England v India, 2nd ODI, Cardiff August 26, 2014

Cook, Dhoni look for on-field statements

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Match facts

August 27, 2014
Start time 10.30am local (0930 GMT)

Play 02:16
Can England play by instinct instead of numbers?

Big Picture

As countdowns for the World Cup go, neither England nor India can claim to have started in the best shape. While the rain tippled down in Bristol, washing out the first of five contests, there was enough aggravation off the field to occupy both sides.

It will not matter how gloomy the weather gets, Duncan Fletcher will be reluctant to remove his shades as he contends with a reshuffle which has seen Ravi Shastri imposed as team director with, it seems, a brief to assess Fletcher's performance ahead of the World Cup. MS Dhoni's assertion that Fletcher will definitely coach India in that World Cup is not universally shared, and with Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney on gardening leave, confusion abounds.

England have their own issues. Their squad for the ODI series was more conservative than many expected, influenced perhaps by the 3-1 Test series victory against India which removed their appetite for change. They seem determination to plan for the challenge ahead in Australia and New Zealand with the same captain, Alastair Cook, not known for rapid scoring at the top of the order, and a phalanx of fast bowlers to utilise the two white balls.

That has brought cries of protest from Graeme Swann, a celebrated England player of recent vintage, and Michael Vaughan, a former captain who is treading the path of another former Yorkshire and England batsman, Geoffrey Boycott, in his appetite for straight talking. Both chimed that Cook should have stood down in favour of younger batsmen with a greater capacity for power hitting.

England's ODI summer has become increasingly dogged by bad weather. The Bristol washout meant that the first ODI of the latter part of the summer was washed out for the third successive year. Headingley and Cardiff have also suffered.

Form guide (last five completed matches, most recent first)

England LLWLW
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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, and his rich domestic form will finally persuade England's selectors to abandon their doubts about his technique against the short ball.

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 a middle-order spot at the World Cup. On the previous tour to England, in 2011, he was opening the batting.

Team news

Hales will make his delayed one-day debut as Cook's opening partner with Ian Bell dropping down to No. 3. The main doubt is whether England will field Gary Ballance or Joe Root at No 4, ahead of Eoin Morgan and either Ben Stokes or Moeen Ali, one of whom seems bound to play in the absence of Ravi Bopara. The unsettled weather makes an emphasis on seam likely.

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

Shikhar Dhawan has the chance to put a miserable Test series behind him as he opens with Rohit Sharma. Suresh Raina was out of the ODI squad for a while, but returned as captain for the short tour to Bangladesh. He is expected to bat 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

Cardiff can provide grouchy batting surfaces when the weather is unsettled and the forecast, while not as terminal as Bristol, is none too optimistic. The Met Office predicts a dry and bright start with sunny spells, but winds will strengthen as the day progresses and rain is anticipated by early evening. Disruption to the second innings cannot be discounted.

Stats and trivia

  • Cardiff has been well favoured since its elevation to an international venue, staging an Ashes Test, due to hold another in 2015, and selected as a joint host of last summer's Champions Trophy.

  • India won the Champions Trophy in England last summer, but even allowing for that their record outside Asia and the West Indies is unimpressive with eight wins and 13 defeats since the last World Cup.

  • The distance between Bristol and Cardiff is only 44 miles over the Severn Bridge (24 miles as the crow flies), which has led some to question the need for Bristol to have become England's tenth international ground.

  • When the teams met on this ground in 2011, Virat Kohli hit a century but his thunder was stolen by Jonny Bairstow's debut innings of 41 off 21 balls which secured England a D/L victory.

Quotes

"He is paid to give his opinions, and he is entitled to give those. We know as a side where we are at. We are comfy, ready to go and we are really looking forward to this series.''
Joe Root was not taking too much notice of Swann's comments

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Guys just hang on. Game is not over yet.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Same old story on the cards - 21/2 in 8 overs ..... will be 66/6 in 20 overs and 150 all out in 40 overs .... England chase in 35 overs losing 3 wickets ....

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    I think Dhoni has picked Mohit, because of his ability to bowl at the death, thanks to IPL... where Mohit produced splendid death bowling skills, often picking up wickets every time he bowled in the death. So Dhoni must ideally be looking at Bhuvneshwar and Shami opening the bowling, where Bhuvi would bowl 5 overs, Shami would get 5-6 overs, Mohit as second choice seamer, will have to bowl 4-5 overs. Then (hopefully) Ashwin and Jadeja and Raina bowl well, and even if they don't pick wickets, they atleast keep the run rate under check, and then have Bhuvneshwar return to bowl 2 overs in the Batting PP, and Shami will get 1, Mohit -2 there, then bring back the spinners, and then for the death, bring in Shami first, bowl his 3 overs out, along with Ashwin or jadeja, then bring in Mohit at 44th over and give him his 4 overs with Bhuvi bowling at the other end. As far as the batting is concerned, India won't have a problem IF Dhawan and Rohit survive the first 10-15 overs.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Sorry Dhoni, you have to be more positive and attacking. This team looks defensive. Three changes should be there Karan for Jadeja, Umesh for Bhuvi and Rayudu for Rahane. Let's hope Karan gets chance atleast in the next game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    MY INDIAN ELEVEN Rohit, Shikhar, Kohli, Rahane, Samson, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mohit, Bhuvi, Dhaval

  • POSTED BY garysam123 on | August 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    The team is as usual weak. Why no umesh into the side? Usual dhoni selection. Why don't he give chance to new guys.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 27, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Well, England won the toss and presumably choose to chase.As as said yesterday you chase in this pitch,you win the game.Let's see how the Indian batsmen play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    England will win 2nd odi match

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    India should be playing some outstanding cricket to beat this english side. I'm really worried about our indian bowlers i mean look at their side ..a side of both class and destruction ..talking about destruction buttler,hales,stokes and morgan can RIP our bowling attack if they r on a flow. They are a bunch of game changers ..I personally fear eoin morgan, he needs no introduction about his talent and his out of the box shots which will confuse the indian strategy and buttler follows him,his intensions can be clear from the first ball,very attacking dangerous player. TRUST ME IPL WILL BE MORE INTERESTING THAN IT IS NOW UNDOUBTEDLY IF THESE PLAYERS COME IN.

