England news September 3, 2011

England geared for ODI improvement - Hussain

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England "need to learn to win in one-day cricket," after their elevation to the No. 1 Test ranking, as they have what it takes to emulate the multi-format dominance of West Indies in the 1970-80s and Australia in the 2000s, says Nasser Hussain.

England's up-and-down form in the ODI game, Hussain said in an exclusive interview to ESPNcricinfo, had to do with how they "prioritised Test cricket, a little bit like India have of late, prioritised one-day cricket. They need a good World Cup just so that the kids in England look at it and say, alright we can play one-day cricket.

"I think it's going to be very important, the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, for England. It is very difficult [to build dominance] but what this England side have now - what that Australian side had - is strength and depth."

Hussain expected the ODI series between India and England, which began at Durham on Saturday, to be closely contested. "One-day cricket has been a lot more about individual brilliance, a lot more about raw talent. Historically England have produced good, solid technical batsmen but you wouldn't say they have produced massive hitters of the ball, or people who can be innovative with the bat, or have weird actions with the ball, spin it both ways or reverse swing it. We've been a little bit too English, if you like, a little bit too orthodox. I think what wins you one-day games is a little bit of unorthodox and some individual brilliance. We've always lacked that."

England's ODI side was remodelled after the 2011 World Cup and is now led by Alastair Cook who began his full-time role with a 3-2 series win against Sri Lanka. Hussain said flair players were now coming through more frequently. "We're starting to produce those cricketers, albeit with a bit of foreign imports, a few South African imports, but it's still an English side. Guys like Eoin Morgan, an Irish import or whatever you want to call it. Like [Jade] Dernbach, he's got unusual variations with the slower ball and he's unorthodox - so its starting to go a down that road now."

Because of the strength and depth in the squad, and the manner in which they are handled, Hussain believes England can have sustained success across formats. "They are all of the right age and are well looked after. The challenge is not to do what they did in 2005, when they got giddy and thought they've climbed their Everest and that's it, we've done it. I don't think this lot will do it."

England's next target, Hussain said, was coming up in the subcontinent winter, when they will play ODIs in India, a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE and a Test series in Sri Lanka. "Going there and winning is the next thing," said Hussain, who captained England to victory in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2000-01. "England have got a lot of tours coming up in the subcontinent in both forms of the game. In Test cricket, it's a completely different brand of cricket. Look at Jimmy [Anderson] bowling in the World Cup, and Jimmy bowling here now. Their biggest challenge is going to be finding that second spinner, whether it's going to be Monty [Panesar] or Samit Patel or someone like that, [and finding] reverse swing bowlers."

Away from the subcontinent, Hussain said South Africa were England's biggest challenger for the No.1 spot in Tests. "South Africa are a threat, they rely heavily on [Morne] Morkel and [Dale] Steyn. Imran Tahir is a very useful addition to them. They are a good side but I still fancy England. If you had all of the Pakistan team available and all fit, and none of the politics, and none of the going around in circles with captains and all that, with their bowling attack, they would be a threat to world cricket but unfortunately that's not the case."

The full interview with Nasser Hussain will appear on ESPNcricinfo next week.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • justk on September 5, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @cricket2010: only a hyped up team is south africa, their last test series win at their home was against bangladesh..and they have only pace bowler..depends how long steyn would carry his form that too..they dont have a spinner in their ranks..tahir will be blasted in india especially..and then, there is that choking part which will not remove now

  • justk on September 5, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @vismorkel: i agree with you..one series win after 15 years of test cricket..and now, these english fans, as if their imperial days are coming back, are saying that they will beat india in one day cricket, in which indian team is far more superior..and now for the records, the last match which england had beaten india in a one day game was 2007 lord's natwest series. 4-3..and the over all record since 2006 is 15-4 and a tie in the world cup, that too with andrew strauss being twice out and ian bell not being given out because they have to defend english side also..ha ha ha ha..and england cannot simply play one day cricket, just as sehwag is also a mediocre in one day cricket..the reason is simple, in test cricket, all fielders are more closed in..hence more gaps available..but in one day cricket, all fielders are standing deep, hence need to pick the gap..this is the reason..only eoin morgan will play something because of his unorthodox method..or else. it would be a cakewalk for ind

  • Cricketer2010 on September 5, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I guess this is the time of South Africa......they have the bowlers who can click in the subcontinent..........England need to beat South Africa, India in india and Sri Lanks in Sri Lanka and that would not be easy

    Dominance in all formats is out of question

  • rhtdm302 on September 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    7 out of the 11 who were part of the World cup winning team are not playing, But i am sure the English won't mind that, They will be happy to beat a second rate team any day. In Fact they should be expected to win this one day series, if they cant do that, That will be a shame.

