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Series turnaround shows hallmarks of England's growth

Series turnaround shows hallmarks of England's growth

England won a one-day global cricket series against India for the first time since 2011 after coasting to an impressive eight-wicket win at Headingley on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

India won the first game and hosts England drew parity with their 86-run victory at the Lord's on Saturday.

Billings will be available for Kent's match with Surrey at The Spitfire Ground on Friday as this is the last white-ball match before the five-match Test series with India begins.

Indeed, just as Lord's, it was England's spinners who had more influence on the game at Headingley, while the patience of their batsmen against Kuldeep meant he went wicketless.

It was abject surrender as the Men in Blue put up an abysmal batting show and were equally listless on the field.

It should not be forgotten that India are now number two in the world rankings and have Virat Kohli, a man who averages 89.33 in ODI cricket since the start of 2016, as well as two wrist-spinners who are the two leading wicket-takers in the 50-over game over the past year. However, he was left bewildered by a wonderful Rashid leg-break that pitched on leg stump and hit the top of off.

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That's why Joe Root is so important to this 50-over line-up.

Only the late hitting of Shardul Thakur, who heaved India's two sixes, saw the visitors take 32 from the final three overs. When the other opener James Vince was run out for 27 in the 10th over, Morgan joined Root and the pair set about stripping confidence from the Indians. Jonny Bairstow had hit seven boundaries in nine deliveries before gently clipping the ball to mid-wicket. Going as far back as January 2016, when they last lost 4-1 in Australia, India have won every bilateral ODI series since, beating Zimbabwe, New Zealand (twice), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice), Australia and South Africa, both home and away.It is also another opportunity to ascertain their ODI supremacy over England, for India haven't lost a bilateral contest to this opposition since 2011.

It was a dominating performance from the chinaman as he continued to trouble the England batsmen. England had recognized a problem and resolved it, which is what good sides do.

"Luckily, over the past year we've managed these situations really well". I stuck to the basics and stuck wicket-to-wicket. From that point, there was no let up. On the off chance that the groups were taking notes, England "To do" section will include the words "read Kuldeep Yadav from the hand" in capital letters.

"I'm expecting nothing else than a high-scoring series". At Lord's, winning the toss and batting only looks good if the guys play well.

"It is two very good sides, so when one is on top they are really on top".

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