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England’s top order fail again as India seamers prosper at Ageas Bowl

The hosts wobbled to 57 for four at lunch.

It was a disappointing morning for England (Adam Davy/PA)
It was a disappointing morning for England (Adam Davy/PA)

England endured a dreadful morning on the opening day of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl as India picked up where they left off just over a week ago.

Having elected to bat the hosts were undone by a combination of good swing and seam bowling and poor batting to slump to 57 for four at lunch.

Under-pressure Keaton Jennings set the tone for the first session with a bizarre dismissal just 13 balls in.

Jasprit Bumrah found some prodigious late movement and with the ball coming back into the left-hander, Jennings offered no shot as it hit him on his back leg.

Captain Joe Root survived one lbw appeal by Bumrah thanks to a no-ball but with the score on 15 he was not so lucky.

The England captain called for a review after being pinned in front by an inswinging delivery but even that could not save him from a cheap dismissal as Ishant Sharma claimed his 250th Test wicket.

Hardik Pandya, left, took the fourth wicket to fall (Adam Davy/PA)

Bairstow, playing as a batsman only because of a finger fractured in the third Test, nicked Bumrah behind to leave England 28 for three.

When Alastair Cook fell half-an-hour before lunch steering a wide one to Virat Kohli at third slip off Hardik Pandaya, the home side limped towards the interval with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant dropping a difficult chance from Jos Buttler.

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