England play India ‘A’ in Dhoni’s last game as captain

Retuning from the Christmas break, the English team has been busy with sponsor events in Mumbai. But they will get back to business with the first warm-up fixture at the Brabourne Stadium against India ‘A’. M.S.Dhoni who recently stepped down as India’s limited overs captain, will lead the side that also features Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra.

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England will want to put the 0-4 Test series loss behind them and focus on the game ahead of the ODIs and T20Is. The series holds more value than just a bilateral series win for both teams, given that the Champions Trophy is a few months away. For India, it is an opportunity for players like Dhoni, Yuvraj, Hardik Pandya and Nehra to get some match practice. For England, it is an opportunity to figure out their best combination for the first ODI on Sunday. Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and David Willey join the squad after stints at the Big Bash and it will be important for them to get used to the conditions. Joe Root has flown back to England for the birth of his child and will join the squad before the start of the first ODI.

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India ‘A’ Squad:¬†Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

England Squad: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Johnny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Ben Stokes, Liam Dawson, Jake Ball, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, David Willey

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