Legendary Indian batsman, VVS Laxman has endorsed Ravi Shastri and the support staff to stay, at least till next year's World Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Shastri as the team director following the 3-1 drubbing in the Test series in England.
Holding their last practice session before being forced to go on a break by the BCCI, India`s bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney made the players `sweat` before the one-off practice game ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25.
Two days ahead of their practice game versus Middlesex at Lord`s, Team India regrouped with a net-session here with under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Joe Dawes overseeing proceedings ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25.
Former England captain Alec Stewart on Tuesday batted for under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher, saying the Zimbabwean cannot be held responsible for India`s pathetic show in England since a coach can only guide and execution on the field was players` job.
India`s continued batting failure, notwithstanding, fielding coach Trevor Penney Friday defended the under-performing willow-wielders, saying the visitors had to encounter tough conditions after losing the toss on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against England here.
India face a daunting task to save the second Test by batting out the final day but fielding coach Trevor Penney was upbeat about eking out a draw, saying his batsmen know very well what is required of them.
Despite being at the receiving end of England`s dominance in the ongoing third Test here, India`s fielding coach Trevor Penney today held out hope of a fightback from the hosts, saying it could still be "even-stevens" if they manage a few early wickets tomorrow.
Their campaign stuttering due to continuous failures with both bat and ball, time may be fast running out for the Deccan Chargers but their fielding coach Trevor Penney said they have still not lost hope of advancing to the knockout stage of the Indian Premier League.