Skipper Alastair Cook said yesterday he did not believe England would start as favourites in the one-day series against a depleted India despite their remarkable recent success.

A policeman watches England batsmen practice in Hyderabad yesterday.

England defeated India 4-0 in the four-match Test series at home this summer before beating them in a one-off Twenty20 game and a five-match one-day series.

"I don't read too much into the favourites tag," Cook told reporters here. "It is going to be a very different challenge. I don't see any relation between what happened in England and what is going to happen here.

India is historically strong at home." England will play a five-match series, starting in Hyderabad on October 14, before a one-off T20.