Overseas series still a challenge for India: Wright

Published: Friday, June 21, 2002, 2:41 [IST]
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London: India coach John Wright admitted on Thursday his team's poor overseas record was a cause for concern ahead of its four Test series in England.

India has not won a Test series outside of the sub-continent since 1986 when Kapil Dev led the side to a 2-0 victory in England. "I've been on four tours with this team," said former New Zealand batsman Wright. "On three we've gone into the last Test with a chance to win the series. We were not successful in those three games and it's still a challenge for this team," Wright told reporters at Lord's.

"We had a good opportunity against the West Indies (where India recently lost a Test series 2-1) but we did not take it." However, Wright was upbeat about his side's chances in England. "We have a number of players with experience of playing in England," said Wright. India captain Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, for example, have all played county cricket as well as toured England. Meanwhile batsman Virender Sehwag was given all the clear.

On Wednesday he was hit on the head by a ball struck by Zaheer Khan during net practice at Lord's. He was taken to hospital but a scan revealed no damage. India is involved in a triangular One-day series, also featuring Sri Lanka that begins on June 27, before starting its Test series against England on July 25 at Lord's.

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