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India to test England strength

India to test England strength

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England and India face off in what promises to be a run-laden three-match Twenty20 series, with the first game taking place at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Having won six out of six in white-ball contests against Australia recently, the host could hardly be in better heart and it is no surprise that they are fancied to take the series opener.

England to win first T20 – 2/3

The Three Lions seem to have almost unlimited firepower in their batting options, especially with Jos Buttler having been promoted up the order to open in the shortest form of the game.

If he comes off he can take any attack in the world apart, should he not, then there is plenty of back-up in the likes of Jason Roy, captain Eoin Morgan, and Jonny Bairstow, who has to come in lower down despite having become an outstanding opener in the 50-over format.

Top team batsman Alex Hales – 15/4

However, the man to look out for for the hosts is Alex Hales, who is battling to even stay in the team, having had to adapt to a role at number three in both 20 and 50-over cricket.

The powerful right-hander has only failed to reach double figures in two of his last nine T20 international innings, although he has not gone past 50 in any of those knocks.

He is, though, the only England player with a century in T20 internationals and has four of the top eight scores recorded by a Three Lions players in this format, meaning he is quite clearly a man to keep an eye on.

Top team bowler YuzVendra Chahal – 27/10

The spin bowlers on both sides will be expected to be the difference, with run-making not likely to be an issue for either side.

And in leg-spinner YuzVendra Chahal, India have a player who is in the right sort of form to disrupt the England onslaught.

He has taken three wickets in each of his last three T20 internationals and if he gets things right will prove to be a very hard man to get away.

The hosts will hope to match-up well with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali both in good form in recent times, but it may be that quickie Chris Jordan is a player to watch.

At 16/5 to be top team bowler he has plenty of merit, having looked sharp against Australia when coming back into the set-up as something of a T20 specialist.

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