India coach Ravi Shastri feels playing ODIs, T20s before Test series will help India adjust to English conditions

India begin their tour of England in July with three Twenty20 internationals and three One-Day Internationals. They then take on the hosts in a five-Test series starting in August.

PTI, April 24, 2018

Playing limited overs cricket ahead of their Test series in England will serve as the ideal platform for the Indian team to get used to conditions away from home, coach Ravi Shastri said.

India are currently the top-ranked Test team in the world. Image courtesy: BCCI website

India are currently the top-ranked Test team in the world. Image courtesy: BCCI website

India begin their tour of England in July with three Twenty20 internationals and three One-Day Internationals. They then take on the hosts in a five-Test series starting in August.

“We will be there (in England) almost a month before the first test match. That gives us that much more time (to prepare),” former India all-rounder Shastri said.

India will come into the contests against England high on confidence after beating hosts South Africa 5-1 in ODIs and 2-1 in T20 competition earlier this year.

India had earlier bounced back after losing the first two Tests against the Proteas to finish the series 2-1.

“What our boys did in South Africa makes me proud as a coach because there were 21 days of cricket and on each one of those 21 days, India competed,” Shastri added.

“The one-day series we won after 25 years. And so, from a coach’s point of view, you have to just stand up and say ‘well done, guys. Simply magnificent. You have raised the bar’.”

India lost the five test series 3-1 when they visited England four years ago, but prevailed 3-1 in the ODI competition. The hosts won the sole T20 match.

Updated Date: Apr 24, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114