England cancels practice session

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Cuttack, Nov 25 (UNI) England, which was scheduled to begin its practice session, ahead of the fifth ODI at Barabati Stadium here tomorrow, from 0930 hours this morning, cancelled the fixture.

Media manager of the England team Andrew Whirlpool informed this to newspersons. However, he did not give any reasons as to why Kevin Pietersen's men cancelled their practice session.

Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are scheduled to take nets from 1330 hours.

Both the India and England teams arrived in Bhubaneswar yesterday and were given full day rest.

With Dhoni's brigade already pocketing the series thrashing England in all the four one dayers of the seven, the November 26 match will witness the visitors go all out to put up a semblance of respectability in the fifth ODI.

The four wins on a trot have paved the way for the home team management to test its reserve players possessing tremendous potential to make India the world's topmost side in near future.

After the Bangalore ODI victory, Dhoni had already hinted that some changes might be effected in the side as option was there to try the reserve players.

Fans in Cuttack and its surrounding areas are bristling with confidence that India's domination over the Englishmen will continue unabated.

Security in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack has been tightened.

The Rapid Action Force(RAF) has also been deployed to tackle any eventuality.

B R Panda, a senior officer, who has been entrusted with overseeing policing, said about 3,500 cops would be deployed from tomorrow with sniffer dogs in VVIP areas.

Barabati stadium, hosting an ODI almost 22 months after India's victory over West Indies in January, 2007, is gearing up to accommodate some 35,000 spectators as tickets for all seats have been sold out, Orissa Cricket Association media management officials said.

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