Joe Root has been a revelation for England at this event. Picture: PA/metro.co.uk
England and India will do battle in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday night (AEST), if predicted inclement weather abates for long enough to allow the match to take place. The two sides have clearly been the standout teams in the tournament, with hosts England winning all but one of their matches and 2011 World Cup winners India progressing to the decider without losing a match.
England is unlikely to risk off spinner Graeme Swann for this match after he missed his sides seven wicket semi-final victory against South Africa with a calf strain, meaning that James Tredwell will keep his place in the side. The 31 year-old has been a more than capable replacement for Swann since coming into the XI and played a huge part in getting his country to the final by claiming 3-19 against the Proteas. Tim Bresnan is likely to come back into contention after missing the semi for the birth of his first child, with Steve Finn the man most likely to make way. Joe Root excelled against India’s spinners on the sub-continent earlier this year and will have a big role to play in negated their influence on the match.
India have used the same XI for each of their four matches in the tournament and are unlikely to make any changes given that they have got to this stage without losing. While all of the bowlers have performed well for them, their success has undoubtedly been built on the big opening partnerships that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have put on throughout the tournament. The pair are averaging in excess of 90 at the top of the order, with Dhawan accumulating 332 runs of his own in just four matches.
India were 3-2 victors when these sides met in a bi-lateral One Day International series in India earlier this year, but the four most recent completed meetings between the pair in England were won by the home team, who also have a good recent record in Birmingham. Alistair Cook’s men have won eight of their past nine completed ODI matches at Edgbaston.
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