  • annys on September 5, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    we will know how good England is after the odi series in India. India cricket administration is poor but the players are world class no doubt. Anderson, swann, broad,Dernbach in India will be fun to watch against sehwag,gambhir sachin,yuvi,dhoni,raina :)))))))))))

  • vismorkel on September 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    India played badly,absolutely no doubt about it.But the way British fans are talking is as if India were never good & what they have achieved till now was by mere luck.The British commentators & fans should realise that this was the first time in 15 years England has defeated India in a test series & it was only a few months back they lost a world cup quarter final by ten wickets.When England were losing test series in Australia against a champion Aussie side 5-0,India were still competitive against Australia.Infact they were the only team who challenged Australia at their prime.But this type of behaviour was always expected from guys who have been the butt of jokes of this cricketing world for nearly 2 decades now.Winning is like a breath of fresh air for these British fans who have always seen their team getting humiliated for a long time now.Can someone tell me how many test series victories has Micheal Vaughan been a part of against India??Nasser still has nightmares of Durban 03??

  • on September 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    It Seems that the current England Team is not actually an England team at all. With more the 50 % of the Players are imported from other countries what are these English boasting about?

  • Meety on September 5, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Yeah, I can handle comments like "Poms #1 in Tests" - (fair enough & true), "Form side in Tests" - (true too!). But now talking about being comparable to West Indian & Oz dominance in all formats is completely jumping the gun! The Windies in the mid 70s to early 80s made it to the final in 3 straight World Cups. Oz competed in 4 straight finals. That is 8 & 12 year periods of dominance. England were at times woeful in ODIs in the last 12mths. There is no evidence to suggest that they will do well at all in ODIs. IMO- Cook will be a VERY good captain for England, (on the flip side I think that this will be detrimental to Test form), however, the balance of the England side is no where near settled. They still don't know where to use Bell or KP in the batting line up. Gun test bowlers like Anderson have shown a distinct inability to replicate Test form in the short formats. Poms have a good 12mths of wins in front of them before they can come close to Hussains ponderings!!!!

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    England can be best Test team currently, but they will never dominate the world in ODIs, and let them visit subcontinent they will lose their test no. 1 ranking as well. England's stay at top will be shorter than that of India.

  • Bhrams on September 4, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    To all my fellow Indian fans (the ones who are being abrasive, that is), get some perspective. I do agree Vaughan has been over the top of late. But Hussain and most of the current English players and staff have been very balanced when it comes to what they have said in the press. Inspite of thrashing India in the Test series, they have retained respect for the opposition and to an extent, have even exhibited empathy for India. So don't go overboard with the whole 'let-us-see-when-they-come-to-India' philospohy. Fact is the Indian team and establishment have a lot to do going forward and this is a moment for self-reflection and not mocking other teams' vision and execution. It has become an embarrasment in the recent past to go to the comments section of any cricketing page!

  • justk on September 5, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @cricket2010: only a hyped up team is south africa, their last test series win at their home was against bangladesh..and they have only pace bowler..depends how long steyn would carry his form that too..they dont have a spinner in their ranks..tahir will be blasted in india especially..and then, there is that choking part which will not remove now

  • justk on September 5, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @vismorkel: i agree with you..one series win after 15 years of test cricket..and now, these english fans, as if their imperial days are coming back, are saying that they will beat india in one day cricket, in which indian team is far more superior..and now for the records, the last match which england had beaten india in a one day game was 2007 lord's natwest series. 4-3..and the over all record since 2006 is 15-4 and a tie in the world cup, that too with andrew strauss being twice out and ian bell not being given out because they have to defend english side also..ha ha ha ha..and england cannot simply play one day cricket, just as sehwag is also a mediocre in one day cricket..the reason is simple, in test cricket, all fielders are more closed in..hence more gaps available..but in one day cricket, all fielders are standing deep, hence need to pick the gap..this is the reason..only eoin morgan will play something because of his unorthodox method..or else. it would be a cakewalk for ind

  • Cricketer2010 on September 5, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I guess this is the time of South Africa......they have the bowlers who can click in the subcontinent..........England need to beat South Africa, India in india and Sri Lanks in Sri Lanka and that would not be easy

    Dominance in all formats is out of question

  • rhtdm302 on September 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    7 out of the 11 who were part of the World cup winning team are not playing, But i am sure the English won't mind that, They will be happy to beat a second rate team any day. In Fact they should be expected to win this one day series, if they cant do that, That will be a shame.

