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Cricket News, England smoke in horror on opening day in Ahmedabad

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Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson could all face disciplinary action for approaching the referees on a disastrous day for England on the first day of Ahmedabad.

The tourists were knocked out for 112 after choosing to beat first in the world’s largest stadium where India would end the day on 99-3.

But it was two calls from TV referee Chettithody Shamshuddin that left England furious and Root had a long conversation with the referee on the pitch.

Root was heard over strain microphones telling officials in the field “all we want is consistency”.

First, it was Shubman Gill who survived after Ben Stokes took his capture on the second slide which the TV referee quickly turned down after just one replay with the first angle suggesting the ball had been turfed.

Later that day, Rohit Sharma’s kick was ruled undoed after the batter’s back foot was in the air and on the ground in a frame.

“England captain and head coach (Chris Silverwood) spoke to match referee (India’s Javagal Srinath) after the match,” said a spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board .

“The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the referees faced and respectfully requested that in making decisions the process was consistent. The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the referees. “

Zak Crawley, who scored the best score for England at 53, said the decisions had frustrated them.

“It’s very frustrating. We are behind the game and we need those little 50-50s to find our way.

“When we hit Jack (Leach) had one where he wasn’t quite wearing it and it seemed like they were looking at it from five or six different angles. When we were on the pitch it seemed like they were looking at him. from an angle. This is where the frustrations lie. “It seemed like none of them went our way today,” he said.

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