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England skip training before fifth ODI

November 26, 2008 10:01 IST

A beleaguered England skipped training in Cuttack on Tuesday and held a brain-storming session ahead of the fifth one-dayer against India in a series they trail 4-0.

England have already conceded the seven-game series but are desperate to avoid a whitewash and regain momentum before a two-Test series which follows the one-dayers.

"We had a meeting this morning and we thought it would be better to talk about and identify areas that have not gone quite right," batsman Owais Shah told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Everyone feels they are hitting the ball okay and the bowlers feel alright. You are not going to forget how to play your shots overnight just because you don't practice for one day."

The 30-year-old Middlesex batsman has been a rare success in a dismal England campaign, scoring 58, 40 and a 48-ball 72 in the last three games.

He urged his team mates to stay focused for the day-night game in the eastern Indian town.

"Sport at this level is more mental than anything you do in the field," he said. "We feel if we can make the mental adjustments it should put us in a better frame of mind to go and perform tomorrow."

India could make some changes to rest regulars and give all rounder Irfan Pathan, batsman Virat Kohli or left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha their first games in the series.

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