  • annys on September 5, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    we will know how good England is after the odi series in India. India cricket administration is poor but the players are world class no doubt. Anderson, swann, broad,Dernbach in India will be fun to watch against sehwag,gambhir sachin,yuvi,dhoni,raina :)))))))))))

  • vismorkel on September 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    India played badly,absolutely no doubt about it.But the way British fans are talking is as if India were never good & what they have achieved till now was by mere luck.The British commentators & fans should realise that this was the first time in 15 years England has defeated India in a test series & it was only a few months back they lost a world cup quarter final by ten wickets.When England were losing test series in Australia against a champion Aussie side 5-0,India were still competitive against Australia.Infact they were the only team who challenged Australia at their prime.But this type of behaviour was always expected from guys who have been the butt of jokes of this cricketing world for nearly 2 decades now.Winning is like a breath of fresh air for these British fans who have always seen their team getting humiliated for a long time now.Can someone tell me how many test series victories has Micheal Vaughan been a part of against India??Nasser still has nightmares of Durban 03??

  • on September 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    It Seems that the current England Team is not actually an England team at all. With more the 50 % of the Players are imported from other countries what are these English boasting about?

  • Meety on September 5, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Yeah, I can handle comments like "Poms #1 in Tests" - (fair enough & true), "Form side in Tests" - (true too!). But now talking about being comparable to West Indian & Oz dominance in all formats is completely jumping the gun! The Windies in the mid 70s to early 80s made it to the final in 3 straight World Cups. Oz competed in 4 straight finals. That is 8 & 12 year periods of dominance. England were at times woeful in ODIs in the last 12mths. There is no evidence to suggest that they will do well at all in ODIs. IMO- Cook will be a VERY good captain for England, (on the flip side I think that this will be detrimental to Test form), however, the balance of the England side is no where near settled. They still don't know where to use Bell or KP in the batting line up. Gun test bowlers like Anderson have shown a distinct inability to replicate Test form in the short formats. Poms have a good 12mths of wins in front of them before they can come close to Hussains ponderings!!!!

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    England can be best Test team currently, but they will never dominate the world in ODIs, and let them visit subcontinent they will lose their test no. 1 ranking as well. England's stay at top will be shorter than that of India.

  • Bhrams on September 4, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    To all my fellow Indian fans (the ones who are being abrasive, that is), get some perspective. I do agree Vaughan has been over the top of late. But Hussain and most of the current English players and staff have been very balanced when it comes to what they have said in the press. Inspite of thrashing India in the Test series, they have retained respect for the opposition and to an extent, have even exhibited empathy for India. So don't go overboard with the whole 'let-us-see-when-they-come-to-India' philospohy. Fact is the Indian team and establishment have a lot to do going forward and this is a moment for self-reflection and not mocking other teams' vision and execution. It has become an embarrasment in the recent past to go to the comments section of any cricketing page!

  • rsrinath on September 4, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    england will have a reality test once they arrive in india.A team can definitely not win a world cup by importing a few average foreign cricketers.

  • on September 4, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @abhilash.medhi you nailed it. Ntohing more needs to be added.

  • davidallan on September 4, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Hey guys no need to argue to each other just love the game only and aprriciate the good players.Guys like Nassir,Vaughan,Ravi shastri,Gavaskar and all the other commentators and etc who so ever attached with cricket should not give these type of comments,CRICKET IS GENTLEMEN'S game keep it the same way.Don't argue each other and made it fight like fans do it in football.THANKS

  • voma on September 4, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Well for starters i think nasser hussain is fully entitled to his opinion ! . Secondly India have been a complete joke in the test series , and to say that England only won because Zaheer khan was injured . So your saying that India have only 1 decent bowler then ? , where as England have 4 world class bowlers . True in the ODI format England are not strong , especially away from home . You do not have to be a genius to work that out. But after watching India and Sri Lanka this summer , England are not that far behind in the 1 day game .

