Dhoni wants swinging, 'English' tracks

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lamented the slow, flat track at Trent Bridge for the first Test draw against England, saying he actually wanted to play on traditional, swinging English decks.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lamented the slow, flat track at Trent Bridge for the first Test draw against England, saying he actually wanted to play on traditional, swinging English decks.

Dhoni said he didn't want to play on dry, flat tracks, but rather wanted to expose his players to local conditions, and was disappointed in the poor batting and bowling surface they all had to slog on.

Dhoni said in the wake of the Nottingham draw: "I always said that when you come to a country you want to play on a wicket that is the speciality of that country.

"There's no fun in going to India and having a flat wicket where people can score 200 or 250 runs, but it's very good if you score a hundred on a turning track.

"England is not known for fast wickets but here it's more about swing and overcast conditions, and that's the speciality here. It is more about swing. That's what you want to see."

England skipper Alastair Cook echoed Dhoni's feelings, saying he wanted the rest of the series to be played on pitches with 'a bit of life' in them, rather than the dour deck at Trent Bridge.

Cook said: "We can score heavy runs once we get in, and we know we can put their top order under pressure. We just need a pitch with a bit of life in it."

The skipper went on to say that his run of poor form, now nearing 30 knocks without a century, needed to end and soon, adding: "I've had a couple of chop-ons, then bowled hitting your thigh pad…

"It's a testing game and these things happen when you're not in the best of form. But it's how you react to them and what you're doing in your practice.

"If you suddenly change everything, you're not being true to yourself. I've got to believe the wheel will turn at some stage.

"I need to start scoring runs at the top of the order for England. For a year I haven't done it now and I need to do it. Simple."

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