England gear up for first warm-up game against Hyderabad XI

Published: Friday, October 7, 2011, 19:30 [IST]
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England gear up for first warm-up game

Hyderabad, Oct 7: The England team will look to acclimatise to Indian conditions ahead of their opening one-dayer on October 14 when they take on Hyderabad XI in the first of two warm-up games at the Rajiv Gandhi cricket stadium on Saturday.

The Alastair Cook-led side, who have been camping since they arrived on October 4, would be eager to test the local conditions as they play their first ODI at the same venue.

Since all the five ODIs and the lone Twenty20 international are day-night affairs, both the practice matches will be played under lights.

Since the new ICC rules would come into play with India-England series, the practice matches are likely to be played under the new guidelines, which include use of two new balls in an innings, ban on runners and new powerplay over rules.

England, however, will have to be content to play against a weak local team in the practice match since top players are either playing the Champions League Twenty20 or busy preparing for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy beginning at Nagpur on Oct 10.

Hyderabad XI, which had a poor 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season, have only a couple of players with some international exposure.


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