India series more important than top ranking, says England skipper Morgan

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2018

Batsman James Vince has been called into the England squad for the deciding one-day worldwide against India at Headingley on Tuesday.

Thye have also called up James Vince and Sam Billings as a cover-up for injured Jason Roy.

The Hampshire batsman became surplus to requirements following a disappointing winter in Australia and New Zealand when his weakness outside off stump was brutally exposed. Vince, who was added to the squad after David Malan was released to play for England Lions, got a lengthy net session at Headingley on the eve of the fixture.

England have only played one ODI tri-series, a breed of competition that has largely died away since the early 2000s, in the last 12 years - involving Australia and India ahead of the 2015 World Cup. England, meanwhile, can ride the wave and have their bowlers test and raise their game further against one of the finest top-orders in the game now.

Once this game is over England will turn their attention to the Test series and they face a tricky decision on whether to pick Stokes for a first match at Edgbaston that is due to finish the day before his court case on a charge of affray begins.

Asked if this match might have an impact on the five-Test series between England and India to come this summer, Wood said: "I think for the Test-match side of things, it is great to get certain people out or get runs against them but it is more of an impact for the World Cup".

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It was also the first time since the 2011 World Cup semi-final that India failed hit a six in an ODI, ESPNCricinfo reported.

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"I think as a team we conceded 20-25 runs too many in the death".

Kuldeep had ripped through England in the first match at Trent Bridge on Thursday, taking six for 25 in India's win, and although he picked up another three wickets at Lord's on Saturday, England played much more positively against him, taking him for nearly seven an over in their 86-run victory. We just knew what we needed to get better, he said.

"We emphasised the need to be clear on your plan and then sticking to it, and that's what we did". He's very critical to the team plans.

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