Dhoni wary of England backlash

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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not underestimate an England unit smarting from series defeats at the hands of Australia and Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not underestimate an England unit smarting from series defeats at the hands of Australia and Sri Lanka earlier this year.

The Indians and English will commence a challenging five-Test affair at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Wednesday, with the former eager to triumph away from home for the first time in three years and the latter determined to rectify an otherwise dour 2014.

"When it comes to international cricket, there comes a phase when every team does really well, and a phase when they won't do too much, or move in the right direction," said Dhoni.

"I would say it is a phase that every team goes through, even the mightiest of teams. Once you dominate, you then go through a phase when you don't do so well. It may be the form of the players, or a few of the players moving out and new players coming in.

"But you definitely pass through that, and I feel the England side has very good talent and very good players, so it is just a matter of time before they come back and perform."

The Indians have recruited former captain Rahul Dravid as a mentor for the tour. Dravid was part of the squad that toured the United Kingdom in 2011 but has since retired. He will work alongside a relatively inexperienced batting order including the talented Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

"Rahul has been with the team and he has shared his experience. We wanted a kind of mentor with the side, who can share his past experiences over here. He is not talking only about the technical things but he has been interacting with the youngsters. They are comfortable about talking to him," added Dhoni.

"We noticed that in South Africa. He was part of the commentary team and they'd go up and approach him to have a chat, whether it's cricket or something else."

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