India will be the favourites: Ian Bell

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."


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