England v India, Twenty20, Old Trafford August 30, 2011

Broad excited by England's new faces

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Stuart Broad will hope that his personal change in fortune over the last couple of months will be replicated in England's Twenty20 form when they take on India at Old Trafford. It is Broad's second international as captain and his first, against Sri Lanka, couldn't have gone much worse as the home side were hammered by nine wickets at Bristol.

"We learned from the Sri Lanka defeat and as international cricketers it's exciting to have fresh challenges against a strong Indian team," he said. "It was a tough experience but you learn certain things from certain players. We know there's a game to win and that's what we're focused on. We can take confidence from the Test series, the Twenty20 is not something to be scared of, we play the way we play because it can work for us."

Already, one-match into Broad's reign, there have been significant changes to the line-up. Michael Lumb and Luke Wright, who featured at Bristol, both have long-term injuries while Ian Bell has been quietly pushed out of the Twenty20 set-up after being surprisingly left out against Sri Lanka. Those spaces have been taken by Alex Hales, Broad's Nottinghamshire team-mate, Somerset's Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes from Durham.

The trio is among the most exciting talent in the county game. Hales and Buttler, who made 32 off 16 in the Friends Life t20 semi-final against Hampshire, in particular have been rewarded for match-winning domestic performances, while Stokes is viewed as a solution to England's lack of boundary-hitting power in the middle order. Stokes made his ODI debut against Ireland in Dublin, and despite making just 3 off 10 balls is likely to figure in England's plans over the winter, especially when he is fit to bowl again after fracturing a finger mid-season.

"Alex Hales is one a tall guy, 6' 4'' - 6' 5'', and strikes the ball hard," Broad said. "He has an extremely high strike-rate [139.89] in the Twenty20 format and he's done really well in red-ball and white-ball cricket. He's an exciting talent.

"We've seen Jos Buttler play all sorts of shots - particularly against Notts. He can hit over the keeper and fine leg and still has the power to find a straight boundary. He showed his talent on Twenty20 Finals day on Saturday. Stokesy is a strong guy, a big-hitter of the ball. He certainly showed his power in training."

That session at Old Trafford on Tuesday involved simulated match situations in the middle. It is a training method England have made use of before, putting batsmen and bowlers under pressure situations rather than just the normal net routine, and led to Kevin Pietersen getting a painful blow in the throat although there was no lasting damage as he prepared for his final international appearance of the summer.

"It was designed to put the guys under match pressure and you get value for your shots," Broad said. "As a bowler you see if you can get a yorker in the hole or a batsman gets hold of it. We did a first six [over] scenario, a spin scenario and a death scenario just to get used to it. The guys got a lot out of it, a few players struck some big blows and the bowlers nailed their skills as well. We created intensity in the field that we will expect to see.

"You see guys playing under pressure and it was good to get out of the middle. From my point of view I've not bowled on that square since it has been turned around. You got a sense of the size of the boundaries and players how they will strike it."

For Broad, however, his time in charge of the national side is brief. Two days of training followed by the match will be the sum of his leadership until the two Twenty20 matches against West Indies which have been tagged onto the end of the season. They are now looking very important in Broad's development of this team and he accepts he has to make the best use of whatever chances he gets.

"We get three days every couple of months so you have to make use of these opportunities," he said. "And then you get a World Cup where you can build up momentum and take that into the World Cup like we did Caribbean. Three months before that tournament we lost to the Lions in Abu Dhabi, then we were beating the best sides in the world. You have to make use of these opportunities and these sculpt your squad."

England's World Twenty20 defence in Sri Lanka is now little more than 12 months away and, although plans came together at the last minute for the 2010 edition, Broad and Andy Flower will want to have some settled ideas by the end of the summer. A victory against India would be a good place to start.

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  • Silloh on August 31, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Test cricket is obviously different from 20 overs cricket. But of course there are some commonalities. Lets hope for India's sake their team make a difference in this tournament.

