England vs India: Eoin Morgan disappointed to see the turnout for the first Test

England vs India: Eoin Morgan disappointed to see the turnout for the first Test

The game is pretty much in balance with England bowling well after the Indian reduced them under 300 in the first innings.

England captain Eoin Morgan
England captain Eoin Morgan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The England vs India, first Test match is currently underway at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The No.1 Test team is here to play a five-match series in a country that loves its red-ball cricket. However, the tickets at the Warwickshire county didn’t sell like hotcakes ahead of the series opener. The stadium on the second day looks half empty and it has disappointed England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan.

As per earlier reports, almost 10,000 tickets were unsold before the start of the match, a look around the stadium and it is just over 50 per cent full with an overall capacity of 25,000. Morgan who is watching the game put up a tweet expressing his disappointment and when a fan tried to point out that it was a weekday, he highlighted the fact that the world No.1 ranked team is playing the game.

Brilliant 1st session on day 2

He also talked about the first session on day 2 as it was brilliant in terms of the quality of cricket and has brought the game back in balance with both teams at levels.

“Brilliant session of cricket this morning. Really does leave the test in the balance. Disappointing to see so many empty seats at a great venue,” Morgan wrote.

“1st Test against the No.1 ranked team in the world. I disagree. It’s the format that has been struggling,” the English white-ball skipper highlighted.

The match thus far

As far as the match is concerned, Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian bowlers made good use of the damp pitch and overcast conditions to push the home team on the backfoot. After three half centuries from Keaton Jennings, skipper Root and Jonny Bairstow they failed to convert and let India back in the game.

Their innings concluded on 287 early on the second morning. India in their response started off really well with a 50-run opening partnership but Sam Curran’s spell where he claimed three wickets once again brought things back in the balance. At Lunch on day 2, Team India was 76/3 with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease.

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