Cook Admits World Cup Dream 'Far-Fetched'
In the wake of another comprehensive defeat at the hands of India at Edgbaston, England captain Alastair Cook admits that the goal of winning the 2015 World Cup seems 'far-fetched'.
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England were outplayed in all departments as they crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in Birmingham.
"It was a tough performance to take, yeah, to lose by nine wickets, we were behind the game very quickly and we were never quite into it," Cook said following the game.
Prior to the game, England were confident of winning the remaining two matches to claim a 2-2 series draw, but unlike in the Test series when they were able to bounce back, that opportunity has now gone.
"I think that's the most frustrating thing and probably the hardest thing I've found throughout my captaincy stuff is when you get behind in series, trying to turn it around, especially in the one dayers when it happens so quickly.
"You know you've got to go out there and play with freedom but when you keep losing wickets it's very hard to do that. It's a really tough place at the moment."
Asked about his position as captain, Cook says he wants to carry on, although he admits that winning the World Cup now seems a very long way off.
"If I'm allowed to be, that's an easy one. I don't have a say on selection and stuff, but I've captained for three and a half years with the goal to try and win the World Cup in Australia.
"I know that seems far fetched at the moment when we're losing games of cricket, but there a lot of really good players in that changing room. If we can improve at the rate we've got to improve at then we've got a chance."
Video courtesy of SNTV
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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, LondonIndia 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonEngland 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, LondonEngland 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, BristolMatch abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, CardiffIndia 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, BirminghamIndia 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, LeedsEngland 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, BirminghamEngland 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs