Saturday 30 August 2014 

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.

India then cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of a 133-run success in Cardiff three days ago.

"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

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs