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Unfit India players 'popping out of their shirts': Flintoff

Last updated on: August 19, 2011 14:23 IST

Flintoff criticises unfit, unprofessional Indian team



Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has questioned the fitness level of Indians and also criticised the visiting team for their "shabby" warm-up routines.

India, hoping to salvage some pride and avoid a humiliating whitewash, has been ravaged by injuries to key players and has not looked its usual self in the tournament so far.

The former Test cricketer said, "England looked by far the fitter team," and jokingly added that some of the India players were 'popping out of their shirts'.

The cricketer drew a stark contrast between the two teams as they warmed up for the first day's play of the fourth and final Test of the series at The Oval.

"I've not seen much of the summer, and this morning I watched the two sides warming up," he said.

"I saw India, and they looked like they'd got their kit out of the garage. They were all in different gear. England looked really professional next to them. They just looked poles apart," he told BBC Test Match Special.

Image: Team India players go through a drill during a practice session


'India's slip catching practice looked shabby'

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Flintoff said he felt sorry for his former England coach Duncan Fletcher, who took over the India job in June after Gary Kirsten declined to extend his contract citing personal reasons.

"Watching the slip catching practice, you had England on one side diving around, the ball fizzing through," he said.

"I used to do it with Duncan Fletcher. I bet you he's tearing his hair out.

"They were clapping everything down: the keeper was missing them, the slips were dropping them. It just looked shabby," Flintoff added.

Image: Ishant Sharma (right) bowls in the nets as coach, Duncan Fletcher watches

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