England were caught by surprise by a strong and confident Indian team who won the 3 match T20 series. The England squad dominated Australia and completed a whitewash just before the India series started and they would have wanted to have continued their dominance over the Indians.
First ODI Could Determine Series Winner
England will try and shrug off that T20 series loss by looking at the 3 match ODI series which starts on July 12. The first ODI could determine the series winner and England will want to send a strong message by coming up with a dominating performance. That is going to be easier said than done as India have a strong squad in both bowling and batting departments.
The English weather has been similar to the Indian weather – hot and humid which has not helped the English bowlers in swinging the ball. The first ODI takes place in Nottingham and India will be high on confidence.
Joe Root Has A Lot To Prove
Joe Root who is arguably the best batsman for England in the long format of the game was dropped during the third T20 game. He is expected to make his way back into the squad for the first ODI and will have a lot to prove. England coach Paul Fabrace who is standing in for Trevor Bayliss is confident that the test captain will play a major role in the ODI series.
In a statement, Fabrace said “I’m sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he’s a high quality player in all forms of the game, but we all know Joe very well – he’ll be spurred on by that and he’ll do all he can to make sure he’s ready come Thursday’s game at Trent Bridge.”
England Batting vs. Indian Batting
Cricket fans can expect a run fest in the three ODIs as two of the best batting line-ups in the world are set to clash. The series will most likely be decided by which side bats better and can maintain their composure when chasing down big totals.
India has the advantage as they have a number of batsmen in prime form. There is no better chaser in the game that captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni has shown that he still has what it takes in the ODI format. The winner of the first ODI will most likely go on to win the ODI series.