England v India, 1st ODI, Bristol August 24, 2014

India hope format change revives fortunes

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Dravid: Expect India to do a lot better in ODIs

Match facts

August 25, 2014
Start time 1030 local (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

A relentless examination that lasted five Tests and ended with three successive defeats is over, but some humiliating stats still follow India to the shorter format. They go into the ODI series against England having failed to win their last seven matches outside Asia.

The bowling not firing in those games was not a huge concern; that is the norm for India. The batting getting blown away in South Africa and failing to close out games in New Zealand was. India's batsmen regularly make up for the bowlers' shortcomings in home conditions. Unfortunately for them, the 2015 World Cup won't be played at home.

Starting from Bristol, India will want their batsmen to win a few games for them because after this series, it will be only a month to the World Cup by the time they play their next one outside Asia. Barring a couple of names in the top order, the core of the batting remains unchanged from the Tests. Which means personnel low on runs and down on confidence. The fresh arrivals - Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu - do not inspire much confidence as well.

The pair of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has been a constant for India for a while now, whether at home or away. MS Dhoni's lack of faith in his fast bowlers and over-rate concerns have contributed to that, but how often can the duo win you games in these conditions? That is another question for India to answer in the couple of series available to work out their World Cup combinations.

England's recent one-day form hasn't been exciting either. They went down to Australia both home and away, the latter a 1-4 rout. They did beat West Indies in Antigua but slipped against Sri Lanka at home. They fought in that series alright, coming back from 99 all out at Chester-le-Street to demolishing the visitors for 67, but their batsmen made few big scores, and will want to show greater urgency against India.

Like India, several members of England's Test squad feature in the one-day side, and unlike India, they will bring with themselves baggage of the right kind.

Form guide

England: LLWLW
India: WWWLL

Players to watch

Alex Hales has three centuries in his last three appearances for Nottinghamshire, to go with a century for England Lions against Sri Lanka A earlier this month. He has played 32 T20 internationals and is the only Englishman to make a hundred in the shortest format, but his rich domestic form could finally hand him that ODI debut.

Ajinkya Rahane has earned his place in the Test side with solid contributions in South Africa, New Zealand and England. ODIs have been a different story so far. He had one double-digit score in six innings in South Africa and New Zealand, although he made runs in Bangladesh after that. Runs in England could seal for him that middle-order spot at the World Cup.

Team news

Hales is expected to make his one-day debut as Alastair Cook's opening partner. Ian Bell is likely to drop down to No. 3 ahead of Gary Ballance for his one-day experience, while an allrounder will be required further down the order to make up for Ravi Bopara's bowling. Moeen Ali could also fill that role but, with the World Cup in mind, England may want to focus on their pace options to begin with which means Chris Woakes is likely. They will also look at how fit the players coming from the T20 finals are, and then decide the final XI.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Chris Woakes/Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Harry Gurney

Suresh Raina was out of the ODI squad for a while, but returned as captain for the short tour to Bangladesh. He will likely slot in at No. 5. India do not have Varun Aaron's pace for the ODIs, but Umesh Yadav is a capable replacement on that front.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

Pitch and conditions

Bristol's first ODI in more than four years may not happen at all, with 100% chances of rain - 50-75mm - throughout Monday, according to weather.com. There are no floodlights at the ground so light is likely to be an issue too. There is some green on the pitch but not much.

Stats and trivia

  • India have a 3-0 record at Bristol, having beaten Kenya, Sri Lanka and England once each

  • MS Dhoni is the only survivor from the India XI that played at Bristol in August 2007

  • The previous ODI at Bristol was in July 2010, when England lost to Bangladesh by five runs

Quotes

"We've got to remember they're world champions at 50 overs, so they obviously know what they're doing and will probably go into this as favourites. But if we play well, we're hard to beat in our conditions."
Alastair Cook is not taking India lightly despite thrashing them in the Test series.

"I think it has been relatively easy. The reason being newer generation of cricketers of course feel hurt and disappointed when they don't do well, but at the same time they realise the importance of leaving a tough series behind them and taking the learnings from it. That's what makes them positive. That's what helps them improve."
MS Dhoni throws light on the short transition between formats.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @CodandChips -I never called Hales a slogger but he is a power hitter as I labelled him and Morgan and Jos. I've seen 2 sides to Root - one like you mentioned and one which laboured (along with Ballance) to a 40 at a SR in the low 60s vs Australia when we were chasing at over 6 an over. Agree re Lumb but unless they drop Bell or Cook he'll not get in the side and Bell is playing as fluently as anyone in the top order right now and I don't see why you have an issue with his inclusion on how he's approached the game in the few series.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    @ Srikumar Narayan on (August 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT) One reason - apart from those who brought tickets in advance - is that there was a T20 finals day on Saturday with I believe a reserve day for Sunday.

    Another thing is that the weather forecast can change in 5 days and sometimes the predicted weather will come a day earlier and sometimes a day later. What happens if you reorganise the game for a day earlier and then the bad weather creeps up on us a day earlier? It would look particularly bad if the weather for the original day then turned out good

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @twistatwistaa on (August 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT) I actually will disagree. Bopara is a better SF player than Stokes - period. Stokes averages/SR as a batsman and ER as a bowler are abysmal. Re Hales - he has had a great season and may well be in the test reckoning soon but up to now others have done better in the CC. Eng shouldn't pick unsuitable players for unsuitable formats

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @Lin Comp - Sorry but there is just too much to do and it would be even more of a headache to organise. Also the weather forecast in the UK can change within a day or so. I mean for instance you could look at the forecast for Bristol 3 days before and it could be worse than the forecast for an alternative venue so then you move the venue. Then what happens if within those 3 days the forecast for the alternative venue gets worse and the forecast for Bristol gets better? And let's just say the live gate punter is willing to pay all the extra money for alternative accommodation , plus extra travel - then what happens if the game is then abandoned at the new venue. Looking at the forecast now (and I'm not sure how the whole day has been) it looks like most of the country would have been unable to stage it anyway. The reserve day may be workable but still means the travelling fans would have to shell out for an extra night's accommodation and maybe get more time off work...

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    If Finn is firing I'd take him. Last year he was in the top 4 for both ODIs and T20Is and another strike bowler would be good. I also like Jordan in white-ball cricket.

    Therefore at this moment in time my team for the world cup would be:1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara 7.Jordan 8.Broad 9.Tredwell (Briggs) 10.Gurney 11.Anderson/Finn

    And there you have a 15 man squad. Only no reserve keeper. Perhaps Morgan?

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @JG2704 Just been thinking more about the ODI team. You put Morgan at 6?!? Why not have him higher? I do think Buttler can bat 5 as he is much more than a slogger and has a List A average of 50. Where did he bat for Somerset to average this much?

    So here is my top 6 again 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara

    7 is the gamble. Do your go with a white-ball allrounder (not Stokes/Woakes/Ali but Willey or Smith) or a bowler who bats a bit (Jordan/Broad) or a batsman (someone destructive eg Roy, Trego). My preference would be a bowler as I think 5 bowlers is too risky and that there'd be enough batting anyway. Willey's bowling seems to have regressed since his injury and while I like Smith, I'd try them out in T20Is first.