  • Shan156 on August 31, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @ddmumbaiindian, you are right about priorities. Ashes is the #1 priority for England fans. A world cup would be nice but tests are more important. You would find more England fans celebrating the #1 ranking in tests than the T20 world cup. However, Australia have won 4 world cups, so I am not sure what you are talking about. The point Lmaosetung was trying to make was that instead of 1 finals, we could have a best of three finals (like the CB series in Australia until 2008). Also, luck mostly favors the home team. That doesn't mean the host team always wins. In fact, till India's win this year, no home team has won the world cup. SL played most of its games in 1996 at home but the final was in Pakistan. England managed to reach the finals once and the semis twice in the first 3 world cups (it is still a surprise how they managed to lose to eventual champions India in 1983) and were knocked out in the first round in 1999 (but they were rubbish then).

  • Aussasinator on August 31, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    1. The match starts at 10-30 pm India time. Dont miss it or else you may miss Rahul Dravid's entire T20 career. 2. Also dont miss it to see if the 'new, brainy and aggressive' England skipper gets hit again for 6 sixes in an over or at least 6 sixes in his quota of overs. Something tells me he will get clobbered.

  • Pelham_Barton on August 31, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    @davidpk: Jos Buttler joins the Somerset team tomorrow - Stephen Snell is a full replacement in the team to day - so he could still be selected this evening.

  • AlanHarrison on August 31, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @lmaotsetung: actually what's remarkable in world cup history is how the host nation has tended *not* to do well. India this year were actually the first team hosting the world cup final to win it. Sri Lanka in 1996 were not the team hosting the final, or semi-final (although they did host some of the group games - fewer than planned because Australia and West Indies refused to play there): it was India who hosted these and that did not do them any good when they were beaten by Sri Lanka in their semi final, much to Indian fans' consternation. In one-match elimation or group stage, the array of host teams who have flopped in the world cup is really striking: England in the first tournament, India and Pakistan in 1987 and 1996, Pollock's South Africa in 2003, Lara's West Indies in 2007, England in 1999, even Border's Australians in 1992 ... India this year really bucked the trend

  • bumsonseats on August 31, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    as buttler is playing for somerset in their current match. what a pity i would have played him even if not as wicketkeeper.pity great chance missed. dpk

  • ddmumbaiindian on August 31, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Lmaosetung, as per your comment if home team has advantage in World Cups, England should have won 4 world cups. Also Eng team has featured in WC finals for 3 times, and have always lost. So its aparant they are not capable of winning it. As Indian players are termed greedy to prefer IPL over tests, lets be very frank Eng and Aus players were more interested in winning Ashes than WC. Eng debacle in WC was only due to fatigue in Ashes. So all depends upon the priority of a team.

  • AlanHarrison on August 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    England were pretty inept in their last twenty20 international. It's all very well bringing in these three new players, but it was the bowling which really struggled, not least the skipper. Can anyone explain the sequencing of world twenty20 cups to me? 2007, then 2009, then 2010, then 2012 ... It doesn't make sense. How come Pakistan get to call themselves world champions for only one year but England are able to do it for two?

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @Dhivakaran; at least you are right about the "brash talk" of some of the indian commenters here. But you have once again quoted history and quoting history is a mistaken basis on which to crow, as we saw in the Tests. But if you like history and history is all that you understand - try this history; Recently England batsmen were scoring for fun and were not challenged by indian "bowlers" in the last World Cup or in the Tests (LOL) and recently England Bowlers were taking wickets for fun in the Tests. @screamingeagle; your point looks like just another irrelevent history lesson. @rahulcricket007 - turn your caps lock off.

  • Pelham_Barton on August 31, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: 1. Please do not shout at us - in other words, please do not use all capitals. 2. Yes England lost heavily to Sri Lanka, but a narrow defeat would have had the same effect on England's progress in the competition, so the margin of defeat was irrelevant to the comment I was making.

  • Silloh on August 31, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Test cricket is obviously different from 20 overs cricket. But of course there are some commonalities. Lets hope for India's sake their team make a difference in this tournament.

  • Shan156 on August 31, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @ddmumbaiindian, you are right about priorities. Ashes is the #1 priority for England fans. A world cup would be nice but tests are more important. You would find more England fans celebrating the #1 ranking in tests than the T20 world cup. However, Australia have won 4 world cups, so I am not sure what you are talking about. The point Lmaosetung was trying to make was that instead of 1 finals, we could have a best of three finals (like the CB series in Australia until 2008). Also, luck mostly favors the home team. That doesn't mean the host team always wins. In fact, till India's win this year, no home team has won the world cup. SL played most of its games in 1996 at home but the final was in Pakistan. England managed to reach the finals once and the semis twice in the first 3 world cups (it is still a surprise how they managed to lose to eventual champions India in 1983) and were knocked out in the first round in 1999 (but they were rubbish then).

  • Aussasinator on August 31, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    1. The match starts at 10-30 pm India time. Dont miss it or else you may miss Rahul Dravid's entire T20 career. 2. Also dont miss it to see if the 'new, brainy and aggressive' England skipper gets hit again for 6 sixes in an over or at least 6 sixes in his quota of overs. Something tells me he will get clobbered.

  • Pelham_Barton on August 31, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    @davidpk: Jos Buttler joins the Somerset team tomorrow - Stephen Snell is a full replacement in the team to day - so he could still be selected this evening.

  • AlanHarrison on August 31, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @lmaotsetung: actually what's remarkable in world cup history is how the host nation has tended *not* to do well. India this year were actually the first team hosting the world cup final to win it. Sri Lanka in 1996 were not the team hosting the final, or semi-final (although they did host some of the group games - fewer than planned because Australia and West Indies refused to play there): it was India who hosted these and that did not do them any good when they were beaten by Sri Lanka in their semi final, much to Indian fans' consternation. In one-match elimation or group stage, the array of host teams who have flopped in the world cup is really striking: England in the first tournament, India and Pakistan in 1987 and 1996, Pollock's South Africa in 2003, Lara's West Indies in 2007, England in 1999, even Border's Australians in 1992 ... India this year really bucked the trend

  • bumsonseats on August 31, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    as buttler is playing for somerset in their current match. what a pity i would have played him even if not as wicketkeeper.pity great chance missed. dpk

  • ddmumbaiindian on August 31, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Lmaosetung, as per your comment if home team has advantage in World Cups, England should have won 4 world cups. Also Eng team has featured in WC finals for 3 times, and have always lost. So its aparant they are not capable of winning it. As Indian players are termed greedy to prefer IPL over tests, lets be very frank Eng and Aus players were more interested in winning Ashes than WC. Eng debacle in WC was only due to fatigue in Ashes. So all depends upon the priority of a team.

  • AlanHarrison on August 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    England were pretty inept in their last twenty20 international. It's all very well bringing in these three new players, but it was the bowling which really struggled, not least the skipper. Can anyone explain the sequencing of world twenty20 cups to me? 2007, then 2009, then 2010, then 2012 ... It doesn't make sense. How come Pakistan get to call themselves world champions for only one year but England are able to do it for two?

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @Dhivakaran; at least you are right about the "brash talk" of some of the indian commenters here. But you have once again quoted history and quoting history is a mistaken basis on which to crow, as we saw in the Tests. But if you like history and history is all that you understand - try this history; Recently England batsmen were scoring for fun and were not challenged by indian "bowlers" in the last World Cup or in the Tests (LOL) and recently England Bowlers were taking wickets for fun in the Tests. @screamingeagle; your point looks like just another irrelevent history lesson. @rahulcricket007 - turn your caps lock off.

  • Pelham_Barton on August 31, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: 1. Please do not shout at us - in other words, please do not use all capitals. 2. Yes England lost heavily to Sri Lanka, but a narrow defeat would have had the same effect on England's progress in the competition, so the margin of defeat was irrelevant to the comment I was making.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 31, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    World Cup is a single elimination one match winner takes all. There is a lot of luck riding on such format. Not surprising home teams do well in these like Sri Lanka 1996. That is why some championship are best of 5 or best of 7 like they do in America. With that format, 99.9% of the time the best team wins. Not saying India do not deserve their World Cup but it was one game, one night, where they played very well. Don't forget India tied with England and lost to South Africa in the group stage. Besides the WC 2011 was 5 months ago...time to move on Indian fans. On the flip side England was great against the top nation but pathetic against the minnows. Go figure!

  • CSK-FAN on August 31, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Common India! We are here to cheer again and again even it looks rubbish bla..bla for English. Were you guys hididng for the past decades Just because England was not winning ICC trophies or bilateral series. WE ARE INDIANS AND WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT OUR GUYS.

  • Aussasinator on August 31, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I'd like to see how this temperamental bloke who was hit for six sixes an over in a T20 match leads a side and also bowls. :)

  • screamingeagle on August 31, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    @5wombats..the statement about india doing well was not restricted to this tour, it was about the last few seasons. and whether you agree or not, india has done well in that period. i believe they won some tournament called world cup 2011 as well.

  • simer553 on August 31, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    All this talk about the World cup!! Yes England got beat by Ireland and Bangladesh in the Group stages. However - didn't the Mighty, Invincible (and for now) World Champs India get held to a draw by ENGLAND??? This to me speaks volumes - on that day England were as good as India. England were knocked out by SL. All the crowing India fanatics need to view the 5 one dayers as an extended World Cup final. Remember guys - this isn't a knockout competition and if India fail to shine like they did in the tests, THERE WILL BE NOWHERE TO HIDE!!! It'll be interesting to see the comments then...? Oh I forgot, it won't mean anything 'cos its not being played on a dead batting wicket in front of an Indian home crowd?

  • rahulcricket007 on August 31, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @PELHAM BARTON . AND WHAT WAS THE DEFEAT MARGIN WHEN ENG LOSE TO SL IN WC QFINALS . (10 WICKETS WITH 11 OVERS REMAINING ) . NOTE I M NOT MAKING FUN OF YOUR TEAM . ENGLAND IS AN EXCELLENT TEST AND A PREETTY GOOD ODI TEAM BUT PLEASE DON'T OVERHYPE YOUR TEAM BY SAYING THAT THEY ARE VERY GOOOD ONE DAY TEAM AND CAN DEFEAT INDIA BY 5-0 OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL BE DISAPPOINTED AT THE END OF THE SERIES .BOTH TEAM ARE GOOD BUT I HOPE INDIA CAN WINSERIES BY 3-2 BECAUSE KKKKKPPPPPP IS NOT PLAYING .

  • rahulcricket007 on August 31, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @landl47. yes you are saying right because some t20 specialist players like yuvi, sehwag, harbhajan are not in this team . that's why england is looking better .

  • CandidIndian on August 31, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    England will be under much less pressure than India, after 4-0 loss in test series which is very embarrassing,i wonder how Dhoni and others will play in-front of the fans in lucid cricket in tournament like CLt20 if they lose ODI series too.

  • CandidIndian on August 31, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    England will be under much less pressure than India, after 4-0 loss in test series which is very embarrassing,i wonder how Dhoni and others will play in-front of the fans in lucid cricket in tournament like CLt20 if they lose ODI series too.

  • on August 31, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Indians can talk about India all they want but fact is they are rubbish. Disgrace actually

  • landl47 on August 31, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    @r1m2: Tendulkar has retired from T20s. That's why he isn't in the team. He's just filling in time between the end of the test series and the start of the ODIs. Dravid didn't think for a moment that he would be picked for a T20 side, so he didn't bother to announce his retirement and now India has asked him to play. Like the great sportsman he is, he has agreed to step in because his country needed him. T20 is a lottery, so either side could win this. If they played 10 games, England would win, because England has the better players, but a single game just needs one good, or lucky, performance to give either side the victory. I'd put England's chances at about 6-4 on and India's 4-6 against. One thing I do absolutly guarantee- neither Raina, nor anyone else, will hit Broad for 6 sixes in an over.

