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Cook: Pitch suited the Indians

Calcutta/Nottingham: England captain Alastair Cook felt the pitch for the first Test was more suited to India.

“This pitch is so unique. It was only comparable to Nagpur in 2012 when we played in India and on that pitch we had four seamers to bowl. We had a very similar wicket here and we cannot read too much into this Test match,” said Cook.

“Different pitches make cricket special and the groundsman has said he got it wrong. We just want some pace in the pitches and it wasn’t like that. These things happen because pitches are hard to make. It is important that we have the characteristics of home wickets where we can bat when the sun comes out and the ball swings under cloud cover and the nicks carry,” he added.

Anderson was surprised at his MoM award. “I still can’t believe it. I will be showing this to Joe (Root) later on (pointing to his medal). It was easier on a pitch like that where the ball is not flying around your ears… Really amazing…” he said .