If there is any doubt yet about what combinations are best suited to the team, this is the place to experiment. India have not back to the senior pros in Yuvraj, Gambhir, Sehwag which is a clear signal of the path they want to take. The bowling attack has been infused with fresh blood.
The likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Karn Sharma have been given a massive opportunity to make a mark. It looks a well rounded side led by a captain who clearly enjoys this format more than any other. England, too, boast of a nicely balanced side. The batting has an interesting mix of exciting power hitters, in the likes of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler, and batsmen who can rotate from one end like Alaistair Cook and Ian Bell.
Any bowling attack having James Anderson and Steven Finn in it will always be a threat, and they will be well backed up with the services of Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes. Not to forget the off spin of Moeen Ali. Going by the track record at Bristol, a run fest is on the cards if the pitch stays anywhere near the same as what is usually on offer. It promises to be an interesting contest with both teams looking evenly matched.
England: Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Sam Robson, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Butler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Liam Plunkett, Stuart Broad
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Aaron
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