India A to face tough test against England
Posted on: 06:17 PM IST Jan 05, 2013
New Delhi: A few emerging players along with some tried and tested ones will face a tough test when India A take on England in trying conditions in the first of the two warm-up games, at the Palam Airforce ground here on Sunday. The England ODI squad will aim to repeat the performance of their Test side as senior player Eoin Morgan aptly stated.
"We are going into the series with the confidence of being a winning side having beaten India after a long time. The batsmen will like to build on the runs and the spinners will like to get more wickets," Morgan said on the sidelines of English team's training session.
With single-digit temperatures and foggy weather threatening a delayed start, fringe players like Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Robin Bist, Ashoke Menaria will certainly be tested by the likes of Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Meaker. Among the bowlers, the Indian selectors will like to keep a tab on comeback man S Sreesanth. With India's pace bowling cupboard not exactly full, a fit Sreesanth can still be an asset for the senior national team. The Kerala speedster was impressive during the net session as he troubled most of the batsmen.
The cold and windy conditions in an open ground will be conducive for swing bowling and the technique and temperament of some of the players will be tested. "We have played in even worse weather when India A visited New Zealand. Yes, the time is less and boys will need to adapt to the sitiation quickly. I only hope that we have 9 am start," India A coach Lalchand Rajput said on the eve of the match.