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- Fri 14, Nov 2008: India vs England, First ODI at Rajkot
- Mon 17, Nov 2008: India vs England, Second ODI at Indore
- Thu 20, Nov 2008: India vs England, Third ODI at Kanpur
- Sun 23, Nov 2008: India vs England, Fourth ODI at Bangalore
- Wed 26, Nov 2008: India vs England, Fifth ODI at Cuttack
- Sat 29, Nov 2008: India vs England, Sixth ODI at Guwahati - Cancelled
- Tue 02, Dec 2008: India vs England, Seventh ODI at Delhi - Cancelled
- Thu 11 - Mon 15, Dec 2008: India vs England, First Test at Chennai
- Fri 19 - Tue 23, Dec 2008: India vs England, Second Test at Mohali
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England in India Cricket Series 2006
- February 18-20 Practice, Mumbai: England bt IndiaCC by 238 runs
- February 23-25 Practice, Baroda: England lost to President's XI by 8 wkts
- March 1-5 1st Test, Nagpur: Draw
- March 9-13 2nd Test, Mohali: England lost to India by 9 wkts
- March 18-22 3rd Test, Mumbai (Bombay): England bt India by 212 runs
- March 25 One-day match, Jaipur: England lost to Rajasthan by 5 runs
- March 28 1st ODI, Delhi: England lost to India by 39 runs
- Macrh 31 2nd ODI, Faridabad: England lost to India by 4 wkts
- April 3 3rd ODI, Goa: England lost to India by 49 runs
- April 6 4th ODI, Cochin: England lost to India by 4 wkts
- April 9 5th ODI, Guwahati: Rained out
- April 12 6th ODI, Jamshedpur: England bt India by 5 wkts
- April 15 7th ODI, Indore: England lost to India by 7 wkts
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Sreesanth 6/55 & Uthappa 86 make it 5-1 for India
April 15, 2006England finished their tour of India with a seven-wicket defeat in the last one-dayer to lose the series 5-1. Kevin Pietersen (64), Paul Collingwood (64) and Geraint Jones (53) were the mainstays in England's 288 all out. Robin Uthappa's 86 - the best score by an Indian debutant - and captain Rahul Dravid's 69 put the hosts in control. They fell in quick succession but the results was never in doubt once Yuvraj Singh (55*) and Suresh Raina (53) put on 115, as they won with five balls left.
MOM: Sreesanth 10.0 1 55 6; MOS: Yuvraj Singh
India 289-3 (49.1 overs) bt England 288 (50 overs) by 7 wickets
Indore - Another chance for youngsters to shine
April 14, 2006Andrew Flintoff could make his 100th one-day appearance as England play their final game in India on Saturday. But the match will see a new crop of Indian players taking on the English attack. Dinesh Karthik will be behind the wickets for the first time in the series in place of 'superstar' Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Another player who is set to be handed another chance is off-spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar, who has come in for severe criticism in India for being overweight. Captain Rahul Dravid will be back in the side but he believes, with the series already decided, it is a good opportunity to experiment. India is likely to rest Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif. Munaf Patel may also miss the match by the same yardstick, while Harbhajan Singh, troubled by pain in his forearm, may take a well-deserved break.
India (from): R Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, AR Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, SK Raina, KD Karthik, IK Pathan, YV Rao, MM Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, RR Powar, RP Singh, VRV Singh.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), K Ali, JM Anderson, GJ Batty, IR Bell, ID Blackwell, PD Collingwood, MJ Hoggard, GO Jones, SI Mahmood, KP Pietersen, LE Plunkett, MJ Prior, OA Shah, VS Solanki, AJ Strauss
England beat India by 5 wickets; IND 4-1
April 12, 2006England have defeated India by five wickets in the sixth one-day international against India at Jamshedpur's Keenan stadium.
The visitors have already lost the series, but they have been able to make amends for their 4-0 loss with this win.
Chasing 224 for victory, the visitors achieved their target in 42.5 overs.
