England in India 2011 October 20, 2011

No wins and no credit card roulette

Tim Bresnan tells the Telegraph's Jonathan Liew that the England bowlers are trying to intimidate the India batsmen with words and stares since it is difficult to do it with the ball on Indian pitches

Tim Bresnan tells the Telegraph's Jonathan Liew that the England bowlers are trying to intimidate the India batsmen with words and stares since it is difficult to do it with the ball on Indian pitches. Off the pitch, however, he says the England team have received excellent treatment and have even had their meals paid for, meaning they don't have to decide who's paying through a game of credit card roulette.

"We've not really had much opportunity to get out," Bresnan says. "There's been a few beers in the hotel bar, but only to celebrate hundreds and five-fors in the warm-up games. There haven't been many nights out at all." Of course, nobody is suggesting that England are 2-0 down in the series because they have been unable to find somewhere in Mohali that serves Jaegerbombs. But at the moment, they are a small team in a very big country, and performing accordingly.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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