Three practise matches are something that generally don't take place due to the hectic international calender. But the English team stands to gain from first class matches. For the Indians, the Australians are next in queue to play India at home, but they might not be as lucky as the English team with the number of practise matches at their disposal. The English team must make the best use of it.
History suggests, foreign teams often face many problems adjusting to the bounce of the Indian pitches among other things, but the English team will have plenty of time to get used to it. They will have no excuses left, if they fail to perform against the Indian team, who are a difficult team to beat at home.
Within a span of these practise games, if the English team gets a grip of the Indian pitches, it is the quality of the test series that is going to improve. Players such as Pietersen, Anderson, Swann, Trott are established players, so they should not require much time to settle in such conditions, but it is the younger players that need more time to adjust to the conditions, which are alien to them. It would be a true test of their character. But, those players, who have played the IPL will find it easier to tackle this situation than the rest.
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