Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Treadwell calls for improvement

England spinner James Treadwell concedes that the side need to improve quickly ahead of the  first one-day international against India in Rajkot on Friday.

Ashley Giles’ side crashed to a six wicket warm-up defeat against Delhi on Tuesday, just three days after they were heavily beaten by India A in Mumbai.

With the first of five one-day internationals just days away, Giles knows his experimental side need to get to grips with sub-continent conditions or risk yet another limited overs series defeat.

England have not won a one-day series in India since 1984 and have one just one of their last 17, taking in two successive whitewashes. It is little wonder then that Betfair England markets are tipping the hosts to win once more.

However, they can at least take heart from the Test side, who won their first series in India 28 years in December.

England have also entered an experimental era , with the role of coach now split, with Giles taking charge of the limited overs sides, while Andy Flower remains responsible for the Test side.

There has been changes among the playing staff as well, with the likes of James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad left at home in order to rest up ahead of later tours.

Treadwell is one of those expected to step up in the absence of more experienced stars and he knows there is plenty of scope for improvement given their performances in the warm-ups.

"It's obviously not been ideal,” he said. “We like to go in and win these games but we've not hit our skills in the way we'd have liked,"

"We need to make some improvements in the next couple of days. We didn't hit our lengths consistently enough to build pressure over periods of time. That's what it boils down to.

"To be able to turn it around in the next couple of days going into the first ODI is crucial.
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