England vs India ODI series preview

November 11, 2008 at 10:49 am Leave a comment


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The seven match one-day series gets under way on Friday when England face
a Indian side fresh from defeating Australia in the recent test series. Kevin
Pietersen’s team come to India at the back of a disappointing Stanford 2020
series but in this form of the game, will be filled with confidence after overcoming
South Africa in their last ODI series. The series will bring into affect the
new ICC rules, which allow the batting team to decide when to take the final
powerplay over, and restricts players from taking ‘comfort’ breaks within an
innings

Conditions

England will need to get quickly adjusted to the slow Indian pitches accustomed
to spin bowling. From the signs of the warm up games it doesn’t look like
the yhave adapted to the conditions, beating a under strength Mumbai XI but
then losing against a arguably weaker Mumbai XI. The second defeat would have
hurt them more, failing to bat out their 50 overs and also failing to score
100 runs, in a crushing defeat. What the Indian conditions need is patience, that
is something that England will need to take into the game. They will need to
work the ball around and run hard as boundaries are usually hard to come by.
The slow Indian pitches maybe suited to Cook, who is likely to be overlooked,
he can provide the platform for the big hitters by working the ball around.
The conditions also rely on England making full use of powerplay overs. That
is something they failed to do in the first warm up, losing 5 wickets in the
first 12 powerplay overs of the second warm up. Against a stronger India bowling
line up, England can’t afford to lose early wickets.

Selection

The team that comes out for the first ODI is likely to be the team that ended
the ODI series with South Africa, with off-spinner Graeme Swann replacing Luke
Wright. Graeme Swann is likely to be preffered to add a second spinner to
the team. Taking out Wright slighty weakens the batting line-up but still leaves
a team of 9 capable batsmen. The selection looks correct at this moment but
the decision to leave out Ravi Bopara can be questionned. His style of batting
is suited to the Indian conditions as it is similar to the way the Indian batmen
play, if the batsmen struggle, Bopara is likely to cause strong competition
for places. The media and fans are still questionning the inclusion of Ian
Bell and his place could well be underthreat if he continues to fail to convert
good starts into big scores. In the bowling department England will hope that
Broad’s injury is not serious enough to force him out of any of the ODI matches
as Sidebottom is likely to miss the first ODI. Patel will also need to bowl
better as their is pressure on him to make full use of helpful conditions and
show that his bowling is up to interantional standards.

Opponents

The Indian team come into the series full of confidence and have the momentum
following an excellent test series victory against Australia. They would have
to get back into 50 overs mode quickly with the one-dayers just 4 days after
the test series. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Indians but are famous
for starting a series slowly before getting into it. They will be boosted by
England’s collapse in the second warm-up, but will be under no illusions of
the difficulty of the task ahead, against a resurgant England one-day side.
The Indian line-up oozes quality, even the absence of the highest ever ODI
run scorer, Tendulkar, only slighty weakens the team. The ODI series is likely
to hand debuts to two promising Indian players in Vijay and leg-spinner Mishra.
The threat of Mishra adds to the already dangerous bowling attack that includes
Harbijan, Zaheer Khan and Inshant Sharma. The batting order with the likes
of Sehwag, Yuvraj and Dhoni, is a new challenge to England’s bowling
attack.

Prediction

I predict a close series but I would have to go for an England series win.
The series will be close but I think that England, just as they done in the
home ODI series, will just nick it 4-3.

Highest run scorer: Flintoff – looks in good form at the moment and at number
5 has time to get in and then take advantage of the powerplay that England
are likely to employ at the end of their innings. Sehwag – the explosive opener
will be a huge threat during the powerplay overs, if he is not dismissed early,
England will have a problem on their hand. Leading wicket taker: Steve Harmison
– offers something different to the other bolwers, his pace and bounce will
be a huge threat to the top order batsmen. Zaheer Khan – the left handed angle
is likley to cause problems for england’s right handers, if there is a bit
of swing then will collect a lot of wickets and is a good death bolwer.

Squads:

India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag,
Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Virat Kohli, M Vijay

England squad: Kevin Pietersen (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Tim Ambrose (wk)

Schedule

14 Nov 1st ODI, Rajkot

17 Nov 2nd ODI, Indore

20 Nov 3rd ODI, Kanpur

23 Nov 4th ODI, Bangalore (d/n)

26 Nov 5th ODI, Cuttack (d/n)

29 Nov6th ODI, Guwahati

2 Dec 7th ODI, Delhi (d/n)

Warm ups scorecards

1st warm up
2nd Warm up
Pietersen unconcerned with loss

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