It was a case of one in and one out for England, on the fitness front, when the rain finally relented at the Rose Bowl in time to allow a 23-over-per-side game against India.
Spinner Graeme Swann, who missed Saturday’s weather-ruined first ODI in Chester-le-Street because of a virus was able to return to the team but batsman Eoin Morgan is not only out of this contest but also the rest of the five-match series because of a shoulder problem.
The shortness of the game persuaded England – who, unsurprisingly, chose to bowl after winning the toss – to make a tactical change with Jonathan Trott left on the sidelines. Ravi Bopara was the beneficiary and, with Morgan now out of the equation, the Essex batsman can hope for a decent run in the team.
India’s problems with injuries have been an ongoing theme during this tour. They are now without eight big-name players for one reason or another – the biggest of them, of course, being Sachin Tendulkar, who has been ruled out of the entire series because of an inflamed toe.
The tourists’ one change from Saturday saw the newly arrived Manoj Tiwary replace broken finger victim Rohit Sharma.
Although the weather improved sufficiently for the toss to take place, the Rose Bowl was still far from bright and cheery – even with the floodlights on. The ground should have been full with around 20,000 tickets having been sold but a lot of spectators had either stayed away altogether because of the rain or left during the course of a soggy afternoon.