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‘Results of warm-up matches irrelevant’

- Still struggling to adjust to new set of ODI rules: tredwell
A relaxed Kevin Pietersen, on Tuesday

New Delhi: Back to back defeats in warm up matches before the start of the one-day series has definitely left the visiting England side a worried lot. Off-spinner James Tredwell, who spoke to newspersons after England suffered a six-wicket defeat against Delhi, said it was not an ideal start for his team.

“It is certainly not an ideal start... We have not been able to execute our plans. The result in the practice matches is irrelevant, but we would have definitely wanted to start off on a positive note,” Tredwell said.

Asked where he thought his team lacked, the Englishman said that it was the bowlers’ failure to find the right areas. “In bowling, we have not been able to find the right lengths… Batting wise, we did well today. The batsmen spent time in the middle… That’s a positive thing,” Tredwell said.

England’s seam bowling, with only Jade Dernbach maybe the smallest exemption, was absolutely awful on Tuesday. The waywardness on show cannot even be blamed upon the conditions, after England opted to bat first so as to experience bowling under lights, with dew barely being a factor.

“It didn’t matter a great deal,” admitted James Tredwell afterwards, “It may have made the ball come on a bit better. But it didn’t make the ball overly wet, so it wasn’t anything to do with that, unfortunately.”

“We have not hit our skills as we would have liked. Clearly it was quite good a wicket, but we didn’t hit our lengths and lines consistently enough to build up enough pressure over a period of time. That’s what it boils down to.”

Tredwell conceded that the bowlers needed to lift their game for the ODI series and will also re-assess their approach. “We will certainly not try to blast them off with our pace, but we need to bowl straight,” he said.

Like India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the English spinner also spoke about how confusing the new ODI rules were. The new ICC rules make it mandatory for the teams to have five fielders inside the circle and use two new balls from each end.

“We are still struggling to adjust to the new set of ODI rules… We are spinning our heads around now. We need much planning,” he said.

Playing in cold weather in Delhi was not easy, Tredwell remarked. “It has been pretty chilly here… So it would be nice to play in a warmer place like Rajkot. But at the end of the day, we need to execute our plans on the field,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, David Saker, the fast-bowling coach has said that pacer Steven Finn should begin to shoulder more responsibility.

Allan Donald coined the phrase “leader of the attack” during a brief spell working with the England bowlers and Anderson has thrived on the extra responsibility conferred. “It comes with personality and Finn is probably the one who needs to take that role,” Saker said. “We have had a chat and hopefully he will take that mantle.”