Video of India captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher’s press conference ahead of their tour game against Leicestershire. India have arrived in England for their five-match Test series, which begins on July 9.


“What you assess is how good a side the opposition is and I still think England are a fantastic side. Which means it will be a tough competition for us and they know the home conditions better than us,” Dhoni said at his first press conference after arriving in England, PTI reported.


“It’s a long series, five Test matches followed by five ODIs and one T20. Playing a series with five Test matches is something that’s entirely new for us. But overall I think it will be really good,” Dhoni said.


India failed to register a single win in their disastrous last tour in 2011, losing the Test series 0-4, the five-match ODI series 0-3 and also the lone T20 International.  Of the current 18-member Indian squad only Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma have played a Test match in England, the report added.