Rahane to be used in the top order against England - Kumble

Ajinkya Rahane, arguably India's most versatile Test batsman, will bat at an ODI slot he is likely to vacate when India's first-choice openers are available. On a day when his 83-ball 91 led India A to a win over the touring England side in a practice match in Mumbai, coach Anil Kumble confirmed in Pune that Rahane will bat in the top order in the ODI series.

"At this point of time, he [Rahane] is [being looked at as a top-order option only]," Kumble said, two days before the start of the three-match ODI series against England. "In the one-day format, I don't think there's a set batting order, so at this point in time, he's still batting at the top of the order."

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