After the opening ODI of their five-match series was washed out on Monday, England and India will try again when they head to Cardiff for the second match.
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Commences: Wednesday, Aug. 27
Start time: 10:30 a.m. BST
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), STAR Sports (India), Fox Sports (Australia), SuperSport (South Africa), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (Sri Lanka), Orbit Showtime Network (Middle East).
Weather: The forecast is not quite as bleak as it was for Monday's match, but AccuWeather.com does suggest that a few showers will be present throughout the day. It probably won't be bad enough for the whole match to be washed out, though.
While the rain pelted Bristol's county ground, the crew on the BBC's Test Match Special dissected England's one-day approach and captain Alastair Cook came in for particularly strong criticism. Swann believes that a combination of Cook's stubbornness and selecting players who "aren't going to win the team a World Cup" is holding the side back. Swann, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo, said:
The good Test form has made it easier for the selectors to have a more conservative selection than most people want to see. Alastair Cook is the most stubborn man in the world. He has almost backed himself into a corner where he's got to carry on. I don't think we've got a cat in hell's chance of winning the World Cup.
I used to sit in the changing room and I always felt we were so far behind other teams because we play such an old-fashioned brand. Some of my best mates - Cook, Bell, Ballance - are not one-day players who are going to win you a World Cup.
Alex Hales is going to win you a World Cup; James Vince, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan. They're players I wouldn't want to bowl at, who can build a total of 360-370.
Vaughan echoed his sentiments and believes England lag behind when compared to other one-day teams.
We've made the same mistake now as we did in my time, five-six years ago and in the 1990s. We're picking one-day squads on Test form. English cricket has always had Test cricket at the pinnacle, but the games are so different. England are looking too much at these new white balls. The other teams have gone power at the top and all the way through.
While the criticism is fair, it's not going to change anything for England in the immediate future. They have picked their cards and now have to play with them. All one-day cricket played in the next few months will be played with one eye on the World Cup and should England fail against India, like they did against Sri Lanka, an urgent rethink will have to happen.
India will probably be happy that somebody has taken the spotlight off their own struggles. For the visitors, a good performance in the ODI series is important. It might not erase the pain of the recently concluded Test series, but at least it will prove that their star players are not completely useless away from home.
Cardiff has produced tracks with low scores in recent months, with the last score over 300 coming in June 2013 during the Champions trophy. Just three times in the last 10 innings since then have teams managed over 200, and not once more than 231.
The pressure certainly is on the batsmen of both teams and with scrutiny mounting, the kitchen is about to get very heated.
Alastair Cook now has a serious point to prove in the one-day format. He's had an okay run recently, but has scored just one fifty in his last 12 matches. He has not scored an ODI hundred since 2012 so his performance at the top of the order will be under the microscope.
If Cardiff is going to be bowler friendly and the overhead conditions are going to be cloudy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could make a real impact. His ability to swing the ball both ways and his efforts in the Test series will go a long way in boosting his confidence.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, AmbatiRayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, RavichandranAshwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny,Karn Sharma
Alastair Cook(c), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, JosButtler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, James Anderson, James Tredwell, Harry Gurney, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes
All stats via ESPNCricinfo, unless otherwise stated.
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