England tour of India - News - Cricket: ~~Forget South Africa, Indians are tough at home~~
Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 23:41 [IST]
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Well trouble Indians, say England quickies
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New Delhi: England's cricket captain Nasser Hussian on Monday warned teammates not to be smug at India's plight on the South African tour, saying they will be a different proposition at home."I am not reading too much into India's lacklustre performance in South Africa," Hussain told a television channel."India in South Africa are completely different. Obviously, what is worrying them is their form away from home. But India at home, as the Australians told this summer, are magnificent," Hussain said."When they come home from South Africa, India will be a completely different team. The Test series is going to be very difficult for us. Don't make any mistake about that."India, which has not won a Test series outside the sub-continent for 15 years, look set to lose another in South Africa.At home, however, India has the reputation of doing the unexpected as Steve Waugh's world-beating Australians found to their dismay earlier this year when they lost the series 2-1."India is the toughest tour for England," said Hussain, whose team won a rare series in Pakistan and Sri Lanka last season.England, blanked 0-3 in their its Test series on Indian soil eight years ago, play back-to-back Tests at Mohali, Ahemdabad and Bangalore in December before flying home for Christmas.It will then return in January for a series of five One-day Internationals. Hussain said he expected his men to rise to the challenge. "We want to challenge ourselves against the Tendulkars, the Dravids, the (Harbhajan) Singhs and people like these."He said his team was focussed on playing cricket, denying they were reluctant to visit India due to security reasons. "One thing I want to reiterate is that the team that is here... and the management are enjoying every minute. They desperately wanted to be here," Hussain said."Two or three players pulled out simply because like with the rest of the world, people were worried about travelling. It is unfortunate, but we have got to move on."India is one of the better places to tour nowadays. The security is very good. It is what we asked for. But it is also very flexible."