England in India 2011

England pleased with lengthy preparation

Sharda Ugra

October 5, 2011

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Scott Borthwick has a bowl during England's training session, Hyderabad, October 5, 2011
The long lead-up to England's one-day series against India has given them plenty of time to acclimatise to conditions © AFP
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England's preparation for their second five-match ODI series against India in under a month will open with two practice matches against a Hyderbad squad, the BCCI has confirmed. England arrived in the city, which is the venue for the first ODI on October 14, on Tuesday and two day-night practice games will form part of their ten-day acclimatisation.

The two practice matches will be held on October 8 and 11, with Hyderabad trying to rebuild after a poor 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season in the lower-division of the Indian domestic championship. The team to face England is expected to be selected on Thursday.

A BCCI official said England could not face a Board President's XI or an India A team consisting of the highest rung of domestic cricketers because of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, a domestic 50-overs tournament featuring India's elite players.

The tournament, featuring India's top 36 ODI players, will be held in Nagpur from October 10 to 13, with the players divided into three teams - India Blue, India Green and India Red. Gautam Gambhir, who is part of the Indian squad for the first two ODIs, will captain India Red.

England underwent their first day of training in Hyderabad on Wednesday,a few players struggling in the 30-degree heat. England captian Alastair Cook was pleased with England's long warm-up period before the one-dayers. "It is quite unheard of as a one-day preparation period, to have 10 days," he said. "Normally, you come straight from a Test series. So to have that time is fantastic."

England coach Andy Flower joins the England team on Thursday, after having undergone minor shoulder surgery and receiving his OBE during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. Wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is part of the Somerset squad taking part in the Champions League T20 and by Wednesday night will know whether his team will be part of the semi-finals or whether he will be making his way from Bangalore to Hyderabad.

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Posted by justk on (October 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

preparation games dont make any difference as they dont depict the real surface..and for england winning the ashes, let us accept australia was really on decline..where as english bowlers were on roll ..same happened with the indian team..

Posted by   on (October 7, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

@spence1234 i never said tour preparation is rocket science.I only complimented what Eng has done even though this a not so important ODI and T20 series.India have just announced they would be playing 2 warm up games (one 3 day and 0ne 2 day..)at Canberra(of all places).If India do not lose down under It will be against all odds.and I am definitely not an IPL fan and dont expect other teams to get hammered every team India take the field.That was precisely the point I was making.England may have made preparations from as long as you can remember but they are at they are at their best phase from ever since i can remember.earlier they used to get hammered every time they played Aussies (except in 2k5) or in the subcontinent.they continue to do the right things at the right time which many other boards/teams didnt/dont(esp BCCI)...

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 6, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

india had the test series in WI to get match ready .there problem was their best players only came in on the UK leg, and got what games they asked for. india in australia ,they were given warm up games. then after the problems against england the bcci went back to the australian board and asked for more games. im not sure what their decision ended upas they said it as short notice.dpk

Posted by indyarox on (October 6, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

Amazing.. they get 10 days aclimatisation and 2 warm up games for just a 5 ODI series and stupid BCCI doesn't bother about the same even for a full high profile series. The priorities are very much clear.

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (October 6, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

Come on guys, stop bickering over practice matches. The last time England were here they played two practice matches, winning one and losing one by some 100 odd runs and then what? They were pumelled 5-0 with two matches abandoned. So at the end of the day, if you play well when it really matters, you will win. And frankly India was not outplayed in the ODIs on the recent tour. Here's hoping we have a good series coming up....

Posted by PiyushD on (October 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Any way given the IPL hapenning frequently in India I guess very soon players from all around the world will loose the fear of playing on Indian pitches at least in ODI and T20. 3 times in a year most of them are playing in India.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

To the hca what about the timeings for the practice matchs

Posted by Sachit1979 on (October 6, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

Which are the teams as TBA? I hope India also tries to test their bench strength specially bowlers in these 2 matches. It would actually help selectors identifying correct players for 3rd, 4th and 5th ODIs.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

Well piyush India had 2 practice matches before 1st test match, another practice match before 3rd test match. Then 3 one-day practice matches before ODI and T20 matches.

Posted by D.S.A on (October 5, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

@PiyushD: It's not the ECB's fault that India only played 1 practice game before the tests. The visiting boards can request more tour games, which is what England appear to constantly do, whether it works or whether they need it for a particular tour is another issue. However, the BCCI, and especially the players, did not want to play many tour matches, but so that they are not exposed to criticism of not playing ANY practice matches prior to the last tour, they decided to play a single match to bypass this criticism. By the way, they did play more tour matches during and after the test series, but if the BCCI and the players were clever, they would have arrived in England earlier than they had, and played more tour matches, which wouldn't have been rejected by the ECB. That wouldn't be good for business for the ECB now, would it? To summarise, it's the BCCI and the players' fault for the tour issue, not the ECB.

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