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England Test roundup: Sophia Dunkley debuts and Heather Knight impresses

The hosts made 269 for six.

England Women started their summer by making 269 for six on the opening day of their Test against India

Heather Knight marked her 100th match as captain with 95 on a much-talked about used pitch at Bristol.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at day one.

Dunkley's debut

England handed a maiden Test cap to 22-year-old Sophia Dunkley, making the all-rounder the first black woman to play the longest format for the country. The South East Stars player was only awarded her first central contract on June 8 after impressing over the winter with England and in the opening games of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Dunkley made her entrance at number six with just over an hour's play left in the day and finished on 12 not out.

Captain Knight

Although it was not quite the century she would have hoped for to mark her 100th match as England skipper, Knight's well-struck 95 was the innings of the day. She struck nine fours in 175 deliveries. Despite reviewing her lbw dismissal, the ball was clipping the stumps and the decision remained with the on-field umpire.

The return of fans

Fans were allowed in to watch England Women for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic
Fans were allowed in to watch England Women for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic (Zac Goodwin/PA)

It was the first time England fans had been allowed to watch the women's team live since before the coronavirus pandemic in the summer of 2019. For the most part there were limited numbers and they were often muted, despite a small group of vocal Indian fans.

India's fielding

Heather Knight plays into the leg side
India's fielding was mixed (Zac Goodwin/PA)

India handed out five Test debuts for their first red-ball game in seven years. It had been 2,401 days since their last venture in the game's longest format, and the fielding display was one of highs and lows. Seventeen-year-old Shafali Verma took an impressive low catch at short-leg with wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia also making a diving grab to dismiss Lauren Winfield-Hill, but the England opener had already been dropped and there was a more straightforward chance spilled by Deepti Sharma.

Seam v Spin

India celebrate a wicket
India were playing their first Test in seven years (Zac Goodwin/PA)

England looked comfortable against the pace attack, with just one wicket falling to seam on the first day. It was the switch to spin in the afternoon session which proved more effective for India, as the hosts slipped from 230 for two to 251 for six, with Sneh Rana taking three for 77 and Sharma finishing the day with two for 50.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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