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Bresnan and Finn back bowlers

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Cook, Bresnan, Bopara and Finn spoke to the media ahead of the India ODI series

Seamers Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn believe England have enough bowling resources to cause India problems in the one-day series.

In the absence of the rested James Anderson and the injured Stuart Broad, Bresnan has been tasked with leading the attack in a country that is notorious for its batting-friendly surfaces.

Bresnan, though, has noted that the younger bowlers included in the tour party - such as fast bowler Stuart Meaker - are champing at the bit to prove themselves, and the Yorkshireman is not taking his starting place for granted.

He told “We’ve got a lot of talent coming through and they’re nipping on my heels as well, so I’ve got to be at the top of my game, otherwise I’ll be replaced.

“There’s some quality coming through. Stuart Meaker is swinging it both ways at 105 miles an hour - you can’t ask for more than that really.

Tim Bresnan & Steven Finn

Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn are confident England's bowling attack will not be fazed by the batting-friendly pitches they will encounter

“I love a challenge. I feel as though that’s what brings the best out in me and especially the best in my cricket. So I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge of being in India and playing against India over here.”

Finn, one of the more experienced heads on the tour despite being just 22 years old, is fully aware that the conditions are alien to those in England.

However, the tall paceman believes the side will be able to take wickets at crucial stages should they stick to the meticulous planning that has seen them become a formidable bowling unit in all formats of the game in recent times.

“You have to find a way in any given conditions. You’re not going to talk yourself out of taking wickets before the series has even started,” he said.

“We don’t know how it’s going to pan out; we don’t know how the wickets are going to play. We’re going to have to find a way to work on those wickets.

"Obviously there’s not going to be the pace and bounce that we had in England and we’re going to find a way - whether it be reverse swing, whether it be bowling to certain plans to certain batsmen.

“That’s the great thing about this team that we play in. No matter where we play or no matter who we play, we find a way against them and we’ve managed to beat them over the last few years.

“We really, really don’t care who we’re playing. We’re out here to beat them and we’re going to give it a good go."

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