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India won't be stressed by DRS: Rahane

Press AssociationPress Association 7/11/2016

India are determined to avoid stressing out over the decision review system in the five-Test series set to get under way against England in Rajkot.

Ajinkya Rahane admits the hosts must adapt quickly and carefully consider how best to use the system they are about to adopt for the first time when the first Test begins on Wednesday.

India have previously chosen to play bilateral series without DRS, which is the package of technological aids that allows both teams to review and potentially overturn decisions made by the on-field umpires.

India's vice-captain insists he and his teammates won't allow DRS to distract them from playing at the world No.1 level that has already brought a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand.

"It's a completely a new concept for all of us," Rahane said.

He gave an insight into how India will deploy the two reviews each team is allowed for every 80 overs or more until a second new ball is taken, noting his specialist position at slip gives him a critical vantage point.

"We've been discussing it ... and we have some plans," Rahane said.

"Obviously, the wicketkeeper is very important. But as a slip fielder, you have a role to convey that message to the captain and the bowler."

As an inked-in middle-order batsman, Rahane will have a central role to play too in whether to review for himself or his partner.

"As a batsman, you are always involved in the game," he said.

"You have to see where the ball is going. You have to convey the message to your partner and you have to be sure all the time.

"We will spend time explaining DRS, how it works and how we should approach it. But our main focus is on playing good and attacking cricket."

India will not be taking England lightly, having lost to Alastair Cook's team in three successive series, including on home soil four years ago.

"Playing against England will be a challenge," Rahane said.

"They have a decent side - their batting line-up is pretty experienced.

"Their bowling attack is comparatively inexperienced, especially the spinners.

"But I always believe you have to give respect to all opponents."

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