England squad reach India to play 5-match ODI series – Cricket News Update

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England squad reach India to play 5-match ODI series – Cricket News Update  

England’s 17-memeber squad under the captaincy of the 26-year-old, Alastair Cook has reached India yesterday to play a 5-match ODI series against the home side.

The ODI series between India and England is scheduled to begin from October, 14, 2011 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal in Hyderabad.

Whereas, 2nd ODI between will be played on October, 17, 2011 at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, and Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali in Chandigarh is set to host the 3rd ODI on October, 20, 2011   

The last two matches of the series are scheduled to play on October, 23, 2011, and October, 25 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and Eden Gardens in Kolkata, respectively.

After the ODI series, the Poms will also collide with the Men in Blue in a Twenty20 game at Eden Gardens, on October, 29 2011.

Remember, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selected number of youngsters in the side considering the ICC World Cup 2015’s preparation.

The English side includes Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Stuart Meaker, Samit Patel, and Chris Woakes along with the senior folks like, Cook*, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Craig Kieswetter, Steven Finn, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

Earlier, England’s skipper also expressed delight over the inclusion of the young and emerging players in English squad against India, and claimed that the youngsters are eager to perform magnificently against the home side.    

Meanwhile, Cook seemed positive over the possibility to beat India in the forthcoming 5-match ODI series.

"I certainly think we can beat India but it will be incredibly tough. We need everyone to be playing very well," he told reporters.

Furthermore, England’s captain, also admited that it would not be piece of cake to beat the Men in Blue in India.

"Playing the world champions in their own back yard, it doesn't get much tougher than that. We all know what the one-day crowds are like over there. They love their cricket. Delivering our skills when 50.000 or 60.000 people are screaming and when balls are flying all over the place will also be a key factor, but certainly with this squad I think we can do something really special.” Cook added.