Shami: England tour helped World Cup prep

2015 World Cup

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami feels the long tour to England, while a rollercoaster of results, was a valuable experience that will come back to help them when the World Cup rolls around.

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami feels the long tour to England, while a rollercoaster of results, was a valuable experience that will come back to help them when the World Cup rolls around.

India lost the Test series, but were dominant in the one-dayers, which will be relevant come February next year. The ODI World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand, so Shami felt the foreign training was ideal.

Shami said: "It was an enriching experience and first time for me. I'm disappointed that we did not do well in the last three Tests but we always knew to bounce back in the ODIs.

"I'm sure the experience will come in handy in the World Cup in Australia.

"It's time for me to take a bit of break and then back in action."

Meanwhile, former batsman VVS Laxman opined that India would need to work on their death bowling ahead of the World Cup, as well as their opening batting combination.

He said: "In the T20 they gave away 50 runs in the last three overs, which is a lot, so I think these two issues are a problem. Also the way India start with their batting will be important because of two new balls and conditions suiting the fast bowlers.

"Luckily for India, they are playing a tri-series before the World Cup and that too against the Australians in their own backyard. It will be a good experience for the players to get used to the conditions."

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