Ben Stokes to play in England's first Test against India

Jo Caldwell
July 19, 2018

England defeated India by 8 wickets in the third ODI on Tuesday to seal the three-match one-day series by 2-1 The series defeat was team India first bilateral loss under Virat Kohli as many players failed to live up to the expectation in the final match.

The last couple of games in England might have broken India's recent dream spell in One-day Internationals.

Joe Root's unbeaten century saw England clinch the ODI series against India
DANNY LAWSON PA Joe Root's unbeaten century saw England clinch the ODI series against India

MS Dhoni, criticised for slow scoring during England´s 86-run win at Lord´s on Saturday that levelled the three-match series at 1-1, made 42 off 66 balls.

But having said they would treat Tuesday´s match as a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all game at the World Cup, England will be delighted by this comprehensive success.

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It was not until the penultimate over that India hit their first sixes of the innings, with tailender Shardul Thakur twice pulling Ben Stokes high over square leg. Hopefully we can carry on that trend."India, second to England in the ODI standings, won the series opener by a decisive eight wickets at Trent Bridge only to be equally well-beaten at Lord's".

"It was something that I immediately regretted", Root said. I don't think it will be the last I hear of it from the group - they've been hammering me. But chief coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed the speculations and said that the idea was to show the ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun and get a fair idea of the conditions."MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun". India had a fine start, they won the 1st ODI but lost the 2nd.

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Left-arm quick Willey took three for 40 in his nine overs and leg-spinner Rashid three for 49 in his maximum 10. After reaching his 13th ton in ODIs, surpassing Marcus Trescothick's record for England, with a pulled four from the final ball of the chase, Root dropped his bat in MC style; but despite England Cricket tweeting approvingly, his team-mates were less impressed with such a sign-off.

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