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 pad...it'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.

© 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