England opt to bat against India in 1st ODI

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat against India in the first ODI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

Joe Root makes his one-day debut for England and will come in at number four in the batting order.

India have made one change to their starting lineup by bringing in Ashok Dinda for Shami Ahmed.

India captain MS Dhoni said, “We were looking to bat, but we feel the wicket will remain the same. A fast outfield means it might not be too bad to chase.

“It’s very important for us to field well. It will be a test for the bowlers, I don’t think there will be much help, it will be tough for the fast bowlers.”

England captain Alastair Cook said, “We have a very different squad from the Test series, it’s a great opportunity for some of these players in what is a hard place to play one-day cricket.

“It looks a fantastic wicket and a very quick outfield. It’s the first international game here, but it looks like it will be high scoring.”

India (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda.

England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joseph Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter(w), Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

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