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England's clean sweep in ODIs won't surprise Stewart

Former England captain Alec Stewart won't be surprised if the home team record a clean sweep over India in the ongoing ODI series as well, irrespective of the visitor's resolute show in the rain-marred opener at Cheste-le-Street.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, London
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2011 03:48 PM IST

Former England captain Alec Stewart won't be surprised if the home team record a clean sweep over India in the ongoing ODI series as well, irrespective of the visitor's resolute show in the rain-marred opener at Cheste-le-Street.

"India may have begun the series as slight favourites but I wouldn't be surprised if England finish off the season with a clean sweep in all forms of the game and add this trophy to the growing collection," Stewart said.

In the first ODI of the five-match series last weekend, India were in the the drivers seat with England, chasing a competitive 275-run target, were tottering at 27 for two before heavy showers forced the match to be called off.

But Stewart was of the view that the weather intervened far too early during England's innings for serious talk about the hosts being 'saved by the rain'.

"This England side has it in them to rise again after such early reverses," he said.

"After the 4-0 thrashing of India in the Test series followed by the one-off T20 victory last week, England will want to show they are also making good progress in the 50-over game which for so long has been their Achilles heel," the former wicket-keeper added.

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