Lack of partnerships cost us first two ODIs, says Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook dmitted that his team needed to work on their batting and fielding as they proceed into the rest of the series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Oct 19, 2011

England captain Alastair Cook feels that lack of partnerships was the primary reason for England major losses against India in the first two One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

He said, “It was a very good wicket. We got 30/40/50 runs too few when we batted. But credit to the way they [India] played, they played very well.”

“Yes, without a doubt. We prepared well for the first games. We just haven t been able to [repeat] that kind of performance in the main games. It s in there somewhere. We have to try [to] get [it] out [in a] couple of days time.”

“We need to score more runs. Our fielding wasn t quite as high as the standards we set ourselves, so it s a huge area which we can work on.”

Cook praised the Delhi duo of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli for their 200-run partnership which he feels took the match away from them. Cook said,” Yes. We were zero for two; losing two wickets without any runs on the board down, it was quite a long way back from there. We got a lot of 30s and 40s but we know that doesn t win you a game. Virat and Gambhir then showed us what a partnership can do.”