Sunday 13 July 2014 

Video - Dhoni Unimpressed, Cook Desperate For Runs

Watch as Indian captain MS Dhoni says he is unimpressed with the Trent Bridge pitch and Alastair Cook admits he is desperate to get some runs under the belt.

NB. Videos available until 27th July 2014 - after which time they will be replaced by the latest live content.

They were speaking following the drawn opening Test in Nottingham, which ended shortly after Cook had taken the wicket of Ishant Sharma as the match meandered towards its conclusion.

However, Cook knows that he needs to be scoring runs, and not taking wickets for his side.

"I've had a couple of chop ons, then bowled hitting your thigh's a testing game and these things happen when you're not in the best of form," he said.

"But it's how you react to them and what you're doing in your practice. If you then suddenly change everything, you're not being true to yourself.

"I've got to believe the wheel will turn at some stage. I need to start scoring runs at the top of the order for England," he added.

Meanwhile, Dhoni lamented a pitch that offered little to the bowlers throughout.

"When you come to a country to play cricket you want the speciality (wicket) of that country to be placed in front of you, because there is no fun in going to India and expecting flat wickets and people scoring 200 or 250-odd runs.

"You want to score runs, it should be a turning track back home - then you score a hundred, you know it is very good. In the same way, when you come to England you want the wickets to be slightly quicker.

"England is not known for fast wickets but it's more about swing over here and overcast conditions. So definitely to have a bit more life compared to this wicket and that is what the speciality is (here).

"Go to South Africa and you want the wickets to seam and have plenty of bounce. Australia is known for pace. In the same way, England conditions is more about swing and that is what we want to see."

Videos courtesy of SNTV.

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