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'We are not chasing victory'

England may have got off to a winning start on their tour of India but according to coach Duncan Fletcher, victory was not what they aspired for.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 19:05 IST
G Krishnan

England may have got off to a winning start on their all-important tour of India but according to coach Duncan Fletcher, victory was not what they aspired for.

“We used this as a practice game and it was satisfactory. We didn’t really push for a win, honestly. We went there to use the three days as effectively as we could giving all batsmen to bat and all bowlers to bowl. We were pleased with the way we finished at the end,” said the Zimbabwe-born on Monday.

He was pleased with the way his bowlers performed in the second innings.

“We have got the mileage into the legs of the bowlers. In the first innings, their line and length varied a little bit. But in the second innings that they were bowling good line and good length and that was very important.”

England have not yet decided on their first spinner(s) for the Tests.

“It is a very difficult decision. I have discussed through this game with Michael (Vaughan). We still haven’t finalised which spinner will play. On a green top, it is a risk to go with two spinners. We will go with our best attack in the three-day game (in Baroda).”

Fletcher was happy with Monty Panesar.

“I was very pleased with the way he handled his business here,” he said.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 14:07 IST