Cricket - Tredwell calls for big improvement

James Tredwell is prepared for plenty of hard work before England start their one-day series against India on Friday.

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James Tredwell says England need to improve before they meet India on Friday

After securing a memorable Test series win before Christmas, the tourists' preparations for the five-match ODI series have been some way short of expectations. They have lost both their warm-up matches, going down by 53 runs against India A on Sunday and following up with a six-wicket humbling at the hands of Delhi on Tuesday.

"It's obviously not been ideal. We like to go in and win these games but we've not hit our skills in the way we'd have liked," he said. "We need to make some improvements in the next couple of days."

Aside from the form of Ian Bell, who has scores of 91 and 108 to his name, there has been little to cheer England.

The middle order collapsed in the first fixture before an improved showing saw them post 294 for five against Delhi, but the bowlers were picked apart with ease by their unheralded hosts, and there are major concerns over the form of every seamer on tour bar Jade Dernbach.

Tredwell, deputising for the rested Graeme Swann, has performed admirably as lead spinner but acknowledges England need to improve before they meet India in Rajkot.

He added: "We didn't hit our lengths consistently enough to build pressure over periods of time. That's what it boils down to. To be able to turn it around in the next couple of days going into the first ODI is crucial.

"We all have massive pride in our performances so when things don't go to plan it's disappointing. We can build on that disappointment and put it right going into the first game."

England have been whitewashed in their last two one-day series' in India and back-to-back defeats in the tour matches have done little to raise hopes of an improvement. Tredwell has cautioned against placing too much emphasis on the warm-up fixtures though.

"The result is irrelevant, it doesn't mean a great deal in the scheme of things but we'd like to have come out with some better performances," he said. "We like to win these games and that hasn't been the case but it's what we do now that's important."

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