Home > News >

Alastair Cook reckons captaincy is bringing best out of him

England will look to put India under pressure: Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook said England are looking forward to Steven Finn’s comeback © Getty Images

Kolkata: Dec 4, 2012

England captain Alastair Cook, who took over the reins from Andrew Strauss before the India series, on Tuesday said that the added responsibility has brought the best out of him.
 
“Maybe the added responsibility makes you more accountable to the side. That may have helped my batting…I really don’t know if it happened that way but it’s nice.
 
“As a captain you always want a good start with the bat… show that you can cope with the demands. That’s how it has happened but I can’t put a finger on how it happened,” Cook, who has hit two centuries in last two Tests, said while addressing the media on the eve of third game against India.
 
Stating that he was not someone who believed in the momentum, Cook said, “After the first game it (momentum) was with India but we managed to bounce back in Mumbai. So, not really (think that momentum helps).
 
“With the series at 1-1, and two more matches to go, it’s a good place to be as a player. You want to play in big games and that’s what we have over the next two weeks. That’s exciting.”
 
After their loss in Motera, England bounced back on turning wicket of Wankhede to thrash India by 10 wickets and level the series 1-1 and Cook feels that the victory had a positive impact on his team.
 
“It (the Mumbai win) certainly left us a little more confident and belief that what we are doing is fine. That doesn’t mean it is going to count for anything in this match.
 
“What we are doing on spinning tracks is right. But we need to improve on that, and we’ll need it. We are going to need some stand-up performances like we did in Mumbai if we are to have a chance,” insisted the skipper.

With fit-again Steven Finn raring to go, Cook said England were looking forward to the pacer’s comeback.
 
“It’s great that he is now back fully fit. He’s got a little more pace than the other guys. He’s bowled well in the sub-continent, especially in the One-dayers before.”
 
Speaking about the turning tracks, Cook said, “As I said in Mumbai it gave us a great chance of winning, because it was a result wicket. On the very flat ones, it’s very hard to get a result. Mumbai proved with a turning track that it gives both sides a chance to win.
 
“I’m not quite sure how this (Eden Gardens) wicket will play. It won’t have the bounce of Mumbai. As reports say it will turn from the third day, so both teams can bring spinners into the game.”
 
Meanwhile, Cook extended his support to Jonathan Trott, who is going through a lean patch with two ducks in two Tests.
 
“Trott averages (about) 50 in Test cricket. He scored over 700 runs this year alone. I have seen him practice really hard. You can’t always score runs though that’s what we’d like it to be. So you stay tough and the runs will come,” stressed Cook.

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Trent Bridge cricket ground: A small tour

Zimbabwe vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, 3rd ODI at Harare: South Africa win by 61 runs

England, take ODIs seriously if you want to win

Hiralal Gaekwad: the southpaw who lost out to Vinoo Mankad

Lord Ganesha XI: Eleven cricketers who were named after the elephant God

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

Prosper Utseya’s hat-trick in vain as South Africa clinch 61 run victory against Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

India tour of England 2014: Alex Hales wants to play Test cricket

Aditya Verma: Will oppose N Srinivasan or BCCI if AGM is delayed

Ian Botham rules out England’s chances of winning ICC World Cup 2015

Rilee Rossouw’s golden duck ‘feat’

Rohit Sharma’s injury gives Murali Vijay a new lease of life in ODI career

Prosper Utseya prospers for Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Key clashes

National Sports Day: Cricket’s television revolution has inspired other sports

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

International programme in Animal Husbandry

NGOs pursue education for all

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Rani Mukerji seeks blessings from Lord Ganesha – view pics!

Nokia’s HERE maps brings offline turn-by-turn navigation to Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear S smartwatch

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

What is the Ebola virus disease survival rate?

Rabhasa quick movie review: Strictly for Jr NTR fans!

Watch Stephen Hawkins endorse the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Apple iPhone 6 photos with full casing leaked ahead of September 9 launch

Najma Heptulla: I used the word Hindi not Hindu to describe Indians

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here