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England must be ready for more spin in India - Sam Billings

England must be ready for more spin in India - Sam Billings
Sam Billings played a key role in England's ODI series win against Bangladesh
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Kent batsman Sam Billings believes England must be prepared to combat more spin as they head to India for a five-match Test series.

England's weakness against spin was exposed in their recent tour to Bangladesh where they lost to the Asian country for the first time in Test history.

Former Under-19 captain Mehedi Hasan ended up with 19 wickets in two matches as Bangladesh levelled the series 1-1 following their 108-run win in Dhaka.

Billings, who scored an important 64 in the deciding third One-Day International against Bangladesh in Chittagong expressed confidence on Alastair Cook's men to repeat their heroics of 2012 in the upcoming India tour. However, he urged them to prepare playing in spin conditions in order to achieve it.

"No doubt, they're a seriously good side and they've got lots of superstars but I think if any side can beat them at the moment then it's us," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"The strength in depth in English cricket that we currently have is great to see, in Test matches and in white-ball cricket as well.

"We have to practice playing spin, we have to be getting out there and get used to the pitches.

"I spent three months in India last year with the IPL and the World Cup and it's all about getting the rhythm of those pitches and getting adjusted to it because it's so different to what we're used to playing on at home."

The five-match Test series between England and India will be played between 9th November and 20th December.

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