Cook Defends England’s ODI Approach


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After England’s six wicket defeat to India on Saturday, Captain Alastair Cook has defended his nation’s approach to the game. After a strong start, England collapsed at 82-0 to post a lacklustre 227 at Trent Bridge. Losing six wickets to spin and only hitting one boundary between the 18th and 44th overs.

However Cook was quick to remind people of the reality of playing at such a high level of international cricket. “You don’t go in there when you lose wickets and keep whacking boundaries.

“I don’t care what anyone says. Not many people come in on a turning wicket and whack it straight away.”

Cook and his opening partner Hales shared a half century opening stand before the introduction of spin bowling caused a collapse of 6-57.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-39, displaying an Indian mindset of clinical ODI match play.

Cook summarised England’s performance simply;

“We got off to another good start and to be bowled out for 220 is incredibly frustrating. A lot of wickets have fallen to spin in this series for us. We need to improve on that”. Edgbaston will host the penultimate ODI tomorrow, before the series comes to a conclusion at Headingley on Friday.

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