India at home, a different challenge: Cook
England will look to improve on their dismal one-day record in India when they clash with the injury-ravaged world champions in a five-match series starting tomorrow.England will look to improve on their dismal one-day record in India when they clash with the injury-ravaged world champions in a five-match series starting tomorrow.
Dhoni (left) and Cook unveil the trophy at Hyderabad yesterday
England have beaten India just once in their last 10 ODIs on Indian soil, which included a thrilling tie during the World Cup in Bangalore in March.
Alastair Cook's side will be buoyant after a dominant home season when they beat India 4-0 in the Test series, and also won the one-dayers 3-0.
Cook, however, refused to take victory for granted against a depleted home team missing Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh due to injury or poor form.
"I don't see any relation between what happened in England and what's going to happen out here," Cook said ahead of the first one-dayer at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
"India are historically strong at home, and we have an extremely tough challenge on our hands. It's a great opportunity for an England side to play the world champions in their back yard."
England, who arrived in India on October 4 to acclimatise to local conditions, warmed up for the series by winning both practice matches against Hyderabad teams.