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It was a disappointing morning for England.

England’s top order fail again as India seamers prosper at Ageas Bowl

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England endured a dreadful morning on the opening day of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl as India picked up where they left off just over a week ago.

Having elected to bat after winning the toss, the hosts were undone by a combination of good swing and seam bowling and poor batting to slump to 57 for four at lunch.

Under-pressure Keaton Jennings set the tone for the first session with a bizarre dismissal just 13 balls in.

Jasprit Bumrah found some prodigious late movement and with the ball coming back into the left-hander, Jennings offered no shot as it hit him on his back leg.

Jennings was completely dumbfounded by the delivery, and simply allowed the ball to hit his pads right in front of his stumps, much to the bemusement of cricket fans everywhere.

And that was just the start for the England batsmen.

Captain Joe Root survived one lbw appeal by Bumrah thanks to a no-ball, but with the score on 15, he was not so lucky.

The England captain called for a review after being pinned in front by an inswinging delivery, but even that could not save him from a cheap dismissal as Ishant Sharma claimed his 250th Test wicket.

Bairstow, playing as a batsman only because of a finger fractured in the third Test, nicked Bumrah behind to leave England 28 for three.

Bairstow being dismissed before lunch

When Alastair Cook fell half-an-hour before lunch steering a wide one to Virat Kohli at third slip off Hardik Pandaya, the home side limped towards the interval with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant dropping a difficult chance from Jos Buttler.

Despite four wickets in total being lost by the hosts, it is Jennings' that is taking most of the attention, which cricket fans slamming the opener for simply not playing a shot.

However, some have also leapt to his defence, claiming the delivery was simply unplayable.

Check out some of the reaction below.

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