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Kohli may bat at No 4 as India start as favourites against England

Press Trust of India  |  Nottingham 

On a high after an impressive Twenty20 series win, an upbeat will eye another dominant performance against hosts England in a three- match ODI series, which can be termed as a 'dry run' ahead of next year.

With cricket's blue riband tournament scheduled to be held in UK next year, the ODI series will give an ideal opportunity to get a drift about the conditions that his men are expected to encounter at exactly same time next year.

While will be buoyed by their 2-1 T20 series win, England, the top ranked ODI team in world cricket, come into the series having crushed a below-par 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement.

England have been one of the finest 50 over sides in recent times and will have their task against a batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, and Add to it and England bear a formidable look.

It is a reputation built on fearless, attacking that has seen England win 46 out of 69 ODIs since a disastrous Their last bilateral series' defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to in the interim.

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

KL Rahul's stupendous form has been a for the team management and there is a possibility that the might come at No 4 in order to give a chance to make optimum use of his current form.

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

He will, in all likelihood, be the missing jigsaw puzzle at the top of the order for Kohli. With both and being automatic selections at the top of the order, Rahul, who is also a specialist opener comes in at No 3.

If the same batting order is followed, Kohli, who has been world's best ODI batsman by a distance, will have to drop himself a notch down at No 4.

The seasoned pair of and along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya are expected to form the middle-order.

Yuzvendra Chahal is a certainty as the wrist spinner and Kuldeep Yadav, who has created all sorts of doubts in the minds of the batsmen, may just comeback into the playing XI as the Trent Bridge ground is much bigger than the one at

If the team management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play.

If Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovers from the stiff back, he will be sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav.

For England, the series against was a real morale booster where the team scored a world record total 481 in one of the ODIs.

Buttler, whose dream run has continued since the start of the IPL, will like to continue his rich vein of form. He is one of the batsmen, who has been able to read the two wrist spinners quite well.

Along with Roy, the duo will like to take advantage of the Powerplay overs knowing fully well that some of the middle order batsmen including Test and Morgan himself are not exactly picking up Kuldeep's wrong 'uns.

Post the Champions Trophy, starting from June last year, India have played 27 ODIs against West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, and South Africa, both at home and away and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England.

The hosts have a penchant for high scores. Since that World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, this English batting line-up has accumulated 300-plus scores 31 times in 69 matches, inclusive of 23 wins. On 11 occasions, they have crossed 350 and have surpassed the 400-mark thrice.

It certainly won't be a walk in the park for India.


India: (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England: (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, (wk), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey,

Match starts at: 5 pm IST.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 12:30 IST