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Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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The Bangalore roots of Hussain
England's tour of India
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London: England all-rounder Craig White on Sunday claimed that Nasser Hussain's men have the psychological edge over India ahead of the final Test that starts on Wednesday and even claimed that the home side was "scared" of the English.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Despite India having easily won the first Test, White believes that England were the moral winners of the drawn second Test last week when India were forced to bat all through the final day to save the match in Ahemdabad to retain their 1-0 lead.Chasing 374 to win in its second innings, India never made a serious attempt to chase the target and was happy to settle for the draw.And White, who scored a century in England's first innings, now believes the tourists have the upper hand as they bid to square the series in Bangalore, home town of ace Indian spinner Anil Kumble."We realise now we put lots of pressure on the Indians and them not going for those runs on the final day shows how much they are worried about us and we have to take that as a big compliment," White said. "We have an inexperienced bowling attack and they shut up shop early on so we have to take a positive from that and they are scared."If we draw the series it will be a fantastic effort. They are expected to win the series so all the pressure is on them, so I think we can give them a show in the last Test."We've got a good challenge ahead of us and we're all looking forward to it."White put England's vastly improved performance in the second Test down to hard work in the nets after being beaten by 10 wickets in Mohali."We were written off before we came out here, everyone thought we were going to get beaten 3-0 and we really pushed the Indians, had a good chance of winning the Test match, and unfortunately couldn't do it on the last day," White told the BBC.