Lloyd blames poor preparation for India's Test series debacle

Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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'Nobody expected Eng to beat Ind 4-0'

London, Aug 27: Former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd on Aug 25 said that he was surprised in India's 0-4 whitewash in the Test series against England and blamed poor preparation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men as the main reason for the debacle.

"Nobody expected England to beat India 4-0. But you can't not come to any country and play just one warm up game," said Lloyd who, as chairman of ICC Cricket Committee, was here to announce the names of shortlisted players for various awards for the ICC Awards ceremony on September 12.

"Young players especially need 3-4 four-day games before Tests and couple in between. If you are out of form, you don't get your form in nets," he said.

Lloyd gave the example of Virender Sehwag to drive him his point that without preparation a player howesover big would struggle.

"You don't get runs by walking straight in. I don't care how good you are, you don't get it. You are not going to run into form in Test matches. You need to get your timing right, the foot movement, picking the ball properly," he said.

Lloyd, who led possibly the strongest cricket team ever in the history of the game in the 1970s and 80s, also criticised a few senior players for giving the series against West Indies before the England tour a complete miss.

"Those who went to the Caribbean, people like Dravid, they did well (here). You need games as you are older, you need to train harder and play more games. The mistake they made is not to have played enough games .. a few of your top players should have gone to West Indies," he said.


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