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Can’t blame the bowlers: Cook

Ranchi: Alastair Cook blamed poor batting for England’s seven-wicket defeat to India, in the third one-day International of the five-match series, on Saturday.

“It would have been a freak result if we’d bowled India out for 155 on this wicket. The damage had already been done,” the England captain said at a press conference.

“We had to attack, but I can’t fault the bowlers or the fielders… Clearly, 155 was not enough. We didn’t put enough runs on the board.

“It is a concern of course. It is frustrating when you don’t play to your potential as a batting unit and we need to do that if we are to have a chance of winning out here. When you don’t, you get punished for it,” he explained.

Cook, however, is looking to make amends.

“We mustn’t dwell too much on the past because that will hurt you as well. We have to forget what has happened over the last two games.

“We’ve got some serious quality players in our dressing room who can, on their day, win games for England… If we want to win, we need to stand up as batsmen and deliver.

“It is hurting now and it will do for a day or so, but when we get to Mohali, we must go with a clear mind and not look for magic answers because we haven’t scored runs for a couple of games.

“We’ve got to be clear in our thinking and start producing the goods out in the middle and not just talk about it,” he said.

Cook felt it was a good toss to win. “It was a good toss to win. We found it hard to judge what a good score was, but all our top-six got double figures, so we all got starts.

“What you can’t have is everyone getting a start and then no-one going on to get a big score. That is what you have to do in one-day cricket. We got ourselves out with poor shot selection or poor technique.

“It is not just Kevin (Pietersen) and Eoin (Morgan) who have to score the runs. The batting unit have to score the majority of runs.”

Is he upset with the way some decisions went against them? “It is frustrating when decisions don’t go your way but that happens in all cricket, especially without DRS.

“I think you do have to look (at alternatives) within the squad, certainly. To not look at it would be wrong, it is early days so we need to let the dust settle, but we need to look and see if we’re missing a trick.”

He didn’t wish to put the blame on the seniors. “I don’t think you can just blame the senior players. What is disappointing is that none of us have performed and if you want to win games someone has to stand up.”

Does a fairytale ending on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home turf excite him? “I’m sure Dhoni is very happy with things, but at this moment I’m not and have no interest in the fairytale.”