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Not crossing 300 in a single innings tells the story: Dhoni

Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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MSD rues batting failure

London, Aug 23: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that it was his team's batting failure that led to the 0-4 debacle against England in the just-concluded Test series.

"I feel not getting more than 300 runs in a single innings speaks for itself. We tried our best and that's what is important. As a team we need to stick together in tough times," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni ruled out complacency factor and said that they got very little time to think on those lines.

"There was no complacency but we didn't get much time before the series started. Some of us came from West Indies and some joined in England and we got so little time that we couldn't think about being complacent," the skipper said.

The Jharkhand dasher is aware about the expectations and disappointments that are associated with Team India and feels that he and Duncan Fletcher can revive the team.

"Of course, myself and Duncan will take this team way forward. We still have an ODI series to look forward to. We are the world champions in this format. We have quite a few practise games and will try to come back hard," Dhoni said.

His opposite number Andrew Strauss termed the team effort as an "outstanding one".

"Our bowlers responded magnificently considering it was an unresponsive track. We knew it was hard work but we had a lot of time at our disposal. Full credit to Swann for the manner in which he bowled. The seamers also backed him well," Strauss said.

PTI

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