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Last Updated: Monday, 13 February 2006, 07:21 GMT
Tactics for India
After suffering a 2-0 series defeat in Pakistan, what do England need to learn if they are to be successful in India? BBC Sport asked four Test veterans.

Mark Ramprakash
Mark Ramprakash
Hit 2,350 runs in 52 Tests, toured India in 2001/02

England have traditionally always struggled in those conditions anyway but I think there's a couple of areas they will be looking closely at.

One is whether the batsmen adjusted to the different pace of cricket in Asia.

Whereas in the Ashes guys went out very pumped up, were playing shots all over the place and rattling along at four or five an over, in Pakistan the pace of cricket is different.

The pitches were good and I don't think they needed to take risks.

I was very impressed by Ian Bell, who batted in a more traditional manner, whereas some of the other guys were taking too many risks.

Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart
Hit 8,463 runs in 133 Tests, toured India in 1992/93

The area England need to improve on from the Pakistan tour is that the side needs to post big totals.

India will be tougher than Pakistan because wickets will turn - they certainly have done in the past.

England just have to get back to grinding the runs out, that's where we really came unstuck, certainly on the last day in the first Test in Pakistan and that cost us the series.

We have to get back to occupation of the crease and showing the kind of form we did against Australia.

It is a good squad, the squad picks itself and we just have to return to good, consistent play.

Andrew Caddick
Andrew Caddick
Took 234 wickets in 62 Tests, played one-day internationals in India in 2001/02

India and Pakistan are very difficult places to tour. You've got to grind everything out, as was shown last year in Pakistan.

Playing in England against the Aussies was great but they're not playing in England any more, they're off to India and they've got to adapt.

At least in India the wickets tend to be a bit better than Pakistan.

The other thing they've got to be careful with is injuries. They're starting to pick up niggles now and they've got to get through that.

Mark Butcher
Mark Butcher
Hit 4,288 in 71 Tests, toured India in 2001/02

First and foremost they have to be able to take 20 wickets so the bowlers will have to bowl fuller lengths with the new ball.

Then they will have to have some plans when the pitches get flat because we're not over-blessed in the spin department and I fully expect the pitches to turn.

With the bat, we've got to be a bit tougher to bowl out.

One of the problems in Pakistan was we gave away a lot of soft dismissals and didn't give ourselves a chance to post big scores.

Winning a few tosses will help as well.

Alec Stewart was speaking to BBC Radio Five Live; all other interviews by Martin Gough




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