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By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Aug 24, 2014
After the disappointment in the Test series, India begin the One-Day International (ODI) series against England at Bristol with some confidence from their victory against Middlesex in the tour game. India managed a 95-run victory with Virat Kohli getting some important runs ahead of the ODIs. This is a format India may feel a lot more comfortable in, and though England will have momentum on their side, India would say it is a different ball game.
India have a good track record at Bristol as they have won all their three games here. But on all the three occasions, it was Sachin Tendulkar who had made a mark, smashing two tons and a 99 in those three matches. This time, a younger brigade has to do the job as the master is not around. This team is being shaped for the 2015 World Cup as the preparations start. Some youngsters have the opportunity to impress, while some others would want to show that they still are a part of the scheme.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan seem to have the opening slot under their hold, but things can change if they don’t perform. At No 3, Kohli is the talisman with huge success in the format behind him. Ajinkya Rahane may remain at No 4, followed by either Suresh Raina or Ambati Rayudu, who just had a good game against Middlesex. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder completes the batting order for India.
It would be interesting to see what bowling attack India opt for. Ravichandran Ashwin should be the leading spinner. In the fast bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma could be the men for the job. The others would have to wait for their chances in this series, but this seems to be the settled unit for India.
England have a new face at the top with Alex Hales coming to the party. He has been very successful in List A cricket off late and has shown in T20 internationals what he is capable of. If he gets going, he can complement Alastair Cook very well, who will try to hold the innings. This line-up features Ian Bell, Gary Ballance and Joe Root, but the focus would be on Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, who would be the enforcers in this line-up.
In the bowling, James Anderson has to do the job with Stuart Broad. Anderson would want to carry that form forward into the ODIs and dominate the Indians. Steven Finn would want to get back into the setup and impress yet again. James Tredwell also has a huge role to play with his off-spin as he is their leading spinner in the short versions.
Though England have the confidence of the Test series victory behind them, India will still count themselves with a chance. The last time around, India failed to win an ODI and they may want to change it this time.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, James Tredwell, Jos Buttler (wk).
India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Stuart Binny.
Time: 10:30 GMT | 15:00 IST
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