    Having said that, there bowling attack is not so complicated to deal with. If v can concentrate a little bit v can make the most out of it and anderson is no exception unlike his tests. Lets hope our men in blue pull up their socks and show them what v can do. C'MON INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Raina should play In top order....Rahane should come as opener.....my TEam 1.Rahane 2.Rohith 3.kohli 4.Raina 5.Binny 6.Dhoni 7.AShwin 8.Bhuvi 9.karan sharma 10.shami 11.umesh

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Guys just hang on. Game is not over yet.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Same old story on the cards - 21/2 in 8 overs ..... will be 66/6 in 20 overs and 150 all out in 40 overs .... England chase in 35 overs losing 3 wickets ....

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    I think Dhoni has picked Mohit, because of his ability to bowl at the death, thanks to IPL... where Mohit produced splendid death bowling skills, often picking up wickets every time he bowled in the death. So Dhoni must ideally be looking at Bhuvneshwar and Shami opening the bowling, where Bhuvi would bowl 5 overs, Shami would get 5-6 overs, Mohit as second choice seamer, will have to bowl 4-5 overs. Then (hopefully) Ashwin and Jadeja and Raina bowl well, and even if they don't pick wickets, they atleast keep the run rate under check, and then have Bhuvneshwar return to bowl 2 overs in the Batting PP, and Shami will get 1, Mohit -2 there, then bring back the spinners, and then for the death, bring in Shami first, bowl his 3 overs out, along with Ashwin or jadeja, then bring in Mohit at 44th over and give him his 4 overs with Bhuvi bowling at the other end. As far as the batting is concerned, India won't have a problem IF Dhawan and Rohit survive the first 10-15 overs.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Sorry Dhoni, you have to be more positive and attacking. This team looks defensive. Three changes should be there Karan for Jadeja, Umesh for Bhuvi and Rayudu for Rahane. Let's hope Karan gets chance atleast in the next game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    MY INDIAN ELEVEN Rohit, Shikhar, Kohli, Rahane, Samson, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mohit, Bhuvi, Dhaval

  • POSTED BY garysam123 on | August 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    The team is as usual weak. Why no umesh into the side? Usual dhoni selection. Why don't he give chance to new guys.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 27, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Well, England won the toss and presumably choose to chase.As as said yesterday you chase in this pitch,you win the game.Let's see how the Indian batsmen play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    England will win 2nd odi match

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    India should be playing some outstanding cricket to beat this english side. I'm really worried about our indian bowlers i mean look at their side ..a side of both class and destruction ..talking about destruction buttler,hales,stokes and morgan can RIP our bowling attack if they r on a flow. They are a bunch of game changers ..I personally fear eoin morgan, he needs no introduction about his talent and his out of the box shots which will confuse the indian strategy and buttler follows him,his intensions can be clear from the first ball,very attacking dangerous player. TRUST ME IPL WILL BE MORE INTERESTING THAN IT IS NOW UNDOUBTEDLY IF THESE PLAYERS COME IN.

    Having said that, there bowling attack is not so complicated to deal with. If v can concentrate a little bit v can make the most out of it and anderson is no exception unlike his tests. Lets hope our men in blue pull up their socks and show them what v can do. C'MON INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Raina should play In top order....Rahane should come as opener.....my TEam 1.Rahane 2.Rohith 3.kohli 4.Raina 5.Binny 6.Dhoni 7.AShwin 8.Bhuvi 9.karan sharma 10.shami 11.umesh

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    I'd prefer Binny ahead of Shikhar with Rahane opening. Raina should play at 4 with Dhoni following him at 5. 6, 7,8 ,9 should be Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin and Bhubi.

  • POSTED BY promy_cric on | August 27, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    It is rustic situation both of sides to form a team for upcoming world cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand. Dhoni should be unflinching to back up his present team formation where it will take time for new player to settle down in the team. More or less, this indian players have been played in NZ, SA. So, they got some experience in their back. Just see, how they utilize on that.

    While, For England perspective i am concurring with the statement which was made by Swan. England selectors or management should be conceived more attacking approach than old fashioned which does not lead them to success for a long time. In this regard, removal of Cook is mandatory.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    EnglandXI Cook, Hales, Bell, Morgan, Root, Moeen, Buttler, Jordan, Finn, Jimmy, Gurney

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    It would be great if none of the remaining matches wash out. May the best team win

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    My Team :Rohit ,Rahane,Sanju,Kholi,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja/Binny/Raydu,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Umesh & Dhawal Kulkarni

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    India should have retained Varun Aaron's for the ODIs s well, he together with Umesh Yadav could have hurried English batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    As usual Same team for India!!!

  • POSTED BY vwazalwar on | August 27, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    The Treams looks gud on paper but have to see the performane of mainly dhawan and virat.. Also instead of jadeja dhoni can have a try at karan, sanju, dhawal in the rest 4 matches including 2days.. also dhoni can have a break n give sanju chance as a keeper and rohit as a captain. Jadeja has got enough of his chances he should now be replaced and india should start search for the all rounder to comfortabely replace yuvraj incoming years. Although it will never be possible to replace the shoes of the big3s ( Ganguly, Dravid and Sachin) ever but to some extent virat ( if he do not loose focus on game for obvious reasons), sharma and rahane can balance.Rest is upto selectors to keep best eleven if India want to stand any chance for 2015 world cup. IMO ideal team world be: dhawan,sharma, kohli, raina, rayudu/sanju, karan/ashwin, shami, kumar, yadav

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    @Bhargava Ram on (August 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT):

    You asked why this hype about Hales. He had been the top performer in the short formats for England, with the bat for quite some time. If past is history, look closer to NOW. In the past TWO weeks, he had FOUR centuries. A couple of months ago, he also had an international century.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    To solve the opening conundrum, why not bring Vijay into the ODI scheme of things considering he has the technique and the strokes to play the ODI - he has made the pick-up shot his own and is the first Indian batsman to score 2 centuries in IPL.

    I wouldn't want him to play the T20Is, but preserve him for Tests and also ODIs, where again you need a good solid start esp. in the coming World Cup (in Australia) and then, if needed, he can open up when he is settled.

    Having given the likes of Rohit and Dhawan so many chances overseas ODIs, it will not be bad to give him a go, esp. that the ODIs will be held in Aus & NZ - I feel he can't do worse.

    I even feel Dinesh Karthik will be better opener in ODIs purely on his technique, than the likes of Dhawan/Rohit in ODIs.

    Or blood the youngsters like Sanju Sampson or Baba Aparijith who will can also be a wk/bowling option.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Why don't we have successor to dhoni?? Because Dhoni failed at finding and developing his successor. He was in a dilemma to play Test cricket from 2011 Aus series, but even in 2014 we do not have a successor to replace dhoni as captain and half fit dhoni ( keeping was not upto standard due to some niggles) was required in England. Atleast for WI series, rest Dhoni and ask Virat ( touted as future captain) to captain the team and we take one series at a time and rotate 3-4 players for the next three test series and decide on future. Unless otherwise we have short term and long term goals and Plan A, B C and D, we will not be as consistent as SA or AUS.

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | August 27, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @vj3478.Its too funny to comparing akshar to jadeja and especially Ashwin. I think you don't watch cricket that much. Ashwin is a natural off spinner though he has some varieties, Jadeja spins the ball much than any left arm spinner in India currently. Ahshar bowls at a minimum speed of 90kph, which a spinner rarely does. I have seen him often bowling in the 100's, so one should call him as a medium pace bowler, not a spinner. And If you would have watched the IPL and India matches you can clearly see that bothe jadeja and Ashwin gets their wicket only by their spinning deliveries, where Akshar in IPL has always got the wicket by his faster deliveries around 100kmph. After all Akshar doesn't suit to the International conditions. Though I agree that India should not go with 2 spinners in Aussie only on a condition that if India Really have atleast atleast 3 seam bowlers who could create not fear but a wicket taking opportunity often. If thats not possible Ind have to with 2 spinners

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    With this team Dhini can't win world cup. my team for INDIA for coming world cup 1.Rahane 2.Sehwag 3.Kohli 4.Dhoni 5.Rohith 6.Jadeja 7.Binny/R Dhavan 8.Bhuvi 9.Aron 10. Shami 11.Ishanth

  • POSTED BY shibu85 on | August 27, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    this side have potential to make a comeback...test series is histroy now..the side is down but definitly not out...india will win the series if dhoni pic the right team ideal team would be 6 batsman and five bowler for english condition...coz if the pitch has something then 230-240 would be enough...if six batsman cant do the job the seventh one wont do it.....india should play seven batsman only if they think of chasing in the odi s....all the best men in blue....

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Start bowling wid ashwin, bhuvi......get cook wid spin....only option, first bowling change should be Umesh ,ranina,,,.. We don't need all rounder. Raina, rohit, virat also bowl

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @sudhindranath-- No mate not tests matches... In Indian teams you hardly see an 18 or 19 years old player on test debut these days.. Most batsmen in Tests have scored tons of runs with atleast 5 years of domestic experience.... So there is no point saying Players are picked on IPL performance... If you know any one then please tell me... Though I would say that bowlers have been picked on IPL performance but that is understood as we hardly get good bowlers...

    I think you certainly don't understand the value of IPL.. In India fans don't really follow domestic matches as compared to Eng or Aus hence because of IPL domestic performers gets exposure and fans gets to know which player from domestic circle is good enough for next level...

    And since we have thousands of players in domestic circuit, so there are 8-9 teams for IPL...

    1 thing for sure players like Valthaty/Yousuf pathan etc are not going to be in the tests so till then your "reason" is not valid...

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | August 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I found some comments mentioning ' Raina Useless" " so many Chances".. Raina has a very good average and strike rate of above 35 and 90 respectively. people like Raina often gets to Bat in the middle of 30-40 overs and some time after the 40th over and some rare occasion in between 15-25 overs if India Bats 1st , and does get only some 50-100 runs required with RR more than 6 when India Bats 2nd.. He can merely wait for a over or two then he has to strike the ball to a 4 or 6 that was the duty given to him when his batting order downgraded from no 3-5 sometimes 6. so this is what we can expect from a middle order batsmen who comes at 6 or at 5. The Top 3 or 4 Batsmen used to get a lot of overs, what they do is they strike a couple of boundaries initially and then stick to singles and mere couples for the next 15-20 overs where the camly get to a 50-70 and then they go on to score a century easily. Please do not compare the Batting, avg, and SR of the Top order and the Middle order

  • POSTED BY saiTeja_21 on | August 27, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I would love to see the Indian mgmt give more chances to sanju samson,Kulkarni, karn,Umesh to better assess them properly.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    I hope viru will be getting another chance at the top.... I don't know y Indian selectors used to ignore him but personally I like him playing because if he starts going India will feel ease

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | August 27, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan - Everyone knew tht India is the champion in ODI & why not in T20 format too!!! Without experience players like Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman etc., thy travelled to Eng, Aus, SA & NZ. Series lost but they hav gained the experience. After few yrs wth the strength of Kohli, Pujara, Vijay, Rahane, Binny, Rayudu, Bhuvi, Sami, Umesh, Aaron, Ishwar & many to come you will see the difference.... But your comedy team is still sailing with Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardane, Tharanga, Mathews, Malinga, Kulasekara, Herath etc., I am betting you (all the lankan fan) without this players just imagine your team. Hahahahah they can't even win a single game. BD & Zim will thrash you cheaply. So think about your team first & then comment others. We all Indians are patient at the moment for the time to come.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 27, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    1.sikhar 2.karan sharma 3.virat kohili 4.suresh rains 5.ambati 6.sanjusamson 7.dhoni 8.jadeja 9.bhubaneswar 10.umesh yadav 11.mohit sharma

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    All-rounders???? - India the only Test playing nation who do not have a decent all-rounder both in tests and ODI's. If you see, our both world cup wins have had more contributions from all-rounders like Kapil, R.binny, Amarnath and Yuvraj singh. They all had abilities to take 2-3 wickets and score 50+ runs on any day. Had Dhoni's so called All-rounders R.Jadeja and S.Binny do possess the same caliber as the above said players, I don't think so. Then are we really having shortage of all-rounders in India compared to srilanka, NO. We do have and few of them are R.Dhawan, A.Nayar, L.Shukla, P.Sangwan, I.Pathan and in spin we have J.Saxena, I.Abdulla, Y.Pathan, B.Aparajith, P.Rasool and i don't think except I.Pathan any of the above players got opportunities even after repeated failures of jadeja. This shows Dhoni doesn't have the ability in spotting talents.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    I don't understand this why there is this much of hype for Hales....? I feel that he is going to struggle against genuine swing bowlers like bhuvi ..!! Let us wait and see how many centuries can be get in this tournament.. Two failures an alll these people will go against him and the management..!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    My indian playing team is 1. Dhawan 2. Rohith 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Dhoni 6. Raina 7. Ashwin 8. Karn Sharma 9. Bhuvi 10. Umesh 11. Mohith

  • POSTED BY Worldcricketlover on | August 27, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan, Well Srilanka is playing far more easy bowling unit at this moment without Ajmal . But Pakistan has trashed them in first match so easily . Again senior batsman of SL is firing as they heavily depend on matthews. India has played without star MSD too in past and win .Can SL play without mathews??The answer is NO. There so call talented chandi and thiru is falling like cards every match. In asia and West indies when world cup was held , SL were good but their records in world cup of SA, England or Australia are poor.Yes India is going through tough time but they always play best cricket in WC . So dont worry about India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    my indian playing team is:1. dhawan 2.rohit 3.kohli 4. raina 5. samson 6 dhoni 7 ashwin 8 kumar 9 varun 10 kulkarni 11 umesh.All the best Inaia. Better to have Ashwin as captain.

  • POSTED BY vijaipkm on | August 27, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Team India need to settle well before start of World Cup. This ODI series need to consider for finding new talents like Samson, Kulkarni & Rahane. Most of the teams are testing their young/new talent from their age starting 20. India need to do the same, Baba Aparajit, Samson, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel were need to be given some fair changes.

  • POSTED BY binkuvarghese88 on | August 27, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Oh Weather Gawwddd !! Please, if u don't mind please rain in some other part of the world not in U.K.

  • POSTED BY Super70s on | August 27, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Gary Ballance has both current form (in the Tests against India) and outstanding List A stats (50+ @ 90+). Eng should find a way to test him for the WC. Bell can come in if one of the other bats loses form or fitness. And the 2 Chrises are not much better bowlers than Moeen and Stokes who can bolster the batting too. Finn (and Broad when fit) can come in for Gurney (since Moeen and Root can give 10-15 overs of spin). So my XI for the WC: Cook, Hales, Ballance, Morgan, Root, Buttler, Moeen, Stokes, Finn, Broad,Anderson

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Shikar Dhawan is not fit for International cricket. Rohit cannot play in ODIs, Kohli is busy with personal commitments, Rahane is out of form, Raina has a flaw in his technique, Dhoni is proud of IPL, Jadeja has no reason to be in the team, Ashwin cannot win, Bhuvi has too much to do, Umesh is overconfident, Shami is fed up.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 27, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Rain Rain go away.... we're desperate to see 1st match of this ODI series !!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 27, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Get someone to work on their mental strength

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    England seem to be moving in the right direction. They are willing to try out new batsmenaround the two seniors: Cook & Bell. And, there is some visible success with Ballance & Root. Now, Hales is most likely to prove them right in this format. I reckon Hales may play the role played by Gilchrist for OZ, for quite some time to come: opening in the shorter format and playing a key role at No. 6 in tests.

    Similarly, they are willing to experiment with new bowlers, again around two seniors: Jimmy & Broad. There are some doubts about the lead (perhaps the only) spinner, going into 2015. But in OZ & NZ it may not be a big issue.

    The only issue is about the captaincy; where Eng and Ind have similar problems, but in different formats. Cook seems to be in the ODI team only because he is the captain. And, Dhoni seems to be in the India test team, only for the same reason.

    I have this gut-feeling, that neither Boards will disturb their current captains till the ODI World Cup is over.

  • POSTED BY Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on | August 27, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    I feels sorry for India. They already thrashed by Enlgand in the Test series. Perhaps England should go easy on this Indian side. They can rest few of their senior players and give chance to youngsters. Specially please rest Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    India need to give Dhawal Kulkarni a chance in this series. He has done exceptionally well in recent part for A team in country where the World Cup will be played.

    If it means dropping one spinner, so be it. Or rest Bhuvi. He has nothing to prove to selectors. He is granted selection for world cup. But we need to find that 3rd and 4th Seamer option for World Cup.

    With such limited number of matches to play between now and world cup, Kulkarni needs to get as many matches as possible under his belt.

    Same with Rayudu and Samson. If these two are definite focus for world cup, they need to be given more matches. But it is difficult to fit these two in the batting order without dropping someone like Rahane or Raina.

  • POSTED BY pandian_ikku on | August 27, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Lets see at least India able to bat for 50 overs. Series result is already known that is England win 4-0 unless other matches washed out by rain.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | August 27, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Poor test sides and even poorer ODI sides, but for the love of cricket I shall follow this series as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    I was hoping Broad to be available for this ODI series. Sorry to see he misses out due to some injuries. I am not sure whether he could have played ODI as good as the test cricket but he has lot of experience as a bowler and also he may add that crucial 15 to 30 tailender runs at a fast rate and in ODI these quick runs could be useful. His absence means some less experienced bowler will share the new ball with Anderson and I am not confident with them as much as with Broad. Anyway let us hope for the best, Good lucks England!

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    I don't know why people are so gung-ho on Binny for he has an awful test series here,his domestic performance in recent years has also not been good.So apart from that good li'l stint in Bangladesh,hr hasn't really performed.

  • POSTED BY luckyindia on | August 27, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    i wish you best to india.

  • POSTED BY Cricsupernova on | August 27, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Best of luck for both Indian and english team,better team will win.my heart is beating for a Indian win

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 27, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Expect India to continue their slide down the ODI rankings. Should not be long until they are level with their test ranking, at number five. They will have to rush home for a few more series against Bangladesh to try and recover.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    "...Alastair Cook, not known for rapid scoring at the top of the order..."

    England needn't worry about that in THIS series. India seem to be compensating that with Rohit Sharma... who does the same!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 26, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    @sudhindranath. re:BBL, Actually you nailed it pretty well. It is on for a short time, usually when the test series is on, Warner, for example has played one game in the past 2 years, Watson either 1 or none. And having attended a few, it is there for spectacles & entertainment, no one seriously believes performances in them could anywhere be justified for a test position. That is absurd. The players play it for the dosh, certainly not to enhance their cricket skills for the serious form.

  • POSTED BY hiranya on | August 26, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    I think Doni will have more questions to answer at the end of the series including his ability to hold on to the keeping gloves.

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | August 26, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    As of now, looks like the match could be interrupted by rain some 20-25 overs into the second innings. India should keep this in mind if they can decide whether to bat or field first, and also on the team composition (for example, reduced D/L targets might be more achievable if the team has lower-order hitters etc.).

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | August 26, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    England are generally clueless when it comes to D/L (well, chasing in general to be fair), so I hope they bat first. Oh wait, Cook's still there isn't he, so the run rate will be too slow anyway to make a difference. O.K. bowlers, it's up to you!

  • POSTED BY rohith10689 on | August 26, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Seriously wonder the selection criteria and Dhoni constantly sticking to Rohit,Ashwin,Raina,Jadeja.Rohit for his numerous failures,Raina,ashwin and Jadeja as part of the CSK quota.When Rohit despite of his numerous failures is still in the team,Why is Yuvi who has a good record in England is out of the squad just for his rare failures????Jadeja can neither bat/bowl,Ashwin's spin is useless outside sub continent,Rohit and Raina(who perform one out of 5 series) are still in the team in spite of their rare sparks.India's performance in ODI's have been good only due to the consistent performances of Virat and Dhoni.Rest of them just support them and indicates that there is no team work in it.Its better that Dhoni should not be involved in the team selection.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 26, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    "Both (Swann & Vaughan) chimed that Cook should have stood down in favour of younger batsmen with a greater capacity for power hitting."

    Indeed, both Swann & Vaughan are experts in standing down! Swann stood down in the middle of an awful ashes tour, and left his team in the lurch. Vaughan stood down in tears after being thoroughly thrashed by Graeme Smith. These lads should be teaching classes in "Stepping Down" at England's academy. Few know better, right?

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    India will definitely put a decent show, no matter what the condition is. Come on guys India are the defending world champions!!!

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | August 26, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @sudhindranath: First, what makes you assert so forcefully that Indian selectors and fans have "deluded" themselves to think IPL performances are an indication of how a player might perform in longer format of the game? Can you name a few players who were selected in the test team solely on the basis of any, if at all, IPL?

    Second, most Indian fans treat IPL for what it is: Summer Entertainment. Something to watch in the months of April-May when school kids have holidays. Few Indian fans, lacking patience for genuine Cricket, only follow IPL. And India being most populous cricket playing country on the planet, 'Few' turns out to be millions.

    Third, the attendances for Big Bash are low because people aren't interested and quality of cricket & entertainment value as compared to IPL is below par.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    An all time failure like Rohit sharma is being given more and more chances but a rare failure case like yuvi is being discarded from the team.Considering the swinging conditions in england,i donno what jadeja(who can neither bat/bowl) and Ashwin(who is useless outside sub-continent) are supposed to do in the team.It appears to be like Dhoni is forcing them to be in the team in spite of their dismal performances.It is just because of the batting of virat and dhoni(himself) and rare sparks of other batsman,India is able to win ODI games.If players like Yuvi are not able to make it to the team,then why are players like rohit sharma,Dhawan,Jadeja are still in team for???It is either the selectors or Dhoni who are not being wise in the team selection.

  • POSTED BY PeerieTrow on | August 26, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @sudhindranath: The voice of reason. I was intending posting a response to @Piyush Khadatkar but you very eloquently save me the effort. Many thanks.

  • POSTED BY Kaushik.S. on | August 26, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Hope there are no rains on Wednesday.We need our batters to do the talking on the filed.Come on Dhoni and gang,let's rock it.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 26, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Not that it means anything but squat, but from a curiosity standpoint, the 3 current ODI series should determine, by the end of it, new rankings positions. England, Sri Lanka, India, South Africa & Australia could all shuffle positions & England (even from 5th position) claiming #1 is a mathematical possibility. At least something else to ponder.

  • POSTED BY Ajronald on | August 26, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Why don't they start the game at 09:00 local so as to avoid the rain?

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 26, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Its too early to blood Sanju Samson, Ishwar Pandey and Naman Ojha. they will have to wait, learn and then try to get a chance.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    my team for 2nd odi rahane rohith kohli rayudu raina samson dhoni jadeja bhuvi umesh mohith

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | August 26, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    @Piyush Khadatkar : There are a few reasons. First, the BigBash features about a third of the matches that the IPL has. So, it is a much shorter season.

    Second, we have seen just 3 seasons of it so far, unlike IPL which has been around for 7 or so seasons.

    Third, the fans and the media in Australia treat it for what it really is - a form of entertainment quite different from the serious game of Test cricket. Kinda like beach cricket. Knowledgeable fans know that T20 "cricket" is not really cricket. That is why you see the crowds are a lot thinner for these games - usually less than 20K in big stadiums that can accommodate 50,000 people (SCG) and even 100,000 people (MCG).

    Fans and media and even selectors in India have deluded themselves that IPL performances mean a lot to how a player does in Tests (actually it means nothing, as we have seen in recent India tours of SA, NZ and England :-) ).

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    4 World Cup- team: wish 2 hav solid openers,which we don't have;Virat;we need firepower@4 like Yuvi used 2 provide(btw we can't hav Yuvi) so a Rahane/Rayudu/Samson;Raina;Dhoni;Then d usual suspects-Jaddu,Aswin,Bhuvi;Mohit;Umesh. 4 me my 2 fixed fast bowlers r Mohit & Umesh...I wish 2 hav some1 better than Bhuvi(he is too handicapped. ..wen bowling with old bowl,death bowling or wen there is lack of movement in air)...then Shami is irratic..so...Both Aswin& Jadeja r not suited 4 Abroad bowling. .we need specialist(karn sharma....I don't know...some1 who is all weather spinner).Solid openers,firepower in middle & great spinner ....these 3 things will make India d team 2 beat in future.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    plz give chance to samson..

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    the best suites eleven for india 1.Rahane.. 2.Dhawan.. 3.Kohli.. 4.Samson.. 5.Rayudu.. 6.Dhoni.. 7.Raina / Binny.. 8.Ashwin / Jadeja.. 9.B Kumar.. 10.Kulkarni.. 11.M Shami / M Sharma

  • POSTED BY Vydyula_RK on | August 26, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    All the overseas achievements for India is due to 6 specialist batsmen, Dhoni and 4 specialist bowlers. We don't need Jadeja in team who can neither bat nor bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    My team 4 this series(with reasons):Dhawan/Rahane(will give Dhawan just 1 chance;Rahane is 1 dimensional. ...he lofts wen stuck. ..but may score more than Dhawan);Rohit;Virat;Rayudu;Raina;Dhoni(Dhoni has 2 bat@ no.6....can't bat @7);Jadeja;Ashwin;Bhuvi;Mohit;Umesh. Some changes/reasons: Samson can come in place of Rayadu or Raina(if Raina out of form or Rayudu is slow);Karn sharma can replace Jadeja or Ashwin(Jadeja is in purely 4 fielding purpose plus can bowl/bat a bit....because after Dhoni, no proper batsmen can be send @7);I don't see Shami bowling as Mohit is better in shorter format. ..& Bhuvi & Umesh r fixed.

  • POSTED BY Rao.G on | August 26, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I would try Rahane & Raina as opening pair. Bring Rohit to middle order and play Rayudu instead of Dhawan. I always wonder why Raina never been tried as an opening option. His hand eye co-ordination is as good as Sehwag. I strongly believe he can be an asset there. Rayudu in middle followed by Rohit can bring stability as well as aggression.

  • POSTED BY Abbas67 on | August 26, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Looking at the form of Dhavan & Rohit, India should play Samson as a keeper in the series, and also a number 4 batsman, we need a change now, world cup is too near !

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    There will be surprises in the playing XI, Will Dhoni bring in a Binny? I hope not. The best surprise would be for him to open the batting with Dhawan, and rope in young Samson as the wicketkeeper, at 7. Kohli, Rahane, Raina and R. Sharma should complete the batting line up. Yadav and Kumar can take care of the pace, while Ashwin and Jadeja cater to the spin department. The part timers can take care of the 5th bowler requirements.

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | August 26, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    This will be an easy series at least for Mr. Tracer Bullet. If India does better than expected, he will get praised to high heavens. But if they get creamed, he will be excused because "he had very little time to fix all the problems" with the Indian team!

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @sudhindranath---Then why didn't Aussies' performance got effected by BigBash...??

  • POSTED BY HarryCS on | August 26, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    India should play only one spinner and accommodate four pacers in the team. Also I would go for ambani Rayudu than rahane as he is best suited for this format.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    India Must get back into winning streak by dismissing the Test series as a "horrible dream" & start fresh. Dhoni must abandon his defensive tactics & go with some attacking policies. First & foremost is have strong wkt. taking bowers in the XI rather than just focus on economical bowlers who cannot take wkts. He should replace Jadeja with Karn Sharma as his wkt. taking trump card. Karn is a RH wrist spinning Leg spinner who bowls at a quicker pace. The English pitches will give him greater bounce. If he finds his length & direction he can be very difficult for English batsmen not experienced in playing quality leg spinners. Karn is also economical. Addition of Raina, Rayudu & Yadev would bring some confidence with New guys who were not involved in the Humiliating Test Losses. There is no point listing a XI because Dhoni will go with his own XI. Shastri as the Team Director must ensure that XI includes these 4 New faces. Sadly India is still using "Converted" Opening batsmen!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Only reason why india lost test series coz the batting line up didn't fired and as I know only two Indian players scored test centuries.........but now change of format in which India have been more successful. It's show time by Indians now. India's probable for sec ODI Rohit, Rahane, virat, Rayudu, Samson, Raina, Dhoni, K Sharma, B Kumar, Shami, Yadav

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    i think england must be win..............

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    There is no need for two spinners given the presence of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina...extra medium pacer allrounder would be a better choice instead.

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | August 26, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Thanks to IPL, there has been a steady erosion in India's overseas ODI performances against teams in the top 8 over the last 4 years. We are seeing this manifest in a more serious manner in the case of Bangladesh - they are now finding it hard to even last the full 50 overs, let alone win the matches. Thanks to BPL for that!

    Not sure if the Indian ODI team has been corroded to that extent. That remains to be seen during this series.

  • POSTED BY barryrichardsfan on | August 26, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Dhawal, Mohit, Karn, Umesh and Samson should be played to inject some freshness much needed. rohit shikhar virat Dhoni raina samson ashwin karn dhawal mohit umesh looks a good eleven. Ind must be fired up to pay back.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    1.dhawan 2.rohit 3.kohli 4.samson 5.raina 6.rahane 7.dhoni 8.jadeda 9.bhuwan 10. shami 11 yadav

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 26, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    The washout at Bristol means that we're back to square one. Ballance likely misses out, one of Finn/Gurney plays (probably Gurney) and 2 of the 4 all-rounders play with Anderson and Tredwell. It's not a great side, but everyone will try hard.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 26, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    One should be careful not to extrapolate IPL performances to ODIs. In IPL, whether the score is 20 for 0 or 20 for 5, the batsmen has only one choice - to continue hitting. But in ODIs, if the score is 50 for 5 in 15 or 20 overs, then the batsmen have to rebuild. Because if they can take the score to 200, there is still a good chance to win the game. But in T20s, 80 can almost never be a winning score, so they can keep hitting even if it's 20 for 5 since it doesn't matter whether they fold for 40 or 60 or 80.

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 26, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Team for Tomorrow's ODI - Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Karan Sharma, Mohit, Shami, Yadav. This should be the last chance for shami. Again if he is bowling 1 or 2 loose deliveries per over and not bowling yorkers in death overs, he should be shown the door until world cup. Dhawal kulkarni comes in for the next three ODI's. Here Bhuvi is rested. Rohit and Raina should get 2 ODI's and failure should sack them from world cup probables. For 4th ODI, ask Rahane to open and include rayudu and samson. Jadeja should not be in the Worldcup probables. At the end of the series, if dhawan fails, then it should be either Uthappa or Manan Vohra should be in for World cup. My 15 Probables for World cup will be confirmed at the end of this series.

  • POSTED BY Rajkumar111 on | August 26, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    To do well in England, as I have said many times before, players need to be groomed on hard and green tops and not always play on dirt tracks. With technology at hand, India should produce such surfaces at home, in high altitude places, to cater to the rising ball so that both batsmen and fast bowlers can benefit. Unless this is done, we will see history repeating itself. BCCI have something to think about. It's not rocket science, but a simple rational. Otherwise stop competing abroad and keep playing the IPL.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | August 26, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Happy India did not lose the first ODI.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 26, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    The last time when we played at Cardiff we scored 330+ against formidable South African attack, so remember that we can score 300+ if we bat first. The weather forecast is good for tomorrow's play. This could be the lifeline for Dhawan to get the place in test XI against WI home serious and I don't expect much from Rohit as we know he will not score runs but he will continuously get the selectors backing!! We have only 17 ODI's (expect few) before WC so it's necessary for Dhawan and Rohit to pull up their shocks and play some sensible cricket.

    England would be much happier as they are comfortable with our openers and with Anderson in playing XI they can run through Dhawan and Rohit easily if they don't bat carefully.

    My Playing XI : Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rayedu, Raina/Rahena, Jaddu, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Umesh and Shami.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | August 26, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    i find it strange that the skipper has the authority to say, that D F will still be the coach at the W C. none of the present countries skippers could come out with a comment like that. it shows the grip this guy has over his own board. if dhoni wants or says something then that's the way it will go.

  • POSTED BY ahad555 on | August 26, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    why there is no yuvraj in the squad.zaheer and shewaq should be back in the squad.hope tommorrow india will win the match

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    My probable 11 would be:Shikhar Dhawan,Rohit Sharma,Virat Kohli,Sanju Samson(he has batted 4th in Ipl & 6th during u19 wc),Suresh Raina,Ms Dhoni,Karan Sharma,R Ashwin,Mohit Sharma,B Kumar,Umesh Yadav

  • POSTED BY MrSri on | August 26, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    My team for world cup would be

    Opener 1: Vijay Opener 2: Dhawan (if in form ) / Rahane 3. Virat 4. Raina(if not bowling friendly) / Rohit sharma 5. Yuvraj (he won us world cup last time, not very dependable but will be good) 6. Samson / Or the guy who hit back to back hundreds in Aus A / Rayudu 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Umesh 11. Shami (if he gets better in bowling) / Praveen kumar / Aaron

    Praveen can bowl and bat as Bhuvi - they can be similar but both can bat. If Bowling friendly bring them both else go with one and 2 speed guns. Ashwin can bat ...we are going to play away from subcontinent so we need batting power else we will loose

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Hoping to see some competitive cricket. soo bored with one sided thebigtest games

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Poorly edited article.

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | August 26, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    I have some issues with this squad/team XI.. Rahane at 4 is just a bad idea. I think Rahane at 4, 10 years ago would have been fine. Personally I know Rohit and Rahane wont get dropped, so Rohit should come to #4 and Rahane open. I love Raina's energy and spirit, but I m not sure about him in AUS aganist bounce. Karn Sharma would be a great #7, can hit hard, and take wickets. Jadeja doesn't do much with bat anyways. Not sure why Shami would play ahead of Mohit. Mohit bowls well, and has learned to bowl in death overs as well, Shami is just plain expensive. ECON of 6.5 plus.

    My XI: 1. Rahane 2. Dhawan 3. Virat 4. Rohit/Rayadu 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Karn Sharma/Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Umesh 11. Mohit

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Will Alistair Cook be the Anchor or the Blitzer? Can the roles of an Anchor or the Blitzer be pre-planned or predefined? Or is the call naturally taken in the moment depending upon the rhythm one is ? If Alistair reverses to be the Blitzer, the critics will be well answered on his future as ODI Captain.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    i still have no idea why raina is in the squad even.. He was not that good, even in Bangladesh.. Also, if he comes in, its denying a place to Rayudu/Samson(assuming Rahane's picked too) who are far better than him.. My team would be Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Rayudu, Dhoni(c), Sanju(wk), Ashwin/Jadeja, Karn/Shami, Bhuvi, Yadav..

  • POSTED BY Absolutelycricket on | August 26, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    India has lost two matches in last series with D/L due to weather and one match where india was ahead was washed away therefore weather is prime factor here and indian management need to rethink about the tactics. weather prediction in UK is pretty accurate so please consider before making choice to bat first. ODI team looks much more stronger than test apart from Virat and dhoni who looks like they are out of test shell i dont expect any other players to perform well. Dhawan has hopefully learned his lesson and Rahane has a long way to prove his capabilities ahead of world cup or as usual he will be replaced by R sharma. bowing dept U Yadav is genuine threat to english batting so he is the one to lookout for

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Whers Yuvraj? Indian selectors can tinker round much as they like, in the end there is no substitute for a Legend of the one day game

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Can't understand what Dhawan is doing in the squad? All bowlers know his weakness against the balls bowled outside off-side just close to his body.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    if india wants to paly better combination Shikar , rohit Raydu, Kohli,dhoni, suresh raina, binny , ashwin, shami, arron, umesh

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | August 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    First thing Ravi Shastri needs to do is push Rohit to middle order.