The Indian bowlers tried to put pressure on England, picking up wickets at regular intervals but in the end, it was difficult to defend their measly score of 223.
Earlier, India were bowled out for 223 in 48 overs with Munaf Patel remaining unbeaten on one.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the top scorer, hitting a magnificent 96 to rescue India from an inexplicable batting collapse. But India still failed to put up a competitive total.
England 227-5 (42.4 overs) beat India 223 all out (48 overs) by five wickets
England may rest Flintoff for Jamshedpur ODI
April 12, 2006England will bid to end their poor run of form in the penultimate game of their seven-match one-day series against India on Wednesday.
England look set to rest Andrew Flintoff and are 4-0 down in the series after the previous match was abandoned in Guwahati and riots followed.
India are expected to name a young side for the match in Jamshedpur, which itself has a history of crowd violence.
Mohendra Dhoni is set to move up the order in front of his home fans.
The match should also see 20-year-old Robin Uthappa making his one-day debut for the national side, while the uncapped Venungopala Rao is also in contention to start.
Violence follows abandonment of fifth India-England one-dayer
April 9, 2006The spectators in Guwahati, in the northeastern state of Assam, attacked police with water bottles and threw stones at TV cameras as heavy overnight rain and wet ground conditions caused the abandonment of the fifth one-dayer between India and England on Sunday.
Two policemen and one spectator were injured in the violence after umpires Rudi Koertzen and Arani Jayaprakash decided no play would be possible.
India was seeking a 5-0 lead in the seven-game series after winning the four previous four encounters. The sixth match takes place in Jamshedpur in three days.
India beat England to seal series; IND 4-0
April 6, 2006India wrapped up a series victory by cruising to a four-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against England in Cochin. England skipper Andrew Flintoff won the toss and opted to bat first, but the tourists' score of 237 all out never looked likely to be defendable and India reached 238-6 with 16 balls to spare, to take a 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.
Fourth one-day international, Cochin: India 238-6 (47.2 overs) beat England 237 (48.4 overs) by four wickets
England upbeat for must-win match
April 6, 2006England will find themselves in a win or bust situation in Thursday's fourth one-day game against India in Cochin.
Trailing 3-0, they at least have a fully fit squad to pick from with Kevin Pietersen and Matthew Hoggard having recovered from stomach bugs.
And despite the tough assignment facing them, keeper Geraint Jones said England were confident of turning it around.
England have lost eight of their last 10 limited internationals and will have to face heat topping 36C (100F), humidity of 90% and a 90,000-strong partisan crowd at the Nehru Stadium as they attempt to peg back India.
The pitch is said to be good for batting on with a high score expected and the winner of the toss is likely to bat first.
India have played four times in Cochin and been successful in three matches - the last time beating Pakistan by 87 runs.
Four key players - Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Dhoni and Dravid - were rested from the final training session.
And Yuvraj had to go to hospital for a precautionary scan on a sore right leg but was cleared to play. India (from): R Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, R Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, S Raina, M Dhoni, I Pathan, Y Rao, M Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, R Powar, R Singh.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), K Ali, J Anderson, G Batty, I Bell, I Blackwell, P Collingwood, M Hoggard, G Jones, S Mahmood, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, M Prior, O Shah, V Solanki, A Strauss.
Coach Fletcher calls for patience
April 4, 2006England coach Duncan Fletcher says critics of his young one-day team must give them time to develop.
England are 3-0 down in the one-day series in India and facing the task of having to win all four games remaining.
Fletcher stressed the absence of players like Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick was a big factor in the team's erratic form.
England went down by 49 runs on Monday but Fletcher insisted the toss in Goa was a big factor in the result.
And despite the poor results so far, he remains resolute in his belief that the future is promising for England in the one-day arena.
Jones on course to start season
April 4, 2006Glamorgan pace bowler Simon Jones is confident he will be fully fit for the start of the new season and wants his place back in the England side.
The 27-year-old had to withdraw from England's tour to India to have an operation after twisting his left knee.
While he earned most plaudits for his performance in last summer's Ashes series win over Australia, Jones is also determined to win a regular place in the one-day side.
Although England fought back to draw the Test series in India, the tourists have struggled in the one-day series.
But Jones knows that he must first concentrate his efforts on performing for Glamorgan if he is to get the England call for this summer's matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The heavy rain during March has limited preparation time outdoors, but Jones believes that may actually help his county.
Collingwood defends shaky England
April 4, 2006Paul Collingwood insists England are not a bad one-day side despite losing the first three games against India.
There has been concern for some time over the form of the one-day side compared to England's Test XI.
Collingwood said he thought part of the difference was down to the lack of a settled team.
Collingwood insisted that despite the defeats the mood in the camp was upbeat.
Yuvraj ton powers India to a facile win; IND 3-0
April 3, 2006Yuvraj Singh hit a sizzling century as India dented England's morale further with a convincing 49-run victory in the third cricket one-dayer here today, a result which left them needing just one win to clinch the series.
After setting a stiff target of 295, built around Yuvraj's breathtaking 76-ball 103, Irfan Pathan grabbed three top order batsmen in quick succession to trigger an early collapse before the visitors folded up for 245 in 48.5 overs to give India a commanding 3-0 lead in the seven-match series.
Raina, 19, cracked one six and five fours in his 67-ball knock for his second successive half-century following his match-winning 81 not out in the previous game at Faridabad.
Third one-day international, Goa: India 294-6 beat England 245 by 49 runs
Kevin Pietersen was ruled out from Goa ODI
April 3, 2006Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of England's third one-day international against India through illness.
Pietersen, the top-scorer in both previous matches of this campaign, sat out the match due to a stomach bug.
That meant Vikram Solanki got a recall for the tourists, who are 2-0 down in the seven-match series, while Sajid Mahmood came in for Kabir Ali. India: V Sehwag, R Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, S K Raina, M S Dhoni, I K Pathan, A B Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, R R Powar, M M Patel
England: A J Strauss, M J Prior, O A Shah, V S Solanki, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, G O Jones, I D Blackwell, L E Plunkett, J M Anderson, S I Mahmood
Coach Fletcher leaves India tour
April 1, 2006Coach Duncan Fletcher has left England's tour of India temporarily to accompany his ill wife Marina back to their home in South Africa.
England's next match is Monday's third one-day international against India in Goa, with Fletcher expected to return to the side hours before the start.
His wife's condition was not immediately clear but the couple flew on Saturday from Delhi to Cape Town.
Assistant coach Matthew Maynard will be in charge for Sunday's practice. Families of the England touring party have been in India for the past fortnight of the nine-week tour, which has been blighted by disruption.
Captain Michael Vaughan, opening batsman Marcus Trescothick, Simon Jones and Steve Harmison have all returned home for differing reasons. England, who fought back to tie the Test series 1-1, are 2-0 down in the seven-match one-day series after the four-wicket defeat in Faridabad on Friday.
Teenage sensation powers India to victory in second ODI; India 2-0
March 31, 2006Teenager Suresh Raina struck a valiant 81 not out on Friday as India overcame an early collapse to beat England by four wickets in the second limited-overs international.
The win, which brought the capacity 25,000 crowd on its feet, was India's 14th win on the trot while chasing which equalled the previous record of West Indies achieved between 1984 and '86.
Raina and Mahendra Dhoni (38) combined for a 118-run, sixth-wicket partnership to help India recover from a 92-5 slump and overhaul a 227-run victory target to lead the series 2-0.
Earlier England, too, suffered a mild collapse and owed their score to half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen (71) and opener Andrew Strauss (61), the only batsmen to defy India offspinners Ramesh Powar (3-34) and Harbhajan Singh (1-43). Kevin Pietersen (71) passed 1,000 career runs in just his 21st innings, to tie Viv Richards' record.
