Dravid sees World Cup value in Test success

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Former India skipper Rahul Dravid is eager to see the momentum gained during the ongoing Test series against England transferred to success in next year's World Cup.

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid is eager to see the momentum gained during the ongoing Test series against England transferred to success in next year's World Cup.

Led by inspired captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indians sport a vital one-nil series lead in the five-match series in the United Kingdom, after securing a 95-run victory at Lord's in London last week.

India will be pooled with Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe at the 2015 limited-overs showpiece in Australia and New Zealand.

"The players may be inexperienced at the Test level, but the same guys have played a lot of ODI cricket. There is good balance, the fielding is exceptional, and generally, they are up there with any of the other top sides in the world," <i>Wisden India</i> quoted Dravid as saying.

"There are a few ODI specialists. Suresh Raina is an example that comes to mind. Then there is Yuvraj Singh, although I'm not too sure if the selectors will look in that direction. It's a good thing, if they can keep a whole squad together and not have too many changes, you can develop and grow the side. It's always good to play in Australia.

"The wickets will be good, it might test some of the young players. But if they get a couple of fast bowlers sorted out and in good form by the time the tournament starts, they will give themselves a good chance."

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed a wicket each, as the English moved to 247 for two on day one of the third Test at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday.

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