- flopped Test -?

  • Peter on December 13, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @KameshRao. Not sure what you were reading re: DRS, but every article I read when England got the decision, it was also mentioned. India's better tactics were the reason, not the low slow pitch which helped balls "die" after pitching? Let's wait till a couple of days when the pitch has the final say, shall we?

  • Peter on December 13, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @vikasverma: "Trotts LBW shout was marginal,, I saw it , it was PLUMB"

    I don't understand your point. If Trott was struck outside the line of off stump then the rules of cricket clearly state that the batsman can't be given out if attempting a shot. According to the article, it JUST hit him outside the line. It doesn't matter if the ball is hitting the middle of middle stump - if it hits the batsman outside the line it is not out.

    How was the decision "PLUMB"? Surely the umpire made the correct call, even if it was close to being out?

  • Ben on December 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    @KameshRao, law of averages or not Cook still got a very bad decision against him. Not sure what you mean by India's superior tactics in the field; their tactics certainly haven't availed them much in this series so far and most of them can't catch or run anyway. I'm not saying that DRS is the panacea that will solve all umpiring problems but it cuts down the margin of error and I think it is good for the game. Agree with Tumbarumbar though that recalling the batsmen after the umpire has asked for a video review is a pain in the backside and slows the game down too much. But that isn't DRS.

  • Nigel on December 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    There will always be doubtful decisions - that is reality. The purpose of DRS is to avoid the shockers. The laws of the game do, and always have, resolved doubt in favour of the batsman - hence the "margin for error" in the DRS. I do not believe that the DRS can be perfect to a few millimetres, but it does not have to be if used properly. The way it was used in the Aus / SA series is getting closer, but can still be improved. The main improvement that they need now is to take the reviews away from the players, and give it to the third umpire, who should review every decision apart from bowled and obvious catches.

  • nellaiseemai on December 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Jadeja should also have been mentioned on the selection of the day especially cricinfo commentary team talks a lot about the non selection of Rahane. Why not the line "need for DRS" not included in the Trott's marginal decision? This and the whole day summary is in a way supporting England. Why not Englishmen adopted to this? Does cricinfo forget test cricket after watching so many ODI and T20? After all India also has to play on this track. What you would have said if the match is a rank turner and the match end inside three days-India making pitch to suit its advantage? But you would tell that this series because English spinners adopted to this very well. Let their batsmen succeed like their spinners. As for Trott's close call it is PLUMB out. Imagine a situation McGrath vs Tendulkar it would have definitely gone in favor of McGrath. We would praise him how well he bowled on the lifeless pitch and beat tendulkar. Same applies here. Sharma should be praised.

  • Ed on December 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    The only selection mistake was to select Ian Bell ahead of Bairstow. Can anyone tell me what Ian Bell has done to earn a recall ? Surely not just scoring 23 in the last test ? Then surprise surprise.....he's out cheaply.

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