Dhoni not resting on laurels

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Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan is putting up his hand for selection in the ODI series © Getty Images

India are setting their sights on undermining England before the start of the two Tests by completing a one-day international series whitewash.

Victories in Rajkot, Indore, Kanpur and Bangalore sealed the seven-match series with three matches to go against an England side who arrived in India with high expectations of success.

But with a two-match Test series starting in Ahmedabad on December 11, India have warned they are not about to rest on their laurels.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said: “You will see a few changes in the side in the next three matches and some of the people who have not played in the series so far will play but we still look to win games.

“There are three more matches to come and we want to win all those games.”

All-rounder Irfan Pathan is likely to come into contention for tomorrow's day-night encounter at the Barabati Stadium with India possibly looking to rest left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan before the start of the Test series.

Premier spinner Harbhajan Singh could also be rested in the next three games but India insist that should not be interpreted as them easing off.

Hard-hitting opener Virender Sehwag said: “The coaching staff have congratulated us on winning the series and now they say there is another series of three more matches to win.

“After beating Australia in the Test series we are full of confidence and we want to keep that going.

“We know if we play to our best we can beat England because we are playing such good cricket.”

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