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'India series as big as Ashes'

cricket Updated: Jul 17, 2011 10:41 IST

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England Test captain Andrew Strauss considers the upcoming series against India as tough as the historic Ashes but is banking on home advantage to upstage the world's number one side.

“This series against India is certainly up there with the Ashes. I think the one thing we have in our advantage over the Ashes is home advantage,” said Strauss ahead of the series starting July 21 at the Lord's.

“We expect to beat any side at home - and so you should - because it is a substantial advantage. But you only have to look at what India have done in the last two years to know they will be incredibly confident,” he added.

Tough it might be but Strauss said the prospect of facing the world's top side is also great motivation to do well.

“They have a lot of good players and are heavily motivated to win. We will have to be at our best if we want to compete with them. We're under no illusions on that, but that excites us.

“You always need challenges like this. I think we're better equipped than in 2007. We've had a lot of success recently and we're a more competent unit.”