England focus on getting their basics right: Shah

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/o/owaisshah_ap.jpg' class='caption'> England will focus on getting their basics right to salvage their pride by winning the remaining three ODIs against India, Owais Shah said.

Updated: November 25, 2008 12:33 IST
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The battered and bruised England will focus on getting their basics right to salvage their pride by winning the remaining three one-day matches against India, a visibly-concerned Owais Shah said on Tuesday.

England, who were confined to their team hotel, chose to engage themselves in some mental assessment instead of the regular pre-match practice.

"We had a meeting this morning and we talked about areas where we have not done well," Shah said.

"Yes, I think. We would have to make some changes in the team. We need to get our basics right and get a few hundreds at the top of the order. Obviously, the man who gets in has to go on and put a big score, taking charge of the innings. Whoever gets in on the day has to kick on," said England's leading scorer in the ongoing series.

The number three batsman has been the most reliable this winter, having fought a lone battle with two half-centuries, with an average of 42.50 from four matches.

But the right-handed Middlesex batsman said there's no point getting out in 50s and 60s when you cannot finish it off on a winning note.

"As far as I am concerned, I am happy to contribute in each game. However, there's no point getting 50s and 60s, if you end up in the losing side. Yes I am striking the ball well but we are ending up in the losing side, so nothing much to cheer about," added the 30-year-old.

Shah, who bowls occasional off-breaks, also said they needed some improvement in their bowling department.

"There are other areas in bowling and fielding where we have to improve. We have get our yorkers in and slower ball right. We can all improve and try and beat India in the sub-continent. It is a very tough game. More tough here at this level. In the subcontinent, they have got their skills, yorkers, slower balls right.

"The formula we used this summer against South Africa (when we won 4-0) worked very very well. But coming to the subcontinent, I suppose we were trying to adapt and come up with a good formula. That will work but we don't want to do the same work and get the same result. We are trying to improvise.

"Moreover, Yuvraj is on fire... He has got two hundreds in this series, we have none... Obviously that is where we fell short," he added.

Looking back at the 19 runs loss (by Duckworth-Lewis method) in Bangalore, he said: "The match was a tough task. It was a Twenty20 kind of thing... We thought, we could have achieved it but again fell short by few runs."

Not very happy with the D-L method, he said "ICC should look into this aspect."

Shah felt Monty Panesar should have been in the side. "He has the skills I don't know why he's been left out, ask the selectors. I am one of the players I cannot answer."

Giving due credit to their nemesis Yuvraj, who cracked two back-to-back centuries to take the series away from them, Shah said, "There's little we could do against Yuvraj... Plans are plans, we have to execute it. He is playing phenomenal cricket at the moment... Sometimes, you have to give credit to people when they are playing well."

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