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Monday , December 10 , 2012
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Alastair: We can do something special

Calcutta: England captain Alastair Cook said on Sunday that there would be no let-up in intensity in the fourth Test in Nagpur.

“Definitely (a win would be on our minds) You can’t go into that game with a draw mentality. We have to do the same things that we have done in these last two games... And again, produce the goods,” said Cook.

“We know we can do something special, but it will need to put in a lot of hard work to achieve that.”

Cook said that his team has worked hard to achieve the success.

“What we have done really is take what we did in the nets out in the middle. We have started to perform close to our potential. That’s what really happened in this game.

“Our bowlers have been outstanding in that first innings to restrict them (Indians) to 300 on that wicket, and that was a great effort.

“Yesterday, when they were 80 for nought, to put in a session like we did yesterday afternoon when we took six wickets was high-skill bowling,” Cook explained.

On whether England had doubts in their abilities after India won the first Test in Ahmedabad, Cook said: “Not at all. I firmly believed that we were doing the right things, especially in the three weeks before the first Test, the preparation period.

“These results are proving it. Of course, it doesn’t stop now, we got to keep doing better over the next few days.”