ENGLAND suffered another disappointing day in India, as they made a spluttering start to the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.

Yorkshire superstar and England captain Joe Root won the toss and inserted his side into bat, on what looked like a good wicket.

But Root was out for just five early on, dismissed lbw by pace bowler Mohammed Siraj to leave England floundering on 30-3.

Ben Stokes scored 55 for England, while Bradford's Jonny Bairstow (28) and promising talent Ollie Pope (29) both made good starts but failed to kick on.

Dan Lawrence made a fine 46 before he was stumped by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Axar Patel, who once again impressed with figures of 4-68.

New Yorkshire signing Dom Bess made his return to the side after being surprisingly omitted for the previous two Tests, but he was only able to score three batting at number nine.

Jack Leach was the last man out, lbw to Ravi Ashwin for seven, as England were dismissed for a below-par 205.

James Anderson dismissed Shubman Gill for a duck in his first over, but that is the only wicket to fall so far in India's response, and they sit on 24-1 heading into day two.

India currently lead 2-1, with this the final Test of the four-match series.