England's Alex Hales to miss remainder of ODI series against India

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Big loss: Alex Hales

Batsman Alex Hales will miss the rest of England’s one-day series with India due to a torn muscle in his left side, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The opening batsman was left out of Thursday’s defeat because of a side injury he sustained while batting in practice on Wednesday.

The ECB said that would be monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation but confirmed the Nottinghamshire man will miss Saturday’s match at Lord’s and Tuesday’s finale at Headingley.

“Alex Hales has a torn left side strain, he will be out for three to four weeks and misses the rest of the series,” said the spokesman.

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Morgan says England must improves against spin as the series goes on.

Captain Eoin Morgan admits England must improve when they face Kuldeep Yadav again after India demolished England at Trent Bridge.

Rohit Sharma‘s classy 137 not out and Yadav’s six for 25 helped the tourists to a thumping eight-wicket win in the opening one-day international on Thursday.

England were outclassed having lost the toss and been put into bat, with Jos Buttler top-scoring with 53 in their 268 all out. In reply India cruised to 269 for two with almost 10 overs to spare.

They face each other again at Lord’s on Saturday in the second of the three-match series with England missing the injured Alex Hales, who has been ruled out for the series with a torn muscle in his left side.

Hales’ replacement Joe Root was one of three early victims for Kuldeep and Morgan knows England cannot afford another struggle against spin next time out.

He said: “Lord’s will be very similar to Cardiff, so the shift from ground to ground will be important, but that doesn’t paper over the fact we need to get better at playing him.

“When he does bowl well he is very good and he exposes an area of our game we need to improve on, that is a healthy thing.

“It’s a chance to improve in this area, however long it takes, between now and the World Cup.

“He did bowl well, we need to clarify and commit to our plans and just be better.”

England had no answer to Kuldeep's left-arm wrist-spin.

England had no answer to Kuldeep’s left-arm wrist-spin.

Morgan dismissed suggestions it was a drubbing but admits England failed to score enough runs.

“I wouldn’t go that far, we have played games where were the shoe has been on the other foot and it’s been a bigger defeat,” he said.

“You can be exposed more when you don’t put a score on the board at a small ground. That exposed another area of our game, simply not scoring enough runs.”

England never got to grips with Kuldeep as he took apart their top order, initially claiming three for seven in two overs.

Root again struggled and only scored three while Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow failed to build on a solid start, both dismissed for 38 as they all fell to Kuldeep.

Ben Stokes hit 50 but the hosts’ laboured innings was a contrast to their last ODI in Nottingham, when England smashed a record 481 against Australia last month.

In reply India made light work of England’s attack as Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan (40) and Virat Kohli (75) dominated – but it was Kuldeep’s six-wicket haul which had done the early damage.

Kuldeep said: “Luckily I got three wickets in two overs which changed the momentum. I’m enjoying English conditions at the moment.

“I didn’t try anything new, I stuck to the basics and stuck wicket to wicket. I’m hoping for the Test call and let’s see what happens in a couple of days when they announce the team.

“All six wickets are the best ones, the first was very important, we needed a breakthrough and got that.”

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Rohit Sharma scored another century for India

Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav inspired dominant India as the tourists demolished England by eight wickets in the first one-day international at Trent Bridge.

Vice-captain Rohit hit a wonderful 137 not out after Kuldeep had done the damage with the ball with six wickets, helping  India win with 10 overs to spare.

Jos Buttler top-scored for England – who have the chance to level the series at Lord’s on Saturday – with 53 but they failed to deal with Kuldeep’s spin before toiling in the field.

He claimed six for 25 from 10 overs – including 38 dot balls – as England were outclassed and dismissed for 268 having lost the toss and put into bat.

Kuldeep was backed up by the quick-hitting openers before Shikhar Dhawan was caught for 40 by Adil Rashid after horribly mistiming a slog off Moeen Ali.

But it did little to slow  India down as they passed 100 with Rohit and Virat Kohli taking on England.

They both reached their half-centuries as  India cruised to 169 for one, needing 100 to win from 25 overs.

The devastating Rohit rattled off a century with a stunning six only after seeing Jason Roy drop an extremely difficult chance when the opener was on 92.

Kohli, though, was stumped by Buttler for 75 off Rashid to end the partnership at 167 but it was only a brief respite for England.

Mark Wood’s nought for 55 from six overs was costly but Eoin Morgan’s side failed to post a competitive total.

England, who had plundered a record 481 in Nottingham against Australia last month, struggled despite an opening stand of 73.

Kuldeep took control in a devastating spell, claiming 3-7 from two overs with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all falling.

Roy (38) was caught by Umesh Yadav while Bairstow (38) and Root were trapped lbw in the 13th over.

It saw England slip to 82 for three and Morgan (19) walked after bringing up England’s 100, giving his wicket away after being caught at midwicket by Suresh Raina off Yuzvendra Chahal.

From then it was slow going as Ben Stokes took 103 balls to make his fifty and Buttler crept to a half-century as the pair rebuild the hosts’ innings.

India restricted England to pinching quick runs rather than plundering boundaries – a far cry from when Bairstow and Alex Hales smashed 41 between them against Australia.

And when Kuldeep returned he had Buttler caught behind for 53 thanks to MS Dhoni’s impressive reflexes.

Moeen (24) and Rashid (22) helped England to their final total during a late flurry of wickets

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