Home > News >

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Can repeat what we did in India in 2012, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook played a crucial in England's Test series win in India in 2012 © Getty Images
Alastair Cook played a crucial in England’s Test series win in India in 2012 © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Chetan Narula

Southampton: Jul 26, 2014

England captain Alastair Cook is drawing confidence from the 2012 Test series in India where his team came from being a loss down to script a memorable 2-1 series win — a first for them in 28 years.

It was a deja vu moment for Cook as he geared up for the third cricket Test against India trailing 0-1 after their humiliating 95-run defeat at the Lord’s.

“Without a doubt it gives you confidence,” Cook said, referring to his team’s 2-1 win in the four-Test series in India in 2012-13. “I remember going into a press conference in Mumbai [before the second Test] after looking at that wicket. A few ex-players were saying we can’t play spin and we’re going to lose 0-4,” Cook told mediapersons on the eve of the Test match.

“So to turn it around, that was one of my greatest achievements as a player. No one remembers really that we got hammered in the first game [at Ahmedabad]. They just remember we won the series. We were 0-1 down but if if we win this series at the end of it, it will be a great feeling,” he added.

The big talking point as always has been Cook’s batting.

“History suggests that when I score runs England have a really good chance of winning games of cricket. That is exciting I love that. There is nothing worse when you don’t score runs than walking back in and feeling you have let down the other 10 guys because that is your job as an opening batsman to score runs and set up games.

“I haven’t been doing that and that is frustrating,” Cook lamented about his poor run of form.

“The other day I came down early and had a two-hour hit with Peter Moores, and I was in early today so I am putting in the hard yards and sometimes you don’t feel as if you are getting rewards. I am hitting the ball really well and the ball is going where I want it to. I have hit a lot of balls and that is what I have always done,” Cook said about his preparation.

Complete coverage of India’s tour to England here

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad


West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test


Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here