Geoff Miller confident of England beating India

England national selector Geoff Miller is confident of England beating India and becoming the best Test team in the world ahead of the four-match series.

Miller believes India will come hard but Andrew Strauss’ side will be victorious ahead of the first Test at Lord’s, which gets under way on Thursday.

Miller said, “We’ve proved that we’re a very, very good side, a very difficult side to beat and can try to win and hopefully do win from many situations.

“We’re happy to be in the position we are, quietly confident, just get on with our job, work hard and do the job that is required and 99% of the time, we’re actually doing that.

“We’re not number one in the world at this moment in time, we’ve still got a way to go but I sincerely think we’re going in the right direction.

“They’ll (India) pose a test, that is for sure. They’re number one in the world at the moment and they won’t want to be giving up that mantle too quickly but we’ll be ready.”

Miller believes the backbone of the team’s success has been a stable foundation and added that plenty of hard work is done behind the scenes to make sure England are competitive in every match they play.

“It was not so long ago that the public were thrilled to bits when we won a Test match. But now, the public are wondering why we’re not winning Test matches, it’s a complete change around in a matter of two years,” he said.

“It’s been worked on, it’s not just happened accidentally, there’s been a lot of effort and a lot of work put in all areas.

“That’s with the team at the top, the Lions as well and the counties too. There’s a very strong bond now between the playing side of the counties and the England side so that relationship is starting to work simply because we need them and they need us and it’s starting to come to fruition.

“You pick players because you hope they’re international quality but it’s about a unit in the changing room and it’s not always going to be the case where every player hits his straps every game.

“Every now and then, someone’s going to be failing but the others take control of it and that’s happened for the last couple of years or so.

“Different people have been performing in different Test matches, that shows a strong unit and that’s why we are where we are.”

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