Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

India vs England 1st ODI

India vs England 1st ODI

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until August 12.

The three-match ODI series will start on Thursday (12 July), and the first match of the tournament will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

England batsman Alex Hales will miss the first one-day global against India on Thursday because of a side injury sustained when batting in net practice, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

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While India will be buoyed by their 2-1 T20 series win, England, the top-ranked ODI team in world cricket, come into the series having crushed a below-par Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement.

It is a reputation built on fearless, attacking cricket that has seen England win 46 out of 69 ODIs since a disastrous 2015 World Cup. Meanwhile, there is a chance that skipper might come at No 4 in order to give Rahul a chance to make optimum use of his current form. While both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slammed a ton each in the T20I series, Kohli missed his half-centuries by whiskers on a couple of occasions. The Men-in-Blue and the English team have faced each other in an ODI series in India past year when the hosts were victorious by 2-1. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are expected to form the lower middle-order. Expect much of the same from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who wreacked havoc for England batsmen in the T20s.

If the management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play.

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Apart from the duo, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will share the new ball.

Farbrace insisted Root still has a role as England build towards two Twenty20 World Cups in two years in 2020 and 2021 and he will definitely return to the middle order for Thursday's first one-day worldwide at Trent Bridge. He is one of the batsmen, who has been able to read the two wrist spinners quite well.

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