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England Toil on Day One Against India


Stuart Broad stepped in to produce one of his most important knocks in his test cricket career as England were in all sorts of trouble on the first day of the second test. Unfolding at a very cloudy Trent Bridge, England virtually collapsed against a torrent of Indian pace bowling. Conditions were lively through to the end of the day when Broad combined with Graeme Swann to add a rapid-fire tally with a bit of help from a Jimmy Anderson cameo.

Anderson also sent the home crowd into a tizzy with a diamond duck as England went 0-1 on the first ball at the kick off of India's second innings.

Andrew Strauss' men have virtually confirmed that we will at least have a result during this test as the draw seems a distant and unlikely possibility with the forecast calling for several days of quality weather.

England were trading at even money 24 hours before the test began but they are now available at a 6/4 price at the close of day one's play – a price only kept competitive by the presence of Stuart Broad – batting at 7th.

A drawn test would reward at 5/1 but that seems extremely unlikely unless we either lose a day or see England notch a 450 second innings total – which looks next to impossible on this lively pitch even with a bit of deterioration.

India's weak middle order and tail could continue to haunt them and if England can somehow cope with the lack of Graeme Swann – sent for precautionary x-ray's after getting out with a ball square on the hand – they could well limit the damage if they can restrict India to around 250.

Strauss must know that himself, Cook and Eoin Morgan have been extremely sub-par so far this test series and Morgan must actually begin to get some runs at test level if he plans to expand his game beyond his limited overs prowess.  

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