Home > News >

Alastair Cook says England will not take Indian bowlers lightly

Alastair Cook said a tour match performance should not be compared with Test cricket © Getty Images
Alastair Cook said a tour match performance should not be compared with Test cricket © Getty Images

By Arunabha Sengupta

Nottingham: July 8, 2014

England captain Alastair Cook said the Indian bowlers’ performance against Leicestershire says nothing about the actual quality of the attack. India’s bowlers had two miserable tour games against Leicestershire and Derbyshire. India play England in the first Test of a five-match series in Nottingham starting from July 9, 2014.

The England captain was not prepared to take the Indian bowling lightly. Cook in his pre-match press conference said: “The Leicester game was a warm up match. International cricket is a completely different ballgame.”

While India was a young side, Cook was not prepared to underestimate them. “There are two ways one can look at it. Either we can say they are an inexperienced side, or a side that has not been scarred by 2011. They are a very good side,” he added.

Cook was also not prepared to make much of England’s loss against Sri Lanka in the recent Test series. “We played pretty well all through, it was only two bad bowling sessions that lost us the series,” affirmed Cook.

Asked about his own form, Cook said that he was striking the ball well. “I never felt I was not striking the ball well. There are ups and downs in the careers of all cricketers and less downs in the case of great players. We rarely know what causes the dips,” he said.

When enquired about the pressure he was facing at the current moment, Cook responded that it was a part of the game and one has to develop a thick skin while captaining his country. At the same time, he was looking forward to the series.

“It is quite rare to play a five-Test series,” the England captain said.

Runs may not have graced his bat in the recent times, but Cook was in excellent humour. He skilfully evaded the Shane Warne-tinged bouncers hurled at him while responding with élan at the age-old question about the effects of captaincy on batting.

“When facing someone at 90 miles per hour, I have never thought about my field placings. So, no, I have never had many problems in dissociating batting and captaincy.”

Catch all stories from India’s tour of England 2014 here

(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twiter.com/senantix)

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

Suresh Raina feels Murali Vijay, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu are options to open

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

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

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

Tinashe Panyangara’s suspension by Zimbabwe Cricket is ludicrous

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

Suresh Raina feels Murali Vijay, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu are options to open

Dr. Shirley Telles Brings Yoga and Science Together

What is the Ebola virus disease survival rate?

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

Apple iWatch won’t ship until next year: Report

NGOs pursue education for all

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Tanuja Desai Hidier Releases ‘Born Confused’ Sequel Novel & Album

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee celebrate Ganeshotsav with the team of Khamoshiyan – view pics!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here