India, England battle for ODI honours today

23 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

After a successful T20I series, India and England will now shift their focus to the three-match ODI leg of the long series, reports ICC.

The match starts today at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune at 2:00pm (BST).

India will hope to avoid losing another series opener, having tasted defeat in the first match of both the Tests and the T20Is against England so far. The hosts have shown remarkable resilience to come back from the deficit to win series each time. But England, the defending world champions who won the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 so thrillingly, will make for stern opposition in the ODIs.

The visitors, however, will be missing key personnel. Jofra Archer has been deemed unfit for the series with an elbow injury, whie Joe Root, the Test captain and their crucial No.3 batsman, also misses out. Mark Wood is expected to replace Archer and lead the attack against India, with fellow-quick Reece Topley and leg-spinner Matt Parkinson also being named in the squad.