England Experience Will Help India on Australia Tour: VVS Laxman

Former India batsman VVS Laxman said the England debacle and the experience gained there will be useful when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team travels to Australia for a tough tour later in the year.

Updated: October 24, 2014 21:16 IST
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India struggled in England despite a historic Test win at Lord's.


Kolkata: VVS Laxman said that the English experience would help India do well in the grueling Australia tour that precedes the World Cup.

"I'm sure we'll do well in Australia. The reason I believe this is because they have got the talent and the potential. (Laxman Joins Forces With Ganguly for Bengal Cricket)

"You have seen that at Lord's. It's unfortunate they did not do well after that match. It was one of the best victories any Indian team has had in overseas conditions," Laxman told reporters here.

The England series would be a great learning experience for all the youngsters who played for the first time there," he said.

Blaming the batsmen's collective failure as the reason for the debacle, Laxman said,"Our batsmen struggled on bowler friendly wickets. We were losing the first four-five wickets within the one-hour mark. It's difficult to come back and save the game."

"We have to accept that our batsmen did not do well. But I'm sure the experience will only help them become better Test cricketers," he said.

Laxman said it was a welcome sign for the present crop of cricketers to score runs at good strike rates which gives spectators an opportunity to see result-oriented Tests.

"With the influence of T20 and ODI, cricket has changed. You are now aiming to score at least 3.5 or 4 runs an over. When I played 2.5-3 runs an over was considered good.

"What is important is the time they spend in the middle and the amount of quality or impact knocks they play. If they get 100 runs in 80 balls, there's no problem in that. The quicker you score, the more opportunities the bowlers get to take wickets. I've always been a believer of getting hundreds especially at the domestic level," he said.

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