Hales out of first ODI against India due to side injury

Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century as India clinched the three-match T20 series against England

Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century as India clinched the three-match T20 series against England

Despite his rich vein of form at his home ground, it was expected that Hales would make way for Ben Stokes's inclusion in the eleven for the ODI series opener.

India can reclaim the top spot in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings if it blanks England 3-0 in the three-match series beginning on July 12. Their last bilateral series' defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim.

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until August 12. While both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slammed a ton each in the T20I series, Kohli missed his half-centuries by whiskers on a couple of occasions. In the recently concluded three-match T20I series, India's spin-twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav showed the audience what they are capable off.

If the same batting order is followed, skipper Kohli, who has been world's best ODI batsman by a distance, will have to drop himself a notch down at No 4.

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Suresh Raina, who replaced an unfit Ambati Rayudu, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will once again provide depth to the batting order while all-rounder Hardik Pandya too has the ability to demolish any bowling attack. If the team management thinks of playing an extra pacer, Siddarth Kaul or Shardul Thakur might come into play.

England captain Eoin Morgan and India captain VIrat Kohli. Umesh Yadav to bowl the first over.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England. England dominated Australia across five ODIs last month, including notching a record setting 481 innings runs when they played at Thursday's venue Trent Bridge.

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