England's Vaughan wary of formidable Indians

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England will have to raise the bar further to earn a series victory against the 'formidable and experienced' Indian team, asserted Test captain Michael Vaughan.

''They bring a batting line-up that's formidable and full of experience,'' Vaughan said adding, ''We might have to raise our bar just a little bit to ensure we get a good series victory against the Indians.'' Vaughan, 32, who returned to the game against West Indies after a long injury layoff, said the England team will be tested in the upcoming three Test series against India.

''They will pose probably a little bit of a bigger threat than the West Indies,'' he said. England won the Test series against West Indies 3-0 but lost the ODI series 2-1.

Vaughan told former captain Michael Atherton in an interview on Sky Sports that the Indian bowling attack is better than the West Indies and will pose a real danger.

''The bowlers - there are a couple of left-armers (RP Singh and Zaheer Khan) and the young S Sreesanth - who I think is a real quality seamer - and (Anil) Kumble with all his experience,'' he said.

Asked whether India's middle order were overaged with four players above 32, he said, ''You've got no chance of getting me to say Sachin Tendulkar is aging, I think they are all quality players and experience is a great thing.'' ''It should be a great series as they always bring plenty of supporters, there are plenty of Indians living in England, and they always cram the grounds and make plenty of noise.

''It should be a great atmosphere for our team to play in,'' he added.

The first of the three Tests will played from July 19-23 at Lord's, with second Test from July 27-31 at Trent Bridge and the final Test from August 9-13 at Oval.


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