Saturday 21 June 2014 

Video - MS Dhoni Previews England Test Series

Watch as Indian captain MS Dhoni looks ahead to his side's upcoming Test series against England, which begins on 9th July.

Before that, the team will play warm-up matches against Derbyshire and Leicestershire and the series with England will comprise five matches.

India have not played a five-Test series since 2002 and will also play five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International during the tour.

Three years ago, India were soundly beaten 4-0 in England and then suffered an unexpected 2-1 defeat at home to England in 2012.

Dhoni is looking forward to the challenge of playing in a five-Test series and hopes the warm-up matches will benefit his team ahead of the Trent Bridge opener.

"(For) quite a few of the players this is going to be their first tour to England, but still if you see our Test squad, most of our players have the exposure of playing in South Africa followed by New Zealand, so I think with a few games behind them they will know what the challenges will be," he said at a news conference.

"The good thing is we're going a bit early, which means we can take our time getting through the grooves, have a few practice games and then get into the series which is a long series.

"I don't think it's very usual for us to play a five-Test match series, so overall I think it should be good, the reason being we have enough time to prepare and at the same time the players, they know the challenges they will be facing. So overall it's looking good."

While India have had to deal with the recent retirements of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, and others such as Virender Sehwag have been left out in favour of the likes of Shikhar Dhiwan and Rohit Sharma, England will be without Kevin Pietersen after his central contract was terminated earlier this year.

And Dhoni believes this leaves England vulnerable as they begin a rebuilding phrase similar to the one India are already some months into.

"Without Kevin Pietersen, I've got the feeling that he's quite a huge blow to them.

"And then just looking at them, they are in a rebuilding phase as well, so that's what's going to make this tour quite interesting," he added.

"I do believe, though, they've got some very good batters who've got some good experience at Test level, when you look at (Alastair) Cook and (Ian) Bell, who've scored some big runs up the order there.

"So that's going to be our major focus, to get them out as cheaply as we can. Their bowling side is still relatively experienced, when you've got (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad still bowling there.

"We've shown with play here, we've played some very good cricket in India, we've just got to go there and adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible and try to put them under pressure."

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets