Bristol: England skipper Alastair Cook started playing mind games as he said that a change of format will certainly help the Indian team terming them favourites in the five-match ODI series starting here today.
"A change of format will obviously do them good. It's not quite the same ground-hog day for them probably," the sarcasm in Cook's statement was not lost as he referred to India's woeful show in the last three Tests of the recently concluded series.
"We've got to remember they're world champions at 50-overs, so they obviously know what they're doing and will probably go into this as favourites. But if we play well, we're hard to beat in our conditions," Cook said on the eve of the first one-dayer.
India lost the five-match Test series 3-1 in embarrassing fashion after losing by huge margins in the last three Tests at Southampton, Manchester and the Oval. This was despite taking a 1-0 lead in the series at the Lord's.
But the change in format should give them more confidence, having completed a 95-run win over Middlesex in the single warm-up game at Lord's on Friday.
Meanwhile, for England, the ODI World Cup in Australia-New Zealand comes into focus as this is their last engagement at home.