Second one-day international, Faridabad: India 230-6 (49 overs) beat England 226 (49.5 overs) by four wickets
Flintoff aiming for milestone win
March 31, 2006Andrew Flintoff is hoping to mark his 100th one-day international by leading England to victory over India.
But they go into Friday's game 1-0 down after throwing away the chance of winning the series opener in Delhi with a series of rash strokes. And the team will be in unfamiliar surroundings after deciding not to have a practice session in Faridabad.
There is a ray of hope for England in the fact that India have only won once in five previous games at the Nahar Singh Stadium, failing to defend a score of 274-6 against Zimbabwe in their last appearance there four years ago. The home side will make a late decision on the fitness of all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who is suffering from flu.
If Pathan is ruled out, paceman Munaf Patel could make his one-day debut, or they could turn to Ramesh Powar, an off-spinner and useful batsman. Opener Virender Sehwag will definitely play even though he is still receiving treatment for a back problem. India (from): RS Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, SK Raina, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, YV Rao, MM Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, RR Powar, RP Singh.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), K Ali, JM Anderson, GJ Batty, IR Bell, ID Blackwell, PD Collingwood, MJ Hoggard, GO Jones, SI Mahmood, KP Pietersen, LE Plunkett, MJ Prior, OA Shah, VS Solanki, AJ Strauss.
Kabir backs England to raise game
March 29, 2006Worcestershire pace bowler Kabir Ali believes England are good enough to come from behind and win the one-day series in India.
They lost the first match in Delhi by 39 runs after appearing to be cruising towards a target of 204 at one stage.
He began the series with figures of 4-45, his best in 10 limited overs international appearances, after only being included in the side when Sajid Mahmood hurt a finger in practice.
The 25-year-old hopes to build on that in Friday's match at Faridabad, but is not taking selection for granted.
He arrived in India match-ready in terms of fitness and recent competitive action, having been a member of the England A squad which toured the West Indies and he was immediately at home in the sub-continent.
Ali said he was surprised that India could not muster more than 203 in the opening game.
Pietersen defends batting style
March 29, 2006Kevin Pietersen denies he should have shown more caution after his dismissal sparked an England collapse to lose the first one-day international in India.
After Pietersen was caught on the boundary off a slog-sweep, England crashed from 117-3 to 164 all out.
Pietersen, in his 26th one-day international, had hit an assured 46 with nine boundaries, seven of which came in similar fashion on the leg side.
England only needed 87 to win with 30 overs remaining but the wicket came straight after India had introduced part-time bowler Yuvraj Singh.
Pietersen was one of five players who got out playing sweep shots, a tactic championed by coach Duncan Fletcher.
Former India batsman and left-arm spinner Ravi Shastri said England need not have played the sweep on a Delhi pitch with pace and bounce.
Pietersen insisted there were positives to be taken from the defeat, especially on the bowling side, with six more one-day games looming in India.
Harbhajan magic propels India to dramatic win
March 26, 2006After top-scoring with 37 in India's modest total of 203, Harbhajan Singh swung the game in India's favour with a career-best haul of 5-31 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series.
Kevin Pietersen (46) and Flintoff (41) led England's counter-attack, adding 60 runs in a brutal fourth-wicket partnership. Paceman Irfan Pathan (3-21) took two wickets in the opening over.
First one-day international, Delhi: India 203 (46.4 overs) beat England 164 (38.1 overs) by 39 runs
England seek one-day consistency
March 26, 2006Andrew Strauss says England will aim to use the one-day series against India to improve their consistency.
While the Test team has continued onwards and upwards, the one-day side has been hit and miss.
They play seven one-day internationals against India, starting in Delhi on Tuesday.
England are officially ranked sixth in the world but with less than a year to go before the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, they still have a lot of preparation to do.
England warmed up for the one-day series with a five-run loss against a Rajasthan President's XI in Jaipur on Saturday.
The team was captained by Vikram Solanki in the absence of Andrew Flintoff but he is on his way back to India after a whirlwind visit back to England to see his new-born son Corey.
Bell backs England to come good
March 25, 2006Batsman Ian Bell insisted valuable lessons had been learned following England's five-run defeat in Jaipur by a Rajasthan President's XI.
It was the team's only warm-up fixture before beginning a best of seven one-day series against India.
The home side totalled 260-6, thanks largely to an unbeaten 119 from Mohammad Kaif, who will face them again in Delhi on Tuesday.
Although England made a positive start in reply with Matt Prior hitting 55, they found scoring more difficult once the home side turned to spin.
His own innings did his chances of playing a significant part in the series against India no harm.
He has been an infrequent member of the one-day side since making his debut in Zimbabwe in November 2004 and has only played 10 games so far, four fewer than his number of Test caps.
Bell opened the batting in the third Test against India after Alastair Cook dropped out because of illness, but is unlikely to fill the same role in the shorter form of the game, having gone in at five in Jaipur.
RCA President's XI beat England XI by 5 runs
March 25, 2006Kaif, who was dropped from India's Test side despite his 91 in Nagpur, hit two sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 119 to lead a Rajasthan President's XI to 260-6 in Jaipur. In return England (256) lost their last wicket in the last ball, still needing 5 runs to win. Bell top scored with 71.
Last 4 Overs: 1 2 W . 1 . | . W 1 1 2 2 | 1 6 1 W 1 1 | . 2 1 6 .W One-day match, Jaipur: Rajasthan President's XI 260-6 (50 overs) bt England 255 (all out, 49.5 overs) England: V S Solanki (Captain), M J Prior (Wicket Keeper), O A Shah, K P Pietersen, I R Bell, I D Blackwell, L E Plunkett, G J Batty, Kabir Ali, J M Anderson, S I Mahmood.
RCA President's XI (from): G Gambhir, P A Patel (Wicket Keeper), S K Raina, M Kaif, Y V Rao, A Jadeja (Captain), Jaydev Shah, R R Powar, V R Singh, Piyush Chawla, R P Singh.
Solanki leads England in warm-up
March 24, 2006Vikram Solanki will captain England in Friday's one-day practice match as the tourists rest four of their Test stars.
Solanki, 29, who skippered England A on the recent tour of the West Indies, will be in charge against Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI.
Three other new arrivals will also play - seamers Kabir Ali and Sajid Mahmood and spinner Gareth Batty.
The match in Jaipur is the only warm-up for the seven-match one-day series, which starts in Delhi on Tuesday.
Andrew Flintoff is at home visiting his wife and new baby while Paul Collingwood, Geraint Jones, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Strauss are rested.
Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja will skipper the Rajasthan side in his first game against international opposition since his match-fixing ban was lifted in January 2003.
Jadeja, 35, represented India in 15 Tests and 196 ODIs before he, along with three others, was handed a five-year ban in 2000.
Alongside him are India one-day squad batsmen Gautam Gambhir and promising left-hander Suresh Raina.
Pace bowler Rudra Pratap Singh and spinner Ramesh Powar are also set to face England in the international series.
England: V Solanki (Captain), K Ali, J Anderson, G Batty, I Bell, I Blackwell, S Mahmood, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, M Prior (Wicket Keeper), O Shah
RCA President's XI (from): Ajay Jadeja (Captain), Gagan Khoda, Gautam Gambhir, Venugopal Rao, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (Wicket Keeper), Vikram Rajvir Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Pankaj Singh, Sanjay Gill, Dishant Yagnik (Wicket Keeper), Jaidev Shah, Vikrant Yadav.
Tendulkar out of one-day series
March 21, 2006Sachin Tendulkar will miss the one-day series against England with an injury, it has been announced.
Tendulkar is expected to bat in the second innings of the final Test against England on Wednesday.
Pandove said Tendulkar had a cyst and a tear in his right shoulder. The injury was first noticed after the home series against Sri Lanka last December.
He was out of the game for six months last year due to a persistent elbow injury, and has concerned many observers with his lack of runs in the Test arena this calendar year.
