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India will be itching for revenge: Alastair Cook

England outplayed India in all three formats of the game in their recent home series but ODI skipper Alastair Cook says beating M S Dhoni's men in their backyard in an ODI series next month would be a lot tougher task.

cricket Updated: Sep 30, 2011 13:26 IST

England outplayed India in all three formats of the game in their recent home series but ODI skipper Alastair Cook says beating M S Dhoni's men in their backyard in an ODI series next month would be a lot tougher task.

Stating that Indian team would be "itching" for revenge, Cook said, "Of course it will be difficult over there. They will have a point to prove and the conditions will obviously suit them. I doubt we will see much green grass on the wickets we play on.

"They are world champions at home and itching to get revenge. It is down to us and how we cope with conditions and how we play. The best players adapt to that. We have players who have never played in India in an England shirt.

"The learning curve will be so steep but they will handle it well," Cook told Daily Telegraph.

India suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat in one-dayers in England in a five-match series last month with a match washed out and another ending in a tie. England also humbled India 4-0 in a Test series that resulted in the latter losing their number one ranking.

Although Cook is aware that a number of key players in the Indian team -- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh -- have been ruled out of the first two ODIs due to injuries but he admitted that in their own backyard, India are a tough side to beat.