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Batting collapses are frustrating - Alastair Cook

Batting collapses are frustrating - Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook reacts after getting dismissed on day four of the second Test in Dubai.
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England captain Alastair Cook expressed his frustration over his side's batting collapse on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

After Pakistan put up 378 runs in the first innings, England were well positioned at 182 for three but a batting collapse saw them fold out for 242 runs.

England conceded a crucial 136-run first innings lead, which Pakistan utilized well to post a massive target of 491 runs after scoring 354 runs in their second innings.

Cook recognises that the frequent batting collapses are hurting England badly and are frustrating for the team.

"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to realise the problem when you lose seven for that many.

"It happens too often at the moment as a side and it's a real frustration."

England began the third day with a deficit of 196 runs, but a fiery spell from Wahab Riaz reduced them from 182 for three to 216 for six within the first hour.

Giving full credit to Riaz’s spell on the third day, Cook opined that England did not deserve to draw the match after such a batting collapse.

"Full credit to Riaz - he bowled really well, 90mph reverse-swing from different angles with some short stuff thrown in, so we aren't saying it's easy.

"But it's a realisation that it's a tough moment, and for 45 minutes 'I've got to suck it up'.

“It was a long way back from that third morning, so we probably didn't deserve to get out of jail.

Apart from Cook and Joe Root, no other England batsman was able to make his mark in the ongoing series against Pakistan.

Ian Bell, with 118 runs from four innings is the third best batsman while players like Jos Butter, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes have all struggled with the bat.

Urging his team to adopt a relentless approach against Pakistan, Cook is confident about the quality of the players in his squad.

"To win games of cricket here you have to be absolutely relentless for five days and we have competed with Pakistan for nine and a half days [over the first two Tests]."

"When you lose games or people haven't performed as well as they would have liked you're going to look at the team.

“We've a good squad here and players itching to get on."

While batting in England’ second innings, Cook seemed in discomfort, which was later revealed to be a groin injury.

Nevertheless, the highest run scorer in the ongoing Test series between England and Pakistan is confident that he will recover in time for the third match in Sharjah.

"My body has been pretty good to me over quite a long period of time but it was little bit discomforting,” said Cook.

"It was a concern but it's a bit better today [Monday] so it should be fine."

With the score line currently reading 1-0 in favour of Pakistan, the action in the series will move to Sharjah where the two teams will face off for the third Test which kicks off on 1st November.

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