After losing the opening ODI against India, England will be looking to make a comeback in the 3 match ODI series when the two sides lock horns later in the day at the iconic Lord’s Stadium. The home team were totally outplayed in all 3 departments of the game and will look to make a strong statement in the 2nd encounter. They have been the No 1 side in the 50 overs format. However, the Men in Blue have been too good on occasions. Hence England needs to play out of their skin to make a comeback and level the series. They will be forced to play with an out of form Ben Stokes. Alex Hales has been ruled out of the rest of the series due to an injury.
Let us have a look at the English Predicted XI for today’s clash
Roy has been in good form and was quite impressive in the opening ODI as well. However, a false shot ended his innings. He will be a key man for England at he top of the order. However, he along with the whole English team has to start picking Kuldeep Yadav from the hand. He is a sensational striker of the ball and has the ability to change the complexion of the game within a blink of an eye.
He has been another solid batter for the English team at the top of the order. However, he has failed to read Kuldeep on two occasions which have brought about his downfall. He has played a few good knocks but has not been able to convert it in to a big one.
The No 1 Test batsman for England has been quite ordinary in the T20I and the ODI series. He looked out of touch and has till now failed to read any of the variations of Kuldeep. However, he is a class batsman and it should be just a matter of time when he starts delivering. It remains to be seen whether he can chip in with a good knock in Lord’s.
The skipper hasn’t been in great form either. But Morgan is a solid limited overs player and his form will be crucial to England’s chances even in the World Cup next year. India has been too hot to handle for the home team. Like most of the batters, the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep has tormented him with their variations.
The southpaw looked totally out of touch with the bat the other day. His painstaking innings of 50 came in more than 100 deliveries. Time and again he was troubled by Kuldeep and Chahal. With the ball, he has been unimpressive as well. Given his role in the side, it will be very difficult for England to make a comeback if Stokes doesn’t rise to the occasion.
He has been the best English batsman in the limited overs format for a long time now, Even in the opening ODI, Buttler chipped in with a brilliant half-century. He has looked quite comfortable against spin and might well be promoted a bit up the order to neutralize the spinners. His knock will be crucial today for the home team.
The southpaw struck some lusty blows the other day. However, with the ball, he failed to make a mark. The Indian batters went against him and Moeen will certainly look to forget the day and come all guns blazing. He has been an asset to the English team and will be an important member for England in the next two matches.
He is a genuine all-rounder for England. However, his contributions haven’t been upto standard against India so far. He is an important member of the English team and will look to bag some wickets and score some important runs down the order.
The leg-spinner, unlike his Indian counterparts, has been pretty ordinary in the series so far. The Indian batsman has played him with disdain. However, he still remains one of the top bowlers for England. His wicket-taking skills will come in very handy for England.
The left-arm pacer has bagged a few wickets in the T20I and the ODI series so far. However, the Indian batsman has got a measure of him and has played him pretty well. With the bat in had, he has smashed a few sixes and might be promoted up the order just a bit.
The lanky speedster can generate some steep pace. However when it comes to bowling in the block hole in death Wood doesn’t really relishes the opportunity. He will look to provide England with some early breakthrough today.