- Captain’s masterclass ends with player 128 not out on day one
- England 263-3 at stumps after winning toss and electing to bat
The pictures beamed back from Chennai via Channel 4 were a delight for England supporters stuck at home during lockdown. Joe Root, in his 100th Test match, produced another masterful century in the subcontinent and one that gave his side a near-ideal start to their four-match series in India.
Root had dominated much of the build-up to this curtain-raiser, dutifully agreeing to countless interviews about his impending arrival into the 100-cap club; given the demands of his dual role as the team’s premier batsman and captain, all this extra attention could easily have proved a distraction to the 30-year-old.