India will be England’s acid test in 2011 World Cup

February 26th, 2011 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Bangalore, Feb.26 (ANI): When England take on India on Sunday in a 2011 World Cup fixture, they are likely to face an acid test to establish how much they have improved in the one-day format.

Coming off a 6-1 series defeat to Australia and a very nail-biting victory in their first World Cup fixture against minnows, the Netherlands, England have their task cut out for them.

According to The Telegraph, India is going to be the acid test. England’s error count should be a lot lower against India than it was against the Netherlands, because the players will be switched on from the start and will be fully aware of how costly any mistakes will be.

England will be happy if the surface is as slow and low as the one on which South Africa beat Australia, but if it turns anything like as much as it did when India beat Australia, they could struggle against all those Indian spinners.

Collectively, England’s batsmen now look in reasonable form. No matter who you are playing, to chase down 292 (against the Netherlands) with such composure is impressive.

By the end of this weekend we will have a much clearer idea of whether England are serious contenders or not. (ANI)

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