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Paul Farbrace: Joe Root has to learn a lot from Eoin Morgan

Paul Farbrace: Joe Root has to learn a lot from Eoin Morgan

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled the English batsmen with a mesmerising spell before Rohit Sharma's sublime century saw India cruise to an eight-wicket victory in the first One-Day Inetrnational here on Thursday.

With ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in United Kingdom in 2019, the three-match ODI series will give Virat Kohli and Company an ideal opportunity to know the English conditions that Indian cricket team are expected to encounter at during their World Cup stint at exactly same time next year.

The last time when India visited England for an ODI series was in 2014, when MS Dhoni-led Indian cricket team romped home with a thumping 3-1 win. His decision was not proving to be the best as England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were scoring at 8 runs per over.

Kuldeep's career-best figures of six for 25 allowed England to only score a modest 268 in good batting conditions.

"Joe has the ability to hit boundaries". In the aftermath of a gruelling Ashes campaign, he was rested during England's T20 tri-series in Australia and New Zealand in February, and also missed out on an IPL deal after being overlooked in this year's auction.

England play India in ODIs at Nottingham, Lord s and Leeds before Root takes over the captaincy for the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1. K L Rahul's stupendous form has been a happy headache for the team management and there is a possibility that the captain Virat Kohli might come at No 4 in order to give Rahul a chance to make optimum use of his current form.

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Ben Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53) prevented complete collapse during a fifth-wicket stand of 93 but they too fell to Yadav.

Moeen Ali (24) and Adil Rashid (22) added a few quick runs to help England cross the 250-run mark. When they have 10 overs then know they have the skills to have an impact.

Kuldeep was not afraid to flight the ball and it dipped viciously having the batsmen in two minds.

When Kuldeep took five wickets in the first Twenty20 global at Old Trafford England called for their old "Merlyn" bowling machine in a bid to work out how to handle this most unusual angle of attack. Some played with the turn and some tried against the turn - both with dismal outcomes. He bamboozled Joe Root and Bairstow with two different deliveries.

The three-match ODI series starts at Trent Bridge, with the second game taking place at Lords on Saturday.

Stokes and Buttler staunched the flow of wickets without breaking the shackles. But Kuldeep came up with a repeat show of his opening act in the T20 series at Old Trafford - where he got five wickets - to again terrorise the batsmen with his bag of tricks to claim a six-wicket haul (10-0-25-6). Buttler, whose dream run has continued since the start of the IPL, will like to continue his rich vein of form.


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