• Saturday, November 29, 2014

India to start anew

ODI series against Eng from today

Pti, Bristol

Their morale battered by the Test series debacle, India would look to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a five-match ODI series starting in Bristol on Monday.

On one hand, the Indians will be distracted by the 1-3 series loss in the Test series prior and will want to do well in the ODIs, on the other, they will also need to balance their approach keeping next year's World Cup in mind.

That tournament, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, is now just six months away. From here onwards, every ODI played by the Indian team will be a preparatory step towards defending their 2011 crown Down Under.

And to do so, they will be evaluating players in the three ODI series between now and the World Cup -- in England, at home against West Indies and then the tri-series on the Australian tour.

Already, the selectors have taken stock of the situation at hand and the 17-man squad is a reflection of their thoughts.

Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma represent their line of thinking in that the squad will need an additional wicket-keeper as well as a probable third spin-bowling all-round option.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, August 25, 2014

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