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November 23, 2008
With his side sealing the seven-match series 4-0, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has said the team will look to field the unused players in the squad for the upcoming games against England.
"You will see a few changes in the side in the next three matches. Some of the people who have not played in the series so far will play but we still look to win games," he said. "Three more matches to come and we want to win those games."
The game in Bangalore was reduced to a 22-over contest, and Dhoni felt his fast bowlers stood up on a day when the spinners found it tough in wet conditions. "Because of the wet outfield, the ball became soggy and it was not easy to grip the ball," he said. "We have one specialist spinner [Harbhajan Singh] and part-time spinners, it was really difficult for them. But then Zaheer [Khan] bowled very well, along with Ishant [Sharma] and Munaf [Patel]. Overall it was a very good team effort."
Dhoni marshalled his bowlers well during the chase, and praised Zaheer for guiding the other bowlers. "I was not giving much advice. First I like them to bowl to their own plans and if that does not work I ask them to bowl according to my plans.
"But Zaheer has been of great help throughout the series and has taken the extra initiative to help others. It has worked for us and we should be thankful to him."
A 4-0 win over South Africa last summer gave the impression that England were improving as a one-day set-up under Kevin Pietersen, but he admitted his side had been outplayed so far in India. "We have been done in by an Indian side which is playing fantastic cricket at the moment," he said. "We came here on a high after the 4-0 win against South Africa back home and I guess we have to adjust to this series defeat now."
Pietersen, though, was hoping to get back to winning ways soon. "We have to make sure that this competition stays competitive. We have to win a few games. We came here to win the series but we have not won the series. So we have to make sure we win a few game at least."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
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