England v India: England making excellent progress - Paul Farbrace

Paul Farbrace
Paul Farbrace became England assistant coach in April after helping Sri Lanka win the World Twenty20 event
Tri-series: England v India
Date: Friday, 30 January. Time: 03:20 GMT. Venue: Perth, Australia. Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, text commentary on BBC Sport website.

England are making excellent progress despite winning only six of their past 19 one-day internationals, according to assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

England face India in Perth on Friday, with the winners meeting Australia in the tri-series final on 1 February.

Peter Moores's men beat India by nine wickets on 20 January but then lost to Australia in Hobart on Friday.

"We had a close game in Hobart and it was great for learning about playing under pressure," said Farbrace.

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"With the World Cup around the corner, it's now a chance to play knockout cricket and gives us a chance to see the boys play under real pressure."

Since May, England have lost home one-day international series against Sri Lanka and India, and won only two of seven matches in Sri Lanka before the tri-series.

They lost to Australia by three wickets in Sydney on 16 January, before thrashing India four days later.

But despite scoring 303-8 against Australia in Hobart, the hosts reached their target with one ball to spare.

"If we had played a bit better in a couple of areas we could've won but the progression we have made between the Sydney and Hobart games was excellent," Farbrace told BBC Sport.

"When you have 15 players in the squad that are playing well that gives you a great feeling around the team and a lot of confidence.

"We don't want to be remembered as that a team that has progressed, but as a team that has won games."

England begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on 14 February, with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland completing their group.

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