England batsman Alex Hales will be out of action for three to four weeks after sustaining a side strain during the training ahead of the first One-day International at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
However, England skipper Eoin Morgan already confirmed that Hales will have to sit out as Ben Stokes is fully fit. But given Hales’ strong recent form, including 147 against Australia three weeks ago.
In such a contrast, he would have been an option for England in the remaining two games particularly with their batsmen struggling against chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
Meanwhile, Middlesex’s Dawid Malan provided a batting cover during their eight-wicket loss. He will stay with the squad for Saturday’s second match at the iconic Lord’s. The southpaw has represented England in Twenty20 Internationals and Test but is yet to make his ODI debut.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will announce the replacement for Hales for the third game in due course.
On the other hand, Sam Curran was released to play for Surrey against Sussex in the Vitality T20 Blast. He will rejoin the squad for the match at Lord’s on Saturday.
Surrey beat Essex at the Oval on Thursday by 39 runs after registering a mammoth 222-4 from their 20 overs.
India goes 1-0 up:
India banked on yet another clinical performance to continue their winning momentum as they routed England by eight wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series
Batting first, England got off to a blinder banking on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. The pair took the advantage of the new ball to smash it all around the park as the bowlers went in search of the leather.
However, since the introduction of spin bowling, it was a whole new story with Kuldeep dominating the proceedings.
The young spinner Kuldeep bagged six wickets in his ten overs- to rattle the English batting order.
Jos Buttler used all his experience from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to negate the spin to bring another half-century. His patient knock of 53 runs helped the hosts put 268 runs on the board.
It was a cakewalk for the visitors with Shikhar Dhawan providing a blistering start. Although he departed scoring 40 runs off 27 deliveries, Virat Kohli picked up exactly from there.
Kohli (75) then partnered Rohit Sharma, who has been in brilliant touch to take his team close to the winning lines. Furthermore, KL Rahul and Rohit took their team home with 59 balls to spare.