Alastair Cook out early as England bat first against India
Spinner Ashwin struck after being handed the ball as early as the seventh over.
Alastair Cook fell for 13 after Joe Root chose to bat first after winning the toss in England’s 1,000th Test match against India at Edgbaston.
Cook was bowled by a terrific delivery from Ravi Ashwin after India captain Virat Kohli had turned to his spinner as early as the seventh over.
England were 45 for one from 14 overs after the first hour with Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 20 and Root on 11.
Jennings survived a scare on nine when he edged Ishant Sharma, but Ajinkya Rahane failed to hold on at fourth slip as he dived to his right across Kohli.
Cook started confidently and struck fours either side of the wicket off Umesh Yadav in the seamer’s third over.
Those boundaries persuaded Kohli to give Ashwin an early chance, and his 11th delivery turned past the outside edge of Cook’s bat and hit the top of his off-stump.