England team ready to conquer India

Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 17:26 [IST]
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MooresLondon: The humiliating 10-wicket loss in the Stanford Twenty20 match has made England learn a few lessons and team coach Peter Moores believes that his wards would be far more disciplined and stronger when they take on India in the upcoming ODI series that begins later this month.

''We are going to India and have we learned a lesson? I think in many ways we have, in that you can never lose focus on the game. We played against a very hungry and disciplined side and we lost.

Looking back on it now, we will be stronger and wiser for it,'' Moores was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Telegraph'.

In this weekend's winner-takes-all Twenty20 Super Series England were handed a humiliating defeat by Stanford All-Stars to take the 20-million dollar prize money.

England will now fly out to India for a seven-match ODI series that begins on November 14 and if the last encounter between the two sides is to have any effect, the visitors' morale might go down.

India defeated England 5-1 in the last ODI series that the two teams played against each other.

However, Moores was confident that the Kevin Pietersen-led England team is competent enough to post a win on the Indian soil.

''We will go to India very hungry. This (the Stanford experience) is not going to be a problem for us to get over. Everyone is excited about going to India and taking them on because when we look at our team we think we can compete with them,'' he asserted.

The England coach said some of the players who have the experience of playing in India will play an important role this time in India.

''Once we go away from here and go to India the whole focus will change. We have a lot of lads who were on the tour there two years ago and lost quite badly.

''We want to go back and prove we have improved as a team and go and compete with them in difficult conditions,'' he added.


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