~~Professional~~ England gears up for crucial India tie

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2002, 18:26 [IST]
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Colombo: England skipper Nasser Hussain said on Wednesday his team was looking forward to taking on India after a "professional" performance in the opening match of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament.

England whipped Zimbabwe by 108 runs in the day-night match at the Premedasa Stadium. India and England both have beaten Zimbabwe in the three-team Group 'B'. Their clash on Sunday will decide the semi-finalists. "It was a professional performance by the team. If we play like this in the next game, we have a good chance against India," Hussain said. The England captain said his bowlers would have to work harder against India, having depth in batting. Saurav Ganguly's Indians stunned England in the NatWest Trophy final at Lord's in July, successfully chasing more than 300. "They have enough good batsmen. If you get Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly out, then they have Yuvraj (Singh) and (Mohammed) Kaif. Their batting line-up keeps coming at you," Hussain said. "We have to find a way of containing them since the pitches here are pretty good. We have a very inexperienced side and India must be favourites in these conditions. If we are anything short, we will get beaten." Hussain was all praise for man-of-the-match Marcus Trescothick, who slammed a solid 119 for his second successive century, and the fourth overall, in One-dayers. "He's in good nick. It's nice to see him get a hundred, but there is more to the team than one player. Nice to know people talking about England batsmen, Trescothick's innings and Vaughan's (Michael) summer," the English captain said. Zimbabwean captain Heath Streak conceded that Trescothick's century virtually put the game beyond his team's reach. "He played a superb innings. It was important to remove the openers. We got (Nick) Knight early, but unfortunately we could not get Trescothick out," Streak said. "Trescothick continued his rich vein of form. His stand (of 141) with Hussain gave England wickets in hand towards the end. A total of 260 is gettable, but chasing 290- plus is a hard task." Streak said his team always found it difficult to score against the disciplined England attack. "They (England bowlers) bowled a good line and length and did not give us room to play shots. It was difficult to hit out of the ground," said Streak, who top-scored with an unbeaten 50.

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