Four cricket tips you should consider when England face India in the first ODI at The Kia Oval.
Joe Root to score over 34.5 runs
Root is, unsurprisingly, a very consistent ODI performer, passing this mark in 16 of his last 22 innings in this format across the last three years.
He brings sensational form into this series, too, being dismissed just once for his last 259 runs across Tests against New Zealand and India.
Jos Buttler to hit a six
These are short odds, but don’t seem bad for such an in-form player to clear the ropes once.
He was in unbelievable form in England’s recent series in The Netherlands and hit a six in Sunday’s T20 victory over India.
Reece Topley to be England’s top wicket-taker
Topley took three wickets in Sunday’s final T20 against India and should have some joy on his home ground in the ODI format.
He has only gone wicketless in two of his last 14 ODIs and taken at least two wickets in four of his last six.
Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s top wicket-taker
Chahal took two wickets in each of the two T20s that he played last week.
He has taken at least one wicket in six of his last seven ODIs, including a four-fer and three-fer.
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