    Bowlers must include Anderson, 4th in ODI rankings, Broad, the standout player in the Ashes in Australia, Gurney our specialist.

    Tredwell gets the role as spinner so it depends if you want backup. Briggs or Parry for me.

  • POSTED BY RayMcCooney on | August 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    With respect to reserve days, the entire England/India campaign has been compressed into a very short timeframe, leaving very little scope for rescheduling. It's easy to say matches like today's should be rescheduled, but tickets have been sold, people have travelled, accommodation has been booked, pitches have been planned and prepared and on top of that when the organisers are attempting to extract the maximum income from the maximum number of matches in the shortest of timescales there is very little flexibility.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @JG2704 (third comment)

    Re reserve days, I'm not so sure. It's annoying whenever matches area called off, especially when your ground doesn't get many compared to the likes of Lord's and the Oval. But I'm not so sure if it fits into the schedule because of the travelling required between matches. Often we see games played on a Friday then the Sunday. You can't have a reserve day on the Friday because of the travelling required.

    Also not many fans will have planned for a reserve day. I remember the Lord's final in 2007. Hampshire vs Durham. Durham smashed our bowlers everywhere to score over 300 in 50 overs (back then it was an excellent score) before we were losing many wickets. The rain came to send the remainder into the reserve day. Unfortunately barely any Hants fans turned up (probably for the obvious reason, but some may have wanted to return but been unable to). Durham fans were unable to turn up probably because of all the traveling plans. I was young so don't know re refund

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @JG2704 (continued)

    Hales is much more than a slogger. I'd back him to bat for a while scoring quickly. So he'd also add stability to the top order while scoring relatively quickly.

    Root can score quickly. He started off his ODI career as a finisher, briefly averaging 50. I was at the Ageas Bowl when he scored 90 in that T20I when England scored over 200 chasing 240 odd thanks to Finch. But recently vs Sri Lanka he crossed the line between providing stability and stagnating the run rate.

    Personally I like Root as a number 3. Remember that hundred in the West Indies?But I don't want him to be overworked like he was before he got injured.

    I think Lumb was dropped unfairly from the ODI side. He showed he is much more than a slogger.

    Bopara was dropped unfairly. His drop stunned me. He's a much improved batsman who is now finishing off victories. Had an excellent Blast. A good bowler.

    So ideally perhaps 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @JG2704 English fans are always calling for Morgan to bat higher and Buttler to bat higher. The reason being that our finishers always seem left with too much to do. I've never beef able to comprehend why Dhoni doesn't bat higher. It always seems to me that he gets the rest of the side out of jail.

    Re the formation of the England side, I've been saying for a while that England should have tried something completely different for this series. Only then can we like if the current formula works.

    My issue with Bell is that he used to bat through but too slowly and often seemed unable/reluctant to up his tempo even upon his return to the side following KP's retirement. Recently he has upped his tempo but doesn't score much more than 50. If Bell isn't thing to bat through why keep him in the side? Why not have a Lumb, Taylor, Root in the top 3 who can bat through and then accelerate at the end. Taylor in particular can be quite aggressive when he gets going.

    (continued)

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @CodandChips -I never called Hales a slogger but he is a power hitter as I labelled him and Morgan and Jos. I've seen 2 sides to Root - one like you mentioned and one which laboured (along with Ballance) to a 40 at a SR in the low 60s vs Australia when we were chasing at over 6 an over. Agree re Lumb but unless they drop Bell or Cook he'll not get in the side and Bell is playing as fluently as anyone in the top order right now and I don't see why you have an issue with his inclusion on how he's approached the game in the few series.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    @ Srikumar Narayan on (August 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT) One reason - apart from those who brought tickets in advance - is that there was a T20 finals day on Saturday with I believe a reserve day for Sunday.

    Another thing is that the weather forecast can change in 5 days and sometimes the predicted weather will come a day earlier and sometimes a day later. What happens if you reorganise the game for a day earlier and then the bad weather creeps up on us a day earlier? It would look particularly bad if the weather for the original day then turned out good

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @twistatwistaa on (August 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT) I actually will disagree. Bopara is a better SF player than Stokes - period. Stokes averages/SR as a batsman and ER as a bowler are abysmal. Re Hales - he has had a great season and may well be in the test reckoning soon but up to now others have done better in the CC. Eng shouldn't pick unsuitable players for unsuitable formats

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @Lin Comp - Sorry but there is just too much to do and it would be even more of a headache to organise. Also the weather forecast in the UK can change within a day or so. I mean for instance you could look at the forecast for Bristol 3 days before and it could be worse than the forecast for an alternative venue so then you move the venue. Then what happens if within those 3 days the forecast for the alternative venue gets worse and the forecast for Bristol gets better? And let's just say the live gate punter is willing to pay all the extra money for alternative accommodation , plus extra travel - then what happens if the game is then abandoned at the new venue. Looking at the forecast now (and I'm not sure how the whole day has been) it looks like most of the country would have been unable to stage it anyway. The reserve day may be workable but still means the travelling fans would have to shell out for an extra night's accommodation and maybe get more time off work...

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    If Finn is firing I'd take him. Last year he was in the top 4 for both ODIs and T20Is and another strike bowler would be good. I also like Jordan in white-ball cricket.

    Therefore at this moment in time my team for the world cup would be:1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara 7.Jordan 8.Broad 9.Tredwell (Briggs) 10.Gurney 11.Anderson/Finn

    And there you have a 15 man squad. Only no reserve keeper. Perhaps Morgan?

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @JG2704 Just been thinking more about the ODI team. You put Morgan at 6?!? Why not have him higher? I do think Buttler can bat 5 as he is much more than a slogger and has a List A average of 50. Where did he bat for Somerset to average this much?

    So here is my top 6 again 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara

    7 is the gamble. Do your go with a white-ball allrounder (not Stokes/Woakes/Ali but Willey or Smith) or a bowler who bats a bit (Jordan/Broad) or a batsman (someone destructive eg Roy, Trego). My preference would be a bowler as I think 5 bowlers is too risky and that there'd be enough batting anyway. Willey's bowling seems to have regressed since his injury and while I like Smith, I'd try them out in T20Is first.

    Bowlers must include Anderson, 4th in ODI rankings, Broad, the standout player in the Ashes in Australia, Gurney our specialist.

    Tredwell gets the role as spinner so it depends if you want backup. Briggs or Parry for me.

  • POSTED BY RayMcCooney on | August 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    With respect to reserve days, the entire England/India campaign has been compressed into a very short timeframe, leaving very little scope for rescheduling. It's easy to say matches like today's should be rescheduled, but tickets have been sold, people have travelled, accommodation has been booked, pitches have been planned and prepared and on top of that when the organisers are attempting to extract the maximum income from the maximum number of matches in the shortest of timescales there is very little flexibility.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @JG2704 (third comment)

    Re reserve days, I'm not so sure. It's annoying whenever matches area called off, especially when your ground doesn't get many compared to the likes of Lord's and the Oval. But I'm not so sure if it fits into the schedule because of the travelling required between matches. Often we see games played on a Friday then the Sunday. You can't have a reserve day on the Friday because of the travelling required.

