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England go ahead with India Test

England go ahead with India Test

England will go ahead with a two-Test series in India after receiving security assurances following the Mumbai terror attacks, it was announced at their training base here Sunday.
Officials also confirmed that England would be travelling with a full-strength squad following reports that senior players Stephen Harmison and Andrew Flintoff were uncertain about whether to play in India.
"This is a very brave and courageous decision which will be respected around the world," England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Hugh Morris told a news conference here Sunday.
"It's obviously been a very emotional 10 days or so since the atrocities in Mumbai," added the former England batsman.
"Following the meeting we have had this evening, we can confirm that the England team will be travelling to Chennai in the next 24 hours to play in the first Test match against India.
"It has been a very difficult situation, a very emotional, sensitive time for everybody and it has been hard for the players to come to this decision but they all have, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing India."
The series, which is due to start on Thursday in Chennai, had been called into question following last month's attacks in Mumbai, one of the original Test venues, left 172 people dead.