England must eradicate mistakes: Vaughan
England captain has urged his players to eliminate the mistakes which led to defeat in Pakistan when they take on India.india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 19:11 IST
England captain Michael Vaughan has urged his players to eliminate the mistakes which led to defeat in Pakistanin 2005when they take on hosts India in next month's three-Test series.
"It was obviously disappointing, but Pakistan deserved to win," he told a news conference on Monday. "We'll try and put that right by playing a little better here."
"We'll try and put India under some pressure with some big first innings scores."
England have not won a Test series in India since 1984-85. Vaughan's Ashes heroes lost both the Test and one-day series in Pakistan in December.
Vaughan,returning to international cricket after knee surgery in December, was confident his players would be ready before the first test starts in Nagpur on March. 1.
"In India, you generally get good practice facilities," he said. "The batsmen and bowlers will work real hard at nets and in the (two) three-day games."
England will miss experienced left-arm spinner Ashley Giles following a hip surgery and the three specialist spinners in the squad -- off break bowler Shaun Udal and left armer Ian Blackwell and Monty Panesar have taken just three test wickets.
"It is obviously disappointing to lose Ashley Giles, our most experienced spin bowler," Vaughan said. "At the same time, it is a great opportunity for the three guys here."
Coach Duncan Fletcher was hopeful of claiming a first by defeating India, the only side to remain unbeaten against England since he took over the job in 1999.
"It is the last country we haven't beaten home or away (after 1999). We played some good cricket here the last time. It was close too in England as well."
"It is a real challenge for us and we're up to it."
England's last tour in 2001 ended in a 1-0 defeat with the return series the following year ending in a 1-1 draw.
Fletcher said he felt his pace-dominated bowling attack would get more opportunities than in Pakistan.
"The last time we were here, the wickets were a little more bowler-friendly," he said. "They weren't slow and low like in Pakistan."
England play two three-day warmup games, a practice tie in Mumbai from Saturday and a match against a Board President's XI before the Test series begins.
First Published: Feb 21, 2006 19:11 IST