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England tour of India - Cricket: Confident England leaves for 2nd leg of tour

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Buoyed by its pre-Christmas Test form, England returns to India on Friday for the six-match One-day International series on a confident note but well aware that the shortened version of the game is a different ball game altogether.The tourists were expected to undergo the humiliation of a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series in December 2001 but did well to draw the remaining two after the 10-wicket drubbing in the first Test at Mohali.But One-day statistics weigh heavily in favour of the Indians who in the past two years have lost only one One-day series at home, that against World Champions Australia in 2001.England, on the other hand, lost 11 successive matches prior to its successful trip to Zimbabwe in October when it effected a 5-0 whitewash. England will again field a raw side with only four skipper Nasser Hussain, Darren Gough, Nick Knight and Graham Thorpe having played more than 50 One-dayers.A media report tilted the balance in favour of India on the eve of the English team's departure. "India should win even more easily than it appeared likely to in the Test series," a report in the Times said on Thursday. "Containing Sachin Tendulkar by bowling on one side of the wicket will not be so easy in matches in which wides will be called much more liberally," it said referring to the bowling tactics adopted by the English bowlers in the Tests. PTI

Extras:
English cricketers arrive in Kolkata on Jan 11
Indian One-day team to be picked on Jan 13
Women's cricket

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