Alex Hales ruled out of the 1st ODI against India

While India 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 Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement. "This is the top four I would like to see at next year's world cup", he continued.

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. Their last bilateral series defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim.

The 3 match ODI series will give Indian team management a chance to mix and matches various combination, keeping in mind the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, on the other hand, English spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, who destroyed the mighty Australians in the recently concluded ODI series, should find things harder against India's strong batting line-up that include in-form Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni.

The highly anticipated series comes after India emerged victorious against the three lions 2-1 in their three match Twenty-20 worldwide (T20I) series on Sunday.

He has played 65 ODI games and scored 2302 runs at a decent average of 38.36 with the best knock of 171 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. The seasoned pair of Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya are expected to form the middle-order. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovers from the stiff back, he will be sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav. England defeated Australia in the previous ODI series and also achieved the highest team score in ODIs when they scored 481/6 in the third ODI against Australian team.

  • Stacy Allen