England make good start to first Test in India

England have made a good start to the fist Test at the Chepauk Stadium against India despite concerns over the squad's lack of preparation. England won the toss and skipper Kevin Pietersen decided to bat first.

The decision paid off with opening batsmen Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook forming a solid opening partnership. But the pair started tentatively waiting until the tenth over to score their first boundary.

Strauss survived a scare just before the interval but Cook was caught out for 52 after mishitting a sweep shot. England are currently on 209-4 in the 78th over with Strauss and Flintoff at the crease.

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