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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Kabir backs England to raise game
Kabir Ali
Ali is a regular visitor to India, but has never played there before
Worcestershire pace bowler Kabir Ali believes England are good enough to come from behind and win the one-day series in India.

They lost the first match in Delhi by 39 runs after appearing to be cruising towards a target of 204 at one stage.

"We're 1-0 down, we should have won, but there are six more games to be played in this competition.

"We're looking to catch up in the next game, keep going from there and take the trophy back home," said Ali.

He began the series with figures of 4-45, his best in 10 limited overs international appearances, after only being included in the side when Sajid Mahmood hurt a finger in practice.

The 25-year-old hopes to build on that in Friday's match at Faridabad, but is not taking selection for granted.

"I bowled reasonably well [in Delhi] I thought but it's all up to the selectors and whatever team they think is suitable for the next game.

"Hopefully, fingers crossed, I should play the next one but you never know. It's a funny old game this," said Ali, in the first of six audio diaries for BBC Asian Network.

He arrived in India match-ready in terms of fitness and recent competitive action, having been a member of the England A squad which toured the West Indies and he was immediately at home in the sub-continent.

Ali said he was surprised that India could not muster more than 203 in the opening game.

"We thought they would get a lot more from the look of the wicket and especially in Delhi.

"I was quite nervous to start off with, my first over went for nine. But I was quite lucky to pick up a couple of wickets in my first spell, and came back at the end and picked up two more wickets.

"We were going quite strong when Freddie Flintoff and KP [Kevin Pietersen] were batting, but we lost a few wickets and made it hard for ourselves."


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