Alastair Cook looking forward to fight back!
To fight back against the host India on the ODI series Alastair Cook admitted his team have to improve quickly after losing heavily again to India to slip 2-1 behind.England were bowled out for just 155, with India needing barely 28 overs to reach the modest target in Ranchi.
Cook said,”We’ve got to be clear and start producing the goods out in the middle and not just talk about it. We’ve got some quality players and if we want to win we need to stand up as batsmen and deliver.”
Meanwhile,India asked England to bat first on the third ODI but England struggled to find any fluency, reaching only 34-1 after 10 overs, and soon losing key batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell within three deliveries.
Cook also added,”It’s kind of a catch 22 at the top there, it was moving around but you had to score – 230 wasn’t going to be good enough because we knew it would flatten out.We got it wrong, one of the skills you need is being able to judge a good score and we didn’t get anywhere near it.”
“It’s an old cliche but partnerships are crucial for building big scores and when you lose wickets in clusters that puts the opposition on a high and you lose the momentum you’ve built up.Everything went well. It was a perfect script. It’s important to take the positives out of each and every game and areas we needed to work on after the first game we made sure we worked on.”
“We are gelling well as a unit. I think we’ll take a lot of confidence from this game and we’re looking forward to the next one.”,he continued.