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England hope that playing the npower Test series against India on quick pitches will give them the edge over the tourists, according to Hugh Morris.

Andrew Strauss’ side begin the four-match rubber versus the world’s number one side on Thursday at Lord’s, knowing a victory by two Tests will see them rise to the top of the ICC rankings.

Morris, managing director - England Cricket, believes faster pitches than India are accustomed to could be the difference between two highly talented sides.

“We do have home advantage here,” he told ecb.co.uk. “The ball can swing around in our conditions as we know and obviously there’s a little bit more pace and bounce in the pitches over here rather than the sub-continent.

“So assuming that we are going to be playing on pitches that help our seam bowlers, and also our batters, then we should be in a good position to do well.”

However, Morris stressed that England will not take Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team lightly.

“We’re not underestimating the task ahead of us,” he added. “India are a very, very fine side. They’ve got some fantastic players, some terrific batsmen.

“Sachin Tendulkar’s got to be one of the greatest players of all time. So we know the task ahead but we feel we’re up to the challenge.”

Like many, Morris is excited by the prospect of two milestones falling at the Home of Cricket this week.

“The forthcoming series against India is hugely significant in the history of cricket,” he said.

“The Test match at Lord’s will be the 100th Test match between India and England. It will also be the 2,000 Test match of all time. Historically, it’s a memorable moment.”