He has had better fortunes in 50-over-a-side cricket, however, with a century in Peshawar and 95 in Lahore featuring in his last four innings in one-day internationals.
Tendulkar could have a vital role to play on Wednesday with the outcome of the match and the series in the balance.
He did not look to be in discomfort when his quick pick-up and throw ran out England batsman Owais Shah shortly after lunch on Tuesday.
Added to the India squad who triumphed in the one-day series in Pakistan recently are batsman Venugopal Rao and fast bowler Munaf Patel, who has impressed in the Tests against England and replaces left-armer Zaheer Khan.
The selectors have overlooked the claims of veteran leg-break bowler Anil Kumble, despite his tremendous Test form and desire to resume his one-day international career.
Spin-bowling all-rounder Ramesh Powar, called up to provide extra depth to the squad in Pakistan, retains his place at the expense of Murali Kartik. India squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sri Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh.
England switching focus to India
Dec 22 2005England's cricketers have flown home from Pakistan with plenty to think about following defeats in the Test and one-day series. They will not have much time to rest as they head to India in mid-February. Michael Vaughan (knee), Ashley Giles (hip) and Kevin Pietersen (rib) all had to return home early from Pakistan. Batsman Andrew Strauss missed a Test in Pakistan to fly home for the birth of his son and England face a similar scenario in India with star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's wife expecting a baby on 20 March. Vaughan backs the policy of allowing players home leave in such circumstances. Vaughan admitted England, who have slipped below India in the ICC Test rankings, had under-performed in Pakistan.
Jones to head off to India early
Dec 21 2005Fast bowler Simon Jones will head to India before his England team-mates in an attempt to be fit for the Test and one-day series in March.
Jones is recovering from ankle surgery and is currently able to bowl at 80% of his normal speed. He has been attending the England Academy at Loughborough to get himself fit after missing the Pakistan series. He said he was raring to go in India, where he enjoyed bowling for the England A team in 2004. "We played against some good players but not as good as Tendulkar etc but I did enjoy bowling and I bowled reverse swing early doors and it suited me," Jones added. He admitted to feeling "gutted" at the news Cooley will be leaving the England camp when his contract runs out in May to join Australia. "Not only is he a great bowling coach he is also one of my good friends as well in the England squad," Jones commented. "It's not a nice thing to happen but I agree he wants to move on with his life and I will support everything he does. "He is the best bowling coach I have ever worked with but we will give the next person our best support."
Gough interested in England role
Dec 19 2005Darren Gough says he is interested in taking a coaching role with the England team but admits he is a long way from having the right qualifications. Gough is one of the names linked with England's vacant bowling coach job following the departure of Troy Cooley. England coach Duncan Fletcher says he would welcome any application while paceman Steve Harmison is keen for Gough to take the job. Gough, who has taken 235 wickets in 157 one-day internationals, has retired from the England Test side and was overlooked for the one-day series in Pakistan because he wanted to spend more time with his family. And despite his success on the dance floor, the 35-year-old has not given up on returning to the one-day line-up for the series with India next March.
Chappell expects England revival
Dec 19 2005India coach Greg Chappell believes England will have learnt from their failures in Pakistan and provide a sterner test for his side next March.
And he is also worried that Pakistan's confidence will be high for India's visit early in 2006. Former Australia captain Chappell put England's 2-0 Test series defeat down to the batting collapse that saw them losing the opening match in Multan. "I wouldn't read too much into it. I still think they're a good side - they showed that against Australia," he continued. "But for a poor session or two on the final day of the first Test the Pakistan tour could have been very different." Chappell refused to criticise England's policy of only playing two warm-up matches before the Test series began, a policy similar to his own on tour. "Three weeks of preparation wouldn't necessarily be any better. In the modern era you've got to adjust pretty quickly," he added. "I'm sure there are better ways to do it but I'm not sure you can lay the blame anywhere. "Australia struggled in the subcontinent until they had been here four or five times in quick succession and finally learnt what it took to be successful."