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Friday, 14 October 2011

India and England captains expect tactical changes due to revised rules in ODI cricket

HYDERABAD, India - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his England counterpart Alastair Cook said Thursday they expect new tactics to be seen in one-day internationals following the introduction of new rules.

Dhoni and Cook were speaking ahead of a five-game ODI series starting Friday that will be played with revised rules, including the use of a new ball from each end and a stipulation that bowling and batting powerplays be completed between the 16th and 40th overs of an innings.
Dhoni expects a decrease in reverse swing for pace bowlers while Cook foresees a change in how spinners are used.
"You may see a bit of swing initially, but what you may not see is reverse swing, which fast bowlers rely on," Dhoni said. "A lot will depend on the outfield, people will still try to 'make' the ball so that it reverses, but of course you have to do it legally."
"A lot depends on how dry the track is. If there is no reverse-swing, it is a good placid wicket and the outfield is nice, you may see more runs being scored."
Dhoni said teams would also have to look at different options with regard to how they used their powerplays.
"When chasing, teams used to keep the last five overs as batting powerplays, but now there will be some change in tactics," Dhoni said. "As teams get used to the new rules, we will find different results."
Cook agreed that the revised rules would change the dynamics of the game, pointing to the scrapping of the ball change after 34 overs.
"You will see spin a lot earlier, certainly in the 11th or 12th overs and probably more spin toward the death overs," Cook said. "A lot depends on how a side adapts to the new conditions.
"Reverse swing will have less of an impact. But if a ball reverses, you get to keep it, you don't have to change it after the 34th over like before. Sometimes you get a knock on the ball that makes it reverse swing and now you get to keep the ball through the innings."
Dhoni, who is missing several senior players including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh due to injuries, said he had faith in his batsmen and thought of the series as a good opportunity for the bowlers.
"They (bowlers) have a fair bit of experience here so should be more comfortable," Dhoni said. "It is an opportunity to show their talent. I think it will be exciting.
"It is a great opportunity for someone like spinner (Ravichandran) Ashwin, who loves challenges, even in powerplays and whether or not the batsman is going after him."
Cook felt his team was capable of beating any side but needed to do it consistently after recording home series wins against India and Sri Lanka.
"We know India has a great record at home and that is the challenge we have ahead of us, but I am very confident we can do it," Cook said. "However, they are a talented side and no matter which XI we play, it is going to be a strong side."
Cook was bullish about young players like batsman Jonny Bairstow and legspinner Scott Borthwick, who have done well in their two practice games.
"It's a great position to be in," he said. "Not just this 15, other players are pushing as well. As a captain, to select a side, you have new headaches. You have to make tough calls as to who misses out."
The England opener added that India's recent tour of England, on which it failed to win a single international game, had no relevance now.
"What is gone is gone. It was great to be part of that tour but this is a new series in new conditions," Cook said. "Hopefully we can start well."
The first game will be played in Hyderabad, where India has lost all its three previous one-dayers.
The other one-day games will be held in New Delhi (Oct. 17), Mohali (Oct. 20), Mumbai (Oct. 23) and Kolkata (Oct. 25). The tour culminates with a solitary Twenty20 game in Kolkata (Oct. 29). AP

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