  • on September 4, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    I think the likes of Nasser Hussian and Michael Vaughan are just getting over joyed by England reaching no 1 status in test cricket but please someone tell them their team is ''just the no 1 team and not the best team in the world'' .....i m just getting a feeling they are thinking too much of themselves.....guys come out of wonderland, the truth is something else, cant imagine England winning without the guys like Broad,Anderson,Bell,Pietersen injured especially in the middle of a test match,something which has happened to India time and again in recently concluded series,and some people might say that i m giving excuses its upto them but this is the fact and England will know it!!!

  • abhilash.medhi on September 4, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    England is a very good team in Tests. But Nasser Hussain will do well to realise that 50-over cricket is a different gam altogether. I do not mean to say that England cannot be world beaters in this format too, but they have persisted with bits and pieces cricketers for too long. A Samit Patel and a Jade Dernbach are no different from a Ben Hollioake and Mark Ealham. If they are really serious about winning a 50-over WC, they need to field their best XI and not their most unorthodox players. Even then it will be a tough ask to win a WC in Australia and New Zealand. The subcontinental teams have a lot of flair that no import can bring to England.

  • Partyman on September 4, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    @ rhtdm302 Your comments completely betray your ignorance of proper cricketing knowledge. England have won both in the Sub Continent and South Africa since the turn of this century. In the recent years, they have drawn a hard fought test series in SA, after taking a lead. They lost the last match of the series after holding up a lead of 1 - 0 after three test matches following the one day series win. Even in their last tour of India, they did not disgrace themselves despite losing the series 1 - 0. There were some solid performances unlike the current bunch of Indians who were absolute shambles at every turn this summer. Btw, please use appropriate Caps while mentioning a noun! @ Ali Didit. England bowlers do not pose a serious threat to the Indian batsmen? Laughable at the least. All it took was one ball to put one of your future star batsman out of the series!! If that is not a threat what is!?

  • hris on September 4, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    england have a long way to go. they COULD do this, they COULD do that. blah blah blah. Let them win in the subcontinent, let them get to number one then maybe we could call them a great all round team. and they have only just become number one in test. india was number one for 2 years, at that time it seemed india could hold that position for a decent amount of time but look what happened. South Africa was in a similar boat in 2008 when they beat Australia in oz. The future looked brighter than ever but nothing changed. so please let england be number one for a few years before talking them up as a great team.

  • rhtdm302 on September 4, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Only way i will consider England to be no 1 is when they win test series in the sub continent, They were lucky they were up against teams with players at their fag end of careers ( australia and india), india of course with injured players as well(injury management is very very poor with indian cricket team. I would consider england to be truly no 1 only if they south africa in south africa, beat sri lanka in sri lanka and beat india in india.

  • on September 4, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @nampally, your totally wrong, even a full strength indian side would have been annihilated by england because they dont have enough firepower in the bowling and the england batters are all in good form and are nearly unstoppable at the moment, My fave team is india but im just being realistic here. Even with sehwag and Ghambir in good form and fitness india would still have struggled. Also england has more depth then u think , and they are youngsters too, Morgan, bopara as u mentioned, but also Samit Patel, James Taylor, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Steve Finn, Chris Woakes, Boyd Rankin, Alistair Cook..even Ian Bell is only 29 years old, Craig Kieswetter, Jos Buttler,matt prior, steve davies, Tim Bresnan, chris tremlett, Stuart Broad, Ajmal Shahzad, Michael Carberry, Trott will still be around and probly Pieterson, maybe swann, basically the whole team will still be young enough except for Strauss who isn't one of englands best batters anyway. Anderson probly wont be around in 2015.

  • mvkk on September 4, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Beating an Australian team which is not even half as good as they were, and winning againt India on home turf, with India not having their main bowler, If Hussain thinks that they are the best just yet then it is really not good. they have to win against the rest of the teams Srilanka, South Africa, India in India then they can really think about that status. At this point they are a good team but they have to prove to the rest of the world that they can win in any situation and against any attack.

