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'Absence of Sachin won't have bearing'

Notwithstanding Tendulkar's absence, England expect India to come hard at them in the one-dayers.
None | By Press Trust of India, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2006 11:08 AM IST

Riding high on confidence, England do not think the absence of Sachin Tendulkar would have any bearing on their prospects in the seven-match one-day series beginning next week.

England paceman Sajid Mahmood on Friday said notwithstanding Tendulkar's absence, his team expected the hosts to come hard at them in the one-dayers especially after their reversal in the third Test in Mumbai.

"We would take the practice match seriously as it is the only opportunity for us before the series kicks off on March 28. We would like to carry our winning momentum into the ODIs," Sajid told reporters here ahead of the one-day warm-up game against RCA President's XI on Saturday.

Asked whether the absence of Tendulkar would have a bearing on the series, Sajid said, "I don't think so. Anybody who takes place of Sachin should be more or less as good as him because all those who play for India are obviously good enough."

Sajid was speaking after a practice session of his team which will be led by attacking batsman Vikram Solanki in the absence of Andrew Flintoff who has gone home for a short break before the start of the one-dayers.

The visitors have decided to rest in-form paceman Matthew Hoggard, wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, opener Andrew Strauss and middle order batsman Paul Collingwood for the warm-up tie.

Sajid, who has just returned from a successful tour of West Indies with England 'A' side, did not think that more practice games should have been scheduled before the start of the one-dayers.

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