England tour of India - Cricket: England off to sedate start, 79 for no loss
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Hussain elects to bat on winning toss
Thorpe returns home due to 'personal problems'
England's tour of India
Ahemdabad: England openers Mark Butcher (35) and Marcus Trescothick (36) put their heads down and played sedately as the visitors reached 79 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the second Test at the Motera Stadium on Tuesday.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.The Surrey left-hander is returning home later on Tuesday for what the team management described as "personal problems".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