England were 5-0 down in the one-day series and on their way to
the next game when news came through about the terrorist attack on the Taj
Mahal Hotel in Mumbai and the team was hurriedly brought home. The E C B
immediately accepted the Indian Board’s request to return and play the Test
series. Persuaded by a combination of making a humanitarian gesture, the
promise of ‘presidential levels of security’ and the obligations of being
contracted, the England
players soon agreed that it was their duty to the game to return to India.
The first Test was relocated to Chennai, at a safer distance from
the scene of the terrorism. Strangely, the second was rescheduled at Mohali,
relatively close the Pakistan
border, which turned out to be an unsuitable venue in any case because of
poor light at this time of year.
Andrew Strauss scored a century in each innings at Chennai and India were set a 4th innings target of 386
runs, which had never before been reached in a Test in India. But
Sachin Tendulkar’s innings of 103* snatched a great victory for India, a
powerful symbol of defiance to the terrorists. The second Test at Mohali was
drawn as too much time was lost to bad light and fog, so India held
the RBS Cup by winning the two-Test series 1-0.
the one-day series Phil Neale flew home for knee surgery, Reg Dickason taking
over his role.
Geoff Miller (chairman of selectors), Peter Moores (coach), Ashley
Giles, James Whitaker and Kevin
One-day squad announced:9 September 2008 (for both the “Stanford
Super Series” in Antigua and ODI matches in India)
Not considered:Michael Vaughan (to take a
break from international cricket).
Test Tour Party Announced : 29 September 2008.
Not selected:Ravi Bopara,Tim Bresnan.
Withdrawn:.Ryan Sidebottom (back injury).Amjad Khan was added to the squad on
7 December, as was Adil Rashidto gain experience as a non-playing squad
Time between selection and departure from England
42 / 36 days
(9/29 September -
21 October/ 4 November)
one-day side first flew to Antigua on 21
October to compete in the Stanford Super Series tournament.
The one-day squad flew from Antigua (where they had
lost the Stanford millions match on 1 November) via London (where there was a 12-hour stopover)
and arrived in Mumbai on 6 November.
On 4 December the Test players arrived in Abu Dhabi for a
practice and training camp while security arrangements in India were
checked. Nine Performance Squad
players (Ravi Bopara,Mark Davies,
Robbie Joseph, Sajid Mahmood, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Ollie Rayner, Alan
Richardson) had also flown to Abu
Dhabi to be on stand-by.
The team departed for India
in two batches, one from Abu Dhabi and one
on Monday, and the players touched down in Chennai on 8 December.
Stuart Broad remained in England for physiotherapy on his
strained hamstring and flew out to Chennai in time to be considered for the
Time spent in India
23 + 16 = 39 days
November -29 November)
December - 24 December
Ryan Sidebottom needed a scan on his back
before the third ODI and did not play again on tour, and had to withdraw from
the Test side. Amjad Khan and Sajid Mahmood were about to reinforce the
one-day side when the last two matches were cancelled and the players
The one-day squad left their
northern base of Bhubaneshwar
to find flights to return home. They arrived back at Heathrow
Airport in London on Saturday 29 November.
flew to Abu Dhabi
on Thursday 4 December, awaiting the seculrity consultant, Reg Dickason’s
report on safety arrangements at Chennai.
to England from Mohali
:arrived back in London on 24 December.
Time away from England
+ 20 days
November - 29 November)
December - 24 December)
team donated half their match fees from the first Test against India to a
fund for victims of the attacks in Mumbai.
of the tour
M S Dhoni thanked the England team for returning to India, to
reassure everyone that it was a safe place.
Peter Moores, the coach, and
Kevin Pietersen, the captain, had not seen eye to eye but when the press
began to shed light on the rift between them, they could no longer work
cooperatively together. The E C Bwas
unable to achieve a reconciliation and dispensed with both of them.
With the tour of West Indies only weeks away, Hugh Morris, managing
director of English cricket, called on Andrew Strauss to take over the
captaincy, while batting coach Andy Flower was appointed interim coach.
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