Vaughan targets India

Skipper ready for tough test from tourists

By Graham Mair   Last updated: 25th July 2007  

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England Test captain Michael Vaughan is looking forward to facing a 'formidable and experienced' India team during the second half of the summer.

Vaughan, 32, returned to Test cricket during the recent 3-0 series success against West Indies following a year on the sidelines due to knee injury.

The Yorkshire batsman believes India will pose more of a challenge than West Indies and is looking forward to his side being tested during the three-Test series.

"They bring a batting line-up that's formidable and full of experience," Vaughan told Michael Atherton during an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"The bowlers - there are a couple of left-armers (Rudra Pratap Singh and Zaheer Khan) and the young (Sri) Sreesanth - who I think is a real quality seamer - and (Anil) Kumble with all his experience.

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"They will pose probably a little bit of a bigger threat than the West Indies.

"We might have to raise our bar just a little bit to ensure we get a good series victory against the Indians."

Vaughan was quick to dismiss suggestions that India's middle-order, which is likely to feature four players over the age of 32, has seen better days.

"You've got no chance of getting me to say Sachin Tendulkar is aging," he added. "I think they are all quality players and experience is a great thing.

"It should be a great series as they always bring plenty of supporters, there are plenty of Indians living in England, and they always cram the grounds and make plenty of noise.

"It should be a great atmosphere for our team to play in."

The first Test starts at Lord's on July 19, followed by matches at Trent Bridge (Jul 27-31) and the Oval (Aug 9-13).

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