  • Dhivakaran on August 30, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    @5wombats >>>4-0 suggests they aren't doing well. Ah! Yes, just as woeful England were doing when they were ranked bottom of the world and when they were regularly black-washed 5-0/4-0 in consecutive series. Everybody agrees India played lousily in the test series. That is not reason for brash talk

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 30, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    @sahilmalhan11, your are wrong. He doesn't belong there. Give credit where it is due. Broad has been exceptional and has been a treat to watch though I'm an Indian. There's more than a thing or two for the fast bowlers around the world to learn from him. Look at the man's grit, fitness, pace and intelligence. IF he continues to bowl the way he bowled, THEN I'm not sure how many would want to disagree that he will be right up there with Steyn when it comes to the best fast bowlers in the world right now. Don't forget, Broad is very young and it's only uphill for him as he nears thirties (that's when men are at their peak physical strength). He makes a good captain or not, I couldn't care less. He is a fantastic player. That's what I'm interested in. He's been a revelation. It has been a privilege to watch him in the test series.

  • Shan156 on August 30, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, some of us feel differently - ODIs are overkill. 3 tests (5 if it is the Ashes and 4 if it is a marquee series) and 5 T20s per series are good. We could do away with ODIs which lacks the challenge of tests and the quick nature of T20s. It is not a lot different from T20s in that it is still a batsman's game - so why play it for a day when the alternative completes in less than 4 hours?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 30, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    @Santh-aiyya, I can understand how painful it must still be for you for getting thrashed in the WC2011 finals!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 30, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @Pirki1, keep dreaming. WC isn't international cricket? India are world champs in ODIs twice, once in T20s and #1 in Test Cricket for nearly 2 years. Hope you know the meaning of International Cricket. Game on. Let's see.

  • Pelham_Barton on August 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @sweetspot: England's losses to BD and Ireland in the last World Cup did not really matter: England qualified for the quarter finals in any case. The only loss that mattered was the one to Sri Lanka in the quarter final.

  • sahilmalhan11 on August 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Hope Raina hits broad 666666 dis tym..... that is his originality.... that is where he belongs......

  • 5wombats on August 30, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @sweetspot - Once again Big Talk. "why is it so hard to digest the Indian team doing well". 4-0 suggests they aren't doing well. And it's not anger, it's out of control laughing....

  • sweetspot on August 30, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Woohoo! Look at all the anger against India! Really, why is it so hard to digest the Indian team doing well? SL understandably are crying that they lost the WC final to India. @Pirki1 - The WC is not international cricket? What lesson does India have to learn from that experience? Don't forget England lost to BD and Ireland there, when it really mattered.

  • Nampally on August 30, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Some of the strong sloggers like Yusuf Pathan, Utappa, Yuvraj & Sehwag are missing from the Indian line up. In addition, one bowler who can tie you up in knots, Rahul Sharma is also not in the squad.So England will be seeing a watered down Indian team which still has powerful hitters like Kohli, Rohit sharma, Dhoni & Raina. Vinay Kumar is a T-20 specialist and hopefully he will reproduce his bowling form. While England can easily substitute players being the home team, India has to make do with whatever team they arrived with Minus the injured players. But some of the English fans are already being carried away with dreams of victory. I think the T-20 & ODI's could be anybody's.Do not expect any walk over England. India although depleted with 5 of their regular ODI stars missing, can give England a hard time even with its 50% bench strength unlike the Test matches. I predict a 3-2 Indian victory in ODI's and a T-20 win for India. Come On India, Lets GO.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 30, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    ***cmon england ** all the sri lankans are behind you. lets beat india . lets whitewash the one dayers and t20 also.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I don't even understand why T20 cricket is played at international level. Speaking of money spinoffs, guess the ICC are as greedy as the BCCI in this regard. Add to that a guy like Stuart Broad who is a decent bowler, but I ain't so sure about him being the captain of 10 donkeys on the field, let alone 10 English cricketers. This guy is volatile and irate at times. They could have gone with Ian Bell as captain. Well that's the ECB's problem. I personally would want the ICC to scrap the T20 off the calendar. It's only fit to be played in club cricket like the IPL, Big Bash. I don't care who wins or loses in T20s. To me tests and 50 over cricket will suffice.

  • r1m2 on August 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    I am so confused sometimes by CI... (its my only source of cricket news, maybe that's to blame!!).

