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'Eng has the formula to tackle Indian spinners'

England hasn't won a Test series in India in two decades, but skipper Vaughan believes his team has a formula to tackle India's rampant spinners.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 19:11 IST

England hasn't won a Test series in India in two decades, but skipper Michael Vaughan believes his team has a formula to tackle India's rampant spinners.

"Spin's going to play a big part, but we've come up with a formula to tackle India's slow wickets," Vaughan said on Monday after England's arrival in the western metropolis of Mumbai. Slow and dusty spin-aiding Indian pitches have been a constant menace for touring teams, but Vaughan said his players were motivated to become the first England tourists since David Gower's 1984-85 team to win a test series in India.

"We've not won here for 21 years, that should come as an incentive to the boys," said Vaughan, who led England to a memorable Ashes victory against Australia last summer. "On our last tour of India, we came close to winning," said Vaughan.

England's post-Ashes reputation took a hit when it lost the Test and one-day series in Pakistan.

"We'll do well to learn from our defeats in Pakistan, we aim to move ahead," said Vaughan, who was forced by injury to return home midway through the Pakistan tour.

England will play three Tests and seven one-day internationals against India, whose cricketers are currently involved in a limited-overs series against Pakistan.

England's Test series begins March 1 in Nagpur. Vaughan was disappointed to lose his ace spinner Ashley Giles due to a hip operation, leaving the team with three inexperienced spin bowlers in Shaun Udal, Ian Blackwell and Monty Penesar. "It's an opportunity for these young spinners to make a mark on this tour," he said.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 16:02 IST