Alastair Cook said England needs to be more consistent © Getty Images
Alastair Cook said England needs to be more consistent © Getty Images

Johannesburg: England skipper Alastair Cook has considered his side second best to Pakistan following their 127-run defeat against the latter in the third and the final Test at Sharjah, and consequently losing the three-match series 0-2. The 30-year-old said that although they competed well, the efforts were not enough to dominate Pakistan. Cook, who was the lone resistance to Pakistan’s victory, scoring 63 in the second innings, agreed that his side batted well to repel the Pakistan bowlers, but lost on the front of fielding, Sport24 reported. Describing his side as ‘inconsistent’, the opening batsman said the situation would have been quite different if his side would have played more consistently. SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015, 3rd Test at Sharjah

However, he praised all-rounder Moeen Ali and said that he has done great job as a backup spinner. Cook also hailed his Pakistani counterpart Misbah-ul Haq for his outstanding job as a skipper. With the defeat, England have moved down to the sixth position while Pakistan have climbed up to the second spot in the ICC Test ranking.  England fought well throughout the three Tests and was unlucky not to win the first Test in Abu Dhabi, forced into a draw due to bad light with just 24 needed for victory. Earlier, Cook had said that playing Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates was always tough. “We competed really well in all three of the games but at critical moments we couldn’t dominate Pakistan. Had we grabbed our chances on the fourth day it would have been different.” READ: Alastair Cook feels dropped chances led to loss in Pakistan vs England 2015, 3rd Test