Flintoff eyes momentum shift

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Andrew Flintoff & MS Dhoni

Andrew Flintoff is keen for England to get experience in the subcontinent conditions

India's dominant displays in the current one-day series have prompted Andrew Flintoff to call for England's cricketers to play more games in the subcontinent.

Flintoff believes any exposure the players receive to subcontinent conditions and skills can only help their bid to triumph in 2011 and become the first England side to lift the World Cup.

"Some of the lads have not played a great deal in India, or played in front of this type of crowds with the attention on cricket you get over here," he explained.

"The World Cup is over here in a few years’ time so the more opportunities to play out here and develop your skills on these type of wickets, the more it will be beneficial to this group of lads."

While England have struggled to adapt to the conditions, India's batsman have frequently dominated before their balanced attack have slowly squeezed any hint of a challenge from the tourists' batting line-up.

"In the four games we've played it's fair to say they outplayed us in every department," admitted Flintoff.

"They're very well-drilled and with playing the short form of the game they have learnt a lot of new skills with bat and ball and we've been found wanting a little bit.

"We've got three games left in this series and we're going to have to get something out of them. We can't win the series so it's down to our own personal pride and also trying to gain some momentum going into the Test series."

Flintoff also shrugged off fears about his left ankle, which has been operated on four times, after he was seen clutching it during Sunday's defeat in Bangalore following an on-going problem with the footholes.

He has already told England's management he wants to play in every remaining match of the tour, including the three-day warm-up match in Baroda prior to the first Test in Ahmedabad, rather than rest for any of the final three one-day internationals.

“The ankle is fine. I was a bit sore because of the footholes but it was a different area to where I've had all the problems so I wasn't worried," he confirmed.

"I'd be keen to play in the last three games. We've got three one-day internationals, a three-day warm-up game followed by two Test matches so it's not that hectic."

England will train in Cuttack tomorrow for the first time prior to Wednesday's day-night encounter at the Barabati Stadium and could look at experimenting with different combinations for the remainder of the series.

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright is yet to feature and may be recalled while it is possible Steve Harmison will take over from James Anderson, who is yet to take a wicket in the series.

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