Graeme Swann and Sachin Tendulkar added to the missing names in the opening match of the NatWest Series.
England off-spinner Swann was absent due to sickness while Tendulkar was denied a fifth chance to register his 100th international hundred this summer because of a foot injury.
From an English perspective, that meant Samit Patel was the sole spin option while Durham’s Ben Stokes earned his second one-day international cap on his home ground.
With Kevin Pietersen rested for this five-match campaign, the England team were down on a couple of their global stars but spare a thought for the Indians: Tendulkar’s failure to overcome injury took to six the number of players who delivered the World Cup trophy five months ago now unavailable.
India also had to overcome the potential perils of batting first in an end-of-season ODI in England. “A 10.15am start means the ball normally does a bit early on,” said England captain Alastair Cook at the toss.