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International Cricket - Cricket: England vs India - First ODI preview

Having won the Test match and then been beaten 2-1 in the T20 internationals, England will be looking to finish on a high against India in the one-day series.

The first of three ODIs takes place at The Oval on Tuesday, with that followed by meetings at Lord's and Old Trafford on Thursday and Sunday respectively.


England v India, First one-day international


The Oval, London


13.00pm Tuesday 12th July 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket

OddsEngland 1/1, India 4/5

Australian head coach Matthew Mott takes charge of the Three Lions for the first time in ODI cricket and he has options to play with as he begins the planning for a 50-over World Cup defence next year.

Oval encounters with India are rare

England have not faced India in a one-dayer at The Oval in the last decade, but they have certainly enjoyed themselves at the venue in recent times against other opposition.

The hosts have won eight of the last nine completed ODIs they have played in south London, meaning that they should be full of confidence, even if the tourists are slight favourites to take the series-opener.

The overall record between the two side at The Oval reads played eight, England winning five, India two and one no result, but does that mean that much when the only home survivor from the last clash at the venue in September 2011 is Ben Stokes?

India's squad looks a little more experienced, with the likes of captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja all still very much on the scene and that extra nous may provide the edge, with the tourists 10/11 in the Match Handicap market (1.5 wickets/-7.5 runs).

Batting options look well-matched

England have massive firepower at the top of the order, with Jason Roy, skipper Jos Buttler and the outrageously in-form Jonny Bairstow all major dangers to any oppostion.

Liam Livingstone, Stokes and Moeen Ali are capable of fireworks further down the order, while Joe Root will be eager to prove that he still has a major role to play in the limited-overs set-up and Yorkshire colleague Harry Brook will eager to make the most of a potential first ODI opportunity.

For the tourists Kohli is certainly in need of a major score, having not registered an ODI century since August 2019.

However, the classy right-hander has scored six half-centuries in his last 11 one-day innings, so don't be tempted to feel that he totally out of form and at 3/1 to be top team batter he may be worth a look.

Suryakumar Yadav is another player England will have to look out for, with the late developer having smacked 117 from just 55 balls in the final match of the T20 series.

The 31-year-old's ODI experience stretches to just seven matches, but as he is currently averaging 53.40, it is fair to say that he has the talent to make a big impression.

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England looking to lefties

The Three Lions appear to have decided that left-arm seam options are the way forward in the limited-overs game and their squad for this series contains three such options - David Willey, Reece Topley and Sam Curran.

That trio all featured in the recent T20s and showed that they can be a threat when the white ball swings, however, their lack of an extra yard of pace could make them vulnerable in the batting-friendly conditions expected at the Oval.

Extra pace will be provided by right-armer Brydon Carse if he is selected, but doubts remain over the England seam attack, while their spin line-up is shorn of the services of Adil Rashid.

In contrast, India have the likes of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya to provide some genuine pace, which is often a key factor in the pacey conditions on offer in south London.

On the slow-bowling front much responsibility could rest on the shoulders of leg-spinner Yuzvenra Chahal, who is 6/5 to take over 1.5 wickets in the match.

Tough to call

Despite India holding a slight edge on terms of personnel, it takes a brave punter to go against England in ODI cricket and the home advantage may just give them the nudge they need to move ahead in this short series.

Also worth bearing in mind is the lunchtime start, meaning the game will almost definitely finish under The Oval floodlights and that could make the toss a little more important than normal.

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