    I am pretty sure I read many times that Tendulkar retired from T20Is. In fact I believe he retired after playing the first T20I. Why then is he in the team? When did he reverse his retirement decision? And why did he do that?

  • rahulcricket007 on August 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    MARK MY WORDS . SL AND PAK HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF WINNING THE T20 WC 2012 IN SL .THE CONDITIONS ALSO SUITS THEM . FORGOT ABOUT OUR INDIAN TEAM THEY WILL BE AGAIN TIRED AS T20 WC WILL START JUST AFTER IPL 2012.

  • imbd on August 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    hope India's change too........sweat India sweat.....

  • Pirki1 on August 30, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Wish you good luck broady. I hope you guys have the ability to nail india and teach them the lesson what the international cricket is. its IPL that you can come and slog in what ever way want. 1-0 T20I and 5-0 ODIs for England

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  • Pirki1 on August 30, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Wish you good luck broady. I hope you guys have the ability to nail india and teach them the lesson what the international cricket is. its IPL that you can come and slog in what ever way want. 1-0 T20I and 5-0 ODIs for England

  • imbd on August 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    hope India's change too........sweat India sweat.....

  • rahulcricket007 on August 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    MARK MY WORDS . SL AND PAK HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF WINNING THE T20 WC 2012 IN SL .THE CONDITIONS ALSO SUITS THEM . FORGOT ABOUT OUR INDIAN TEAM THEY WILL BE AGAIN TIRED AS T20 WC WILL START JUST AFTER IPL 2012.

  • r1m2 on August 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    I am so confused sometimes by CI... (its my only source of cricket news, maybe that's to blame!!).

    I am pretty sure I read many times that Tendulkar retired from T20Is. In fact I believe he retired after playing the first T20I. Why then is he in the team? When did he reverse his retirement decision? And why did he do that?

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I don't even understand why T20 cricket is played at international level. Speaking of money spinoffs, guess the ICC are as greedy as the BCCI in this regard. Add to that a guy like Stuart Broad who is a decent bowler, but I ain't so sure about him being the captain of 10 donkeys on the field, let alone 10 English cricketers. This guy is volatile and irate at times. They could have gone with Ian Bell as captain. Well that's the ECB's problem. I personally would want the ICC to scrap the T20 off the calendar. It's only fit to be played in club cricket like the IPL, Big Bash. I don't care who wins or loses in T20s. To me tests and 50 over cricket will suffice.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 30, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    ***cmon england ** all the sri lankans are behind you. lets beat india . lets whitewash the one dayers and t20 also.

  • Nampally on August 30, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Some of the strong sloggers like Yusuf Pathan, Utappa, Yuvraj & Sehwag are missing from the Indian line up. In addition, one bowler who can tie you up in knots, Rahul Sharma is also not in the squad.So England will be seeing a watered down Indian team which still has powerful hitters like Kohli, Rohit sharma, Dhoni & Raina. Vinay Kumar is a T-20 specialist and hopefully he will reproduce his bowling form. While England can easily substitute players being the home team, India has to make do with whatever team they arrived with Minus the injured players. But some of the English fans are already being carried away with dreams of victory. I think the T-20 & ODI's could be anybody's.Do not expect any walk over England. India although depleted with 5 of their regular ODI stars missing, can give England a hard time even with its 50% bench strength unlike the Test matches. I predict a 3-2 Indian victory in ODI's and a T-20 win for India. Come On India, Lets GO.

  • sweetspot on August 30, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Woohoo! Look at all the anger against India! Really, why is it so hard to digest the Indian team doing well? SL understandably are crying that they lost the WC final to India. @Pirki1 - The WC is not international cricket? What lesson does India have to learn from that experience? Don't forget England lost to BD and Ireland there, when it really mattered.

  • 5wombats on August 30, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @sweetspot - Once again Big Talk. "why is it so hard to digest the Indian team doing well". 4-0 suggests they aren't doing well. And it's not anger, it's out of control laughing....

  • sahilmalhan11 on August 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Hope Raina hits broad 666666 dis tym..... that is his originality.... that is where he belongs......