India makes England bat in ODI opener

Jul 13, 2018, 05:45
India makes England bat in ODI opener

But, make no mistake, after a subdued run of form which saw him register just nine runs in the two 20-over innings he did contest with India and average only 26 in the recent 5-0 ODI whitewash of Australia without any serious contributions, Root's confidence has been hit.

Indian team is playing an ODI after a long gap as it last played an ODI during the finals of Nidahas Trophy where India defeated Bangladesh in March. Their last bilateral series' defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim. "We might need to sit in or a better way to play him...think Lord's will be different", Morgan said.

"It would be nice [to play in various domestic T20 tournaments]", Root said. There might be a few surprises there (Test squad), we have a few days to pick the Test side. "They present different challenges to the ones we have recently faced but we know that if we play to our potential, we will be a hard side to play, especially at home", he added. And, with the series being held in its backyard, England once again emerges favourite to win this series.

He told BBC Sport: "I was disappointed but it's not an easy decision and a good headache for the selectors". You have to take that. Having been captain myself I know how hard it can be.

The three-match ODI series starts at Trent Bridge, with the second game taking place at Lords on Saturday. It became 105 for four as Chahal got into the mix of things with Eoin Morgan caught at cover.

He said: "I don't have any fears about it, I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions, but I want to be a part of them".

Already reeling from the heartbreak in football World Cup, England sports received a double blow within 24 hours as India added to their agony with a crushing eight-wicket win in cricket on Thursday. I feel like I'm an experienced enough player now at worldwide cricket to be able to do that.

"Yes it does (present opportunities to grab spots) and ahead of a World Cup that's what you want". If the same batting order is followed, skipper Kohli, who has been world's best ODI batsman by a distance, will have to drop himself a notch down at No 4.

England will get the chance to redress the balance in the one-day internationals, which start at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Virat Kohli had no doubt that he has to chase against England in the 1st ODI.

He said: "It's risky to think too far ahead".

"It might be the case, it might not, but ultimately it's about winning the series and coming out of what has been an impressive white ball summer".

He retired in 2013 from first-class cricket and was recently seen in the Rajasthan Royals setup as the bowling coach during the 2018 IPL. Even if the frontline guys aren't playing, we still have to play well.

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