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England would have lost test series too had there been one: Ravi Shastri

Kolkata, Oct 28 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri has made light of England’s poor display in the recent one-day international series in India, saying that the hosts would have pounded them just as badly had there been a Test series as well.

Speaking to mediapersons, Shastri attributed India’s drubbing on their England tour to fatigue.

“I’m not surprised one bit. When India were in England, they were a little under-prepared and they were tired. They were jaded. The World Cup took a lot out of them. (In) India, thank God there was no four Test match series. You might have had a 4-0 score and all test matches would have got over in four days,” he said.

The former India test cricketer was upbeat about India’s upcoming tour of Australia. He said that while the tour would be challenging, the prospect of facing the formidable ex-champions at home with a young team was exciting.

“It will be challenging. Traveling overseas (with) lots of youngsters, it will be challenging. Australia, at home are a strong side, but I’m sure India will do a lot better than they did in England,” he added.

India face England in their only Twenty20 International on Saturday (October 29), having beaten the visitors 5-0 in the ODI series.

India’s stellar performance comes very shortly after a dismal tour of England, where the injury-ridden team lost its top spot in tests and slid down the one-day rankings after failing to secure a single victory. (ANI)