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India v New Zealand – delayed start at Trent Bridge

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Summary

  1. Delayed start – next inspection at 12:30 BST
  2. Weather forecast is mixed, with showers expected to clear by the afternoon
  3. Both teams go into the match with 100% winning records

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By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right. Keep your questions coming in for messrs Cook and Swann and tune in toTest Match Specialby clicking the tab at the top of this page to hear the answers!

    We’re going to pause this live text for the moment though, with no cricket immediately on the horizon.

    Check back in around 12:30 BST for news on the next pitch inspection. Cheers.

  2. Next inspection at 12:30 BST

  3. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Southampton

    Absolutely smashing down in Southampton, so England are netting indoors. Jos Buttler, recovered from that hip problem, is having a hit, as is Joe Root. In preparation for the West Indies pace attack, there is plenty of short bowling. Root is even facing left-arm throw-downs to replicate Sheldon Cottrell.

  4. Post update

    Here come umpires Paul Reiffel and Marais Erasmus, red jackets on but umbrellas down, to look at the outer part of the square.

    A brief look and off they go again.

  5. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Who were the easiest and hardest players to bowl at?

    I got Ashwell Prince out about five times in seven balls.

    The hardest was Jacques Kallis. He was a brick wall. I got him out once and I was more surprised than him – round the wicket and he nicked it to slip. We just stood there looking at each other, I was in shock.

  6. Post update

    Just the hover cover remains on the pitch now.

  7. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    I think James Vince is totally capable of batting in the top three for England in the Ashes. The way he batted in Brisbane for that 83 showed that.

    I wouldn’t go for Haseeb Hameed this year due to what’s happened in the last couple of years but it’s great to see him getting back to where he was. This summer is too soon.

  8. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Please tell me James Vince has an England future?

  9. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    Rory Burns. And after that then we are looking at two and three. Joe Denly played two Tests against West Indies and Ed Smith is a big fan of him.

    We’ve got a lot of younger players in County Cricket like Harry Brook at Yorkshire, who hasn’t had the greatest season this year but has a lot of potential. There are no red ball specialists now – they are brought up with both.

    We have a lot of 20 to 21-year-olds who are a couple of years away from playing for England.

  10. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Who are the options to open the batting in Tests?

  11. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    If this wasn’t an Ashes year, I would gamble and put Jason Roy in.

    Maybe he will come in and flourish. But it’s such a big year and that would be putting so much pressure on him before he’s even played.

    But if the selectors think the cupboard is bare he could come in because he knows the team and the set up.

  12. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    My fear if Jason Roy was picked, is people might want him to be our Virender Sehway but it’s very tricky to play the same way. The red Dukes ball moves all over the place in the first hour.

  13. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    Should Jason Roy open in the Ashes?

    Jason Roy is a fantastic talent, he can hit the ball all round the ground and has a fine straight drive.

    People might compare him to Alex Hales, but when Alex Hales came into Test cricket, his strike rate was actually slower than mine.

    The big thing I have about Roy is he hasn’t opened the batting much in red ball cricket, if at all.

    It might be he’s the best option we’ve got but I’d still be skeptical about it because it’s a unique art, opening the batting in Tests.

  14. Post update

    It’s brightening up a bit and the square covers have been rolled up again.

  15. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    What do you want to do on the first morning of an Ashes, bat or bowl?

    It depends on the venue. If you’re at Brisbane you want to bat first because if you don’t it’s going to be very, very hard to win the game.

    In England, it might be better for bowling. There are times though that you want to bat even if it’s going to swing because it could still be the best time for batting in the match.

  16. SMS Message: Working in my office northwest of Nottingham, hanging out the window trying to blow this dry cloud to the South East of Nottingham so I can be sure I don’t have a day not getting to listen to the cricket! from Sam, Nottingham

    Working in my office northwest of Nottingham, hanging out the window trying to blow this dry cloud to the South East of Nottingham so I can be sure I don’t have a day not getting to listen to the cricket!

  17. Ask Cook & Swann

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on TMS

    I used to try to find the names of cricketers on the advertising boards and scoreboards.

    Swanny just said I wasn’t actually that boring but I admit that isn’t the most thrilling game.

  18. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Did you ever find yourself daydreaming and then snap out of it, worried you weren’t concentrating?

    I once got distracted during a one-day game for Northants at Eastbourne. I was fielding in front of the pavilion and the opposition physio, who I know, was talking to me, blatantly trying to distract me.

    I heard a pop and someone yell, ‘Swanny’. The ball was rolling in my direction and I turned a single into a two. I was panicking and threw it in – it was a direct hit and I got a run out!

  19. Post update

    ARGH. It’s raining again and the covers are going back on.

  20. Ask Cook & Swann

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    I preferred standing with Cooky in the slips because he’s got more to him than most people think. He comes up with some of the best quips and one-liners ever but doesn’t have the balls to say them in the changing room so I steal them.

    Andrew Strauss was a bit dull comparatively.

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