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There has been no middle road, says Fletcher

Going through a tough phase of late, Indian cricket coach Duncan Fletcher on Wednesday said "there has been "no middle road" with his team's performances since he took over the job after the World Cup last year. Fletcher's blues

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2012 02:30 IST
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Going through a tough phase of late, Indian cricket coach Duncan Fletcher on Wednesday said "there has been "no middle road" with his team's performances since he took over the job after the World Cup last year.


While India tasted success against the West Indies and in the one-day series against England at home, their reputation took a beating following two disastrous tours to the Old Blighty and Australia.

"Well, so far there's been no middle road," Fletcher said on arrival here with his players for a one-off Twenty20 match against South Africa on Friday.

"We've played some very good cricket (in West Indies and at home) and then we've gone on to what I would consider two of the toughest tours you can go on within a short period of time.

"I don't know if any other side has done that: gone to England and Australia within four months," Fletcher said. India's ODI side failed to make it to the finals of the triangular series also involving Sri Lanka during their tour of Australia. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/29_03_12-metro19b.jpg

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men also failed in the Asia Cup as they couldn't reach the final of the four-nation tournament after losing to Bangladesh in the league stage.

Their Test side had a disastrous tour of Australia where they lost 0-4, just a few months after suffering a similar fate in England.

The idea of travelling to another part of the world for a one-off match ahead of the seven-week long IPL may not be the best way to go about it, but Fletcher seemed at ease.

"We have got quite a lot of young players here. We've been trying to develop a young one-day squad and Twenty20 squad. These blokes have played well on the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good from an experience point of view," he said.

"There are a lot of young players we are trying to groom, and hopefully it will pay dividends in the future. From our point of view there is a lot of talent around, we need to give them the exposure they require."