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4th Royal London ODI – England vs India today at Birmingham

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The 4th ODI between England and India will be played today at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Pressure is on England to win as a defeat in today’s match will surrender the 5-match Royal London ODI Series 2014 to India with one more match to go. India is sitting pretty after two big wins at Cardiff and Nottingham while the first ODI at Bristol was washed out.

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Above photo: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Steven Finn of England bowls during a nets session at Edgbaston on September 1, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The man under scrutiny is going to be Alastair Cook. The left-hander will have to prove himself whether he is fit to not only lead England but also whether he deserves a place in the One day team! Alastair Cook struggled in the initial stages of the Test Series but ever since Ravindra Jadeja dropped his catch off Pankaj Singh, the runs have begun to come. However, Cook hasn’t looked fluent despite getting amongst the runs finally. The same seems to be the case in the ODIs as well. The England Captain has tried very hard to make an impact in the shorter version, moving a long way across his stumps to manufacture his shots. Only a big score in the last two matches can save him going ahead.

England could bring in Moeen Ali in the place of the ineffective Ben Stokes. Steven Finn will look to improve upon his performance from the previous game in which he made an international comeback after a long gap. The hosts would be hoping that he would provide the fire power in the English attack considering the fact that James Anderson has been a shadow of the destructive swing bowler that he was in the Test Series.

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Above photo: Team India has been on a roll in the Royal London ODI Series 2014 with two big wins

India could possibly make one change as Mohit Sharma injured his ankle in the last game at Nottingham. Mohit Sharma who has been very impressive bowled only three overs before leaving the field. He did return later on but didn’t have to bowl with the spinners doing a great job. So far it has been disappointing that India’s fastest bowler Umesh Yadav has been wasted on the bench. It would not be a bad idea if Umesh Yadav is given a go at the expense of Mohit Sharma or the tiring Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The 4th ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday will be a day game starting at 3:00 pm IST.

England Squad: Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler (Wicket Keeper), Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell and Chris Woakes

India Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain and Wicket Keeper), Virat Kohli (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma

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