    Also not many fans will have planned for a reserve day. I remember the Lord's final in 2007. Hampshire vs Durham. Durham smashed our bowlers everywhere to score over 300 in 50 overs (back then it was an excellent score) before we were losing many wickets. The rain came to send the remainder into the reserve day. Unfortunately barely any Hants fans turned up (probably for the obvious reason, but some may have wanted to return but been unable to). Durham fans were unable to turn up probably because of all the traveling plans. I was young so don't know re refund

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @JG2704 (continued)

    Hales is much more than a slogger. I'd back him to bat for a while scoring quickly. So he'd also add stability to the top order while scoring relatively quickly.

    Root can score quickly. He started off his ODI career as a finisher, briefly averaging 50. I was at the Ageas Bowl when he scored 90 in that T20I when England scored over 200 chasing 240 odd thanks to Finch. But recently vs Sri Lanka he crossed the line between providing stability and stagnating the run rate.

    Personally I like Root as a number 3. Remember that hundred in the West Indies?But I don't want him to be overworked like he was before he got injured.

    I think Lumb was dropped unfairly from the ODI side. He showed he is much more than a slogger.

    Bopara was dropped unfairly. His drop stunned me. He's a much improved batsman who is now finishing off victories. Had an excellent Blast. A good bowler.

    So ideally perhaps 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Root/Taylor 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Bopara

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @JG2704 English fans are always calling for Morgan to bat higher and Buttler to bat higher. The reason being that our finishers always seem left with too much to do. I've never beef able to comprehend why Dhoni doesn't bat higher. It always seems to me that he gets the rest of the side out of jail.

    Re the formation of the England side, I've been saying for a while that England should have tried something completely different for this series. Only then can we like if the current formula works.

    My issue with Bell is that he used to bat through but too slowly and often seemed unable/reluctant to up his tempo even upon his return to the side following KP's retirement. Recently he has upped his tempo but doesn't score much more than 50. If Bell isn't thing to bat through why keep him in the side? Why not have a Lumb, Taylor, Root in the top 3 who can bat through and then accelerate at the end. Taylor in particular can be quite aggressive when he gets going.

    (continued)

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | August 25, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    if England will loose with chris jordan and woakes underperforming even they will be dropped . its good as long as they win they will retain players regardless of their performances .are they seriously trying too build a team, when i see south africa they win as a team (their 2nd test match against srilanka was the perfect example of it ) everyone played their part they dont have any match winner but they have built a strong team

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | August 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    There is no better allrounder than stokes in England. He picked wickets , he did everything right in the test match that he got his chance in just that he didnt score enough runs and also team lost that match , that stokes was dropped out of the side, i am sure no one would disagree to the fact that he is better than bopara and woakes, and they retained underperformers and undertalented players like jordan and woakes because side won with them.Why was alex hales not given chance in test matches ? is he only going to play one dayers and t20s ? than kirsten mathematics has too be wrong cause he gave chance to decock very soon

  • POSTED BY PeerieTrow on | August 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @black_bird: You say, "India batsman will score fluently like they always do." I wouldn't be so confident, this is excellent weather for ducks!

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Exactly, since this weather at bristol was known several days in advance it could have been rescheduled to another day at bristol or played at an alternate location, which is much better than this option they chose of not doing anything. There were 5 stadiums where test cricket was played recently and these stadiums did not need any much preparation since they were used very recently so these 5 stadiums could have been kept as standby for these 5 ODI matches, and final location could have been announced about 3 to 5 days in advance (Lords or Oval or other etc where it is not raining now) and that much time is enough for TV crew to prepare relaying the live game, stadium final preparation, players to reach the final destination, spectators to either rearrange for travel or return their ticket for refund etc, and this is win win for everyone rather than lose to everyone like this what happened today.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    The rain forecast was well known as far as five days ago. Why this match could not have been either played yesterday which was a rain free day or moved to another location? Terrible scheduling without any flexibility. Sad.

  • POSTED BY AhamedPKS on | August 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Team India should include Rayudu /Karan Sharma instead of Ashwin/Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    The rain forecast was well known as far as five days ago. Why this match could not have been either played yesterday which was a rain free day or moved to another location? Terrible scheduling without any flexibility. Sad.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @JG2704, all the 3 possibilities i mentioned above are easily implementable.Yes with each option there are certain limitations but they are all implementable. The first option is certainly not bonkers if you analyse it thoroughly, first see that cancellation of a game like today's (if it happens) causes how much inconvenience to all. The final stadium is decided about 3 days in advance, the spectators will know in advance all the stadiums including the standby ones so those who are willing to travel only will buy the tickets, and the tickets are issued such that the same ticket is usable in any of those stadiums, 3 days notice is enough to players to reach the stadium and also for the spectators either to decide to travel or to return the ticket to get full refund. Today's main revenue in cricket comes from the TV relays not from the stadiums so it is win win for everyone. Standby stadium option is certainly better than cancelling game like today's.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    It's raining heavily here and rain is predicted for the entire day, so it looks like this one's going to be a washout.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @Akbar Khan on (August 25, 2014, 8:37 GMT) India are certainly much better in SFs but I wouldn't say they were SO dominant. They've lost 2 of the last 3 series.

    I'd still make them slight favourites and the test series should have little impact on what happens in this fmt

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    It's time to bring back biru and yuvi.they are the best in English condition.

  • POSTED BY treasurebox on | August 25, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Bristol is a place heavily affected with rain througout,then y should ECB opt this stadium for this odi series?...this is a fun killing experience in the start itself.Even waiting for a 20 20 match today.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    I'm looking at suggestions about reserve days and I'm certainly in favour of doing that wherever possible.

    Looking at the schedule here the venues are in order geography wise.

    So what I'd suggest could have happened is they could have played had

    ODI1 (Monday) at Bristol with reserve day of Tuesday

    ODI2 (Weds) as a day/night game at Cardiff with a reserve day of Thursday

    ODI3 (Sat) at Nottingham with a reserve day of Sunday

    ODI4 (Tue) at Bham with a reserve day of Weds

    ODI5 (Fri) at Leeds with a reserve day of Sat

    The one thing though that they'd have to do is schedule these so they don't clash with the T20/50 over QFs where (in advance) they would not know which venues would be hosting the domestic QFS. Schedule them to fit in with CC matches and it's definitely doable

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @Lin Comp on (August 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT) Not sure about the 2nd 2 suggestions but the 1st one is bonkers. Fans travel and book accommodation a long time in advance. These games take alot of planning and you can't be too sure of the weather until at least 3 days before and even then it can change. Also if it is raining in one area then a nearby area is also likely to be raining You surely couldn't expect the fan to then totally reschedule their plans at the last minute to travel in a totally different direction and pay extra for new accomodation , not to mention other grounds to just cancel whatever fixtures they have going on.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @cricpanther on (August 25, 2014, 4:20 GMT) Unfortunately this is the UK. We have no consistent weather pattern and haven't for years. This time last year we were having a glorious summer and only days before August arrived the long term forecasters were saying it would be the hottest August on record. In fact for about 5 years or so up to 2013 June and July have been the dodgier 2 months and April/May and August the better months so how do you schedule these games to guarantee good weather? The only way would be to have no cricket played in England

