The Sky Sports pundits are surprised at that decision, as the match is being played on a used pitch.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first ODI between England and India at Hove. This three-match series is the start of England’s attempt to qualify for the 2025 World Cup in India, and the last of a summer in which they have transitioned almost seamlessly from one generation to the next. With Heather Knight and Nat Sciver unavailable, Tammy Beaumont is the only member of the England squad who played in the World Cup final against India five years ago.
A new-look squad includes Freya Kemp and Alice Capsey, two remarkable teenagers who hope to make their ODI debuts at some stage this week. India are also in transition. Mithali Raj retired earlier in the summer, and the great Jhulan Goswami will do the same after this series. The times they are a-changin’.