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India world's best ODI side: Hoggard

"We played against a good opposition, the best ODI side and the record proves it," England's bowler said.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 21:09 IST

England's leading bowler Matthew Hoggard on Thursday described India as the best one-day side in the world and said their world record of registering 15 wins on the trot while chasing proved it.

"We played against a good opposition, the best one-day side in the world and the record proves it," Hoggard said at a press conference.

India defeated England by four wickets in the fourth one-dayer on Thursday to clinch the series 4-0 with three matches still remaining.

Hoggard, playing for the first time in the one-day series, failed to recapture his top Test form and conceded 59 runs from his nine overs without a wicket.

'Omission cost rhythm'

The bowler felt omission from the England team for the first three one-dayers took a toll on his rhythm.

"I was disappointed that I did not play the first three one-day matches. I was picked for playing the fourth but unfortunately I did not bowl as well as I hoped," he said.

"When you are in rhythm you have to stay in rhythm," the paceman said adding he would have to work out his bowling in the nets to get back into form for the remainder of the series.

He also said the mood in the camp was not much affected by the series defeat.

"The spirit of the boys is the same, they are enjoying their cricket," he said.