Fletcher warns India against complacency

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Admitting that the preparation of his team has not been ideal due to injury problems, England coach Duncan Fletcher warned the Indians not to be complacent as this young side has enough character to compete and beat the best teams in the world.

Speaking to reporters after the English practice session, Fletcher said that they would decide on their playing XI for the first Test tomorrow morning, but added they were thinking of playing two spinners on this track.

The Zimbabwe-born England coach also said that all the injury worries and illnesses has not dampened the players a bit and their morale was as high as ever.

''This has provided an opportunity to the younger players to show their worth, and it is in such hard times that you find the team members playing together as a team and helping each other out,'' he added.

On Andrew Flintoff being named captain, the English coach said that whether he turns out to be a successful captain or not will only be known later, but at this moment ''we are confident and believe that he is the right man having all the credibilities a captain needs to have.''

The coach also added that the present squad, which is there is fit and there are no injury worries with all the players available for selection.

He also said that middle order batsman Kevin Pieterson had fully recovered from the back injury he suffered during the tour match in Baroda and is an important cog in the batting line-up for us. He is fit and ready to take on the challenge.

To a question on England not winning in India for the last 21 years, Fletcher said, ''the boys know the statistic and we are confident we can turn it round on this tour the same way as we did during the Ashes last summer after losing to the Australians for many years in a row.''

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