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 25, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (August 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT) Bell's tempo is not a problem at all as far as I see. In his last 2 series he has been going at a SR of 82 vs Aus and 93 vs SL and to me he looks as fluent as ever right now and he's scoring runs. Only one batsman is consistently scoring at a SR higher than Bell in our side. I would not be at all surprised the way Bell is playing right now if his SR is over 100 in this series. So really I don't understand why you're saying about Bell needing to up his tempo.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | August 25, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Easy win for india. Just wait and see. India batsman will score fluently like they always do. Don't forget they are world champions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    stuart binny may be beneficial in rainy weather.so dont play with two spinners.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    the major concern for dhoni and his team is opening stand .present opening pair is not comparable to likes of sehwag and sachin.india should try to insert sehwag at the top of the order if he excels the entire team will present a transfigured look in the world cup 2015.rohit sharma might be useful in the middle order.good luck m.s

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Bad bad bad weather at Bristol as be lucky if a single ball gets bowled

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    This team for India in ODIs is short on confidence... The best choice would be Rahane Rohit Kohli Rayudu Raina Dhoni Ashwin Karn Bhuvi Shami Umesh... Rohit has the technique to succeed while Rahane can form long partnerships.. Even Ashwin is needed more for his batting. We need to survive 50 overs, thats most important

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    I think its quite weird to me. India has been so dominating in this format and still we are wondering how they gonna do in this series. Test is totally different format for Indians now days as compare to before. They are much confident in this format playing anywhere in the world than before.

  • POSTED BY treasurebox on | August 25, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Drop Dhwawan,and get rahane to open with rohit sharma,Replace raina with Samson..My team, R sharma,rahane,kohli,samson,dhoni,jadeja,aswin,umesh yadav,shami.buvi.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    my playing 11 is rahane rohit kohli pujara raina samsun dhobi jadeja bhuvi shami pandey.............

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Do you mean India will be whitewashed or England

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 25, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    This will be a rain affecting match. So better play with a T20 squad. Mohammed Shami is not effective in T20. So better play Mohit Sharma. Karn Sharma's ECO is just 3.9 in the last IPL.So it's wise to play him. Aswin/Jadeja is the other spinner.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I think India should have two different squad, one to play in subcontinent and second to play overseas. All the Best Team India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Rayudu, just scored a half-century against Middlesex. A preview coming from Cricinfo - I had expected a little more research than the run-of-the-mill remarks like bowling not doing good, batting out of form, etc. etc.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I can assure you that India will be whitewashed in the ODI series. England is on roll and the failure of India outside of India has been once again brutally exposed.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @ wapuser, while it is true i prefer odi series getting washed away because i am not confident england could win this series but i agree with you that hoping for games to be washed away by rain is not good thinking and i had written my earlier post with a lighter note.

    And as far as rain interruption is concerned i would like to make 3 recommendations;

    1) Since weather forecast is not known when matches are assigned to a particular ground months in advance so assign more grounds for the same match called as standby grounds so that the game can be played in one of the standby grounds if rain becomes an issue

    2) Let cricket be played only in indoor type stadiums, so all open stadiums should get some kind of roof on the top

    3) If possible they need to produce some thick whole ground covering material which can be put on the ground very fast when it rains, and also can be removed from the ground very fast once rain stops

    These are some options to consider to tackle the rain.

  • POSTED BY UNIO on | August 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    my playing 11 rohit,samson, kholi, rahane ,raina ,dhoni ,jadeja ,bhuvi ,umesh, aswin,and karan sharma,

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | August 25, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Wont be a bad idea to give karan sharma a go ahead of Jadeja, as he will be a surprise element in the playing 11

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    If India goes out with such a kind of failed team in Test series will fail in ODI's too!! I don't see many changes to test team only Raina and Umesh are coming in!! Raina will surely does't make any impact overseas, his short-ball weakness will get exposed again. A player with roughly 200 ODI's experience still having weakness in his specialisation doesn't deserve a place in team!! Even Jadeja & Ashiwn don't think they can change the game in overseas conditions!! Rayudu & Karan Sharma should come in, even Rohit Sharma I don't know how many chances still this guy will get!!

  • POSTED BY NANGAIRAJA on | August 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Best of Luck and Bets of Luck for TEAM INDIA..Better to have the spinners R Ashwin & to give a try Karn Sharma, instead of Sir Jadeja. the HALF & LEG combo could give some breakthroughs!!

    Cheers to MSD & Team

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    this is real exam for indian team and dhoni are dcider

  • POSTED BY ayew5v on | August 25, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @cricket_ahan: Very valid points. A lack of test exposure is a major drawback for many members of the Indian squad. There is a tendency to place enormous pressure on certain players and over-expect from them. Virat and Rohit should be able to do well as they do have the ability, yes. I am however concerned about Dhawan and Sharma, their lack of foot movement can be detrimental in these conditions. Virat scores over them in this department. Rohit no doubt is a great batsman, but if you notice all his runs have been scored on tracks where there is not too much movement. He enjoys pace and bounce, but movement and lack of footwork can be causes for concern. Yadav is definitely a good addition the squad and can be a force to reckon with for the opponents. Personally, I don't like the immense importance given to Jadeja. He has not been performing to be worth all the credit and hype he moves around with.

  • POSTED BY dee135 on | August 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Im a big fan of suresh raina and if he learns the art of leaving good short balls on the ribs which most of the bowler are targeting him nowdays he can be a good opener for this indian team coz we all know his good hitting ability...he has the ability to destruct any bowler but for the short ones which he is improving upon and practising.....if he has the patience to play a long innings he can be a good opening batsmen in the odi's

  • POSTED BY ayew5v on | August 25, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    On wickets like the ones we have seen in England this series, India will definitely benefit from having a leg spinner in their attack. The Indian pace attack lacks the ferocity of a wicket-taking combination. Ashwin is an obvious choice. His shrewd thinking while bowling and ability to bat down the order makes him India's best all-rounder currently. I would like to see Samson in the playing XI. With his batting abilities he will positively be able to face the English attack despite their swing, bounce and pace. Mohit Sharma should be given a chance to see how his ability to gently swing the ball fares on these pitches. Dhoni has a tough decision to make when it comes to deciding whether Kohli or Raina should be sent one down. According to me, Jadeja needs to be rested and another bowler/batsman can be employed in pace of him. Binny can be given a chance in ODI's, as knowing the Indians' prowess in the one day format he may have little responsibility and less pressure.

  • POSTED BY HarryCS on | August 25, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    We'll there is rain prediction for full day and it is heavy rain so it seems dhoni and his men gets more time to rest (this is what he always says)

  • POSTED BY mayuresh11 on | August 25, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    my playing 11 rohit dhawan kholi raidu rahane raina dhoni jadeja bhuvi umesh and kulkarni

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | August 25, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    On current form Karn Sharma should definitely be in the eleven as front kine spinner ahead of Jadeja or Ashwin

  • POSTED BY KolonnaweKing on | August 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Welcome world champs with format change but visitor friendly venues that bring fortune.

