We Can Save This Series - Peter Moores
England head coach Peter Moores remains convinced that his team can win the final two One-Day Internationals and save the five-match series against India.
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England must now win the final two matches, at Edgbaston and Headingley, if they are to salvage a 2-2 draw but Moore has confidence that his team can do exactly that.
"We still think we can save the series, yeah. I mean, obviously, we've had two disappointing games.
"We haven't played well enough in both games, we know that, so it's a chance again tomorrow to come back and play better.
"In two or three different areas of the game, we haven't really played as well as we wanted to."
He added that the batting had been particularly disappointing but that he backs his players to 'deliver'.
"I think how we've batted, we've got some good players of spin, you know, in that side, the [Ian] Bells, the [Alistair] Cooks, the [Eoin] Morgans, they're good players of spin.
"We have to deliver in a one-day game and that to me is partly a skill, partly a mindset, something that obviously goes with the territory of the job of being a one-day international player."
Inevitably, he was asked about the form of his captain, Cook, and he backed his man.
"Well, his record would match a lot of people's record.," he began.
"There's people, there's 'top tens' in the world who are outstanding players in that form of the game and Alastair [Cook] will be working to get, to keep moving his game forward, but I mean, to his credit, his conversion, five hundreds, nineteen fifties, I think, in 80-odd games is pretty high.
"He's certainly got more [ODI] hundreds than anyone else [in the current England side], and that's part of what we're looking to do, and grow.
"Now, his strike rate, just under 80, yes you might want to grow it a bit, but each side will be made up of some players who strike fast, some who don't, some are solid and build. We've got to get that balance right."
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