Former England star Allan Lamb has slammed India for their inadequate preparation for the ongoing Test series against England ahead of the third Test at Trent Bridge on August 18.

Meanwhile, India will be keen to bounce back after going 2-0 down in the Test series. The batsmen have struggled miserably and as a result, paying the price for it.

A few days back, Sunil Gavaskar lambasted for lack of preparation, and Lamb has now seconded it. He said that training has to be spot on when you are playing outside your comfort zone.

It’s just a case of poor preparation. England go to Australia and play two First-Class games and then get hammered in the first Test. So it’s imperative that the preparation has to be spot on when you are going out of your comfort zone,” Lamb told TOI.

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Team India arrived in England in late June and played the One-day International and Twenty20 International series before the five-match Test series. They played only one practise game against Essex, which was later reduced to three days. Allan Lamb couldn’t find a reason to curtail the practice game and noted that Test and ODI don’t go hand in hand.

I don’t know why they curtailed the practice game. And make no mistake, ODIs and Test matches don’t work together. The ball, the field setting – everything is different. When you play a Test, you need to spend time at the crease which is not the case in the shorter formats. These things happen with practice,” Lamb added.

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India is getting the basics wrong against England: Allan Lamb

The Indian team took three days off after the defeat at Lord’s. Speaking on the line, Lamb feels they should have utilised it better by playing more games. He also feels Indians are missing the basics here in England.

There’s no point having naughty boy nets. What was more important was to play more games against County sides. It’s practice in the middle that makes the real difference,” he maintained.

 

It’s important that you play under your nose and most of the Indian players are not doing that,” Allan Lamb concluded.