England vs India, 1st ODI
In the last meeting between the two sides, in India in early 2017, the home side emerged victorious 2-1 with the series decided by the English bowlers’ inability to restrict India’s batsmen on flat wickets. Although the home side’s bowlers are not the finished article, they have improved markedly since then. Woakes’ absence though will be a big loss given his role with the new ball and at the death.
The last series between the teams in England in 2014 resulted in a thumping 3-1 victory for India but that will have little bearing on this match-up. Eoin Morgan’s team is unrecognisable from that 2014 version in both personnel, approach and style.
With England enjoying a rare heatwave, the pitches for the three games at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Headingley will be drier than normal which should make spin a key facet of the game for both teams. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali routed Australia during England’s 5-0 victory last month but should find things harder against India’s superb middle order while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal showed what they can do during India’s T20I series victory.
The spinners might be the only bowlers looking forward to the first game of the series at Trent Bridge. Given the strength of the two sides’ batting line-ups – they have the two highest averages per wicket in ODI cricket since the last World Cup – and the probable lack of seam or swing, there might be some nervous pace bowlers in both camps.
England amassed a world record 481 against Australia in Nottingham during the third ODI and it’s likely to be another high scoring game. Joe Root played down the chance of any more records being broken in this match – “It’s dangerous to start thinking too far ahead,” he said – but given the quality of the players on show it can’t be ruled out. That would be a story to rival anything the football World Cup can throw up.
When: July 12, 2018, 05:00 IST PM
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Pitch Condition: The Trent Bridge pitch should be flat, true and perfect for batting although there might be some spin if the surface is dry. The forecast is set fair with temperatures expected to be in the mid to high 20s.
Venue Stats ODI:
|Matches won batting first||18|
|Matches won bowling first||22|
|Average 1st Inns scores||250|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||215|
|Highest total recorded||481/6 (50 Ov) by Eng vs Aus|
|Lowest total recorded||83/10 (23 Ov) by RSA vs Eng|
|Highest score chased||350/3 (44 Ov) by Eng vs NZ|
|Lowest score defended||195/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs Eng|
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is doubtful for the opening ODI after he was rested for the final T20I.
Siddarth Kaul, who had a hit in the nets, could take Bhuvneshwar’s place.
Ben Stokes is expected to come straight back into the England XI after missing the Australia series.
Alex Hales is likely to make way for him.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Jake Ball.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav.
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