England cricket team expects exciting and challenging series against India

November 8th, 2008 - 10:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Sachin Tendulkar

Mumbai, Nov 8 (ANI): English cricket team expects an exciting and challenging seven-match one-day series against India.
England cricket team arrived in Mumbai on Thursday and attended their first practice session in Brabourne stadium.
England will be playing their first one-day match in Rajkot on November 14. It is also scheduled to play two tests in Ahmedabad and Mumbai in December.
Addressing a news conference in Mumbai, England’’s pace bowler Stuart Broad said that the upcoming series would be challenging for him as this is his first tour to India.
“We”ve been playing good cricket recently with a four nil against South Africa and if we continue the way we are playing our cricket then it will certainly be an exciting series to play and an exciting series to watch,” said Broad.
Expecting pitches to be on slower side and batsmen friendly, Broad said, “You need different skills out in India than you do in England and its been a lot of slow balls I have seen in test match series. There have been few wickets within slower balls and fuller deliveries so that’’s something the bowlers are working on, I mean well wickets are right now pretty flat for the batsman and certainly the last series that we played against India. There were few scores that were rapid three hundred three 20, and so I am sure that there would be few games in this series that would be similar and have the similar result.”
England will have to put aside memories of last week’’s humiliating Stanford Twenty20 20 million dollar challenge defeat as they prepare for a tough one-day and test series.
England were denied the chance to climb to second spot in the one-day rankings in September when the fifth and final match of the South Africa series was abandoned due to rain.
They are third in the ranking and the hosts fifth.
Last week however, the Stanford Superstars crushed England by 10 wickets in the winner-take-all Twenty20 challenge in Antigua after the select West Indies team bundled out England for 99.
England won last year’’s home one-day series against India 4-3 after losing 5-1 in their previous series in India in 2006.
India will rest star batsman Sachin Tendulkar for the first three games of the seven-match series starting at Rajkot on November 14.
The other games will be played at Indore November 17, Kanpur November 20, Bangalore November 23, Cuttack November 26, Guwahati November 29 and New Delhi on December 2.
England will also play two tests in Ahmedabad December 11-15 and Mumbai December 19-23.
The touring side plays two warm-up games against Mumbai XI on Sunday and Tuesday. (ANI)

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