  • POSTED BY yskpipsRUBESH on | August 25, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    When Sanju samson was included in the squad, i was the only one disappointed. Because i know the poor stories of Manoj Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu who spent their whole tour time in practising hard and spending it in dressing room . Its ok young man, have some good sightseeing in England.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Don Daniel: Ganguly as selector, I don't want to see Manoj Tiwary in the middle order and Dinda bowling death overs in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    india hv picked 17 members squad nd for world cup we hv to pick 15, to me Anjikay is not an odi material,S BINNY is not capable for an allrounder place,we should incourage Ashwin nd BHUVI for alrounder role,i would hv chosen YUVRAJ in my side bt in given scenerio my side for eng odi for ist 2 odi is 1 shikhar 2 rohit 3 kohli 4 raina 5 samsun 6 dhoni 7 ashwin 8 karan 9 bhuvi 10 shammi 11 mohit ,, for world cup these xi would be in my squad though playing xi could change according to form nd wicket. -others four to complete a 15 members side r 1 R Jadeja 2 Yuvraj 3,Umesh YADAV 4.Jaspreet Bumrah....i m sorry for UNADKAT, AAROON,UTHHAPPA ND kedar yadav.....

  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | August 25, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    I think the change of tempo well be a welcome change. Regardless of India's woes with bowlers and their batsmen being out of form, mentally I believe they are most at home playing 50 over cricket. And this aspect, more than any other, will help them be competitive in this series. The batsmen have the skill to do well (especially Virat and Rohit), and I'm excited at the return of Umesh Yadav (who I believe needs to brought into and nurtured more at Test level). Ashwin and Jadeja should also have more impact in the ODI arena, with Jadeja's spearing flat trajectories hopefully restricting the rate of England's scoring. On the flip side, I think this is England's weakest format, especially when it comes to managing run chases, in particular during the middle overs.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @lin comp:pity on da way u think..it's shameful for a match to get washed away coz of rain..but everythin said nd done it's no ones fault eidr..but to wish dat an entire series gets washed away so dat England's test series winning feeling stays alive is wen mre shameful!!

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | August 25, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I doubt whether it will be a Bilateral series ( Ind vs Eng) or Traingular Series (Ind Vs Rain vs Eng).....

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    In the ODI format, Ashwin is a definite go since he curtails the runs in the middle overs. The second spinner could be either Jadeja or Karan Sharma. Since Suresh Raina is a left hander he could get a nod instead of Rayudu. On the pace bowling front, Mohit may get a nod instead of Mohammad Shammi since he could swing the ball and in England, he could be an ideal bet in the shorter version of the game. So the final level could be 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Kohli 4. Rahane 5. Suresh Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. Karan Sharma 9. Bhuvi Kumar 10. Mohit Sharma and 11. Yadav. If Dhawan gets out first then instead of Virat Kohli, Dhoni can send Raina so that the left and right combination will make the bowler and the fielding captain's job difficult in setting the field.

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | August 25, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting to watch what would be the Playing XI in the 1st ODI for India, like I waited for each Test match in the 5 match series. I hope atleast India will not make a gamble in Selection like they did in the Test series.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Everybody go back to work guys. The game is gonna get washed off today. Peace.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 25, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    @cricpanther on (August 25, 2014, 4:20 GMT), some people give very little thought to their comments and you are clearly one of them. First, it's the ECB, not the ICC, who decide where games will be played in England. Secondly, the venues are chosen months in advance because there is a lot to prepare for an international fixture. Do you really expect the ECB to know the daily weather forecast months in advance in order to avoid games being rained out? The weather forecast for the day wouldn't have been known with much confidence until about a week ago and, even then, it's not guaranteed. Not only that, from what I've seen, it looks like there's rain over most of England today. Please enlighten us as to what venue should have been chosen, when it should have been chosen and how they should have gone about arrangements, including selling tickets, from that date.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    pls select this team for the future series and wc2015:- also select mr.ganguly as chairman for selection commitee. remove mr.fletcher from the coach position. and appoint ravi shastri as chief coach. I wish..my Indian Team: 1. Gambhir Captain 2. Samsun WK 3. Raina 4. Rohit 5. Jadeja 6. Akshat Patel 7. B.Kumar 8. Sami 9. Yuvraj 10. Zaheer 11. Robin Uthapa

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    According to me India should definitely play Sanju samson in the playing eleven for the first game. Since it is his debut and most of the players in Current England squad is unaware of his talent and techniques, which can defintely be an advantage as well as a surprise for England. Like his coach told "If he is trained well he can be the worlds best batsman" he is young and he will learn quickly. We should also remember that he is the only consistant player for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, and has won so many games for them facing worlds fast bowlers like steyn and morkel. Accodring to me

    India (Probable) should be: 1. Shikhar 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Sanju 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Mohit 11. Yadav/Shami.

    Yadav can be expensive at times cause of his uncontrolled speed, whereas shami is consistant with his speed and line but still luck always favours yadav.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    You have to be careful about writing India off here: NZ took an even bigger thrashing in South Africa in the 2013 Test series, yet bounced back with an ODI series win (this coming from what was at the time the 9th-ranked ODI side). The likes of Kohli, Dhoni and Jadeja will be far more dangerous in their best format (whether their interests should be elsewhere is another story).

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | August 25, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    I wish..my Indian Team: 1. Gambhir Captain 2. Samsun WK 3. Raina 4. Rohit 5. Jadeja 6. Akshat Patel 7. B.Kumar 8. Sami 9. Yuvraj 10. Zaheer 11. Robin Uthapa

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    If India need a solid positive start then it should play Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Karan and Mohit Sharma along with Suresh Raina. All these players are frsh from the IPL performances and does not carry baggage from the previous test defeats. Playing same combination of Dhawan/Vijay/Pujara/Rahane is going to be suicidal.

    If you have to loose why not try fresh new players instead, Dhoni may then have something to justify. But playing those new mentioned names will bring in a lot of energy and positivity in Indian side. But with a defensive Captain in-charge and a least caring board behind him, this is very unlikely. If we have our eyes set up on world cup 2015, then we need to think big and beyond.

    Dhoni must let Karan Sharma play instead of Jadeja whom he may like personally for so,e reason, party with him after the match for there shouldn't be any place for personal likes or dislikes. I hope they do good for these are not test matches that our players hate to play.

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | August 25, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    100 % chances of Rain, I am not understanding, when ICC will improve?? Can't they think and consider good weather venues?? why they are choosing venues blindly when there is high chance of rain and specially I hate duckworth luis comes into play or delay the game!!! ICC never learn!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Sturt Binny, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • POSTED BY leleraja on | August 25, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    India should chose many(atleast five) non-test players in the one day team: Shikar, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Bhuvi, Mohit and Umesh.

    This team is well balanced, can bat till Bhuvi and has 3 quickies, one off spinner and one leg spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    While I earnestly hope england will win this ODI series, I also hope if possible england could thrash india by a margin of 5-0 or 4-0 depending upon rain cancels today's odi or not, but internally I am not confident england could win this series, so I am actually hoping the rain could cancel all 5 ODIs in this series. LOL. But what to do, after winning the test series by a good margin it will now hurt if england loses this ODI series. This indian team has been winning ODIs one after another and also has been winning ODI tournaments one after another whereas england team has not been winning many ODIs or IDI tournaments so the odds are highly in favor of india so what is wrong if I hope rain completely washes away all 5 ODIs of this series. Also Broad is absent for this series which is another major blow to england. I fear somehow this england team will find ways to lose these ODIs, so better rain washes away all ODIs so no results! lol, lol, lol

  • POSTED BY pavan_and on | August 25, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Rohit doesnot deserve a place in the final 11. He is pathetic just like Ashraful for Bangladesh. Rayudu should be given a change.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Hales inclusion is certainly a positive move from England and hopefully that indicates a shift to a more positive attitude to scoring overall. The issue for many people was not so much that England had a Test-style batsman at the top but that their whole top three was that style. I thought that Bell would have been a more positive opener than he has been but I'm guessing that he received instructions on the sort of game to play. Opening with Hales is an indication that they want to be more attacking at the top so hopefully Bell will do that at #3 as well. I'm not too concerned about Cook being there too. He has scored significantly faster since returning to the team as captain and having aggressive partners should hopefully allow him to play an anchor roll. As long as he keeps scoring singles and punishing the bad ball early on he can be an asset. If Bell doesn't generally up his tempo then I'd like to see a more flexible batting order, but that might be a bridge too far.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Of course Dhoni says transition to ODIs is easy. His team has been in limited-overs mode in test cricket anyway, what transition? In ODIs in England, Binny could play instead of Jadeja or Ashwin. Rayadu should get a chance midway so that Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane (not so great in ODIs, but a superb test batsman, better preserved for tests before his technique also goes down) are all on notice.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Actually, the Indian bowlers will give away 350 like they did in South Africa. Ishant Sharma, India's test star in the lone victory will not be there. Nor will be Varun Aaron's pace. They will still spill catches. There is no reason for the Indian batsmen to suddenly succeed. We will hear more Rohit Sharma jokes, and Ian Chappel will have more advice for Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli will make the news for being seen with Anushka rather than being seen in the batting gear. The performance will look much improved because England will have only 50 overs to score whatever they can. For India, they batted for only 50 overs in the tests anyway. So India will lose each match by 200 runs, not innings and 200 runs.

  • POSTED BY Mocherra on | August 25, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    My Indian team would be -

    Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Rayudu, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Mohit Sharma, Umesh.

    No Ashwin, No Sami.. play an extra batsman in Rayudu and better ODI bowler in Mohit than Sami...

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    This ODI may get washed away by heavy rains, but one point about england bowling; I am wondering whether the availability of Broad would have strengthened england's bowling or not, I personally feel if broad were to be available then the confidence of england bowlers would have been high due to the recent test performance. Anderson + Broad combination would have been more lethal than Anderson + some other bowler. But since this is an injury issue nothing an be done in this regard. I am not sure whether woakes, stokes, etc are upto broad's standard at this moment. Broad can bat well too and his batting would have suited the ODI, T20 etc more than the test cricket.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | August 25, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Its going to be the same story for India. Jadeja will be in the team, no matter what happens. Dhoni and his buddies are bigger than the country. Gautam Gambhir, while a poker outside the off stump in test is very important as an ODI cricketer and should have been in the side. At #3 gambhir provides a huge support and its a mistake to drop him.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 25, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Eager to catch up on game @ 3 in noon here in India.Love to see Buttler,Morgan lighting up with their fire works.And some white ball swing,pace from Jimmy,Finn,co.Of course if theres no game due to rain,theres option to watch Maxwell bat 30+ over vs Zim!!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 25, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Good time to unleash Engs fastest Finn on Ind bats.There are no. of short ball suspects in odi team like Raina,Sanju,Dawan,Sir Jad.Finn with his pace,bounce will come handy for Cook to exploit the tactic.A big W here,Eng could get on a roll like in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    My soul says India will win this ODI series. Maybe India 3-1 England (1 washout)

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | August 24, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    One can only hope for an indian victory overseas & has better chance of reviving fortune at home only playing IPL. Hehehe

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 24, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    As long as the games are played on normal English pitches, not those dead tracks we saw in the Champion's Trophy, whether by rain or England, India are going to get washed away

    The equation is pretty simple: India come to life when the track is dead. A lively track is the death of India.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 24, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Why bother anticipate playing this ODI when the weather Report clearly says that there is 100% chance of rainfall - predicted to be 50 to 75 mm's (which is a lot for a single day) on the Match Day. In addition there are no floodlights! It looks all Doom & Gloom. So just cancel the ODI#1 & move on to ODI #2 or move it to Tuesday assuming better weather & ground OK to play- Not flooded..

  • POSTED BY chandan.Berhampur on | August 24, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    MS Dhoni's captaincy has come under question but he is usually good in this form of the game. Suresh Raina and Mohit Sharma come into the squad but India could be a little underprepared after just a farce of a warm up game with Middlesex since the Tests.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 24, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    It's obviously sad that there's no reserve day for these fixtures.

    I feel particularly sad for the the groundsmen and the people of Bristol. It is hardly ever that any South West ground gets to host an international so it's particularly sad that when one is hosted there it's a washout

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | August 24, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    @CodandChips on (August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT) re

    "And it always amazes me that Dhoni bats so low. Rather than making him deal with crises, why not have him avert the crises before they happen"

    Well I'm glad we don't do the same with ours

    Re Root - I don't see how he plays in the top 3 if you want to accommodate Hales. I'd like to see Hales open but I also think Bell has done really well opening. Regardless , I think the balance is better with Hales in the top 3. If you have a top 6 of Bell,Cook,Hales,Root,Buttler,Morgan you'd have an accumulator in Cook, 2 guys who can play either role in Bell and Root and 3 power hitters. However I wonder if we'd be a little light on bowling options. I still think Bopara is a vital player for us

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | August 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Most unlikely to be any play tomorrow. Autumn seems to have arrived early.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | August 24, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Oh yes, If India perform well in the ODI series the whole world will go back to think that they are a mighty force in world cricket. Who cares about test cricket right?

  • POSTED BY ShanNachimuthu on | August 24, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Not to expect any big turnaround in ODIs. It will be same old stories. Indian bowlers will give away 275+ very easily. Anderson is at his peak. He will torment the Indian batting in ODI too. The Indian should play fearless cricket and counter attack. But I do not think that will counter attack. Everybody playing for a place in WC team, which adds more pressure to them and affects the performance. They should stop thinking about filling somebodies shoes. Also they should not think beyond a match. Every player when they are enlisted for a match they should think 'Ok, I got an opportunity to play another match for my country. I should give my 100% in this match. I should not think beyond that'. The test defeat is not something that the Indian fans experienced never before. India is not a like team Aus or SA to beat any team anywhere in the world.So, From this pretty ordinary Indian team,DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH. If they win enjoy it.if they loose do not get disappointed.Cool.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    i think this ODI series towards the end of english summer just like last time is going to be marred by rain. i remember we didn't a single 50 over a side match last time . it was all shorten . tomorrow's match is set for a wash out. so we are only looking for a 4 match series. Our people have forgotten about having a reserve day at all. hello planners too many matches are getting washed out. please plan a reserve day. not only for ODI's but i will also suggest for tests. we need results

