By News Team
11th July 2022
Tuesday sees The Oval play host to the first of three matches in England’s ODI series against India where the home side will be looking to overturn their 2-1 T20 series defeat.
With many big names returning England will be confident of continuing their fine One Day form.
Ahead of the action which gets underway tomorrow, we preview the series and what to expect from the first match.
England will welcome the return of some of their star players who missed out on the T20 series after playing in the fifth Test against India just over a week ago. Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes will all be part of the squad for this three-match series giving captain Jos Buttler a lot more strength in the top order.
Despite the return of such names England are slight underdogs for the first match at Evens which is a consequence of their lacklustre performance in last week’s T20s against India.
Bairstow is in the form of his life having scored 220 runs in his two innings against India in their recent Test match. The Yorkshireman will likely open the batting and is favourite to be England’s top batsman in the first match at 3/1.
His opening partner Jason Roy has struggled for form recently scoring just 31 runs in his three innings against India in the T20 matches last week. Roy has been a stalwart in English white ball cricket for many years now and his reputation sees him at joint second favourite to be his side’s top batsman at 10/3, along with captain Jos Buttler.
Reece Topley has not been a mainstay in the England One Day side in recent years but his form of late sees him as one of the main threats with the ball in this England side and at 10/3 he is favourite to be England’s top bowler in the first match.
India captain Rohit Sharma was not at his formidable best in the T20 series averaging 22.00 across the three matches but he will be hopeful of putting up some serious numbers with the bat to help his side to victory and he is favourite to do so at 11/4 to lead the charge with the bat and be his side’s top run scorer.
Seam bowler Jasprit Bumrah is a force to be reckoned with when he has the ball in hand and many see him as the best bowler in the world in this format. At 5/2 he is almost guaranteed to do damage with the ball and be India’s top bowler at The Oval on Tuesday.
With recent white ball form in their favour and some serious talent with both bat and ball in the squad, India are slim favourites to take the first match of the series on Tuesday at 4/5.
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With India winning the T20 series last week they are favourites to get the better of this England side over three matches once again at 4/5. They took the series 2-1 last week and at 6/4 you wouldn’t put it past them to do it again. A 3-0 whitewash against the current ODI world champions would be some achievement and at 9/2 India would be overjoyed with that outcome.
England have ODI reputation on their side and are very slight underdogs at Evens to win the series. With it likely to be a series of three tight matches a 2-1 win for England at 7/4 is entirely possible. Despite being the ODI world champions it will be a tough ask for England to roll this India side over and take the series 3-0 but at 5/1 you wouldn’t put it past them with the talent that head coach Matthew Mott has at his disposal.