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England wary of India backlash in ODI series

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Rajkot, January 10, 2013

England skipper Alastair Cook is not riding high after his team's historic Test series win in India after 28 years.

Having beaten the hosts 2-1 in the Test series, England will now be wary of India, who have also lost the three-match ODI series against Pakistan.
Cook preferred to say that his side was the underdog and the players will have to play out of their skin to repeat success in the five-match series, beginning here tomorrow with the first ODI at the newly built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri.
"Clearly, we are the underdogs in this series but if you look through our side we have got a lot of firepower and world class players. For us to win this series, those world class players and everyone in our squad have to play out of skin," said Cook.
The England skipper said the team was short on experience due to injuries. 
"We have got an inexperienced side, a few experienced players missing through injuries and rotational policy. It's quite similar to probably the squad that we had last time. 
"So, it will be a real big test to us as players and real good test to these guys who have been around now a bit in international scene to try and step up," he said.
For the visitors, it hasn't been an ideal preparation for the series. They have lost both their warm-up games to India 'A' and Delhi.
Cook said it was not the kind of start they had wished for before the series.
"Yeah, I know it’s not an ideal start. I missed the first game and in the second game, it was apparent that we improved from the last game. I didn't see the first game and second game I think we improved a lot.
"For us to win, I think, it showed the challenge we are going to have in our hands. Our skill levels will need to improve a lot. Yeah, it's going to be hell of a challenge like the Test series in a way. We have to do something that no English has done for a while," said the left-handed opener.
England last won an ODI series in India in 1984-85.
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