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How Ben Stokes fared on day one at Trent Bridge

Ben Stokes was under the microscope on his Test return at Trent Bridge


Ben Stokes was back in action for England (Tim Goode/PA)

Ben Stokes was back in action for England (Tim Goode/PA)

Ben Stokes was back in action for England (Tim Goode/PA)

Ben Stokes’ return to Test cricket has come in the same week he was cleared of affray at Bristol Crown Court.

Here, Press Association Sport staff monitors his fortunes against India at Trent Bridge.

1101 – First touch of the ball, fielding the third delivery of the day at point off James Anderson. Throw comes in on an untidy half-volley, but no fuss from Jonny Bairstow as he gathers Stokes’ slightly wayward initial contribution.

1137 – Joe Root gets his premier all-rounder into the attack early, as first change for Stuart Broad at the pavilion end. The crowd reception is minimal, and Stokes begins with a tame long-hop to KL Rahul, pulled for a single. His second delivery is even shorter to Shikhar Dhawan and dispatched past cover for four in the blink of an eye. The opening over costs seven runs.

1150 – Body contact as Stokes tries to stop a sharp single off his own bowling – but as Dhawan makes his ground comfortably, a polite late sidestep ensures no full-on barging match.

1208 – Straight after drinks, Dhawan edges Stokes’ second delivery just short of Keaton Jennings at third slip. It is the closest England have come to a breakthrough – but two balls later, the left-hander rasps another short one past cover for four.

1218 – Four more, but this one another false shot as Rahul edges Stokes high over the slips to take India to 60 for none – their highest stand for any wicket so far in this series.

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1245 – After two quick wickets from Chris Woakes, Root decides Stokes’ work is done for the morning – replacing him with Broad following a spell of 7-0-29-0.

1418 – Stokes is back in the attack, but still out of luck as Ajinkya Rahane edges him short and wide of an advanced third slip for four.

1430 – Struggling for rhythm, after a kick of the turf in his follow-through in reaction to one delivery short of a length, he serves up a floaty full-toss to Kohli – who puts it away disdainfully past midwicket for four.

1435 – Root replaces Stokes with Adil Rashid after a two-over spell costing 16 runs.

1528 – His third spell starts, from the Radcliffe Road end this time and apparently with a brief to bowl short to a field of leg-side catchers. In two overs to tea, his efforts bear no fruit.

1649 – Low point of the evening session for Stokes, when he mis-fields off Broad in the covers to allow Rahane two more runs. Two balls later, though, Broad gets his man thanks to a brilliant Alastair Cook slip catch.

1737 – Stokes is into his fourth spell, to no avail, by the time he does have a significant say in proceedings at last – taking the catch at slip which ends Kohli’s innings, aiming a boundary for his century but instead edging a Rashid leg-break.

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