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 4, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @Nampally, interesting to note that you dont seem to be remember sachin and a few other indians benefitting from wrong decisions...selective amnesia?? You should also get your math right, Dravid himself had told that he had nicked Swann. So, it can't be three anyway!

  • on September 4, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Nampally, your comments are bewilderingly naive. Here is where all of your "points" are answered: * "the present guys will be over the hill in 4 year's time for the World cup in Australia. Only younger guys like Morgan, Bopara from the present lot may still be young enough at <30" - the problem with this point is that India's players are on the wrong side of 35, not 30. If England's players are 30,31 and 32 then that is hardly going to be a let down for them, in fact it will make them formidable. * "The presnt England squad cannot beat a full strength Indian team either in Tests or ODI's...England had an unfair advantage of getting a team which was given no practice matches - straight into tests with one token game" - Well blame the BCCI for organising such a shambles - England beat your A team minus Zaheer. Your side relying on him is like NZ relying on Shane bond for so long. * "India will recover & revenge these defeats as will SL & Aussies." - Unlikely for India to avenge anything.

  • arulraas on September 4, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    There is no doubt this England team is a good team. It is because of 2 Andy's creating a good work ethic. Are they world beaters, time will tell. People like Vaughan/Hussain speak about their dreams. English talent should be higlighted but England is projected as a strong team by highlighting other team's weakness. I guess Mr Hussain has already commented about English orthodoxy in that aspect. Good luck Mr Hussain (an Indian import or whatever you want to call it); people might challenge to eat his words when it never materialises, of course yet again English orthodoxy will take over

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 4, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Hussain thinks England are high on the 'YOUTH POTION'. England don't have an appetite for limited overs cricket as much as they do towards tests. It all has to do with past records and the general interest levels among players. No matter what England try to achieve in one day cricket, there will ALWAYS be better teams than them, like India for example. It's just in the blood. Australia are still a good one day team. SA are terrific, SL and Pakistan are good teams. Even NZ and WI can trouble you on their day. So England won't have it easy. Certainly most of the English players are young. However, in 4 years time they are gonna become old and could get injured. So nothing is granted as per Hussain's thoughts. What England have shown is that they can compete in one day cricket. Some of the games they played during the world cup were classics. But they are also prone to a sound whipping; hint: vs Ireland, Bangladesh. So it's going to be a bit challenging for England as a ODI team.

  • landl47 on September 4, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I'm sure a lot of people think that the current Indian ODI team, with all the stars injured, is a younger team than the England ODI team. It isn't; in the game at Durham, India had 7 players 26 or younger; England had 8. Only Trott, Bell and Anderson are over 26, and Trott, who is just 30, is the oldest of them. So all the present team will still be not only available but in their prime by 2015. Not only that, but add in Bopara, Woakes, Finn and Taylor and there's another 4 players 26 or under who have all already played for England. Now the challenge will be to find the best balance of innings-builders and hitters, seamers and slower bowlers, specialists and all-rounders to get the best results. England will be working on that and with their success in rising to be the #1 test side and winning the world T20 championship as evidence of what they can do when they put their minds to it, I'm betting they will succeed.

  • on September 4, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    hey have u lost hussain? why are u make such a comment on indians? you are nothing.

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    I find it hard to believe English bowlers will pose a serious threat to Indian batting line up.

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    do you know why England are getting better they are buying more players.

  • Nampally on September 3, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    I think Hussain must realize that the present guys will be over the hill in 4 year's time for the World cup in Australia. Only younger guys like Morgan, Bopara from the present lot may still be young enough at <30. So injuries will be a big problem for England squad too. The presnt England squad cannot beat a full strength Indian team either in Tests or ODI's. Try arranging a full season Indian tour of England by the Indian squad. England had an unfair advantage of getting a team which was given no practice matches - straight into tests with one token game. This 4-0 defeat of India's B Team is being used to boost the England team as being a great one.Indian team showed in the first ODI that even their second team with a bit of practice can do well. Most of the wrong Umpiring decisions (thrice caught Vs. Dravid)went in favour of England.So when every thing goes in favour of England victory comes easily.India will recover & revenge these defeats as will SL & Aussies.

