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'Indian batting is exceptional'

Eng bowling coach said his bowlers' failure had more to do with India's batting prowess.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 13:33 IST

England's new bowling coach Kevin Shine on Saturday said his bowlers' ordinary performance in the current one-day series had more to do with India's exceptional batting than the tourists' own shortcomings.

"It is not exactly the failure of the England bowlers but to be fair they (Indians) really batted well," said Shine on the eve of the seventh and final one-dayer.

England's bowlers has come under flak for their performance in the series, with some former cricketers commenting that the new crop of bowlers were not going to help them win the World Cup.

Shine said winning a series in the subcontinent was always going to be a tough task for England.

"We have been chasing a great dream but it is hard and tough here. However, we have improved a lot since Pakistan tour (last year)," Shine said at the Maharani Usharaje cricket Stadium here.

Asked if Matthew Hoggard, who was England's best bowler in Tests, was finding it difficult to adapt to the limited overs version of the game, he said "it is a very challenging job. We are cocentrating on performing well irrespective of any form of the game."

The one-day series, which India had already clinched 4-1, saw a transition in the England camp, with Cooley handing over the bowling coach's mantle to Shine.

Cooley, who is credited with transforming the England attack into a force to reckon with and playing a key role to the visitor's Ashes triumph last year, would be returning to Australia to take up a similar post with his home team.

Cooley, who over saw English bowlers' development in the last three years, praised praised the combination of Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and James Anderson.

"If you had those five fast bowlers in your camp you would be pretty pleased," he said.

"There are still some good fast bowlers around in the other countries but definitely when they are all firing and combine well they are a formidable attack."

"They all have their own unique qualities, I would hate to single out any one of them because as a unit they work very well," he added.

Cooley, who guided England to use reverse swing leading to their Ashes win, was sceptical about the theory of contrast swing.

"Contrast swing is a kind of reverse swing. We have NASA scientists to research on that. We have to understand it a bit more," he said.