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England hoping for better luck

England departed Delhi on Wednesday morning hoping for a change of weather and a change of luck in Rajkot.

Their week in the Indian capital has been one to forget for two reasons, with plunging temperatures rendering training an uncomfortable experience and two humbling defeats making match days even worse.

The tourists lost by six wickets to Delhi on Tuesday despite posting 294 for five, a second warm-up loss in three days following India A's 53-run win.

They head south expecting conditions to increase by around 20 degrees and spinner James Tredwell, who has been tidier than most of England's under-performing attack, is hoping the team can effect a similar improvement.

"It's been pretty chilly at times and it'll be nice to be in warmer climes," he said.

"Bu it's the skills that have let us down in these games and we have to turn that around.

"The dew hasn't made a great deal of difference, we can't use that as an excuse unfortunately.

"It's obviously not been ideal. We like to go in and win these games but we've not hit our skills in the way we'd have liked.

"We need to make some improvements in the next couple of days.

"We didn't hit our lengths consistently enough to build pressure over periods of time. That's what it boils down to.

"To be able to turn it around in the next couple of days going into the first ODI is crucial.

"We all have massive pride in our performances so when things don't go to plan it's disappointing. We can build on that disappointment and put it right going into the first game."

England's new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has plenty to think about ahead of his competitive bow, not least the lack of form among a fast bowling unit currently shorn of the rested James Anderson and the injured Stuart Broad.

As well as struggling with their own game the likes of Tim Bresnan, Stuart Meaker, Chris Woakes and Jade Dernbach must also contend with new playing regulations that reduce the maximum number of boundary fielders from five to four outside powerplays.

Tredwell believes the alteration, which India have already experienced in their three-match series against Pakistan, will take some getting used to.

"It's something slightly new, we're not used to it," he admitted.

"It's just about getting your head round the new rules. You can think about it and plan but until you're put in that position (in a match) it's a new thing.

"We're getting our heads around it but it's something we have to do pretty quickly."

England lost their last two one-day series in India 5-0 and could face another tough trip if their recent setbacks are any indicator.

Tredwell, though, has cautioned against reading too much into tour games.

"The result is irrelevant, it doesn't mean a great deal in the scheme of things but we'd like to have come out with some better performances," he said.

"We like to win these games and that hasn't been the case but it's what we do now that's important."