India vs England, 1st T20I live: Chahal strikes to send back Buttler but England in charge

March 12, 2021 0 Comments



6.19 pm: India skipper Virat Kohli wants to see his side take things up a gear while England Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan feels the series against India was an “extremely exciting” challenge that would help the team prepare for the World Cup later this year.

It’s still early days but a chance for two sides that will be contenders during the T20 World Cup later this year to test out combinations against quality opposition.

The five-match series starts will also be the only opportunity for a full-strength England squad to play together before the World Cup in India in October-November due to scheduling demands, Morgan said.

England – the top-ranked T20 side – are coming off the back of a woeful Test series that saw the team crumble to a 3-1 defeat after winning the first game.

But the T20 squad will include in-form top-order batsman Dawid Malan, the Curran brothers and Jason Roy, who were not part of the series loss.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali, who both left the Test tour partway through the series in line with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s rotation policy, are also back for the T20 series.

Morgan was hopeful the series would allow the squad to “learn a huge amount from this tour and then have time to improve”.

“Certainly with one eye on the World Cup in seven months time, it is an opportunity to try and replicate teams and roles within the side that we might need to iron out before we get to the World Cup.”

The T20 Indian Premier League, which will begin in India on April 9, would play a big role in helping the England players prepare for the tournament, he added.



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