Virat Kohli and Co aim to start series on winning note

Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century as India clinched the three-match T20 series against England

Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century as India clinched the three-match T20 series against England

Fresh from their T20I series win, an upbeat India will be eyeing to continue with the momentum when they take on England in the first of the three-match ODI rubber at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday. With the ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held here next year, the three-match series will also give Kohli and his teammates a fair idea of the playing conditions in England.

On the other side, England, the top-ranked ODI team will come into the series after having crushed a below-par Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement.

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until August 12. Meanwhile, there is a chance that skipper might come at No 4 in order to give Rahul a chance to make optimum use of his current form.

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

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.

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Suresh Raina and M.S. Dhoni, along with Hardik Pandya, are expected to form the middle-order.

In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will once again be the key.

Yet, so determined was Root not to miss out on the short-form game and all the rewards that come with it, he convinced management he still had a role to play even though England have an embarrassment of big-hitting riches. Apart from the duo, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will share the new ball.

It was the same ground where England scripted a world record in ODI history after putting 481/6 on board against Australia recently. Opener Buttler has continued his dream run since the start of IPL. Since then, India have played 27 ODIs (home and away) and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games. Kuldeep has claimed 20 wickets in his last eight ODIs while Chahal scalped 24 wickets in his last ten outings. Since 2016, the English batsmen have raked up most number of runs when it comes to the 50-over format - 14,297 (1,533 runs more than the second highest team). Since the World Cup, English has accumulated 300-plus scores 31 times in 69 matches, including 23 wins.

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