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England vs India T20 predictions: Confident hosts can continue positive summer
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Joe Casey

Jos Buttler's reign as England's white-ball captain gets under way tonight on the back of a remarkable Test victory against India on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan's retirement has handed Buttler the reins and he will want to keep up the good feeling in English cricket as they made it seven wins in a row in all formats.

But the visitors will not allow England to have things all their own way and they have only lost four of the 28 T20s under Rohit Sharma's captaincy.

The three matches are set to take place at the Rose Bowl, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.

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With this series coming so quickly after the Test match between the pair, none of the players who played in the Edgbaston thriller are expected to make an appearance.

England are likely to put out a similar line-up to the side that secured comprehensive victories over the Netherlands in last month's ODI series.

The likes of Jofra Archer, Saqib Mahmood and Tom Curran are all still absent with injury issues but seamer Richard Gleeson, 34, has 23 wickets in the Vitality Blast this year and has been rewarded with a call up.

For India, left-armer Arshdeep Singh could make his international debut after impressing in the IPL.


Dawid Malan hit a century in England's record-breaking ODI score
Dawid Malan hit a century in England's record-breaking ODI score

English cricket was in bad shape in March, with the Test team having won just one of their last 17 games.

While the ODI and T20 sides continued to perform, the rapid turnaround of the fortunes of Ben Stokes' side will have undoubtedly rubbed off on their white-ball counterparts.

Morgan's reign also ended with three confidence-boosting victories over the Netherlands in which England hit 498 — a world record ODI score — before successfully chasing totals of 236 and 245 with a minimum of fuss.

Those impressive white-ball performances bode well for Buttler's first series — he has won three and lost two of his previous five games as T20 skipper.

Bowling will be key

With the explosive batting line-ups on display, extra pressure will be heaped on the bowlers to limit their opponents from teeing off.

Not only do England have injury issues in the pace department, but leg-spinner Adil Rashid is also absent as he undertakes the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.

For India, Yuzvendra Chahal could be key. The spinner took 27 wickets in the last IPL season and is likely to be an integral part of Sharma's arsenal.

Buttler bounce

Many of this Indian team know better than anyone what Buttler can do, given that he hit 863 runs in the recent IPL season, far and away the most in the tournament.

If Buttler can replicate that form in his first series as captain it is hard to see any other outcome than England riding the wave of positivity from the Test side to pick up a series win.


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