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England tour of India - News - Cricket: English tourists mum on India~~s woes in SA

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 21:04 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: England's cricketers begin the official part of the Indian tour here on Thursday overshadowed by the problems faced by their hosts in faraway South Africa.Amid the furore over the ball tampering and dissent punishments meted out to six Indians, including superstar Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, few took notice of the Englishmen as they prepared for the three-day match against the Indian Board President's team.But that was the least of the tourists' worries as they attempted to work out the right combination for next month's Test series.Skipper Nasser Hussain declined to comment on the incidents in South Africa, preferring to issue a statement through the team's media manager David Clarke."I am a long-time admirer of Tendulkar and I fully understand the spirit of the game, particularly the pressure under which players would be in," the statement said.Having warmed up in a two-day match against Bombay, England was ready for action for the opening first-class fixture on the tour at the Lal Bahadur stadium here.The Mumbai encounter, in which England scored 370 for five in reply to the hosts 373 for five, has already forced the team management to rethink strategy and summon Lancashire's hard-hitting all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to join the squad.Flintoff's call-up from a training session in Australia came after leading all-rounder Craig White admitted he was unable to work up the same pace following a recent knee injury."White came to us after the (Bombay) game and said he was struggling to get up to those 90mph speeds that he used to be capable of," coach Duncan Fletcher said.Flintoff, who played the last of his nine Tests 18 months ago, is expected to join the squad at the weekend and will play in the three-day game against India 'A' at Jaipur from November 27.Both White and Flintoff are expected to play in the first Test at Mohali from December 3, completing an attack that includes fast bowler Matthew Hoggard and spinners Ashley Giles and Richard Dawson.England's opponents from Thursday include upcoming batsmen Jacob Martin and Dinesh Mongia, and Test spinners Sarandeep Singh and Murali Karthik.The President's team also has opener Wasim Jaffer, who made 99 in the tour opener, and former captain Sunil Gavaskar's son, Rohan.England (from): Nasser Hussain (captain), Usman Afzaal, Martyn Ball, Mark Butcher, Marcus Trescothick, Graham Thorpe, Michael Vaughan, Mark Ramprakash, Richard Dawson, James Foster, Ashley Giles, Warren Hegg, Richard Johnson, Matthew Hoggard, James Ormond and Craig White.Board President's XI (from): Jacob Martin (captain), Irfan Pathan, Rakesh Patel, Wasim Jaffer, Sridharan Sriram, Dinesh Mongia, Pankaj Dharmani, Sanjay Bangar, Murali Kartik, Rohan Gavaskar, Tinu Yohannan, Sharandeep Singh and Surender Singh.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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'SA supports India stand on Denness'
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Eng team arrives in Hyd amidst tight security

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