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England looking to spoil India''s party tomorrow, says Strauss

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Bangalore, Feb 26 (PTI) Going by present form, Indiastart as favourites against England in tomorrow''s high-profileWorld Cup match but rival captain Andrew Strauss today saidhis team would be looking to spoil the home team''s party infront of a jam-packed M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Strauss said there was plenty of excitement among histeam-mates for tomorrow''s match and the pressure would be moreon the Indians than on Englishmen.

"There is huge sense of anticipation right now. After theopening game, it is a huge occasion for us. Playing againstIndia on their own turf is a great opportunity for us," hetold reporters at the pre-match press conference.

"We just need to focus on playing smart cricket. In someways, perhaps there is more pressure on India than us in thisgame. We want to play according to our plans and put themunder pressure.

"Potentially, it is huge day for us because we need tosend out pretty strong signals to other sides tomorrow. We areexcited and confident about tomorrow''s game. We will love tospoil an Indian party in Bangalore tomorrow," Strauss said.

Even though he admitted that India are a formidable sideat home, Strauss said England possess a good track record whenit comes to pressure games.

"There is no doubt that they (India) are a strong side inhome conditions. We played well against them in England but inIndia we have not played well enough. I think our bowlers werenot smart enough and I think that was crucial.

"Having said that we played a lot of good cricket in thelast 24 months or so and we are proud about that. In big highpressure games we can perform well and this is one of suchhigh pressure games. We are very confident of doing well," hesaid.

Strauss, however, said champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar,who in all likelihood is playing his last World Cup, anddestructive Virender Sehwag can pose a serious threat toEngland''s chances tomorrow.

"Sachin Tendulkar is one of the mammoths of world cricketfor the last two decades. The fact that he has been doing thesame thing for so long and with so much consistency is a greattestimony of his preparation for a game. He is absolutely agreat legend," he said.

Asked whether England have got specific plans up theirsleeves to stop Sehwag, who scored a blistering 175 againstBangladesh in the tournament-opener, Strauss said, "Yes. Nodoubt we have plans for him.

"A player like Sehwag will score quickly if he stays atthe wicket for more time. If we can get couple of wicketsearly, we can put their batting under pressure." .

Story first published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 15:00 [IST]
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