Mohali - England captain Alastair Cook is looking forward to
a rare week-long break in a hectic playing schedule after the heavy third Test
defeat against India in Mohali on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli's side won by eight wickets to take an
unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-Test series.
But England's players are looking to unwind with some
welcome down time in Dubai before making the short trip from the Gulf resort
city to Mumbai for the fourth Test, which begins on December 8.
"The break comes at a very good time, obviously, after
three back-to-back Test matches," Cook told reporters after the defeat.
Some of the England squad have been on duty since landing in
Bangladesh on September 30 for three one-day internationals followed by the 1-1
draw in the Test series there.
Cook himself has spent just 18 hours with his new-born
daughter after dashing home from the Bangladesh tour for her birth.
"We have this week off and I think, most people going
to Dubai," said Cook. "Mentally it will be break from cricket. We
will come back little bit more refreshed."
Cook's team has endured tough couple of months after losing
a Test to Bangladesh for the first time and are now staring at a series defeat
against top-ranked India.
But Cook remembered that four years ago in India England
came back from 1-0 down to win the four-Test series 2-1 and said that if they
show greater consistency they can still save the series.
"The challenge is try and put in that performance in
which consistently, over five days, we play well.
"We have done it in one game (the first Test in
Rajkot), we haven't done it in the other two," said Cook.
Cook said it was difficult to compare with the 2012 tour,
because the two teams have changed character since.
"The India we played in 2012 was different, probably an
ageing team compared to now," Cook said, adding that his current side were
still learning how to tackle unfamiliar sub-continent conditions with low,
"In 2012 we were a lot more experienced and had played
a lot more in the sub-continent over the three years before that.
"This side, only two in the top order (Joe Root and
Cook himself) have played more than one or two games in the sub-continent
before we played in Bangladesh. That's probably the difference."