England tour of India - News - Cricket: Tour is a big challenge for boys, says Hussain
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
'The boys will have to get used to the heat'
Mumbai: England cricket team skipper Nasser Hussain on Thursday said the 39-day tour of India would be a big challenge for the boys."However, the returns will be even more greater and satisfying," the Indian born Hussain told reporters."People may feel that we have an inexperienced side but I think this can help to our advantage and I have no worries except Sachin Tendulkar, added the smiling skipper.Hussain felt that it is for every individual to get acclimatised to Indian conditions as early as possible and help each other out and that would not be difficult as the boys are and young and enthusiastic.Asked whether they had any game plan to tackle the Indian bowlers in general and the spinners in particular, Hussain said not really. We have watched Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad when they played in county cricket while we have seen a few video clippings of Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan and others and I think we are ready to face them.About his father wanting the Junior Hussain to go to India and lead his side, he, said, "Yes, my father wanted me to come here and lead the side. In fact, he will be here to see me in action during the third and final Test at Bangalore and hopefully for the Chennai One-dayer as we still have lots of relatives here."England coach Duncan Fletcher said they would follow the same tactics they used successfully against Pakistan and Sri Lanka early this year to counter the Indian spinners, spearheaded by leg spinner Anil Kumble and offie Harbhajan Singh."How well my boys will be able to sort out the spinners will be known only during the Test series, Fletcher added.Asked whether three side games were too many before the Test series, Fletcher said, that is the pattern we follow and I think it is perfectly alright".Asked about how the team would cope with Indian food, which had affected the English players in their previous tours, Fletcher said, "I don't think we will have any problems with the food as we have handled this part (food) quite well in Pakistan and Sri Lanka where the food is almost similar tothe food served here."PTI