England tour of India - Cricket: England under-prepared for series: Fletcher

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: England coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday said that his team was under-prepared for the six-match Limited Overs series against India but was confident that his boys would put up a good fight.''We are pretty under-prepared going into the first One-dayer. Its mainly because of the lack of practice,'' Fletcher told reporters after the team's practice match against a Bengal XI at the CCFC Ground.The England coach said though the team arrived in the city well in advance it could not really prepare well for the series. Asked whether the 'poor' practice facilities at the CCFC ground was the reason for his team being under-prepared, Fletcher refused to be drawn into any discussion on the subject which has triggered a war of words between the team management and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).On whether the practice match against a young Bengal team was of any value, Fletcher said, ''It was a one-sided contest but it did have some value for the players.''He said the practice match gave England the opportunity to try out its bowlers ahead of the first One-dayer at the Eden gardens on Saturday. ''It gave us an opportunity to assess our bowling options.''PTI

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