- England v India
- Royal London ODI series, first match (of three)
- Tuesday July 12, 2022, 1pm
- Kia Oval
A drawn Test series, spanning the best part of 10 months, and then a 2-1 India win in the T20s over the last week. What next, as the ODI series reaches us?
After some new and underused faces filled England’s T20 squad, the big guns are back after a run of four Test appearances to start the international summer.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes return to bolster the world champions’ squad.
India will have their plethora of stars available as well, making this a very watchable series.
England’s ODI development seems much more settled at the moment. Put it this way. I don’t expect them to start this Autumn’s T20 World Cup in Australia as favourites. However, had it been a 50-over World Cup taking place, I’m sure they would be.
Not much between the sides, but England can pinch it
There isn’t much between these two in the betting, with England marginal outsiders.
First of all, Bet365 have Jos Buttler’s side as 1/1 to win the three-match series outright, which is a price that I would be keen to take on a side who have won their last three series all without losing a game.
I would also be keen to take the 1/1 shot on them to win this first game with the same company.
Series to go all the way
Since losing 2-1 to India away from home in March 2021, England have beaten Sri Lanka and Pakistan on home soil and, most recently, the Netherlands away from home. All three series have been secured without losing a game.
I’m not so sure this one will be quite as easy, and my prediction is England will win the first two games and lose the third when some players are released back to their counties for T20 Finals Day on Saturday.
Bet365 have England are 9/5 to win the series 2-1, the scoreline we saw in the recent T20 series as well.
Bairstow to transfer stunning Test form into ODI arena
When I logged onto Betfair to have a look at the prices, one stood out like a sore thumb. Jonny Bairstow to be England’s top batter at the Oval at a juicy 9/2.
I have seen him as short as 3/1 elsewhere, in comparison. Quite why betfair have him behind Phil Salt in the betting at 4/1, I’m not sure.
Bairstow is England’s first choice opening batter in ODI cricket alongside Jason Roy, and he is in some fabulous form at present.
The 32-year-old Yorkshireman has scored four hundreds in his last three Tests this summer against New Zealand and India, including two in the game against the latter at Edgbaston.
In his last 10 ODI innings, all opening the batting, Bairstow has posted scores of 82, 84, 112, 94, 124 and 43.
With that in mind, 9/2 looks fabulous value to me.
* Odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.