BUMBLE AT THE TEST: England may have a real all-rounder in Sam Curran

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The first Test between India and England is on a knife edge - David Lloyd gives his view...


The first Test between India and England is on a knife edge after day two, with the hosts 22 runs ahead at Edgbaston with nine second innings wickets in hand. 

After England lost their final wicket for 287, India made 274 – captain Virat Kohli carrying them with a brilliant 149 – before Alastair Cook was dismissed for a duck with the final ball of the day. 

Here, Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD takes us through his own unique perspective of the action… 

The first Test between India and England is on a knife edge - David Lloyd gives his view...

The first Test between India and England is on a knife edge – David Lloyd gives his view…

Great to see a young kid do well. Sam Curran just gives the impression, at 20 years old, he expects to take wickets.

He has to bowl full because of his height and is about 83-84 mph. If he could add another three to that and get up to 87 he will be a real handful. The lad can bat, too. England could have a genuine all-rounder.

England's Sam Curran gives the impression, at 20 years old, he expects to take wickets

England's Sam Curran gives the impression, at 20 years old, he expects to take wickets

England’s Sam Curran gives the impression, at 20 years old, he expects to take wickets

Can England look at another young’un at Lord’s? If the top order continues to struggle – and remember that average first innings score of 288 – why not bring someone in at six when Ben Stokes is otherwise engaged?

Step up Joe Clarke or Ollie Pope. It’s a great opportunity to bed one in a year before the Ashes.

England could look at another youngster, such as Ollie Pope, for the second Test at Lord's

England could look at another youngster, such as Ollie Pope, for the second Test at Lord's

England could look at another youngster, such as Ollie Pope, for the second Test at Lord’s

If you’re looking for a good pint and a curry in Birmingham look no further than the Hen and Chickens pub!

It’s been done up by a local Asian family and the home cooked food is brilliant with a jalfrezi to die for. Since the sad demise of the Blue Mango, this is the place to be….

That session before and after lunch was absolutely fabulous Test cricket. Jimmy Anderson was absolutely on top of his game and Virat Kohli had to use every bit of skill he’s got to try to get him out of the attack.

It was as good a battle as I’ve seen for a long, long time and by the end of the day – and it was one that Kohli won.

Jimmy Anderson vs Virat Kohli was splendid Test cricket - and a battle the India captain won

Jimmy Anderson vs Virat Kohli was splendid Test cricket - and a battle the India captain won

Jimmy Anderson vs Virat Kohli was splendid Test cricket – and a battle the India captain won

So why was the cricket so thrilling? Simply, it got cloudy over Edgbaston and the ball started swinging. These are the conditions that England will want throughout this series and these are the conditions that India will fear.

The big question after lunch was ‘who is he going to open the bowling with?’ None of us in the Sky commentary box thought it would be Ben Stokes.

But Joe Root threw it to the big man and what a response he got! Stokes bowled with pace and aggression and got the ball moving. He remains England’s go to man.

Ben Stokes repaid Joe Root's loyalty with a brilliant spell of bowling after lunch for England

Ben Stokes repaid Joe Root's loyalty with a brilliant spell of bowling after lunch for England

Ben Stokes repaid Joe Root’s loyalty with a brilliant spell of bowling after lunch for England

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