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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: Opener Marcus Trescothick (99) was on the verge of a century as England went into tea at 179 for three at tea on the first day of the second Test at the Motera Stadium on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The Indians had struck three crucial blows with leg spinner Anil Kumble accounting for all the three wickets. Kumble first broke the first wicket partnership of 124 runs when he had Mark Butcher caught behind by wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta.Kumble also quickly got rid off captain Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan, who replaced in-form Graham Thorpe (who had to leave the tour due to pressing personal problems).Earlier, the openers Butcher (35) and Trescothick (36) put their heads down and played sedately as the visitors reached 79 for no loss at lunch.England captain Nasser Hussain won the toss and promptly elected to bat. England captain Nasser Hussain's delight at calling correctly for the first time in 15 Tests was hampered by the news that star batsman Graham Thorpe will not be available for the rest of the series."He (Thorpe) has to attend to pressing matters of a personal nature," England Media Relations Manager David Clarke said. Thorpe, the mainstay of the inexperienced English batting line-up, hit 62 in the first Test at Mohali last week which India won by 10 wickets.The Indians predictably brought in medium pacer Javagal Srinath and Virender Sehwag replacing Sanjay Bangar and Iqbal Siddqui. England also made two changes with Michael Vaughan and Ashley Giles coming in place of Graham Thorpe and James Ormond.Agencies


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