With the T20s and Tests done, the final leg of England’s tour of India is now upon us – the ODI series.
The hosts have had the advantage so far but in a format that we’re the world champions in, Eoin Morgan’s side will be confident they can get some revenge.
The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd March) with the second match played on Friday 26th and the third on Sunday 28th. It is back to early-ish starts with the first two games starting at 8am in the UK and the final game starting at 9am.
As with the T20s, the TV coverage will be on Sky Sports and talkSPORT2 have got you covered on the radio, while our social media is the place for alternative updates!
England’s 14-man squad for the three-match ODI series was announced yesterday with a number of high-profile omissions and plenty of exciting inclusions.
Jofra Archer misses out as he looks to solve the elbow issue that has plagued him recently while Test captain Joe Root and Chris Woakes are both rested.
The full squad is as follows:
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.
Opportunities to impress
After the 2019 World Cup win and with both the Ashes and T20 World Cup later this year, the 50-over format looks set to take something of a back seat in 2021.
Obviously, Eoin Morgan’s men will still be determined to win but with less impetus placed on the ODIs, we could see chances for some of England’s fringe players, which is hugely exciting.
Buttler looks set to slide back down the order with Bairstow and Roy reuniting their much-feared opening partnership but the absence of Root in the middle order could see Liam Livingstone or Sam Billings get an opportunity to impress.
Matt Parkinson has been on England’s reserve list for much of the winter but has earned a well-deserved inclusion in the squad, with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali the other spinners involved.
In the pace department, the absences of Archer and Woakes means that towering left-arm seamer Reece Topley should get the nod at some point.
With limited T2oIs scheduled before the 20-over World Cup later this year, you feel many players will be viewing the ODIs as a way to turn the selectors’ heads – something Morgan has noted in the build-up.
A change in surroundings and opponents
After the last two Tests and all five T20s were played at the mammoth new 110-seater stadium in Ahmedabad, the ODI series will mean a change of scenery for the two sides – and likely one that will be very well received by the players!
All three will be played in Pune, while it could be a slightly different India side facing England as the hosts have included three potential debutants in their ODI squad in the form of seamer Prasidh Krishna, batsman Suryakumar Yadav (who played in the T20s), and left-arm spinning all-rounder Krunal Pandya.
We know how dangerous India are in the white-ball game but with England out for revenge and with a few players looking to fight their way into contention for the T20 World Cup here later this year, you feel the tourists may just have enough.
It’s likely to be tight but we’re backing Morgan’s side to finish the India tour with a bang!