The England team is on a full-fledged tour to India. The tour was started on February 5 and has been the most talked-about series. This is due to the on-field controversies regarding the pitch and off-field comments by retired cricketers like Michael Vaughan and Steve Waugh. The Indian team won the test series as well as the T20I series. The 1st ODI has also been won by the Indian team and they will be confident ahead of this match. The ODI series is being organized behind closed doors due to the rising Covid cases in Pune, where all the matches are scheduled to take place.
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The England captain Eoin Morgan and middle-order batsman Sam Billings have been ruled out of the remaining matches of the IND vs ENG ODI series due to injury. The captain has suffered a thumb injury and Billings has a bruised left-collar bone. Jos Buttler will captain the England team and Liam Livingstone is all set to make his ODI debut and Dawid Malan will join the Playing XI.
“It was a freak injury and it’s extremely frustrating but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s now just a case of letting the cut heal. I have every confidence in Jos and the rest of the squad coping without me.” Morgan said ahead of the 2nd ODI.
The Indian team has also been involved in an injury scare ahead of the 2nd ODI match. The opener Rohit Sharma got an elbow blow while batting in the 1st ODI and did not come into the field in the 2nd innings. It is said that he is fine and will be available for selection.
The middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer sustained a shoulder injury and he will be on course to undergo surgery. The BCCI has informed that he will be unavailable for the rest of the ODI matches and IPL 2021.
The player who made his international debut in the T20I series, Suryakumar Yadav is most likely to replace Shreyas Iyer in the Playing XI. The bowlers did a good job to pick crucial wickets of the England team and no other changes are expected in the team.
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