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  • Nampally on September 3, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    I think Hussain must realize that the present guys will be over the hill in 4 year's time for the World cup in Australia. Only younger guys like Morgan, Bopara from the present lot may still be young enough at <30. So injuries will be a big problem for England squad too. The presnt England squad cannot beat a full strength Indian team either in Tests or ODI's. Try arranging a full season Indian tour of England by the Indian squad. England had an unfair advantage of getting a team which was given no practice matches - straight into tests with one token game. This 4-0 defeat of India's B Team is being used to boost the England team as being a great one.Indian team showed in the first ODI that even their second team with a bit of practice can do well. Most of the wrong Umpiring decisions (thrice caught Vs. Dravid)went in favour of England.So when every thing goes in favour of England victory comes easily.India will recover & revenge these defeats as will SL & Aussies.

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    do you know why England are getting better they are buying more players.

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    I find it hard to believe English bowlers will pose a serious threat to Indian batting line up.

  • on September 4, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    hey have u lost hussain? why are u make such a comment on indians? you are nothing.

  • landl47 on September 4, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I'm sure a lot of people think that the current Indian ODI team, with all the stars injured, is a younger team than the England ODI team. It isn't; in the game at Durham, India had 7 players 26 or younger; England had 8. Only Trott, Bell and Anderson are over 26, and Trott, who is just 30, is the oldest of them. So all the present team will still be not only available but in their prime by 2015. Not only that, but add in Bopara, Woakes, Finn and Taylor and there's another 4 players 26 or under who have all already played for England. Now the challenge will be to find the best balance of innings-builders and hitters, seamers and slower bowlers, specialists and all-rounders to get the best results. England will be working on that and with their success in rising to be the #1 test side and winning the world T20 championship as evidence of what they can do when they put their minds to it, I'm betting they will succeed.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 4, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Hussain thinks England are high on the 'YOUTH POTION'. England don't have an appetite for limited overs cricket as much as they do towards tests. It all has to do with past records and the general interest levels among players. No matter what England try to achieve in one day cricket, there will ALWAYS be better teams than them, like India for example. It's just in the blood. Australia are still a good one day team. SA are terrific, SL and Pakistan are good teams. Even NZ and WI can trouble you on their day. So England won't have it easy. Certainly most of the English players are young. However, in 4 years time they are gonna become old and could get injured. So nothing is granted as per Hussain's thoughts. What England have shown is that they can compete in one day cricket. Some of the games they played during the world cup were classics. But they are also prone to a sound whipping; hint: vs Ireland, Bangladesh. So it's going to be a bit challenging for England as a ODI team.

  • arulraas on September 4, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    There is no doubt this England team is a good team. It is because of 2 Andy's creating a good work ethic. Are they world beaters, time will tell. People like Vaughan/Hussain speak about their dreams. English talent should be higlighted but England is projected as a strong team by highlighting other team's weakness. I guess Mr Hussain has already commented about English orthodoxy in that aspect. Good luck Mr Hussain (an Indian import or whatever you want to call it); people might challenge to eat his words when it never materialises, of course yet again English orthodoxy will take over

  • on September 4, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Nampally, your comments are bewilderingly naive. Here is where all of your "points" are answered: * "the present guys will be over the hill in 4 year's time for the World cup in Australia. Only younger guys like Morgan, Bopara from the present lot may still be young enough at <30" - the problem with this point is that India's players are on the wrong side of 35, not 30. If England's players are 30,31 and 32 then that is hardly going to be a let down for them, in fact it will make them formidable. * "The presnt England squad cannot beat a full strength Indian team either in Tests or ODI's...England had an unfair advantage of getting a team which was given no practice matches - straight into tests with one token game" - Well blame the BCCI for organising such a shambles - England beat your A team minus Zaheer. Your side relying on him is like NZ relying on Shane bond for so long. * "India will recover & revenge these defeats as will SL & Aussies." - Unlikely for India to avenge anything.

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 4, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @Nampally, interesting to note that you dont seem to be remember sachin and a few other indians benefitting from wrong decisions...selective amnesia?? You should also get your math right, Dravid himself had told that he had nicked Swann. So, it can't be three anyway!

  • mvkk on September 4, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Beating an Australian team which is not even half as good as they were, and winning againt India on home turf, with India not having their main bowler, If Hussain thinks that they are the best just yet then it is really not good. they have to win against the rest of the teams Srilanka, South Africa, India in India then they can really think about that status. At this point they are a good team but they have to prove to the rest of the world that they can win in any situation and against any attack.