Cricket Betting: Experimental England Face Daunting Task In 1st ODI Against India

Alastair Cook has tried his best to exude confidence in interviews ahead of this one day series but the England skipper knows better than anyone that an ODI series win in India would surpass any of the FA Cup giant killings that occurred last weekend. 

When it comes to India, the undeniable truth is that limited overs cricket will always be the priority, whether that be the 20 or 50 over formats. After a recent series loss to Pakistan the pressure on MS Dhoni is at breaking point so his side will need to produce some stellar performances in this series to quiet the calls for his captaincy head. They have beaten England 5-0 in their last two ODI home series – they are priced at 11.0 to repeat this feat once again.

England head into this day/night opener with a much-changed squad as Ashley Giles begins his new role as England’s limited overs coach; allowing Head Coach Andy Flower the chance to focus on the upcoming back-to-back Ashes series. Giles’ task is made tougher by the absence of team staples Jonathan Trott, Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad who are all rested ahead of a huge summer.

The initial signs for this experimental side are not good with the tourists losing both of their warm-up games against India A and Delhi respectively. Two stylish Ian Bell innings kept the losses competitive but the new coaching set-up must be slightly concerned with the look of a team that lacks any real identity as a side heading into this first one day international in Rajkot.

Team News

The pressure on England in this series is likely to weigh on their bowling attack with an inexperienced attack deputising while the usual suspects rest up back home. Chris Woakes, James Tredwell and Stuart Meaker have all pulled on the Three Lions on various occasions in the past but this is there chance to put themselves at the forefront for team selection rather than just squad selection.

The tourists boast a strong batting line-up with openers Bell and Cook supported by the world class talents of Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan. The input of a lower order of Jos Buttler, Samit Patel and Joe Root will be crucial with England needing to post scores in excess of 270 or 280 to stay competitive in batsman friendly conditions.

India made the bold decision to drop flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag for the series after the 34-year-old average just 21.70 in one day cricket in 2012. Cheteshwar Pujara is drafted into a side who’s ethos has always been to post huge totals before putting spinners Ravinchandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra to work.


Tomorrow’s game will be the first international match hosted at the new 28,000 seat Rajkot stadium in Khanderi. Once again batsman friendly conditions are forecast with the seamers expected to toil on a pitch that makes the Oval strip look like a bowler’s paradise.

Best Bets

It would make little sense to try and look beyond India (1.65) in Rajkot tomorrow after England’s early tour struggles. Looking at the top batsman markets you have to fancy Ian Bell (4.50) for England given his recent form, while Suresh Raina represents decent value at 7.0 for India.