England made a positive start to the five-match cricket test series against top-ranked India, reaching lunch on 83-1 Wednesday in the first test with the loss of only Alastair Cook at Edgbaston.

The opening batsman was bowled for 13 off a beautiful delivery from offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who sent down a ball that drifted in line with middle stump then span past the forward-prodding Cook to hit off stump.

Keaton Jennings was on 38 not out off 77 balls, having been dropped on 9 by Ajinkya Rahane at fourth slip, and captain Joe Root — who won the toss and chose to bat — was unbeaten on 31. Their partnership was up to 57 runs on a dry wicket.

It is the first of five tests between the countries across the next six weeks.

India left out Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja and picked Lokesh Rahul and Mohammed Shami, leaving Ashwin as the only spin option in the team.

England legspinner Adil Rashid was playing his first test in almost two years despite signing a white-ball-only contract for Yorkshire in February.