Shah keen to deliver results

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England enter today's fifth encounter with India with Owais Shah convinced they are a better side than they have shown so far in the one-sided one-day series.

Successive defeats at Rajkot, Indore, Kanpur and Bangalore sealed the one-day series for India with three matches remaining and kept them on course for a 7-0 series whitewash.

Their domination of the series is reminiscent of the equally one-sided series in India two years ago, when England also lost the first four matches and eventually subsided to a 5-1 defeat.

Owais Shah

Owais Shah relaxes at the team hotel in Bhubaneswar ahead of the fifth ODI today

But Middlesex batsman Shah, who scored just 11 runs in three innings two years ago, believes this England side is better equipped to improve their dismal record in India.

"We've not performed well out here," admitted Middlesex batsman Shah.

"We've beaten some big teams on the way like winning in Australia, Sri Lanka and beating South Africa last summer and we'd like to think we're progressing as a side.

"My personal belief is that we have better cricketers in the team than when we were last here, guys have come in and performed under pressure and we've got a lot more match-winners in the team.

"The results have not gone our way in India, but we have to keep working and adapting."

Shah, who smashed 72 from 48 deliveries to give England hope of victory in Bangalore, is understandably pleased with his current form.

"I've been happy with the way I've been striking the ball but it takes the gloss off it when we're the losing side.

"We're looking for a formula. Whatever form it is, if we can come up with a win then that's all really that matters."

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