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    For guys who keep on repeaing viru yuvi bhajji zak irfan etc etc need to be back please stop it all these guys are well past prime and including any of these would be like looking back its time to thank them for what they for Indian cricket and move.All these guys have been struggling and no point in going back prime example Gambhir he was clueless and a walking wicket better to try young guns even if they fail they will learn India need to introspect on Dhawan expect for his odd innings he is totally useless out of Asia sooner they realise better it is

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 24, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    After watching India's tired performance in last two Test matches we can't comment anything about tomorrow's performance. All i wanted is India to fight back and win the serious. England is playing with their full squad and so do we. The opening pair again has to remember the last June in England as Dhawan and Rohit was terrific in Champions trophy and we have to give those kind of performance and rest left with the players form. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    People who thinks that Jadeja and Ashwin will not play first one day are followers of Cricket others will follow Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    @sheru-sher dude are you like talking for real man any cricket loving fan be it Indian aussie English would love a even contest between bat and ball.If these millionaires cannot play on fast bouncy tracks its their problem not anybody else. Being a cricket fan and Indian I completely disagree with your statement.There have been so many low scoring matches which skilful bowlers have bowled well and defended they are more interesting than 350+ on a cement road.So for people who think like you I have a suggestion as you say BCCI is so powerful which it is why don't ask them to give India all the cups and let other nations compete playing competitive cricket. PS This comment is exclusive for comment made by sheru-sher only

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Binny, jadeja, k.Sharma, Bhuvi, Shami or Umesh

  • POSTED BY nlight on | August 24, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Hope they don't make the mistake of leaving out Ballance, who I would certainly pick before Morgan on current form.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    @salilj90 on (August 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT):

    Agree with you about Dhawal Kulkarni. He had been bowling well, and quite consistently for the past few seasons. Like Zak, he is also pretty good in thinking through as to how to get a batsmen out. Quite an intelligent chap. Recent good show in Oz adds to his case, for at least being tried out.

    I also feel that Karn Sharma's leg spin will be more effective than the left arm spin of Jadeja or the off-spin of Ashwin, in England. More so, after Mushtaq & Saqlain having their impact on England improving their skill in both bowling offspin and facing offspin. The major 'negative factor' which may force both Kulkarni & Karn to be benched is that both are not from Dhoni's CSK circle, unlike Mohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, or Raina. In Karn's case, he also lacks adequate experience bowling outside India. But how will he get the experience, unless given the chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    India should select players based on current form rather than number of matches played. Karan Sharma is doing well with bat and ball. His leg spin can trouble english as he is not exposed till now. Ambati Rayudu unbeaten 72 shows he deserves to play first match. I can replace Jadeja with Karan sharma and Ashwin with Rayudu. I will go in one day format 7 batsman and 4 bowlers and can manage with Raina or Rohit as part time bowlers. Team looks like Dhawan / Rohit Sharma / Kohli / Rahane / Raina / Rayudu / Dhoni / Karan sharma / Bhuvi / Umesh / Shami.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @Dark Man X on (August 24, 2014, 17:02 GMT):

    Nice to see you keeping up the tradition of the amusing "prediction fun". Especially, since the regular predictors are missing. Only one small correction. Ishant has gone back to India, after the test series. Just fyi.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 24, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @Kuruppath Balakrishnan (post on August 24, 2014, 16:42 GMT): I'm British, so forgive my poor English. "I told you so" attitude is my slang for smugness, or more literally/correctly, "well duh, I could have told you that". Never placed a bet in my life officer; even save £52 a year by not playing the Lottery! I thought this forum was just for comments as well, but it's actually a real gold mine for improving English, learning statistics, predicting the future, getting weather forecasts, talking history/politics... occasionally even cricket as well! Love it.

  • POSTED BY salilj90 on | August 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    I know it's most probably not going to happen, but I'd like to see Dhawal Kulkarni getting a game after his brilliant show at the A-team Quadrangular series in Australia. Highest wicket taker at an average of 18 (If I'm not wrong). Definitely needs a game to showcase if he can make use of the conditions in England in his favour as well.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Four spinners? If you count part-timers Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma? Why? Is it a spin friendly pitch?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Cant wait to see virat k getting back to form with a hundred and ishant getting a five for. odis are our strength as clearly shown during the warm up game, india will crush england tomorrow. I see a 5-0 here.. go boyz show em what u got

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT):

    I cant remember any of the regular contributors here, coming ONLY AFTER everything is over. Though I am not a regular in posting comments here (like you or Jose P), I had been reading almost all the posts. By the way,how can anyone have an "I told you so" attitude, if he had not appeared here before the match / series? Please don't contradict yourself, in your eagerness to defend someone. Also, I was under the impression, that this is a forum for offering one's comments, and not a forum for punters! Yes, I agree with you about one thing. Reading such preposterous predictions was a real fun thing. I miss those..

  • POSTED BY laxmanrules on | August 24, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Praying that this ODI series will be the death knell fro Raina outside India and the beginning of a very capable and tight Ambati Rayudu's (going by the warm ups in England and Australia) much deserved come-good series. Why can't we just accept that Raina is king in India and among the best on dead pitches but absolutely pathetic when the ball does anything at all. He was great to have in thw WC in India but will certainly not be an assett in Australia. Need technically sound players like Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Rayudu and perhaps Tiwary. They can all hit when needed and play out tough swing and short bowling in ODIs at least.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Team should be: Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Karn-Sharma, Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh In an ODI, we do not need Ashwin's batting instead Jadeja can be more effective. He can also get you a run-out in a tight situation. Karn Sharma is just the right leg-spinner we need, he can spin it at pace...so he can bowl flat and spin at the same time. Batsman needs to step-up for sure. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    for lkreddy510 post Why reedy we can go for Srikanth, Kapildev, Gowri, Mankad etc. Who you told is out dated Members of Indian team. Please think before you comment

  • POSTED BY lkreddy510 on | August 24, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    this Indian team is not strong enough to beat England without the likes of Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, Harbhajan, Zaheer..

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta (post on August 24, 2014, 15:23 GMT): Noting wrong with having predictions; Mr Arun Bose is perfectly happy to come back if he wishes - I found his prophecies most amusing (hence the 5-4-3-2-1-0 jibes). I sometimes find the posters that only come on here and comment once the game's over (the old hindsight trick) and have the "told you so" attitude more annoying than the 'overly confident' / 'crystal ball experts' that love to have a punt before/during games.

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | August 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    BCCI with all it's power and money should dictate the direction of world's cricket. It is sad to see the empty stands/seats at most international cricket matches.That abscence of spectators is seeping in into T20's. Spectators like to see balls flying for sixes or shooting along the ground for fours.To encourage that kind of cricket "flat tracks" are needed world wide especially for Indian players. BCCI must then dictate that "flat track wickets' must be flown in to matches to encourage spectators attendance. For the WC 2015 especially BCCI must ensure India play on these artificial flat tracks so as to make the cricket enjoyable otherwise cricket will lose it 's interest .A classic example is cricket in the West Indies which has gone from TOP of the heap for a decade plus to almost non-descrip flop.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    for heaven sake rohit is not a natural opener.. he s more comfortable at the later stages of the innings where he can accelerate .... rahane has an experience of opening in the ipl and will be a better prospect with dhawan..... and then jadeja and ashwin cannot play together in the XI.... let ashwin play he s a good batsman and a better spinner than jadeja on any day... dhawan/rahane/kohli/rohit/dhoni/raina/ashwin/bhuvi/shami/aaron/umesh

  • POSTED BY gkautish on | August 24, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    why has evry1 forgotten abt yuvi.... he needs to be there

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Frustration, Anger, Despair, Shame.. whatever throws up by one's mindset, is directly proportional to the level of expectations.

