Cricket Betting Odds – Bairstow and Root back to take on India in first ODI

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In-form Jonny Bairstow (11/4 – England top run scorer) and Joe Root are both back in one-day international action when England face India in the first of a three-match series at The Oval later.

New white ball captain Jos Buttler will be in charge of his first one-day international series, while new head coach Matthew Mott is also overseeing affairs in the 50-over ODI format for the first time as England’s limited overs set-up continues to build up to the T20 and ODI World Cups later this year and next.

After losing the T20 series 2-1 to India over the weekend, it’s time for the 50-over version to take centre stage and England will hope Bairstow, Root and new Test skipper Ben Stokes, who is also set to feature in south London, all bring the feel-good factor from the Test team with them to the ODI arena.

England are 10/11 to win the first ODI, India are also 10/11, while England are 10/11 to win the three-game series and India are 5/6 to come out on top overall.

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The relentless schedule continues for some of the players involved in Test and one-day cricket but England should be buoyed by the return of star names Bairstow, Root and Stokes and it will be interesting to see if the attacking approach which has defined the Test summer so far under Brendon McCullum’s guidance will be transferred onto the one-day scene.

Both teams come into this series in good form, England have lost just one of their last 10 ODIs and were totally dominant against the Netherlands last month, winning 3-0 and making the history books with the highest ODI total when they struck 498-4 in Amstelveen.

Taking on India compared to the Dutch is a different challenge, of course, but England, on paper, are stronger than against the Netherlands and India must fear a talented and in-form home side.

The tourists have won six of their last 10 games in the format, though, including a 3-0 sweep of West Indies at home earlier this year, while Rohit Sharma and his probable opening partner Shikhar Dhawan will be tasked with finding big scores for India on a pitch that could quickly dry out as the hot weather in London continues.

Indeed, key man Dhawan has happy memories of The Oval as in five previous ODIs at this venue he’s scored 443 runs at an average of 110.75, with three centuries and a fifty to his name.

Hardik Pandya is back in the ODI set-up for the first time in nearly a year as he has recovered from a series of injuries but star batsman Virat Kohli is likely to miss the first clash against England due to a reported groin injury.

The second ODI is a day-nighter at Lord’s on Thursday and the finale takes place at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Author: Lucas Carlson