India vs England 1st ODI

England's captain Eoin Morgan in action against India during the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday

England batsman Alex Hales will miss the first one-day global against India on Thursday because of a side injury.

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. India will be keep to perform well in series that is being dubbed as a "dry run" ahead of the World Cup next year.

England: Eoin Morgan (Capt.), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey and Mark Wood. His subtle shift of position is that he wants to improve his T20 batting in domestic tournaments around the world but those ventures will, of course, have to fit in with England's schedule because representing his country comes first.

Suresh Raina, who replaced an unfit Ambati Rayudu, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will once again provide depth to the batting order while all-rounder Hardik Pandya too has the ability to demolish any bowling attack. The first ODI will be played today at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. If the team management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovers from a stiff back, he will be sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav. England defeated Australia in the previous ODI series and also achieved the highest team score in ODIs when they scored 481/6 in the third ODI against Australian team.

Root is required to tackle the two spinners India will deploy, the wrist-spinners who make these visitors far stronger than Australia with their quasi-second eleven. Along with Roy, the duo will like to take advantage of the Powerplay overs. The last time Raina played for India in ODIs was back in October 2015 against South Africa. Since the World Cup, English has accumulated 300-plus scores 31 times in 69 matches, including 23 wins. It certainly won't be a walk in the park for India.



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