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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75