Poor Batting Hurting England - Cook
England captain Alastair Cook admits that his side's batting has been poor during the One-Day International series with India, which they now trail 2-0 with two matches remaining.
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After reaching 82 without loss in the third ODI at Trent Bridge, England fell apart against India's spin bowlers and were bowled out for 227.
"We didn't play the spin very well and obviously we didn't play it very well in Cardiff either, but you know they (India) bowled well," Cook said.
"They did turn it as well, so you've got to give them some credit.
"Obviously (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja are very good at one-day cricket spin bowling, but you know, we had a few soft dismissals and a few good balls as well, and every time you tried to build a partnership, you lost wickets and that obviously holds you back if you want to play aggressively."
England have been criticised for their approach to ODI cricket and there have been calls for more power hitters to be brought into the side.
However, Cook defended the squad that has been picked, but urged his batsmen to produce more telling innings.
"I thought we got off to a really good start again today, so I don't think it's so much...everyone keeps talking about more power at the top, you know, 50-odd off ten the other day and 50 off nine three days ago," he countered.
"We're getting good starts, the problem is that 40 was our top score last week at Cardiff and 44 was our top score here.
"You are not winning games of cricket when you do that. We know how important big runs are at the top of the order.
"One of the top four or five going on to get a hundred or an eighty, sets the game up and you can build partnerships and we're just not doing that at the moment. That's what's really hurting us."
Video courtesy of SNTV
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