April 14, 2021

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England fume in horror opening day at Ahmedabad

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Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson could all face disciplinary action for accosting the...

Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson could all face disciplinary action for accosting the umpires on a disastrous day for England on day one Ahmedabad.

The tourists were bowled out for 112 after electing to bat first at the world's biggest stadium where India would end the day on 99-3.

But it were two calls by TV umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin that left England fuming and Root having a long conversation with the on-field umpire.

Root was overheard on the stump microphones telling the on-field officials "all we want is consistency".

First, it was Shubman Gill who survived after Ben Stokes took his catch at second slip which the TV umpire quickly turned down after a single replay with the first angle suggesting the ball had been grassed.

Later in the day, Rohit Sharma's stumping was adjudged not out after the batsman's back foot was in the air and grounded in one frame.

"The England captain and head coach (Chris Silverwood) spoke with the match referee (India's Javagal Srinath) after play," said an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman.

"The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the umpires faced and asked respectfully that in making any decisions there was consistency in the process. The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the umpires."

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Zak Crawley, who top-scored for England with 53, said the decisions left them frustrated.

"It's very frustrating. We're behind the game and we need those little 50-50s to go our way.

"When we batted Jack (Leach) had one where it didn't quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles. When we were fielding it seemed like they looked at it from one angle. That's where the frustrations lie." It seemed like none of them went our way today," he said.

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