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This ODI series doesn't matter much: David Gower
S Dipak Ragav, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 15, 2011
First Published: 00:04 IST(15/10/2011)
Last Updated: 00:07 IST(15/10/2011)

Former England captain, David Gower, who was in the city spoke to HT exclusively on the current one-day series, India's tour of England, Dhoni's captaincy and more. The stylish southpaw is a wild life enthusiast and is here to support 'Emerald for Elephants', a project to protect Asian Elephants.

There has been a perception that England has not been serious about ODIs?
It's not that England have not been taking one-day cricket seriously but in the past they have been guilty of some bad planning. Every four-year plan has been ditched four weeks before the World Cup. The selection was made in the last four weeks and most of it was out of sheer desperation.

Do you think England finally have big-hitters for the ODIs?
One-day game for England is a project in progress. Alastair Cook has been good as an opener and as a leader in the last six months. We have a good coach in Andy Flower. He stays behind the scenes and has a good team. They have the potential to be a good side.

Is this England's best chance to improve their record in India?
This series doesn't mean much. It's the Test series next year that matters. Yes it's important to continue the good work but the Test series next years will be the big challenge.

Why India could not win a single game in England?
It was pretty obvious very quickly that they were not prepared. We know that every country is short on time and don't like long tours. But when you have a key series against a good side and you give yourself no time to prepare its ever so dangerous. It's foolish!

How much of the blame should Dhoni take for the debacle?
Yes as a captain you have to take responsibility but it's never entirely the captain's fault. He lacked fit players and some failed to do the job.

What are your views on the three-captain theory?
If the captain is good in all formats, he should be retained. For England, Andrew Strauss did not want to play all formats and hence three captains. For India they have Dhoni.


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