Watch every ball of the three one-day internationals between India and England reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket, beginning with the sequence opener from 7.30am on Tuesday March 23; remaining video games happen on Friday March 26 and Sunday March 28
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India’s sensible batting and England’s highly effective line-up promise to ship an unbelievable present when mixed within the upcoming ODI sequence on Sky Sports activities, says Rob Key.
The highest-two groups within the ICC’s 50-over world rankings will collide in three one-day internationals as soon as the present T20 sequence is full, beginning with Tuesday’s opener – reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 7.30am.
“These two groups are producing a talent stage unrivalled in any white-ball cricket we have seen,” mentioned former England batsman Key, “and the T20 sport has had an impression on remodeling batting not simply in 50-over cricket however usually.
“I typically really feel that 50-over cricket is what India’s batsmen are actually suited to as a result of guys like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli play this format so naturally.
“Put the classical brilliance of this Indian batting line-up in opposition to England’s highly effective, dynamic batsmen and it is unbelievable to look at; it’s going to be fascinating to see who wins.”
India ran out 2-1 sequence winners when the groups final contested a sequence on the subcontinent in 2016/17 with every of the dramatic video games serving up nicely over 600 runs – the spotlight being the hosts’ 15-run win within the second ODI after amassing 381-6.
However England reversed the scoreline at house a yr later earlier than beating India by 31 runs at Edgbaston on their strategy to successful the 2019 ICC World Cup.
The majority of the aspect that gained the trophy below captain Eoin Morgan is obtainable to face India within the coming week, with the possible exception of seamer Liam Plunkett and Check captain Joe Root, who is anticipated to be rested.
However with the following 50-over World Cup not as a result of happen till 2023, Key says this sequence presents England the possibility for some much less skilled gamers to impress with Liam Livingstone (but to make his ODI debut) and Sam Curran (5 ODI caps) presumably amongst them.
“It isn’t the beginning of a brand new journey as a result of there will likely be lots of the World Cup heroes enjoying,” mentioned Key.
“That is extra a part of the long-game for England, to take a look and see who’s going to make up this one-day group for the following three or 4 years.
“As folks like Liam Plunkett and David Willey transfer to at least one aspect, a part of the main focus will likely be on who will take up these and different roles.”
Final week Morgan, 34, reiterated his want to guide England in each the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups however refused to be drawn on whether or not he’ll captain the 50-over title defence in 2023.
“For Morgan on a private stage, there isn’t any level planning that far forward,” mentioned Key.
“White-ball cricket below him and his vice-captain Jos Buttler has gone to put it has by no means gone earlier than, so the platform is established.
“So now for Morgan it is a query of how his physique holds up and the way sturdy his want is to hold on as captain. Who is aware of the place he’ll be in 2023? Let’s simply hope he is nonetheless main England.”
Watch India and England contest three one-day internationals, reside on Sky Sports activities, beginning with the sequence opener on Tuesday March 23 when protection begins at 7.30am.
Earlier than then watch the fifth and closing Twenty20 worldwide between the groups, reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 1pm on Saturday.