Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Alex Hales ruled out of the 1st ODI against India

Alex Hales ruled out of the 1st ODI against India

The England Test captain was dropped for the first time in any format in four years when Ben Stokes returned for the final Twenty20 worldwide against India in Bristol and finds himself at a short-form crossroads.

India began their long tour of England with a 2-1 series win in the three-match T20 worldwide series.

India will be going to play the 1 ODI on high after 2-1 T20I series win while England, the top-ranked ODI team in ICC men's ODI Team rankings, coming into the series having crushed a below-par Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement recently. With cricket's blue riband tournament scheduled to be held in United Kingdom in 2015, the ODI series will give Virat Kohli an ideal opportunity to get a drift about the conditions that his men are expected to encounter at exactly same time next year.

The series may also enable Indian team management to mix and match the various combinations, keeping World Cup in mind.

Team India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Siddarth Kaul. England have been one of the finest ODI sides in recent times and India will have tough task against a strong batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan.

Nepal will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the Netherlands on August 1 and 3 while the Netherlands will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

Though both England and India will play without the service of their best pace bowlers - Jasprit Bumrah and Chris Woakes, respectively - there is enough quality in the match with the ball too.

The India v/s England 1st ODI International cricket match will take place on July 12, 2018.

In the opening ODI, spin can be the key factor as the Trent Bridge ground will be drier than normal. In List A matches, five 400+ scores have been hit at this venue and England have done so twice in global cricket here. It will also air on Sony Ten 3 & Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi commentary.

Where to watch India v/s England 1st ODI live on TV?

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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