M S Dhoni avoids probing questions on his captaincy

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni said there have been no indications from senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar after the drawn game at Nagpur about his future.

"No, nothing at all," he said to the English scribe. Dhoni said though it was demanding to switch over so fast from the longest to the shortest format of the game, the professionals that they are will have to make the shift.

"It's demanding to switch formats as Test cricket is totally different from T20 matches, but as international cricketers we are supposed to stand up to the demands of the game. Maybe one more practice session would have helped but this is the only one we have. So we have to make the most out of it."

The dew factor may come in, said Dhoni, which may negate the effectiveness of the spinners as the ball tends to skid and not grip the dew-laded surface.

"England are a balanced side irrespective of the format. It (condition) may be slightly different this time of the year with a bit of dew which may mean the spinners may not be that effective, but these are all speculations." More PTI SSR KHS

Dhoni said that after last season's IPL ties at this venue, a lot more matches had been held in the domestic tournaments and the wicket, that sported some uneven bounce when it was newly laid, must have settled down now.

"The stadium is fantastic with excellent facilities. A fair amount of cricket has been going on and the wicket must have settled down. It will be a good track for the batsmen to score runs. Not a big outfield (boundaries) and the big shots will come into contention."

"The last time we played in IPL, there was variable bounce. If the wicket has settled, that shouldn't be the case," he remarked.

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