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Trent Bridge opener favours England

Trent Bridge opener favours England


England and India played out an enthralling three-match series in the Twenty20 format and the upcoming one-day international action should be just as good.

The tourists took the honours 2-1 in the 20-over encounters and now the two sides meet over 50 overs, with the first of three ODIs taking place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

England to win first ODI – 20/27

Less than a month ago the hosts made a world record ODI score of 481-6 at Trent Bridge as Australia were thrashed by a huge 242-run margin, while the previous completed ODI in Nottingham saw the hosts set the previous world record of 444-3 as they demolished Pakistan by 169 runs.

So the omens in Nottingham appear to be strongly in favour of England, but this is an India side who never give in under captain Virat Kohli.

However, recent form suggests that the Three Lions should have enough to get over the line, but India to win the match at 20/21 still represents a decent option.

Top team batsman Alex Hales – 33/10

Having lost his place as the opening partner of Jason Roy, Alex Hales has had to adapt to the slightly different role of batting at three, but the Nottinghamshire man doesn’t seem to have struggled on his home turf.

Against Pakistan the right-hander smashed 171, while a matter of weeks ago Australia were taken for 147 from a mere 92 balls, so his form at Trent Bridge could hardly be more impressive.

However, the man who has replaced him at the top of the order, Jonny Bairstow (59/20) also has to be considered after making four centuries in his last eight ODI innings.

Top team bowler Adil Rashid – 49/20

In amidst of all the batting carnage, the England spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali played major roles in the recent 5-0 ODI series whitewash of Australia and they will need to impress again if India are to be vanquished.

Leg-spinner Rashid claimed 4-47 against the Baggy Greens at Trent Bridge a few weeks ago and if England get runs on the board, he will be the one skipper Eoin Morgan will look to try and tie India down in the middle overs.

The T20 clashes showed up a possible fragility in the England seam attack, so much will be expected of Liam Plunkett (33/10) if Kohli and co. start to get going.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.