India beat England 2-1 in the Twenty20 format and look fair value at odds against to again come out on top in the upcoming ODI series.
The top two teams in the ICC rankings will meet in Nottingham, London and Leeds over the next week, on what are expected to be batting-friendly pitches.
England have risen to the head of the ODI ratings on the back of winning 33 of their last 44 matches.
However, there are question marks over the quality of the recent opposition, with the West Indies beaten 4-0 last summer and an awful Australia outfit crushed 5-0 last month.
Acting head coach Paul Farbrace admits that India will present a much sterner challenge.
He said: “They are a magnificent side and are definitely here to get stuck into the challenge. We are going to have to play extremely well to win it.”
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The final Twenty20 clash in Bristol pinpointed just how hard it will be, with England posting 198 for nine and then India cruising to a seven-wicket victory with eight balls to spare.
Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten century was the highlight, but all-rounder Hardik Pandya also impressed on both sides of the ball.
Mahendra Dhoni didn’t even have to pick up his bat and it took three outstanding catches to claim the India wickets that did fall.
Deepak Chahar and Umesh Yadav bowled with menace and spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be raring to go after it was deemed conditions were unsuitable in Bristol.
India prevailed 2-1 when these sides met in Pune, Cuttack and Kolkata 18 months ago and again get the nod to shade this series.
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