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Stuart Dalgleish 12th Oct 2011 - 21:00

England set to Cook up another series win

India v England series betting preview - Friday 11:00 live on Sky Sports 1

England (13/10 for the series - top price guaranteed*) absolutely dominated India (8/13) across all forms of the game over the summer in the UK, and they've got a great chance of doing that as they face-off again for five ODIs in Asia.

Both squads are very different not just to the squads that competed in the limited-overs stuff in England, but to the sides that started that first Test match at Lord's.

The Indians are without Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Harbhajan, Khan and Sharma for one reason or another, while England don't have Strauss to ODI retirement, Morgan and Broad to injury, Anderson is being rested while Prior and Tremlett are only considered for Tests.

The difference is; England have much better strength in depth.

Only Graeme Swann (9/4 top England series bowler) would be a banker to start in the Tests out of their attack, but you look at Jade Dernbach (3/1) and Tim Bresnan (7/2) and you see two top quality limited-overs bowlers, indeed Bresnan's batting (66/1 top England series batsman) might well have seen him take the fourth spot, assuming Anderson and Broad are always going to get picked, in the five-day squad.

Then there's a whole host of players that have impressed recently, and could well force their way into the reckoning for a central contract; Ravi Bopara (8/1) isn't a regular starter anymore, but can be relied upon as a middle-order batsman and now a bowler in the short-forms, Scott Borthwick (8/1) took figures of 5 for 31 in the final warm-up match and is pressing for a start, while Samit Patel (9/1) has a knack of picking up key wickets with his slow left-armers.

You've also got Steven Finn (13/2), who has to be one of the unluckiest guys in cricket; he went from leading wicket taker in the Ashes to about sixth choice bowler in a couple of months. He can be expensive when the pitches aren't lively, but does produce some good bounce when the track suits.

When you put this attack up against India's batsmen, I'm only seeing one winner.

Too many of India's players think about the riches on offer at the IPL and Champions League, and aren't getting suitable rest.

If these companies are going to throw money at you, you're not going to turn it down, and to be honest I'm sure the England boys wouldn't mind going too, but the ECB issue these contracts to make sure players put county before bank balance, and the results have been clear for all to see.

I am not denying the class of the likes Gautam Gambhir (3/1 top India series batsman), Virat Kohli (7/2) or Suresh Raina (5/1), they're all quality players, but the body can only take so much.

The skipper MS Dhoni (6/1) played well in the previous ODI series, scoring three 50s in five matches, but he's played solidly now for over a year when you consider he was at the World Cup, the IPL and their tour of West Indies before the England matches.

You have to wonder if he ever sees his missus with all the cricket he plays!

I would take advantage of our price guarantee now, as when England win the first ODI (11/10 - top price guaranteed, India are 8/11) that will soon go.

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