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England in a Jeopardy with Ben Stokes

England in a Jeopardy with Ben Stokes

The India-England series is mainly about how the two teams perform in the ODIs and the Test matches.

Cricket news: England to make a hard call between Joe Root and Ben Stokes

The result of the ODIs matter because it will show the current position of the two solid contenders of the 2019 World Cup, which is just 12 months away and will be played on English soil.

The result of Test matches matter because of the various narratives attached to the longest format of the game and also to see how Virat Kohli perform against his 2014 nemesis, the away swinger.

But before the ODI and Test series begin, the T20I series has already given us a view of how competitive the matches will turn out to be.

Kuldeep’s wrist spin and googlies were too much to handle for the English batsmen in Manchester which gave the visitors a cruising start to the tour.

India were wrong-footed because of the odd dimensions of the field at Cardiff which gave the hosts an opportunity to equalise.

It is all down to the wire at Bristol where it is definitely going to be a you-blink-I-hit affair as England has gotten aware of spin and India will have a chance to rectify their mistakes against pace and bounce.

But before the final T20I of the series begins, England has a much bigger problem at hand with their combination. With Alex Hales scoring a half-century, it will be difficult for Ben Stokes to find a place in the team.

Eoin Morgan said in the press conference, "He [Stokes] is obviously a fantastic player, and there will be a difficult decision to make. We've made calls like this in the past, but we hope we'll make it for the betterment of the team - and put out our strongest XI. Alex [Hales] always makes it difficult, particularly in T20 cricket. He's played a lot for us - he's one of our highest run-scorers, a very experienced campaigner. An innings like that tonight makes him a pretty strong case for the next game."

If Stokes is included the management might bench Joe Root. But Paul Farbrace had backed Root’s ability to succeed in this format.

However Root hasn’t made any significant contribution in the one-off fixture against England and in the two matches against India.

Moreover when the England team is going through a tough chase, the management sends Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow up the order, which forces Root to No.6 which is not his usual position.

 

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

India Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav

England Probable XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root/Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Jake Ball

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77