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If you look at tours around the world, I think Australia and India are the two toughest you can go on.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 12:24 IST
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"I think it's one of the toughest tours around. If you look at tours around the world, I think Australia and India are the two toughest you can go on. With the conditions you get in India and the heat and their record on their home soil, you could even argue it's the hardest of them all."

England skipper Michael Vaughan

"They have a good set of quick bowlers in Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones, but I dont think they will have an impact on the series. Our batting power and wickets will ensure frustration. As for their spin attack, they have to be careful not to play the new boy Monty Panesar. I fear for him."

Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli

"Winning out there (India) is a huge challenge and probably tougher than last summer's Ashes series... It's long been our aim to make England the best cricket team in the world by 2007. This head-to-head with India is our chance to end all arguments about who is ranked the No 2 side behind the Aussies."

England batsman Kevin Pietersen

"I'd like to think that I could perhaps do a job with the ball and possibly score a lot of runs as well."

England's Ian Blackwell