Jamie Dalrymple has proved in his short England career so far that he enjoys a challenge - and, for a spinner, there is no greater one than bowling in India.
Expectation increases on the slow bowlers on the sub-continent but Dalrymple, one of the successes of the summer, appears to have the necessary competitive streak.
The 25-year-old gets ribbed by his team-mates for his desire to win at whatever he puts his hand to.
His fighting qualities in the face of batting assaults were evident against Sri Lanka and Pakistan but the pressure will be increased if the surfaces prove to be helpful.
"Any challenge is good fun and this is one you would want to put yourself up against," said Dalrymple. "It is one when where you are more expected to do well rather than other times, when the spinner's game is looking to be as tight as you possibly can and pick up what is going around.
"Generally speaking, you start fairly defensively to see what is happening wherever you play and we will see how much turn there is, whether there is any bounce and what the state of the game is.
"You can have so many different states of game as a spinner.
"You can come on to bowl with the opposition three or four down when they are looking to only work singles, or they can be only a couple down where they are looking to hit a lot more, so flexibility is the key."
England face a Rajasthan Cricket Association XI in their solitary warm-up match today, when they will use up to 13 of their 14-man squad ahead of Sunday's opening match with India, for whom Sachin Tendulkar is back.
If Dalrymple's transition from Middlesex player to England all-rounder has been seamless thus far, he may be about to receive a jolt.
"It sounds like an old, tired cliche but it hasn't all completely sunk in," he said. "I am sure it will at the weekend when there are 50,000 Indians yelling at us.
"I have not really sat back and analysed it before, I have just always tried to do what I did in county cricket to get me the opportunity."
Both Dalrymple and Michael Yardy, the other spinner in the squad, are late developers of the art but they will have veteran Ashley Giles' know-how of this part of the world for advice.
While Yardy only reverted from medium pace a little over 12 months ago, Dalrymple - who began bowling off-spin in his late teens - was restricted for a couple of years by shoulder injuries, but went on to make great strides last winter at the England Academy.
That pair are expected to bowl plenty of overs in the tournament but it is doubtful captain Andrew Flintoff will turn his arm over against the tournament hosts this weekend following ankle surgery.
The plan was always for the 28-year-old to play here only as a specialist batsman and even though he has been operating in the nets, a cautious approach is expected ahead of next month's Ashes opener.
Coach Duncan Fletcher said: "Andrew has been out for some time and it looks as if he is raring to go. The thing we will have to be careful with him is not to bring him back bowling too soon.
"How and when we make that decision is going to be difficult because I am sure he wants to get out there and do it but the main objective for him was to come out here to bat and lead the side.
"It is difficult to say when he will bowl, it is very important he is ready to bowl flat-out in Brisbane [in the first Ashes Test], we have got two warmup games out there but we will have to monitor things as the tour progresses here."
Prior to back-to-back wins over Pakistan which levelled the NatWest Series, England's one-day form was woeful, including just four wins from 21 completed matches and one of those against Ireland.
However, with fast bowlers Steve Harmison and James Anderson returning, as well as the talismanic Flintoff, Fletcher is bullish about their chances in a group which also includes Australia.
"We really believe we can beat any side in the tournament if we play properly," he said. "We just have to make sure everyone plays as well as they can. I don't think many sides would feel comfortable playing against England."..SUPL: