India vs Sussex, Practice match: Preview

Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 11:26 [IST]
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India vs Sussex: Preview

Hove, Aug 25: The Indian team has moved on from the rainy, grey climates of London to the seaside town of Hove, to begin their preparation for the upcoming one-day series against England. And it would be in the best interest of the team to move on from the hammering they received in the Tests and focus on the new challenge in hand.

If moving away from the scene of their humiliation was a welcome change, then the recovery of Gautam Gambhir from concussion would be even more heartening for a side that has grappled with injuries all through the tour so far.

The arrival of a new set of players - mostly youngsters - for the ODI series has also helped to erase the negativity, if any, that might have crept into the side after the dismal show in the Test. The effect, was visible in the intensity with which they trained for the practice game against Susses on Aug 25.

The match, is likely to see the senior pros, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir and M S Dhoni skip the match to get some much needed rest. This would inevitably mean that the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel get a chance to acquaint themselves with the English climate.

The bowling department is also likley to see a major overhaul with the introduction of Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar and R Ashwin. There are chances that Praveen Kumar, might also play after missing out the fourth Test due to injury.

Meanwhile, the team management will have to wait to get a look at Varun Aaron, who is touted as the fastest Indian bowler, as he along with Ajinkya Rahane are yet to depart from India.

The stadium, which is almost the half size of any Indian stadium, is expected to be fully sold out and that might help the Indian youngsters to brace up for the things to come in the ODI series.

India, will do well to not to treat as a practice-game and rather do better to win it handsomely, so as to erase the nightmares of the Test series and reinforce their credentials as the World Champions.

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