England embraced the return of Test match cricket after a two month break like a long lost brother before settling in for an afternoon of run-making familiarity. The reassuring sight of a blazered Joe Root walking out for a successful toss was replaced with the purposeful strides of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to open the innings. And for England to lose just the one left hander in Cook by lunch was a case of job well done with Root and Jennings steering the side to 83-1. Both India and England plumped for just the one spinner in their side, but after watching Ravi Ashwin collect enough bounce and turn to bowl Cook for 13 on the first morning, those decisions might be rued come days four and even five. Ashwin’s wicket was a thing of beauty though, pitching around middle stump and fizzing past the forward prod of Cook to take the top of the off stump. Jennings could have fallen moments earlier on nine but was given a reprieve by Ajinkya Rahane’s drop at fourth slip, diving in front of Virat Kohli at third. How painful that will prove to be is still yet to be determined. There hasn’t been so much as a hint of any danger for Root at the other end who has looked in fine touch, and back into the rhythm of Test match batting as befits a man closing in on 6,000 runs.