    Remember a fan, who predicted an India-win in the test series (5-0,4-1,3-2, or 3-1 depending on the day of the week, as an English fan pointed out), is missing now-a-days. He might be reflecting on the above lesson. Good for him. And, good for all of us. In fact many of us, among the Indian fans, were embarrassed when those predictions kept on popping up like the pigeons landing on the Oval pitch!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Good luck team india

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 24, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    The above Indian team will be thrashed by England team.

    The team setup should have been as follows: 1 Anjikya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Sanju V. Samson, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Karn Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @whirlaway (post on August 24, 2014, 14:53 GMT): Agreed, and let's hope so!

    @immi2711 (post on August 24, 2014, 14:40 GMT): Care to explain to us how playing in humid, rain-effected conditions on most likely soft and low pitches bares any similarity to the hot, fast, bouncy conditions of Australia for the WC? If anything, I think these home series in U.K. are detrimental to England's preparations for the WC, because the selectors will be forced to pick a team from players (if any!) who happen to perform well here but will probably once again be clueless in Australian conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Alex Hales: Man in supreme form. Three TONS in the past ten days! India, watch out! If we guys don't get him out fast ( or, w/k, slips , or any fielder drops him), we will be facing an uphill task!

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | August 24, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav The above team will surely be thrashed by England for sure. Following would have been an ideal team setup: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Sanju Samson, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Karn Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 24, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    "... we might get some sort of silly little hit-and-giggle session..."

    Fortunately, we might not get to see a T20-like meaningless show! The rain chances for the duration are: 11am-2pm: 100% and it remains above 60% for the rest of the duration. It drops to 50% by 6pm which is the scheduled close.

    And that is a good thing. It is better to have no cricket at all than play a T20 or T15 or T10 etc.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    This game is most probably going to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. The next game at Cardiff is going to be affected by rain as well, and might be decided on the basis of D/L par scores. So this would effectively become a 3-match series or with some luck, a 4-match series.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    How does Cook still command a place in the side? Hadn't scored runs in ages I'm ODIs. When was Bell's last ton as well?

    I still believe if Root plays ODIs he must be in top 3.

    Glad Hales is in but I think England should have experimented more.

    Too many test specialists. Stokes and Woakes? Though Woakes and Bell impressed me yesterday, one game isn't enough to dispel doubts. Especially as it wasn't an international.

    Perhaps India should try opening with Rahane or Pujara for more stability. And it always amazes me that Dhoni bats so low. Rather than making him deal with crises, why not have him avert the crises before they happen.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | August 24, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Well one thing for sure, India/Aus/Eng are getting plenty of practice in the similar conditions as Austrailias prior to the WC....Surprisingly the other teams are getting practice matches also but in complete different conditions....Pakistan does not play any games in Aussie conditions untill the WC, SL has no games in Aussie conditions, Bangladesh and WI have no games in Aussie conditions............ BIG 3 are doing great in keeping the advantage locally...surely one of you will take the trophy... India cant cry about it, as they are getting every chance to build themselves up before the big dance

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I hope we get clobbered. Otherwise, our obvious weaknesses in the ultimate form of the game will get swept under the carpet and incompetence will reign supreme!

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    India is totally different team when it come to ODI's. It will be difficult for England to win the series. India 3-2 Eng if rain stays away.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | August 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    All the planning and comments and Indian commentators building up a storm for the first ODI....Instead they build a RAAAIIIIINNNNN storm....It is raining like cats and dogs, so Bristol is washed out....Ahhhh!!! the anticipation....

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    England always seem to find a way of falling apart in ODI's. No Jade Dernbach mentioned this time, but the likes of Woakes and Stokes hardly fill me full of confidence in this format either. I reckon the weather is going to win out this first game, or we might get some sort of silly little hit-and-giggle session between downpours, the result of which will tell/show us nothing. The tests are over, and the only thing you can bring through between formats is a bit of confidence. No bones about it - India still start favourites in short formats regardless of England's spectacular triumph in the tests. Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    hope india wins the series...atleast some consolation

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Comedy of errors .. Rahane and Rohit play well in ipl as opener and middle order respectively .. It suits their game with Rohit can clear the boundary in middle and slog overs and Rahane is good as opener

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Hoping India wins the ODI series at least !!

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Hoping India wins the ODI series at least !!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Comedy of errors .. Rahane and Rohit play well in ipl as opener and middle order respectively .. It suits their game with Rohit can clear the boundary in middle and slog overs and Rahane is good as opener

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    hope india wins the series...atleast some consolation

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    England always seem to find a way of falling apart in ODI's. No Jade Dernbach mentioned this time, but the likes of Woakes and Stokes hardly fill me full of confidence in this format either. I reckon the weather is going to win out this first game, or we might get some sort of silly little hit-and-giggle session between downpours, the result of which will tell/show us nothing. The tests are over, and the only thing you can bring through between formats is a bit of confidence. No bones about it - India still start favourites in short formats regardless of England's spectacular triumph in the tests. Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | August 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    All the planning and comments and Indian commentators building up a storm for the first ODI....Instead they build a RAAAIIIIINNNNN storm....It is raining like cats and dogs, so Bristol is washed out....Ahhhh!!! the anticipation....

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    India is totally different team when it come to ODI's. It will be difficult for England to win the series. India 3-2 Eng if rain stays away.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 24, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I hope we get clobbered. Otherwise, our obvious weaknesses in the ultimate form of the game will get swept under the carpet and incompetence will reign supreme!

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | August 24, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Well one thing for sure, India/Aus/Eng are getting plenty of practice in the similar conditions as Austrailias prior to the WC....Surprisingly the other teams are getting practice matches also but in complete different conditions....Pakistan does not play any games in Aussie conditions untill the WC, SL has no games in Aussie conditions, Bangladesh and WI have no games in Aussie conditions............ BIG 3 are doing great in keeping the advantage locally...surely one of you will take the trophy... India cant cry about it, as they are getting every chance to build themselves up before the big dance

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    How does Cook still command a place in the side? Hadn't scored runs in ages I'm ODIs. When was Bell's last ton as well?

    I still believe if Root plays ODIs he must be in top 3.

    Glad Hales is in but I think England should have experimented more.

    Too many test specialists. Stokes and Woakes? Though Woakes and Bell impressed me yesterday, one game isn't enough to dispel doubts. Especially as it wasn't an international.

    Perhaps India should try opening with Rahane or Pujara for more stability. And it always amazes me that Dhoni bats so low. Rather than making him deal with crises, why not have him avert the crises before they happen.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    This game is most probably going to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. The next game at Cardiff is going to be affected by rain as well, and might be decided on the basis of D/L par scores. So this would effectively become a 3-match series or with some luck, a 4-match series.