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. Add Ben Stokes to it and England bears a formidable look.
With the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held here next year, the three-match series will also give Kohli and his teammates a fair idea of the playing condition in England.
In this regard, Rohit Sharma said: "Speaking about Rahul batting at No. 3 or No. 4, I don't know where he'll bat in ODIs. That will be the most important question". After a good show in the T20Is against Ireland and England, India would now like to take the same kind of form into the 50 overs format of the game.
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But we have to kill games earlier. "There's an bad lot of people with their heads down but they should have their heads up". Across the city, the Grove Pub and Restaurant on Stafford Street was at capacity with hopeful England fans.
England and India, now ranked first and second respectively, play the first match of their upcoming series in Nottingham on Thursday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One-Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents. India will be keep to perform well in series that is being dubbed as a "dry run" ahead of the World Cup next year.
It will be interesting to see whether Dinesh Karthik would be selected for ODI given his current form over Suresh Raina, who was picked for T20I series despite performing below par. If the team management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play. Umesh Yadav to bowl the first over.
The unfamiliar stinging sensation of being dropped will not persuade Joe Root to make radical changes to his game as he continues the battle to prove his worth in England's white-ball teams. The home team has a penchant for high scores. It won't be a walk in the park for India. However, on the other hand, English spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, who destroyed the mighty Australians in the recently concluded ODI series, should find things harder against India's strong batting line-up that include in-form Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni.