India v England, 1st ODI, Hyderabad October 13, 2011

England's opportunity against injury-hit India

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Match facts

India v England, October 14, Hyderabad
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

India's winless tour of England has not been without what initially seemed like positives. At least the admen had moved on from the Lagaan theme that has been the easiest way to sell an India-England series in India. Except that colonial references have now made way for war ones. "There's no weapon deadlier than vengeance," says one in all caps. "India takes on England. The war resumes this October."

To give the marketing machinery generous benefit of doubt, India and England haven't exactly offered them much by the way of close series. India last beat England in England in September 2007. The corresponding date for England in India is April 2006. India have whitewashed only two Test series (longer than two matches); one of those victims was England. Four out of their seven whitewashes (in series longer than two matches) have been handed by England; the last one earlier this year now invokes the deadly weapon of vengeance.

Except that this is no revenge series. For one of your three worst tours of all time, including the 4-0 Test whitewash for the then No. 1 side, is not avenged over five ODIs. It will, however, be an opportunity to know what a win feels like. India last enjoyed that feeling in June in the West Indies. It will be an opportunity to arrest a slide, stack up some victories and regain confidence before they leave for Australia, their next really big assignment. It won't be easy, though, playing as they are without Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel. Given their schedules, though, they better get used to this, at least in limited-overs formats.

It will be an opportunity for their opponents to set a record right. That they have won only one of their last 13 completed ODIs against India in India is enough to justify England's remarkably early arrival and long preparation. Most of those defeats suggest the lack of the power game required in the subcontinent, which along with Test series wins in India and Sri Lanka stands in England's way of their aim of all-round domination.

England can't quite claim to know the grammar of subcontinent ODIs well. They entertained in the World Cup, but their batsmen tried to win it through cute dabs and paddles. When England were sleepwalking through a 5-0 ODI series defeat in 2008-09, David Lloyd told the story through the way the respective sides' batsmen prepared to face a delivery. The Indians, he observed, had higher back lifts, ready to impart power into the shots and also trusting the pitches, looking to play down the ground. The England batsmen didn't lift those bats as high in preparation, they often pre-meditated, the crookedness of the face either way to run the ball behind square for a single, at times two, stood out.

England, though, are in a much better mental state than their two previous trips to India. In 2008-09 the captain and the coach weren't quite moving in the same direction; in the World Cup they were tired, injured and possibly longing for home. They will also gain from an Indian XI weakened by injuries. Still a major part of responsibility to prevent this from being yet another one-sided India-England series lies with their batsmen - crucially missing Eoin Morgan - and their response to the conditions.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
India LTLLL
England WTWWW

Watch out for …

Craig Kieswetter comes with the promise of the power game required in India. He also comes with the confidence of having done well against India in the English summer, and then in the Champions League T20. England will want positive starts from him.

Gautam Gambhir will make a comeback not only to the side but also to the opening role, which he had to relinquish during the World Cup. This is the start of a defining season for him, a season he will want to get through without fitness-related layoffs, a season he will want to end with runs in Australia. Form doesn't really apply after the various breaks, but for what it is worth Gambhir has reached double figures in 17 of his last 18 innings, averaging 58 with two centuries and six fifties.

Team news

Despite Gambhir's comeback, both Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane are likely to be rewarded for their good work in England. As is the case with Ravindra Jadeja. The bowling, if it was possible, looks even weaker than it did in England. They will be forced to try Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav at some point in the series.

India (likely) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Parthiv Patel, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 R Ashwin, 10, 11 two out of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar

Jonny Bairstow and Ravi Bopara have made strong middle-order statements for England, which leaves a close competition. There is a case for including all five of Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Bopara and Bairstow. There is an equally strong case for playing Samit Patel at 7, as the second-spinner-allrounder.

England (likely) 1 Alastair Cook (capt.), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions

The scores in the two practice games have ranged between 114 and 367, but don't expect any favours for the bowlers, unless the pitch just turns out to be really slow. An expected high of 31 degree celsius and 61% humidity should test batsmen on the new no-runner rule. If the forecast of "scattered thunderstorms" doesn't come to fruition, that is.

Stats and trivia

  • Andrew Strauss, no longer part of England's ODI plans, scored 445 runs in his previous five matches in India.

  • If they all get picked, Kieswetter, Cook, Bairstow, Dernbach and Finn will be playing their first ODI in India.

  • India have lost two of their 19 completed home ODIs, both to South Africa. Similarly they have lost just two home Tests since March 2006, both to South Africa.

    Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on October 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @DINESHCC - R u serious???? Please dont crack silly jokes dude

  • on October 14, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    bravobravo - hope you got your answers that you had been seeking...

    India win by chance either hook or crook?? - hmm just 126 runs...

    good start - long way to go, agreed! good luck

  • Legbeforescotsman on October 14, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I think we have chance of beating India on this tour, I hope we do, if only to show the BCCI that bending the rules and generally manipulating all aspects of the game can not assure a victory.

  • Herbet on October 14, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    kasyapm - it might not be that 'Yuvi' is unlucky, more that he is fat and lazy and therefore injury prone.

  • kirkeet-fan on October 14, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I'm pretty sure the flat-track wonders are going to be back with Mr. Cool as Ice Dhoni back at the helm, oh wait Sehwag's not playing, neither is Yuvraj, looks like Dhoni is going to need a new speech writer for post-match gurgle fest with Shastri, Go England, never thought I'd have to say this.

  • on October 14, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    England..oooo..U gonna pay for the hard work u done against INDIA at ur place..also supported by rain as ur GOD..but now its our turn..and if its rain here so wat..we have our GOD in here with the team..and i think u know who it is..and if not u would know after tha game..

  • DINESHCC on October 14, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    RECENTLY HARBHAJAN SINGH PROVED AS A GOOD CAPTAIN THAN A GOOD BOWLER. LET US MAKE HIM AS CAPTAIN FOR THE FINAL 3 ODIs SO THAT THE SERIES CAN DECIDED IN FAVOUR OF INDIA 3-2.

  • gloves71 on October 14, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Anyone who thinks this series is 'low key' hasn't suffered the ignominy of being beaten thoroughly in this format for the last 20 years...

  • maddy07 on October 14, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Low key?? Seriously?? IND-ENG has always been a clash of the titans. Yeah..well this time they would be clashing without a few front line warriors..but low key!! No way.Hope Rahul Sharma and Rahane turn out well!

  • Pritt32 on October 14, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    India's is still filled with plenty of injuries. The batting department is still strong, but bowling still presents a concern as our main striker bowlers are not fully fit and I feel the current line of bowlers are mediocre. England batting will present a danger against a weakened bowling attack. India has home advantage and must put on a strong fighting performance against England. The home side must forget about the dreadful England tour by restoring pride and playing much better quality cricket. Dhoni's needs to marshal the troops better. India must raise their game and learn from their mistakes. I wish the players did have a good rest, as the CL was unnecessary cricket and will exhaust players. Good luck.

  • on October 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @DINESHCC - R u serious???? Please dont crack silly jokes dude

  • on October 14, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    bravobravo - hope you got your answers that you had been seeking...

    India win by chance either hook or crook?? - hmm just 126 runs...

    good start - long way to go, agreed! good luck

  • Legbeforescotsman on October 14, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I think we have chance of beating India on this tour, I hope we do, if only to show the BCCI that bending the rules and generally manipulating all aspects of the game can not assure a victory.

  • Herbet on October 14, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    kasyapm - it might not be that 'Yuvi' is unlucky, more that he is fat and lazy and therefore injury prone.

  • kirkeet-fan on October 14, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I'm pretty sure the flat-track wonders are going to be back with Mr. Cool as Ice Dhoni back at the helm, oh wait Sehwag's not playing, neither is Yuvraj, looks like Dhoni is going to need a new speech writer for post-match gurgle fest with Shastri, Go England, never thought I'd have to say this.

  • on October 14, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    England..oooo..U gonna pay for the hard work u done against INDIA at ur place..also supported by rain as ur GOD..but now its our turn..and if its rain here so wat..we have our GOD in here with the team..and i think u know who it is..and if not u would know after tha game..

  • DINESHCC on October 14, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    RECENTLY HARBHAJAN SINGH PROVED AS A GOOD CAPTAIN THAN A GOOD BOWLER. LET US MAKE HIM AS CAPTAIN FOR THE FINAL 3 ODIs SO THAT THE SERIES CAN DECIDED IN FAVOUR OF INDIA 3-2.

  • gloves71 on October 14, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Anyone who thinks this series is 'low key' hasn't suffered the ignominy of being beaten thoroughly in this format for the last 20 years...

  • maddy07 on October 14, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Low key?? Seriously?? IND-ENG has always been a clash of the titans. Yeah..well this time they would be clashing without a few front line warriors..but low key!! No way.Hope Rahul Sharma and Rahane turn out well!

  • Pritt32 on October 14, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    India's is still filled with plenty of injuries. The batting department is still strong, but bowling still presents a concern as our main striker bowlers are not fully fit and I feel the current line of bowlers are mediocre. England batting will present a danger against a weakened bowling attack. India has home advantage and must put on a strong fighting performance against England. The home side must forget about the dreadful England tour by restoring pride and playing much better quality cricket. Dhoni's needs to marshal the troops better. India must raise their game and learn from their mistakes. I wish the players did have a good rest, as the CL was unnecessary cricket and will exhaust players. Good luck.

  • on October 14, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    @landl47.. When u say Injury hit, it just means ur first choice player is not available.. This has nothin to do wid bench strength.. Bench strength is something which is used to overcome the problem, which almost every teram does have.. Coming back to "Injury hit", Broad and Morgan from England..(Anderson is rested not injured more like Bhajji dropped.. Need not to say, Bhajji will be more effective than Anderson in subcontinent, esp in ODIs) From India, its Sachin,Sehwag,Yuvi,Zaheer and most likely Munaf.. U must note that Yuvi and Sehwag are usefull bowlers too in current conditions.. Now, do u accept that this Indian team is Injury hit..??

  • Tom_Bowler on October 14, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    It could be an interesting series, both teams lacking a regular or two and some new faces to see but fundamentally it's five JAMODIs and I don't really care. I don't know why the ECB schedules these series, there's another one at home to Aus next year, the England players already play a huge amount of cricket and nobody really cares about the outcome. We've just played India at home and are going on a proper tour there next winter. I'm sure if the Indian and English cricket boards really couldn't bear to give their players a break they at least could have found some different opposition, they must be sick of the sight of each other.

  • srrk09 on October 14, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I like the caption on virat kohli's bowling MILITARY MEDIUM PACE. seems to be funny good cap KAIRAVA

  • me54321 on October 14, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Zaheer Khan was an absolutely amazing bowler in ODIs in India. He has nearly single handedly restricted opposition batting lineups on many occasions. Without him England have a very good chance to gain a pretty significant scalp. If India do lose this series, the injuries wouldn't have actually weakened the team that much, because half of the injured players probably aren't going to play that much more of a role for future Indian teams.

  • kasyapm on October 14, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    India have been playing the ODIs without Tendulkar. And Zaheer is getting injured frequently. We have to do without these 2 anyway. For me, the biggest minus is Jadeja in place of Yuvi. Not that Jadeja hasn't done well in England, but Yuvraj was in the form of his life in the WC with both bat and ball. Bad luck is hounding him (he was not in the WI series nor in the England ODIs). Having said that, it is a good chance for the other youngsters (particularly interested in Rahane & Rahul Sharma). Hope it turns out to be a close series.

  • anver777 on October 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    In Indian conditions Eng might struggle a bit in the series !!!!!

  • mrcool on October 14, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Uthappa never got enough opportunities as opener.He is best as opener.I wonder how parthiv patel and murali vijay always gets chance and uthappa cant make cut even in list of 30 probables.may be some senior players feels threat for their places.

  • Joyron on October 14, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Cricinfo's headline says that its a "low-key" series! Hell NO! Its the bloody mother of all series... Hurt or dented pride makes otherwise little known//insignificant series into star wars! You might want to rephrase the headline eh Cricinfo?!

  • on October 14, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    india rocks............................................................................................ ..................................

  • SENTBYSENTHIL on October 14, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    can dhoni's luck turn it on this time???

  • on October 14, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    THE PLAYING ELEVEN SHOULD BE RAHANE,PARTHIV,GAMBHIR,KOHLI,RAINA,DHONI,JADEJA,ASHWIN,PRAVEEN,VARUN AARON,UMESH TADAV ........

  • on October 14, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    I don care who plays for India, I want India to win this series, period.

  • cric_fanatics on October 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    u need MATCH WINNERS to win a ONE DAY match..and not CONTRIBUTORS...ENGLAND never had match winners..its the reason why they havnt won anything in the name of trophies.

  • on October 14, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    hope everything goes well

  • on October 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    india should play with 3 spinners and prepare deadly spinning tracks with bounce that will surely test england.it's not revenge let's what they did to us.it will test their technique let's see who got better.

  • KAIRAVA on October 14, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Indian bowling attack for the 1st ODI should be : 2 frontline pacers (Praveen & Aaron) + 2 frontline spinners (Ashwin & Rahul). Jadeja with this left arm spin & Kohli with his military medium pace can support the frontline bowlers

  • Precioustar84 on October 14, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    India won the World Cup 2011 deservingly and England won a tour against India deservingly (ODI was more fun and competitive to watch, btw). Past is past. Let it go people!! New series, new grounds, new tour and well, few new players for each side. I've always been hardcore Team India fan whether they win or lose (unlike some hypocrites who only join the fun when Team India wins and then turn their backs when they lose). I say its better they go through the bad stages now so that they can prepare better and stronger by WC2015. I just hope there's some fair play on the grounds and some competitive fight between the teams in this tour. It's no fun watching one-sided matches whether it's India, England, Sri Lanka, Australia, etc.

  • AMD. on October 14, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Andrew Strauss, no longer part of England's ODI plans, scored 445 runs in his previous five matches in India. ------------------ It is a test record only.

  • on October 14, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Despite what happens in series india should continue giving chances to youngstars,,, they are the future of indian cricket. Ajiyinka rahane is one of them who looks promising,,, india should keep developing new bowlers otherwise we will be embarrassed in the 2015. With the amount of money and interest involved we can still produce another team of world beaters until next world cup.. let england scream to be number one.. We are world champs and english can only dream how it feels to be world champs but they will never win it,,, Jai ho...

  • on October 14, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    My English team will END the Dhoni's winning peak....its the time for the NEW indian captain......Mr dhoni ur time is up

  • PaddyRasta on October 14, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Right - Can we have agreement, particularly from Indian fans that both teams are up to near full strength and as India are playing at home, there can be no excuses. Even the weather is looking OK. Oh but of course, No Sehwag, Tendl or Zaheer - So there is your excuse already. And what about Harbajhan?

  • Sircar on October 14, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Our bowling lineup now for the first two ODIs consists of the following newcomers who have Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron, the following veterans, Praveen Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and one Mr. Ravindra Jadeja (the less spoken about him the better). Again we are going into this England series on the strength of our batting where we will miss Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, and Rahul Dravid. So it would be togh to say the least. At this juncture, even Harbhajan would have been precious even just to stem the flow of runs.

  • on October 14, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Its very sad to learn recently that the captain cool (as he is called) requested BCCI to give his some rest for the series on account of being fatigue. It would be a better gesture if he had said that he is fully prepare to give the taste of same doze that the English had given them recently. It not only shows there fitness but also their commitment for the nation. Why can't they ask rest for IPL's and CL's? Not only it will give them a proper rest but also give chance to a talent who can shine in future. Taking on account the fact that Indians are not much physically fit compare to the foreign team player they should practice it, but it seems that they are more committed to money and their franchise rather than they nation and fans.

  • on October 14, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    MS Dhoni had the reputation to play better when the expectations are low; as we remember the first T20 world cup. Now with younger players, who have more CLT20 experience, under the leadership of MSD, I am really very hopeful that Indian team will come out of this series in flying colors. Go India Go..my best wishes are always there with you. Just play your natural game...I love that.

  • jmcilhinney on October 14, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    England romped home in the recent test series but, while 3-0 sounds good, the ODI series was a genuine contest. I certainly don't subscribe to the theory that England only won by luck (toss, weather, etc) but the games were hard-fought and generally could have gone either way. For that reason, I expect this series to be a close contest and, on home soil, India to be favourites. I still rate England a good chance though, especially if India can't get their bowling right, with regards to both selection and execution. I do think that the fans, if not the teams, are looking at this series differently. While England will want to win everything they can, the team and the fans are looking at this mainly as a chance to prepare for the future, while I think many India fans just want a win to "prove" that the losses in England were a fluke.

  • on October 13, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Dissasrous performance in testmatches and one dayer in recently concluded tour of england , coupled with injuries to top ranking players , do not inspire any sort of confidence or fancy a chance to win ,English have come not only fully prepared but also done their home work perfectly .I do not find any thing of that sort in indian camp ,.Without sounding passimist or cynnical ,i must add that is there any concern or sense of wounded pride in Indian camp?

  • jackiethepen on October 13, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Cook has played an ODI in India in 2008 when he replaced Bell for one game. Cook got 11.

  • on October 13, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    I hope this series wont be as one sided as we saw 2 months ago...

  • on October 13, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    India have to go with 2 seamers + 3 spinners (Ashwin, Jadeja, Rahul/Misra) combination. Gambhir is the most accomplished of the Indian bastmen and should bat at number 3 with Kohli at 4. Parthiv & Rahane can open. The spinners would have to bowl some power play overs.

  • Lmaotsetung on October 13, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Combined ODIs of the probable starting XI of the England Team is 422. Combined ODIs of the probable starting XI of the Indian Team is 646. Last I checked 646 is greater than 422, so India has the more experienced team in this series as far as I can tell.

  • RAMKI2404 on October 13, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    I got fred up with ppl asking about irfan in Indian team. What basis he needs to be selected in indian team? He doesnt worth a cent in the current form.

  • BravoBravo on October 13, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Even if IND wins this ODI match by chance either by hook or by crook, what it will prove, NOTHING. IND was never a cricketing force to reckon with. They are like SA who has lot of record holders but the only record they lack is Winning. IND has worst WIN to LOSS ratio in every format of Cricket among all major teams. I just hope this ODI series will be a contest not just one sided matches. The recently concluded tour of IND in ENG was so boring and onesided that I really could not watch that kind of non-competitive matches anymore. I hope that IND will play much better as they have been schooled sternuously by ENG team. But I will wait for another 15 hrs to find out how much depth IND has on their home grounds.

  • From-Toronto on October 13, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Ideally Players should have been rested since the return from England trip but this useless CLT20 didn't allowed that to happened, not all the players were playing but still. Its good that Chennai knocked out bit early, at least Dhoni and raina got some rest.and then followed by another BCCI blunder totally wasted Challenger trophy tournament. I am not sure that after this series how many more players will get injured especially with no runners in the tournament and full Australian tour to follow...

  • landl47 on October 13, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @maddy20: Why the players aren't playing is irrelevant, it's whether they would be in the first choice side. India are without four of their first-choice players (saying they are without Munaf is a joke, I take it, since he was completely useless in England and wouldn't have been picked anyway). England are without three of theirfirst-choice players, so there's really not that much difference, especially as Sehwag, Zaheer and Tendulkar are a complete liability in the field and their replacements will save many more runs. Broad, Morgan and Anderson are all excellent fielders. It's a fairly meaningless series except to the Indian fans who need to regain some self-respect after being crushed in England. England are using it to give their youngsters experience and to work towards refining their plans for future ODIs. India need to do the same thing and try their young bowlers. The group that played in England wasn't good enough.

  • on October 13, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    i am satisfied wid indian team but where is yusuf pathan and irfan pathan if they where there it would be better

  • Nampally on October 13, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    @ashes61: You are right - It is absurd to be hiding behind the excuse of Injury hit India!.In this world no body is ireplacable - even if the new guys are not as good. This is the chance for the Indian youngsters to show up and grab the chances with both hands.India has 3 brilliant fielders in this team in Raina. Kohli & Jadeja. They have the experience of Dhoni & Gambhir, talent of fast bouncy leg spinners of Rahul Sharma & Carrom ball of Ashwin. Rahane & Parthiv patel showed that they can bat well opening the innings and Kumar was easily the best and gritty player in England. Surely these guys can show heart & hustle to lead the way for India. I am very confident in their abilities.The best thing going for India is that they are playing on their home ground in front of home crowd. India must also remember that they had thrashed England 5-0 in 2009 ODI series Under KP.They have the capability & players. Now get your act together and have the confidence to WIN - no excuses please.

  • Herath-UK on October 13, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Gambir has to hit the straps early if India is going to make a good fist of this series. England lost to Sri Lanka in their last match in the subcontinent and they are determined to make amends in matches in the subcontinent;I feel England bench is stronger than India. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Nampally on October 13, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Sidharth, You say that Indian bowling looks weaker than it did in the England ODI's. India will have Kumar, Jadeja & Ashwin as in England. In addition India has the option to include the leg spinner Rahul Sharma + Yadev. India will be better off with 2 spinners in Ashwin & Rahul. Both are accuraqte & are capable of taking wickets. If Kumar & the second pace bowler can do their quota of 20 overs effectively. the fifth bowler duties can be shared betwn. Jadeja, Kohli & Raina. This is much better combo than what India had in England. England is good against seamers so it is futile to go with 3 average seamers. India must focus on England batting weakness against leg spin - both right arm & left hand orthodox - as WI exposed it. Exploiting this weakness is the only way India can compete. Tactics are just as important as skills.India need to get at least 250, if they want to give a fighting chance to their bowlers.Must win situation for India to raise their confidence for the series.Jai Ho

  • on October 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @hari Hare it was tie game BTW

  • Draven8 on October 13, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    HARI HARA- sir INDIA didnt loose to England in world cup in home , thewy hav each otherk....COME ON INDIA YOU CAN DO IT..............

  • NiksShah on October 13, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @Hari Hara - The match in the world cup was tied.

  • kevinpp24 on October 13, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Dhoni, Raina, Kohli, Gambir for India and Trott, Pietersen, Bresnan, Bell, Swann for England. So basically both team are rookies. We have a rookie pace attack so do you but India still have lot more experience in batting than England. The only difference is we moved on from our aged players and allowed our players their deserving rest but your selectors are not willing to move on still hanging on to those aged and injured players. I know Sachin in a great player maybe in form for his whole life but he needs to look at the big picture(2015WC) and move away for youngsters. And injuries should be mainted properly like England giving long time for recovery. Anway its your problem, I'm just telling my experience from England Mangnt. They asked Strauss to step down and dropped Collingwood to build team for 2015WC which is still a long way but gives time to try more players. I'm a KP fan but I'm sure he is two or three series away from being ignored completely but I dont want that happened.

  • on October 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    PLZ DONT NOT GIVE ME AL THT INJURY HIT INDIA WILL INDIA EVER STOP MAKING EXCUESSES AND MAKING ADDS AND PLAY CRICKET ... AND WILL AL OF INDIA GET OVER THE HANG OVER OF THA WORLD CUP IF THE SO INJURED THEN DONT PLAY CRICKET THEY CAN PLAY THA CL AND IPL BUT CANNOT PLAY CRICKET I DONT UNDERSTAND THT ITS A SAME WE HAVE SUCH WORLD CHAMPS THERE IS A LOT OF TALENT IN INDIA THA WHOLE WORLD HAS SEEN IT SO PLZ JUST STOP WITH THIS AND EVEN THE FACT THAT THERE ARE SOUTH AFRICAN BORN PLAYERS PLAYIN FOR INDAI LETS JUST GET ON WITH THE GAME AND HAVE A GOOD CLEAN SERIES

  • Precioustar84 on October 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @kevinpp24 - Couple of the Indian team players are barely making debuts against England. I'm talking about bowling dept, not batting. Team India isn't playing it's best 11 and neither is England. Both teams will be tested - for different reasons but nevertheless, they both will be tested for sure.

    @All - India did not LOSE in WC. Wow! Seriously, what do you guys watch?? England managed to tie with India. That means NIETHER team lost or won. Kevin Pietersen is not rested anymore; he was re-called as another England player was rested. Some of you seriously need to keep up with information more often. At home or away - it just doesn't make sense to play right away. Planning is horrible!! Anyway, new team or old team, competition is getting tough these days so whatever the result may be for India, it will be good learning experience for sure!!

  • vels82 on October 13, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    @ Hari Hara, Match between England and India was a Tie in the World Cup. 11th Match, Group B: India v England at Bangalore - Feb 27, 2011 India 338 (49.5 ov); England 338/8 (50 ov)

  • rahulkmc on October 13, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @Hari Hara: India didnt lose the game to England in WC - it was a drawn match, if i remember it correctly:)

  • devalyagnik2003 on October 13, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    @ Hari hara: you are wrong with that buddy, India-England match was a tie during WC in India... so the information is correct... any ways after this series the information will be modified because with this bowling attack and without Sachin-Sehwag-Yuvraj-Zaheer-Harbhajan-Munaf its not easy to win against this 'particular' English side having players like Kieswetter who played well in CLT recently, and with in form batting side having spinners like Swann and S Patel.. It depends upon the 3 young fast bowlers and Parthiv/Rahane to make sure they don't turn out to be a bit tooooo much expensive to be in side...

  • spence1324 on October 13, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    I question the cricinfo title'low key series',indians are hyping up this series as the vengeance match's the true test of skill and ability 'How will england fair on flat pancake pitches,and bowlers that bowl super quick at 50 mph and spinners that make the best look like village cricketers and so on'well time to wake up because the true test was the tests that india failed in.MISERABLY

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 13, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    I enjoyed the article, and thought it well balanced. Its actually quite interesting how Flower has changed England's approach to limited overs cricket, and the introduction of powerful (and apparently fearless) youngsters, all of which seem extremely fit and strong. For players like Taylor, hildreth and Collingwood to be overlooked for players like Patel, Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler, Bopara signifies its the middle order power game we're after and Flower is looking to go toe to toe with the worlds big hitting sides. Then theres the bowlers, in the space of 10 months Finn is now bowling at nearly 95 mph, Dernbacc and Meaker are big and strong, the former with excellent variation. Flower seems to be extremely adventurous and aggressive, very un English almost - but it seems to be working, therefore I see this series as VERY interesting, and hence why every cricket team in the world wants Flower to lead them.

  • Valavan on October 13, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    England VS India. Hopefully a close fought series. Good Luck. Cricinfo please publish

  • YorkshirePudding on October 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Hari Hara, I thought that England and India tied that match as the scores finished even.

  • rja379 on October 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    @Hari Hara: Incorrect. India did not loose to England in the World Cup. That match was tied.

  • on October 13, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    @Neelesh Kumar - I too can't understand of Uthappa being ignored. Such a waste of talent. Yes, he's been inconsistent but if you are giving chances to Ravindra Jadeja every now and again, Robin does really deserve at-least 1 more chance. He can destroy any opposition on his day just like Sehwag, Gayle and all those big hitters out there. Walking down the track to a fast bowler and hitting him for a six...still remember his shot off Brett Lee in 2007 World T20...wake up selectors.

  • on October 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Wrong information . India lost to England in the World cup . That was in home .

  • wibblewibble on October 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Come on England - really looking forward to this series. Also, another chance to watch PK - easily my favourite cricketer of the summer, what a trier.

    Here's hoping Bairstow really is as good as he's shown in his first couple of innings.

  • bumsonseats on October 13, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    indiazen i hope ur right 3 - 2 to india does not sound to bad. even if ur spinners rout england and the scores the same better still. but i expect india to win maybe 4 - 1. india in india have alwas been strong and i expect that to be the case. maybe that score will pacify all those indian supporters who struggled during the english summer to except that in england they were 2nd best. dpk

  • on October 13, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    i still cant get it why utappa is not in the squad

  • on October 13, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    With vengeance in the air, this series will be truly worth having a look. Let's see if MS Dhoni can regain his midas touch or otherwise he will leave all the major question marks intact!!

  • pr3m on October 13, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Is there any clarity on the substitutes rule for Tests? I know this isn't relevant, but I'm sure England will carry out the same policy, in an extended manner, here.

  • kevinpp24 on October 13, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    What a biased article. England is fielding new bunch of players for Indian conditions but except Rahane every batsmen from India are experienced. I think they are preparing an excuse for thrashing they gonna get from England. And he said chance for England, really what does that mean? We are not capable to win full Indian side, I think you forgot Ind vs Eng WC match we dominated most of the match with our full side. Be generous editor. I wasn't really looking for England to win this meaningless series but now I want England to beat India. Most important thing is "Plan well" for each and every player.

  • maddy20 on October 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @landl47 Anderson was given a rest he was not injured. Broad and Morgan I agree, but its not bad as losing half your side to injuries. Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Munaf. Add to that the sacking of Harbhajan, India is playing near rookie side. It would be a great win if they manage to defeat England with this team and deflate their egos!

  • on October 13, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Unbelievable! For the first time in ages, India is the underdog in a home series, and that too in the year they were crowned World Champions. Cricket is a funny game indeed...

  • ashes61 on October 13, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Injury-hit India? Oh God, not THAT all over again! Excuses being got ready in advance now! ALL sides have players out through injury at any one time, especially with modern itineraries. England are missing two major ODI players through injury and have also deliberately rested their star bowler, in line with the recent policy which rested Strauss, then Pietersen, for a whole series. Some of the players who are described as missing through injury in this article are more or less finished anyway, certainly in terminal decline and India's new players are in the team on merit. One or two of these batsmen were quite impressive towards the end of their tour of England. I do not think we shall ever see Sehwag or Tendulkar in all their pomp again. Both were very good players in their time, of course - but their time has gone. India will be fielding more or less their strongest side in this series, containing players who will be seen regularly over the next year or so.

  • A.Ak on October 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    PPatel should be playing only if he keeps the wickets, which will reduce some pain for Dhoni, similar to Sanga of SL. Otherwise they should go for some better batsman or bowler. Englang got lot of players who can slog and hit hard. If Indian bowling fails again, no one can stop them. Looking for some exciting cricket.

  • on October 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    2 spinners and 2 pacers pk and aaron pacers and aswin sharma spiiners + jadeja

  • Haleos on October 13, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - better in England yes. The series is in India and it is a different ball game.

  • on October 13, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    being superstitious - this ground has never been good for a home team be it domestic or international cricket...ugh! may not be a good idea to start the series here especially after what happened in England...a win to start with will be very important...

  • serious-am-i on October 13, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    landl47, don't agree with u on injury issue. If u want a reason for India injury list then look at the Indian world cup team and the present team, anyways we could go on and on about this. This is a good opportunity for youngsters from both sides to relish. I for god sake hope India comes out with an answer for fast bowlers scarcity. If Borthwick plays it will be one hell-of-a-series for him. Its not going to be as easy as playing against the Hyderabad who haven't produced a single international class player for a long time now. In India against India, off spinners do better than leg spinners. If one remembers Gavin Robertson of Australia did better than Shane Warne in 97-98 series, its all still the same.

  • ian_ghose on October 13, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Hahahhaa! 2 big wins for England and the series goes from 'We'll show you when you come here' revenge series to 'Low-key series'!! Boy, these Indians give up so easily!!

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    its better to keep parthiev out of eleven..opening gauti-rahane is a better option, and India has to give chance to varun, yadav both..

  • Raphel on October 13, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    what no Sachin or shewag no cricket for india ? joke

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    All The Best Team INDIA and young gungs

  • landl47 on October 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I'm not quite sure why India is injury-hit, while England, who are missing key players in Morgan, Broad and Anderson, aren't at least weakened. Maybe it's because England's bench strength is just better? Anyway, it should be an interesting series. England need to begin the process of building an ODI side that can win anywhere, in any conditions. I don't think this is it yet, but there's no denying the progress that has been made over the last two years. I don't believe England can go in without two spinners, which really means Patel has to play. Ultimately Borthwick, if he maintains the promise he has shown so far, might be the key, but he's only 21 and probably not ready to face the likes of Kohli and Dhoni. Woakes needs another yard of pace- he'll be hitting the weight room, I'm sure. I hope India plays one or two new bowlers, the group didn't look great in England. India's batting will be better in home conditions. Players to watch: Kohli and Finn.

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Missing Sehwaq and Yuvi, SACHIN PLEASE COME BACK

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Surely INDIA will win the Series............................

  • SachinForever1991 on October 13, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Chakh de Indiaaaa!!!!!!!!

  • Raphel on October 13, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    lets see tomorow how indian will take them !

  • MarkBobbyChandy on October 13, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Kick out vinay kumar. He is good for nothing

  • indianzen on October 13, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    its going to be a close game... i predict 3-2 win for india and english will be routed by spinners...

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    hope a tie in this series.plz throw ms dhoni from this side

  • Raphel on October 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    yes no more whitewash again !

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 13, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    What a meaningless series. There's no doubt, surely even among every one of the billion Indian cricket fans, that England are the better team.

    With that well and truly underscored, why are they playing AGAIN?

  • ShamMmI on October 13, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    india will lose again 5-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    england are the true team that can beat !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    R ashwin will be ter .. and two out of jadeja, yadav and varun

  • PiyushD on October 13, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    chak de India, but seriously I doubt

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    how it come 9,10,11 2 out of ashwin varun yadav..it ll be 10 only who is 11 th

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    I dont know about the results... but i feel good about the selection, brining in young fit players rather than injured ones. I hope the bowlers give their best . Currently the England battin is almost equal to Indian side. England bowling better than ours, but playing in India is different from swinging England.

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Disappointed with the way Neo has been branding this series. It must be accepted that the current side is short on experience to challenge a rampaging English side that is full of first-choice players. However, if Dhoni can marshal his men better, I think India has a chance to put it across England. Some luck would certainly help.

  • AlanHarrison on October 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I see Monga here suggests, in view of the recent success of Bopara and Bairstow, that Ian Bell should be dropped, notwithstanding his success over the summer. Elsewhere, the "Switch Hit" feature suggests dropping Kevin Pietersen is a possibility. Whichever of these decisions is made, I recommend the dropped individual be kept away from their Twitter account for at least 24 hours afterwards ....

  • saad_619 on October 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    hoping for a good series!!!!!!!

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  • saad_619 on October 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    hoping for a good series!!!!!!!

  • AlanHarrison on October 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I see Monga here suggests, in view of the recent success of Bopara and Bairstow, that Ian Bell should be dropped, notwithstanding his success over the summer. Elsewhere, the "Switch Hit" feature suggests dropping Kevin Pietersen is a possibility. Whichever of these decisions is made, I recommend the dropped individual be kept away from their Twitter account for at least 24 hours afterwards ....

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Disappointed with the way Neo has been branding this series. It must be accepted that the current side is short on experience to challenge a rampaging English side that is full of first-choice players. However, if Dhoni can marshal his men better, I think India has a chance to put it across England. Some luck would certainly help.

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    I dont know about the results... but i feel good about the selection, brining in young fit players rather than injured ones. I hope the bowlers give their best . Currently the England battin is almost equal to Indian side. England bowling better than ours, but playing in India is different from swinging England.

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    how it come 9,10,11 2 out of ashwin varun yadav..it ll be 10 only who is 11 th

  • PiyushD on October 13, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    chak de India, but seriously I doubt

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    R ashwin will be ter .. and two out of jadeja, yadav and varun

  • ShamMmI on October 13, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    india will lose again 5-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    england are the true team that can beat !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 13, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    What a meaningless series. There's no doubt, surely even among every one of the billion Indian cricket fans, that England are the better team.

    With that well and truly underscored, why are they playing AGAIN?

  • Raphel on October 13, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    yes no more whitewash again !