England tour of India - Cricket: Six matches is a bit too much: Fletcher

Published: Friday, February 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: The England cricket team's coach Duncan Fletcher on Saturday said here that six-match One-day series, which his team is playing against India is "a bit too much".Six matches are too many, especially when we have an important tour of New Zealand soon after the current tour of India, Fletcher told reporters. "It is too taxing on the players with all the travel one has to do in a vast country like India," he added.Fletcher, who was confident that his team would level the on-going One-day series with a win here in the sixth and final One-dayer on Sunday, said it would be a moral victory for his team if it squares the series."We came here as an inexperienced team but did well to draw the last two Test matches after losing the first. Even in the One-day series we were trailing 1-3 and did well to win the Delhi tie. Hence a win here would be moral victory for the whole team," he added."I feel the tour of India will definitely benefit the youngsters in the side. Raw and young guys have come here and we are trying to make a winning side out of them. For that we will have to put the puzzle together and form a picture," the former England Test star said.Fletcher, who said he would not mind being tagged underdogs, said whenever we have been called so we have done well."We were underdogs against Zimbabwe and the West Indies and we did well. Again we were underdogs on the tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and did very well there too and I hope we will do well here as well," Fletcher added. PTI


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