    He is not an opening batsman and you can't blame him for scoring 5 off 30 balls everytime he opens. This is building pressure on him to accelerate and if he gets out rest of batting lineup is under huge pressure not to play dots. Above situation is not ideal for Limited overs cricket where you want you openers to score atleast run-a-ball so that middle order can build their innings. With No 4 slot of Yuvraj is vacant for now Rohit can be new No 4 as experiments with both Raina and Rahane have failed. Samson/Rahane can open with Dhawan, I personally prefer Samson for his Stroke making ability.

    I am feeling like Jadeja's bowling has been found out in international cricket and it's time to play Karn sharma but .. Jadeja deserves a chance in limited overs before dropped.

    My XI for 2nd ODI: 1)Dhawan,2)Samson,3)Virat,4)Rohit,5)Rayudu,6)Dhoni,7)Jadeja/Karn,8)Ashwin,9)Bhuvi,10)Umesh and 11)Kulkarni /as Shami was expensive

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    That's what I hate in england. More number of matches get washed away in england than any other part of the world! Jadeja will play a big role for India because he is kind of the one day master. I don't see a future for ashwin here! Happy with the bowling apart from shami. Mohit,umesh and bhuvi should be the three.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    India's chances are better if they bat first. If England bat first and India has to face a series of D/L revised targets when chasing, I don't think they will adapt to the changes very well.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | August 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    The next WC is in Aus. So Shikar and Raina will be useless. Rahane is a natural opener and Rohit, a middle order batsman. Hope commonsense prevails and they are allowed to play at batting positions what gave them the fame. Only one of Jadeja/Ashwin has to be in the team. Especially if Raina is to play who can bowl few overs of spin. The game has changed and so the teams. Aus, Eng, SA, NZ who were vulnerable to spin before have better players.. and big hitters too. And Ashwin/Jadeja are no match to any teams spin bowlers... Wish Karn or Akshar patel (both are actual spin bowlers and can bat better than Sir Jaddu/Ashwin) would be in the WC squad but with Dhoni as captain its just not possible to leave the CSK players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    It seems there will be some raining tomorrow too, and it may happen around the evening time so may affect the later part of the game.

    The team that wins the toss may choose to field first due to the concern with the D/L method.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Win the toss.Bat second.The game is yours.This is a kind of pitch where winning the toss is like winning the game.Since luck is on Cook's side,England may win this game.

    At cardiff-Played:16, Winning bat first:2, Winning bat second:14.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    so many chances given to raina yet he didn't proved his mark he scored his last odi fifty in 1 aug 2014 he didn't able to handle mitch even at home failed against steyn and southee co and against bangladesh too didn't know why team management giving him this much chances. rayudu or samson should get a chance above of him and bhuvi should get a rest and mohit or dhawal will play instead of him jaddu should be a flop in tests in odis without him indian team will be utter flop my team tommorow dhawan rahane kohli rohit rayudu dhoni jaddu ashwin mohit umesh shami

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  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    so many chances given to raina yet he didn't proved his mark he scored his last odi fifty in 1 aug 2014 he didn't able to handle mitch even at home failed against steyn and southee co and against bangladesh too didn't know why team management giving him this much chances. rayudu or samson should get a chance above of him and bhuvi should get a rest and mohit or dhawal will play instead of him jaddu should be a flop in tests in odis without him indian team will be utter flop my team tommorow dhawan rahane kohli rohit rayudu dhoni jaddu ashwin mohit umesh shami

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Win the toss.Bat second.The game is yours.This is a kind of pitch where winning the toss is like winning the game.Since luck is on Cook's side,England may win this game.

    At cardiff-Played:16, Winning bat first:2, Winning bat second:14.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    It seems there will be some raining tomorrow too, and it may happen around the evening time so may affect the later part of the game.

    The team that wins the toss may choose to field first due to the concern with the D/L method.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | August 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    The next WC is in Aus. So Shikar and Raina will be useless. Rahane is a natural opener and Rohit, a middle order batsman. Hope commonsense prevails and they are allowed to play at batting positions what gave them the fame. Only one of Jadeja/Ashwin has to be in the team. Especially if Raina is to play who can bowl few overs of spin. The game has changed and so the teams. Aus, Eng, SA, NZ who were vulnerable to spin before have better players.. and big hitters too. And Ashwin/Jadeja are no match to any teams spin bowlers... Wish Karn or Akshar patel (both are actual spin bowlers and can bat better than Sir Jaddu/Ashwin) would be in the WC squad but with Dhoni as captain its just not possible to leave the CSK players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    India's chances are better if they bat first. If England bat first and India has to face a series of D/L revised targets when chasing, I don't think they will adapt to the changes very well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 26, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    That's what I hate in england. More number of matches get washed away in england than any other part of the world! Jadeja will play a big role for India because he is kind of the one day master. I don't see a future for ashwin here! Happy with the bowling apart from shami. Mohit,umesh and bhuvi should be the three.

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | August 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    First thing Ravi Shastri needs to do is push Rohit to middle order.

    He is not an opening batsman and you can't blame him for scoring 5 off 30 balls everytime he opens. This is building pressure on him to accelerate and if he gets out rest of batting lineup is under huge pressure not to play dots. Above situation is not ideal for Limited overs cricket where you want you openers to score atleast run-a-ball so that middle order can build their innings. With No 4 slot of Yuvraj is vacant for now Rohit can be new No 4 as experiments with both Raina and Rahane have failed. Samson/Rahane can open with Dhawan, I personally prefer Samson for his Stroke making ability.

    I am feeling like Jadeja's bowling has been found out in international cricket and it's time to play Karn sharma but .. Jadeja deserves a chance in limited overs before dropped.

    My XI for 2nd ODI: 1)Dhawan,2)Samson,3)Virat,4)Rohit,5)Rayudu,6)Dhoni,7)Jadeja/Karn,8)Ashwin,9)Bhuvi,10)Umesh and 11)Kulkarni /as Shami was expensive

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    if india wants to paly better combination Shikar , rohit Raydu, Kohli,dhoni, suresh raina, binny , ashwin, shami, arron, umesh

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Can't understand what Dhawan is doing in the squad? All bowlers know his weakness against the balls bowled outside off-side just close to his body.

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Whers Yuvraj? Indian selectors can tinker round much as they like, in the end there is no substitute for a Legend of the one day game