Jhulan Goswami is set to play her first game in nearly six months – which is also her final international series – as India opted to bowl in bright and sunny conditions in the opening ODI against England in Hove. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur said at the toss she preferred to know what target her side would be chasing. It would be the first time in Goswami’s entire career of 202 ODIs that she would be playing without Mithali Raj in the XI.
India brought in a number of changes after losing the T20I series 2-1; Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Meghna Singh came into the XI.
England handed a debut to 18-year-old batting allrounder Alice Capsey, who scored two unbeaten knocks in the recent T20Is against India, and had taken 2 for 17 before scoring a 25 off 17 for Oval Invincibles to help them win the Women’s Hundred earlier this month. England also made a few changes from the T20I side: Tammy Beaumont and Emma Lamb returned as the openers in this format, Alice Davidson-Richards was another all-round option apart from Capsey and Sophia Dunkley, and Cross was joined by Issy Wong in the pace attack.
Amy Jones is leading England again in the absence of Heather Knight and Nat Sciver.
England 1 Emma Lamb, 2 Tammy Beaumont, 3 Sophia Dunkley, 4 Alice Capsey, 5 Danni Wyatt, 6 Amy Jones (capt/wk), 7 Alice Davidson-Richards, 8 Sophie Ecclestone, 9 Charlie Dean, 10 Kate Cross, 11 Issy Wong
India 1 Smriti Mandhana, 2 Shafali Verma, 3 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 4 Harleen Deol, 5 Yastika Bhatia (wk), 6 Deepti Sharma, 7 Pooja Vastrakar, 8 Jhulan Goswami, 9 Sneh Rana, 10 Rajeshwari Gayakwad, 11 Meghna Singh