'Big challenge' ahead says Bell
Ian Bell says England's humbling of India will count for nothing when he and his team-mates visit the subcontinent for the return series.
India suffered a Test whitewash this summer before going down to a 3-0 defeat in a one-day series - a result that seriously undermined their status as the current ODI world champions.
The manner in which England saw off the challenge of Sachin Tendulkar and company came as a surprise to many, but Bell is expecting a much sterner challenge from India in their own backyard ahead of the return series, which starts later this week.
"It's going to be a big challenge for us, no doubt," the batsman told Sky Sports News.
"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. We're looking forward to that challenge.
"It's something we've been doing well the past couple of years, coming across challenges and going through them, and this is another great opportunity to come and play some good cricket."
England's tour features five one-day matches followed by a solitary Twenty20 match, with the action getting under way with the first of two warm-up fixtures on Saturday.
Memories of the two sides' dramatic tie in a World Cup group game in Bangalore in February will come flooding back when they meet once more on Indian soil, and Bell cannot wait for the action to begin.
"We're excited," he continued. "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."
Bell was keen to shake off the tag of favourites ahead of the tour, despite the recent run of form which has taken England to the top of the Test rankings.
"I think India would still be favourites in their own conditions, but we're here to improve and get better," he said.
Saturday's opening warm-up match is followed by a second on Tuesday, with the first one-dayer to be held in Hyderabad on October 14.