Rain ruins final day of England-India Test at Trent Bridge


England captain Joe Root said the weather “robbed us all” after the final day of the first Test against India was abandoned as a draw.

Persistent rain prevented what could have been a superb finish, with all four results possible on Sunday morning at Trent Bridge.

At 52-1, chasing 209, India were favourites, although England were given an outside chance by captain Joe Root’s magnificent fourth-day century.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say India were probably in the driving seat going into today,” said Root.

“I felt like we’d have been able to create nine chances of a surface like that. Things could have quickly fallen in our favour.”

Wet weather delayed the scheduled start and continued to sweep in throughout the day.

There was a dry period that promised an inspection at 14:30, but the rain returned and the match was called of at 15:50.

“We were in a good position to have a crack at the target,” said India captain Virat Kohli.

“It would have been a nice, interesting day of Test cricket. It was unfortunate that the weather prevailed.”

The second Test of the five-match series begins on Thursday at Lord’s. (BBC Sport)

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