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Michael Vaughan slams India decision as England take charge of first Test

England hero Michael Vaughan was baffled by India’s team selection for the first Test (Picture: Getty)

Michael Vaughan says it was ‘ridiculous’ that India did not pick Kuldeep Yadav in their team to face England in the opening Test in Chennai.

India opted to hand Shahbaz Nadeem his second Test appearance rather than play fellow left-arm spinner Yadav.

Nadeem struggles on day one, taking 0-69 from 20 overs as England made 263-3 with captain Joe Root scoring his 20th Test century and Dom Sibley making 87.

Vaughan tweeted: ‘Ridiculous decision by India not to play Kuldeep Yadav!!! If he isn’t going to play at home with the injuries they have when is he going to play!!!’

The former England captain also praised opening batsman Dom Sibley, who made an attritional 87 from 286 balls before being trapped lbw off Jasprit Bumrah in the final over of the day.

‘Huge credit to Dom Sibley!’ Vaughan said. ‘He has found a way against spin and every Test team needs someone who wants to bat time.’

Some feared for England before the start of this four-match Test series, with India losing just one match at home since 2013, but Root’s side have made a superb start in Chennai.

Kuldeep Yadav was overlooked for the first India v England Test (Picture: Getty)

Former captain Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports: ‘It’s an iconic series and after what happened with India in Australia and the way that England have been improving under Chris Silverwood and Joe Root of late – especially away from home – it was set up beautifully going into today.

‘Make no mistake, however much Root’s side is improving away from home, I would say India is the hardest challenge for an England captain and side because the conditions are so alien.

‘It was a good toss to win – it looks a very flat pitch but what I liked about Root and Sibley in particular was they way in which they have looked to improve their game in recent months.

Joe Root scored a brilliant century in Chennai (Picture: Getty)

‘The thing I’m really pleased for Root – three hundreds in a row suggests he’s analysed his game pretty well! He’s a joy to watch; he’s so pleasing on the eye.

‘His playing of spin is phenomenal; I don’t know of an England cricketer who is a better player of spin, especially his rhythm and tempo at the crease, and it’s fitting that he’s got a hundred in his 100th Test match and that he is in the pantheon of world greats again.’

England, who have won their last four Test series, will resume on day two on 263-3 with Root unbeaten on 128.

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