A dejected Alastair Cook put up a brave front as England lose narrowly to Sri Lanka in the second test and lost the series. Cook said that he couldn’t have asked for more from his No 11 batsman James Anderson who batted for over 80 minutes and was out on the penultimate ball of the match.


Cook praised Moeen Ali who hung around for an entire day and scripted his maiden Test century under trying circumstances. “He is an attacking, free stroke player and in only your second Test to control that, he is a guy made for international cricket. To seem him play like that, Gary [Ballance], Joe Root’s double ton, Sam Robson, all these bode well for the future of England,” said Cook.


“It’s a long time since we won and we’ve go to do that against India,” Cook added.


Cook himself is under pressure for lack of runs with the bat and is defensive captaincy. There has been enormous pressure on Cook to quit nut he has been defiant about it. He had a horrible winter as England lost the Ashes 2013-14   0-5. His next task is a five-match series against india starting from July 9.