Alex Hales ruled out of the 1st ODI against India

Alex Hales ruled out of the 1st ODI against India

India are in the middle of an nearly three-month long tour of England with a five Test match series to follow the ODIs.

England captain Eoin Morgan and India captain VIrat Kohli.

The three-match ODI series will start on Thursday (12 July), and the first match of the tournament will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. However, on the other hand, English spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, who destroyed the mighty Australians in the recently concluded ODI series, should find things harder against India's strong batting line-up that include in-form Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are expected to form the lower middle-order.

In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will once again be the key.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovers from the stiff back, he will be sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav.

India need to win the series 3-0 to overtake England as the number one ODI side in ICC rankings. England defeated Australia in the previous ODI series and also achieved the highest team score in ODIs when they scored 481/6 in the third ODI against Australian team.

England batsman Alex Hales will miss the first one-day worldwide against India on Thursday because of a side injury sustained when batting in net practice, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The pace attack will once again rely on the shoulders of Liam Plunkett, Stokes, David Willey and Mark Wood, depending on who all feature in the playing XI on Thursday.