Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has claimed that India’s performances overseas have improved. Speaking ahead of the first test against England today, Dhoni said that India played well in earlier tours to South Africa and New Zealand. He also added that India were unlucky not to win those series’. India has always been known as a team which fails to do well in tough overseas conditions and Dhoni would be hoping to improve on this.

Dhoni said, “If you talk about the last two Test series that we played abroad — in South Africa and New Zealand — the performance of our team was really good. Though we lost both the series, we were definitely in a position to win the series. If I compare the first Test we played in South Africa and the last Test we played in New Zealand, there has been considerable improvement. It’s a right way of moving ahead.”

On the prospects of Stuart Binny playing in the first test, he added, “Stuart is someone who can bowl a bit and at the same time bat as well. If we can give him enough chances and groom him, then he can be someone who can do that job for us in the next six to eight months. He won’t be as good as someone like (Jacques) Kallis but he can be someone who can bowl that 10 overs and bat a bit.”