England in the groove in 50 overs

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Jonny Bairstow

Having suffered a 2-1 series reverse to India in the T20 clashes, England will hope to hit back straightaway in the three-match ODI series which starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

And they could hardly be in better form in the 50-over format, having recently dished out a 5-0 series whitewash to a weakened Australia side.

England to win first ODI – 20/27

Given those recent wins over the Baggy Greens, the third of which – also in Nottingham – saw them rack up a world record score of 481-6 in their 50 overs, it is hardly surprising that the hosts are favoured to win the series opener against India.

But the narrow gap to 20/21 for the tourists to claim victory at Trent Bridge on Thursday shows that nothing can be taken for granted against an India team who are highly competitive in all formats and in all conditions.

Jonny Bairstow top team batsman – 59/20

It is hard to look beyond Jonny Bairstow for a batting tip, with the powerful right-hander having relished the opportunity to step up and open the batting alongside Jason Roy.

Bairstow has made four ODI centuries in his last eight innings and is playing with such confidence and certainty that India will no doubt have taken a close look at how to try and stem the flow of runs from his bat.

Umesh Yadav top team bowler – 15/4

Much will be expected of the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for India, but the seam options at the disposal of skipper Virat Kohli are likely to be equally as important, if not even more so.

Therefore, genuine quickie Umesh Yadav will need to deliver if the tourists are to limit the explosive England batting line-up, while the wily medium pace of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (17/4) could also cause problems.

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