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Flower: England don't deserve plaudits yet

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Andy Flower has said England will be judged after the Test series in India © Getty Images
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England coach Andy Flower has warned England not to get carried away after levelling the series against India.

The tourists romped to a ten-wicket victory in the second Test, with spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann taking 19 wickets between them, while captain Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen both scored centuries.

But despite an impressive performance in Mumbai, Flower has warned his side that it will not be plain sailing ahead of the third Test in Kolkata on Wednesday and that judgment will be reserved until the end of the four-match Test series.

"It was wonderful to see the skill the batsmen showed and the type of game that they played," Flower said in the Daily Mirror. "But just because we've won one Test match in India, it doesn't mean that everyone has conquered their challenges.

"There will be some fascinating cricket in the next two Tests and we don't know how they will end up so let's judge the team at the end of them and not before. That was the case when we had lost a game, and that is very much the case now we have won one. The job is not done yet, far from it.

"But it was nice to see some results from the work that they have put in."

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