[Updated] 4th test match between England and India finely balanced despite Keaton’s Ton
England have made a steady start to reach 288 for 5 in 94 overs at the end of the first day. Debutant Keaton Jennings was lucky to be first dropped on 0 and then survived a big lbw appeal which the Indians reviewed but decision went in his favour. He then rode his luck to hit a century in his maiden test inning.
Alastair Cook was as solid as ever, before he got caught out at 46 of the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin was as good as ever and tormented English batsmen.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 8, 2016
England won the toss and have opted to bat first. They have given Test debut to Keaton Jennings and brought in fast bowler Jake Ball. Stuart Broad misses out as he’s unfit. India have also been forced to make a change – Mohammed Shami has a sore knee and therefore has been replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. KL Rahul also returns to the playing XI and an unfortunate injury to Ajinkya Rahane means Karun Nair keeps his place.
Earlier, England confirmed that Stuart Broad has not recovered from the foot injury he sustained three weeks ago and Jake Ball has been selected instead to play his first Test since his debut in July.
The pitch, which had a light sprinkling of grass and several cracks, was expected to provide good carry for the fast bowlers in the first session but Mumbai’s own Sunil Gavaskar predicted “it will start turning very soon, maybe by the end of today.”