Cook defends staid approach

2016-11-21 17:47
Alastair Cook (Getty Images)

Cape Town - England Skipper Alastair Cook has defended the way England approached their fourth innings during the defeat to India in the second Test at Vizag.

The skipper said the whole team backed the decision to play defensively from the outset and felt it was the right move in the circumstances.

Cook said after the loss: "We set our stall out pretty clearly that from the start of the innings that we wanted to take it as deep as possible.

"We saw in one game, South Africa played 140-odd overs. If we got to play 150-odd overs then we could have saved the game. We made a conscious effort to play that way. Everyone bought into it."

The England team is packed full of aggressive players but Cook felt it was important that everyone was on the same page when it came to the approach to saving the game.

He added: "It's not some people's natural way of playing.

"But you say play your natural way and suddenly you're four down then lower order start digging in and you think, 'why didn't we start that right at the beginning of the game'."

There weren't too many England players who came out of this contest without being criticized but Cook singled out Adil Rashid for special praise.

The spinner took 4 for 82 in India's second innings as England bowled the hosts out for 204 to set up a tense finish.

Cook added: "One thing we spoke about in Bangladesh was we didn't have the control with our spinners.

"Adil has taken it to heart, gone away and bowled beautifully.

"He wasn't bowling the full tosses and long hops like he had been. That's a huge credit to him.

"Rash can bowl. He's a good bowler and I think he's starting to believe it now. I think we're starting to see a bloke who realises he can play."

Read more on:    india  |  england  |  adil rashid  |  alastair cook  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Following Ottis Gibson's firing, who would you like to see handed the new Team Manager role?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.