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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The one-day series is here. Match on!

India tasted sweet victory in the test series which means that England will be looking for blood in the one-dayers. Meanwhile India have a lot to prove on the one-day front after that humiliating exit from the World-Cup. Freddie Flintoff, the all-powerful all rounder, is back into the England team and Yuvraj Singh, having proven his destructive abilities with the bat in past games, is back for India. All in all, one thing is clear. Both teams are desperate for victory and that, to me, seems like the perfect setting for a fiercely fought series of seven one-day games.

But surprisingly there are many out there who think England's chances are much too bleak. Infact I was shocked to read this article that says:
"India will expect to win the series by match five and perhaps as early as match four. Anything closer than a scoreline of 2-5 could be considered progress for the home side.

England remain moderate in limited-overs, and equally both their philosophy and strategy remain mysteries to many observers. It is a long way to the 2011 World Cup, and England will need every match and every minute. India, similarly hopeless in the recent World Cup, are no great shakes either, but an ageing team contains enough flair and nous to win comfortably."

I never realized England are so bad in limited overs cricket! Any team with names such as Flintoff, Pietersen and Vaughan can' t be that bad. As the article itself points out, India were no good at the World Cup. And if the Indian cricketers can shrug that debacle away and claim the series then why can't England do that too?

Remember, this is cricket. Every game is anybody's game till the last ball is bowled. So lets tune in to the action and find out what happens.

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