England seamer Tim Bresnan has stated that the tourists’ bowling attack will have to be particularly disciplined India’s low, slow pitches if they are to prevail in the forthcoming limited overs series.
England thrashed India in both Test and one-day series at home recently, but Bresnan said bowling in India was a huge challenge as the conditions did not favour pace bowling as much as in England.
“It’s obviously different bowling in England than in India,” the 26-year-old seamer said. “In England, you may gather some seam when the ball is new. With wickets playing different in India, I view it as a challenge.
“We have to bowl very tightly with the new ball. We have to bowl very accurately and very straight. Otherwise, you will be hit for runs.”
Bresnan said England had the depth in bowling to maintain pressure on the hosts despite the absence of fast bowlers James Anderson (rested) and Stuart Broad (injured).
Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, uncapped Stuart Meaker and Chris Woakes are the other pacemen in the squad.
“We have young bowlers who have a lot of talent. If we bowl well, we can pick up early wickets,” said Bresnan, who has bagged 63 wickets in 52 one-day internationals.
“It’s a fresh start and a new challenge for us. We are going into this series with exactly the same mentality with which we won in England. We are still looking to improve and looking forward to the challenge.”
England will play two warm-up games before the five-match series starts in Hyderabad on October 14 and then play a one-off Twenty20 international.
India named a depleted squad for the first two games as some of their key players had not recovered from injuries suffered during the England tour, but Bresnan said it was a still a challenge to beat India in their own backyard.
“It does not matter who we are playing. The challenge for us is that we need to overcome the opposition,” said Bresnan, who is also a useful lower-order batsman.
“We have got top-class batters and we are looking forward to the challenge of chasing down (totals). I have something to contribute when it comes to my batting.”
The Indian squad has just four survivors from the side that defeated Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.
Missing are batting stars Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, and frontline seamers Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.
Seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh were not selected.