India Begin England Tour With A Fine Win In T20I Series

India makes England bat in ODI opener

I don’t fear for my England T20 career, says Joe Root

India, who had beaten England 2-1 in the Twenty20 worldwide series, had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on May 2 but it will get a chance to claim back the spot.

The first clash of the three-ODI affair begins at Trent Bridge as world No 1 side England look to assert themselves against the nation direct below them in the standings.

After the embarrassment of being dropped for England's last T20 worldwide, the Test captain has been recalled for the three-match series between the countries ranked number one and two in ODI cricket, England and India.

The India-England encounter in the 50 overs format is quite a significant one for the Indian Team keeping in mind the 2019 Cricket World Cup scheduled in England. It's the same ground where England had scored historic 481 runs against Australia in the recently concluded five-match ODI series between the oldest cricket rivals.

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.

Nepal gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it earlier by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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.

England batsman Alex Hales will miss the first one-day global against India on Thursday because of a side injury sustained when batting in net practice, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The individual players will be hoping to make impressive entries in the ICC ODI Player Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on August 13 after 18 matches.

Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app.

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