Vaughan finds India tour more tough

London, February 10:

England captain Michael Vaughan believes the upcoming tour of India could be even tougher than the Ashes series in Australia.

England set off on Sunday for a tour of India for three Tests and seven one-dayers against opponents who have lost only one home Test series in the last 10.

It is a daunting challenge for an England side still reeling from their defeat in Pakistan before Christmas, and who will also travel without leading spinner Ashley Giles following his failure to recover from a hip injury.

“I think it’s one of the toughest tours around,” Vaughan said. “If you look at tours around the world, I think Australia and India are the two toughest you can go on. With the conditions you get in India and the heat and their record on their home soil, you could even argue it’s the hardest of them all.”

“In India there is Kumble, Harbhajan, there is (Murali) Kartik who might also play,” said Vaughan. “There are players like Zaheer (Khan) and the other left-armer (Irfan) Pathan, so it will be a great challenge as a batsman and an equally big challenge to try and get their top nine batsmen out. The first Test starts in Nagpur on March 1.