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Alastair Cook bemoans middle-order’s ineptitude against Indian spinners for England’s loss in 3rd ODI

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Alastair Cook oversaw his side’s ninth ODI defeat in 2014 at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Aug 31, 2014

England skipper Alastair Cook saw his side slip to yet another One-Day International (ODI) defeat after succumbing to a six wicket loss against India at Trent Bridge. Cook bemoaned England’s poor technique in handling Indian spinners in the middle overs that saw them go 0-2 down in the bilateral series which leaves the home side only a possiblity of levelling the series — if they manage to win the last two games.

Cook said, “We did not play well. We got off to another good start. When you are 80 without loss, you expect more than 230. We are trying to work on playing the spinners in the middle-overs, but we are just not doing it right. It was definitely not a 230 wicket. So we are just going to keep working on it and will have to improve against spin. We will have practise hard… We will have to get close to the ball and rotate the strike. We have to keep working and try to improve, otherwise we won’t get enough runs. It is easier said than done. We will have to work on that”, Telegraph reports.

Cook further stated that he was surprised by the turn that was on offer in the Trent Bridge wicket, “We will have a look at what team we will play next week. I did not expect Trent Bridge to assist spin this much when I saw the wicket this morning, but it did. We have to adjust. (Steve) Finn bowled nicely. It was great to see him back in an English shirt from where he was in February. He can keep improving and getting his confidence back.”, he said.

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