England decided to use 13 players in warm-up game against India

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Today, India and England were supposed to face each other for their first warm-up game of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

But, rain dampened the chances of any team playing in today’s game and the game has been officially called off.

However, the defending champions were keen to use just 13 players instead of 15 as they didn’t bring out Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes for this game.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma won the the toss and decided to bat first at Guwahati today after which rain came down in massive torrents.

Both teams waited for any chance of play happening but the rain grew heavier by the hour and there was no sign of it stopping.

On the other hand, Rohit didn’t want to exhaust his bowlers right in the first innings and wanted to play them under the lights.

Additionally, he did want to give all his players enough game time before the main event.

India has had some successful campaigns recently in ODI Cricket

Talking about India, they have had some successful campaigns in ODI cricket recently by winning the Asia Cup for the 8th time and then defeating Australia 2-1 in the bilateral series.

On the other hand, England has played only 5 ODIs, that too against New Zealand, and looks a bit rusty in terms of practice.

Moreover, Rohit also stated that this game is just a formality for them and that’s why he was keen on using all of his players.

Meanwhile, Buttler was of the opinion that as it took them a long time to reach here, they have decided to go easy with their players.

That’s why they left out Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes from this competition.

The real reason why England left out Stokes and Woakes from their playing squad

Furthermore, the reason why England didn’t want to play Stokes and Woakes is because they are their premium players for this tournament.

Additionally, Stokes has been recalled from retirement for England just for the sake of this tournament and he was also their best player during the T20 World Cup last year.

While Stokes wasn’t supposed to bowl today, England still wanted him to bat.

On the other hand, the weather at Guwahati was quite warm today before the rains so they didn’t want to exhaust Woakes as well.

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