England will face India in the first match of the three-match ODI series starting on Tuesday (23 March). India vs England first ODI will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. England would like to field a strong playing XI despite the absence of Joffra Archer and Joe Root for the ODI series. The visitors are yet to win a trophy in this tour and have lost both the Test and T20 segments of the tour. Eoin would like to avenge Morgan’s men’s T20 series loss, who lost 3–2 despite going 2–1 in the series after the opening three games. A look at England’s likely playing XI for the 1st ODI against India, ahead of the IND vs ENG T20I series. India vs England 1 ODI 2021 Preview: Probably playing XI, major battles, major to major and other things you need to know about IND vs ENG cricket match in Pune..
Joffra Archer returned home after the T20I series to treat his injured right elbow. The England fast bowler was playing painfully with the elbow throughout the tour, forcing him out of the second and fourth Tests. Archer is likely to survive surgery but will be treated at the elbow. England also eliminated Test captain Joe Root from the 14-man ODI squad. IND vs ENG 1st ODI 2021: Focus on Shikhar Dhawan, India win in ODI series against England.
Root left for the United Kingdom after the Test series and was expected to return for the ODI but was not named in the squad. Liam Livingstone, Reece Topley and spinner Matt Parkinson have been named while Chris Jordan, Jake Ball and David Malan are also with the team as cover. A look at England’s playing XI for the 1st ODI.
Opener: Despite a two-ball duck in the fifth T20I, Jason Roy has performed exceptionally well as an opener for England and should retain his place. Johnny Bairstow opened in the T20I series with England in middle order with Jos Buttler and Roy. But the 30-year-old is set to reestablish his role as an opener in ODIs. In his last ODI, Bairstow scored a century against Australia.
Middle order: England have relaxed their regular No3 Joe Root for this one-day series to either hand Liam Livingstone an ODI debut or leave England with Sam Billings in first place. Eoin Morgan and Jose Butler, however, will maintain their batting position in the fourth and sixth positions. Butler topped the order in T20I and will bear the responsibility of finishing the game in the lower order in ODIs.
All-rounder: Ben Stokes will be the first all-rounder in England’s playing XI. One of the best in the game, Stokes regularly finishes the game for England and also has some valuable overs in the mid-term. Sam Curren is likely to retain his place in the playing XI in England. They were used sparingly in the T20I, but responsibilities would be added to the 50-over format. Moin Ali could also play on a wicket basis. If the pitch spins, Ali is certain. He also provides batting depth to England.
Bowler: Mark Wood excelled in the opening three T20Is for England which he played, winning the first two matches with a superb spell. But he did well in the fifth T20I. In the absence of Jofra Archer, Wood will play the role of senior and is also England’s fastest bowler. Adil Rashid is the first-choice spinner, while England may disappoint Reece Topley in the only T20I match with Tom Curran.
England’s first playing XI for 1 ODI against India: Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone / Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jose Butler (WK), Moin Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Rance Topley.
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