The touring Englishmen are have begun their march today as their practice game against India A commenced in Mumbai. The three tour matches prior to the Test series will help them adjust to the conditions even though the Indian management is doing its best to shield its main weapon – the spinners.
Captain Alastair Cook knows the enormity of the task before his side and admitted that it would be a challenge to win a series here – something an England team hasn’t done for almost thirty years. Cook said, “"It's a huge challenge as history suggests. It is so hard for an English side to win in the sub-continent. We are just desperate to use the conditions in these three (warm-up) games and change things around.
Clearly the history shows how hard it is. It's been 30 years. That's the sort of challenge we have ahead of us. Nowhere is it going to be easy; there are going to be really tough hurdles on the way. We have to overcome those challenges. As players we put ourselves in that situation as to what we want to do. If we want to be tested against the best in hard conditions then this tour is up there.”