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Monday 06 Aug 2018 10.46 AM

Can't take five days off before Test series: Gavaskar

Test series, Gavaskar

Critical of the way India prepared for the Test series against England, Sunil Gavaskar says lack of serious practice ahead of the Birmingham game hurt India dearly as batsmen's poor technique against moving deliveries was thoroughly exposed.

Gavaskar is livid with the fact that India played only eight days of competitive cricket (3 ODIs and T20Is against England and 2 vs Ireland) and that too limited overs before the Test series. After the ODI series defeat, Indian team was given a five-day break and the players spent time in Europe.

"It was no preparation at all," Gavaskar told 'India Today' channel, referring to the three-day warm-up game. "I can understand that you need to switch off after a series but that can't be five days at a stretch. It can be three plus three day breaks between matches but not five days," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar was also critical of Indian team for changing an official first-class game into a glorified practice session in the name of warm-up game with all 18 players taking part. PTI

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