London: Ian Bell says India will be the favourites in the forthcoming five One-day Internationals and that the hosts` humbling during the disastrous England tour will amount to nothing.
India were blanked 4-0 in Test series and then went down 3-0 in the ODIs, which has raised doubts over their World Cup status.
Bell said England are expecting a tough challenge from India on their home soil. The ODI series begins Oct 14.
"It`s going to be a big challenge for us, no doubt," the batsman told reporters.
"We`ve played some good cricket. We`ve made some strides forward with the way we were playing against India in the summer, but it`s a massive challenge now to come and do that in India.”
"I think India would still be favourites in their own conditions, but we`re here to improve and get better. We`re looking forward to that challenge," he said.
England`s tour features five one-day matches followed by a solitary Twenty20 match, with the action getting underway Saturday with the first of two warm-up fixtures.
The last time the two sides met in India was in Bangalore during the World Cup which ended in a dramatic tie.
"We`re excited," Bell said. "The World Cup game we had was a great tie, so it`s a great way to start the series and we`re looking forward to competing really well out here."