India vs England: Tourists Have First Net Session Ahead of Limited Overs Series
The England squad, barring key batsman Joe Root, had a three-hour training session Sunday morning in cooler temperatures than they had witnessed during the five-Test rubber in which the visitors were drubbed 4-0 by Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team
England, led by limited over specialist Eoin Morgan, had their first net session at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday after returning to India at the end of their Christmas and New Year break.
The entire team, barring key batsman Joe Root, had a three-hour training session this morning in cooler temperatures than they had witnessed during the five-Test rubber in which the visitors were drubbed 4-0 by Virat Kohli's Indian team.
Root, who has stayed back for personal reasons, is expected to join the squad on January 12, the day the visitors will play their second warm-up game against an India A squad to be held by the fit-again Ajinkya Rahane.
"Root is set to join the team on Thursday and travel with the team to Pune (venue of the first of three ODIs on January 15). He would certainly like to play that game if selected," said a visiting team source after the practice session.
The Englishmen would confront a stronger India A side led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has stepped down as the national limited overs skipper but is part of the squad picked to play under new ODI and T20I captain Kohli, in the first warm-up game under lights at the Brabourne Stadium on January 10.
Dhoni would be eager to fine tune his game with there being no opportunities to play even for his state side Jharkhand in the limited overs format with Ranji Trophy going on when England's Test side was playing against the hosts.
Also in the squad for the warm-up game to be led by Dhoni are his 2011 World Cup-winning squad members - Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra - both of whom have been named in the India ODI squad to take on the visitors in the three-match series.
The three ODI matches are to be held in Pune, Cuttack (January 19) and Kolkata (January 22). They would be followed by the three T20 matches the visitors would play against hosts India, in Kanpur (January 26), Nagpur (January 29) and Bengaluru (February 1).
Morgan is one of the four in the squad who participated in the T20 Big Bash in Australia before reaching here. The others are David Willey, Jason Roy and Sam Billings.
Alex Hales and Liam Plunkett were also not part of the Test squad that got hammered by India.
India A squads for warm-up matches against England:
First match (Jan 10): Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt and wk), Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Siddharth Kaul.
Second match (Jan 12): Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashok Dinda.