India giving Cook & Co ODI lessons: Alec Stewart
London: Former England captain Alec Stewart has lauded India for their stunning turnaround in ODIs after a 1-3 loss in the Test series and said strong shots, improvisation and not allowing any England bowler to settle has been their formula mixed in with variety in the bowling attack.
India, who lost the Test series 1-3, lead the five-match ODI series 2-0 after three outings. They won the third ODI here on Saturday comfortably by six wickets and had beaten England in the second ODI by 133 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method.
"India look a completely different team to the rabble that threw in the towel in the recent Test series. They are currently giving their hosts a lesson in how to play 50 over cricket. Strong shots, improvisation and not allowing any England bowler to settle has been their formula mixed in with variety in the bowling attack," Stewart wrote in his column in The Mirror.
Stewart feels the positives for England are Chris Woakes evolving as an all-rounder and opening batsman Alex Hales. "On the few positives from England I've been impressed with the progress Chris Woakes is making as an all rounder while Alex Hales has shown enough in his first two games at the top of the order that he can succeed at this level," he said.
Experienced pacer Tim Bresnan included for the T20I against India on Sept 7.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Ravi Bopara, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), James Taylor, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Bresnan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney.