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India eye top ODI spot in series against England

Despite leaking 22 in his first over Hardik finished with a career-best 4 for 38 Despite leaking 22 in his first over Hardik finished with a career-best 4 for 38
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 13:57

Root was said to be "livid" at being left out of England's crushing defeat on Sunday but he is in danger of spreading himself too thinly by insisting he still belongs in Twenty20 cricket. "After IPL, I haven't played [much] cricket, so it was important for me to strike form as early as I could", India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying to media.

With the tournament scheduled to be held in the United Kingdom next year, the ODI series will give Virat Kohli an ideal opportunity to get a drift about the conditions that his men are expected to encounter.

The India v/s England 1st ODI cricket match will be played at Trent Bridge.

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. Eoin Morgan's team is in fact coming off a 5-0 blanking of Australia.

Root is believed to be insistent he wants to play in next year's Australian Big Bash and possibly even the early stages of the next Indian Premier League to try to convince England of his worth.

Time: The match will begin at 05:00 PM (IST).

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It's also well deserved after Segura's superb first half helped to anchor the Mariners infield and offense. Benintendi entered Wednesday batting.298 with 25 doubles, five triples, and 14 home runs for a.906 OPS.

For India, the make-up of their playing XI will be their main concern.

Rahul scored a 70 against Ireland and followed it by an unbeaten 101 against England in the first T20.

However, India will consider that move carefully as Kohli has an outstanding record while batting at number three but things not so different at four either. Suresh Raina is likely to win the nod for a return to the middle order ahead of Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Karthik, as much for providing a sixth bowling option as his batting.

England: Eoin Morgan, 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, Mark Wood.

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.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar - who is nursing a back problem - is not a certain starter for this game which will leave Umesh Yadav with the job of leading the pace attack. He is one of the batsmen, who has been able to read the two wrist spinners quite well. The hosts have a penchant for high scores. The stage is set for a mouth-watering opener.