Cook - We must learn quickly
India dominate series opener in Hyderabad
Last Updated: October 14, 2011 11:12pm
England captain Alastair Cook admitted his team were outplayed in every department as they began their tour of India with a 126-run defeat.
India set England a daunting target of 301 and any hopes the tourists had of reaching it were wiped out in a spell that saw five wickets fall for 23 runs to leave them on 134-7. They limped on to be all out for 174.
India had won the toss and took advantage of good batting conditions in the afternoon to pile on the runs.
But Cook admitted England should have done a better job of restraining them.
"It was an important toss to win because we saw at the end that the ball kept low, but fair play to India, they outskilled us in all three departments."
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"I think 260, 270 would have been a good total on that wicket," he told Sky Sports.
"It was an important toss to win because we saw at the end that the ball kept low, but fair play to India, they outskilled us in all three departments.
"We're going to have to learn from this, and that's the beauty of a five-match series. We know that (playing against spin) is an issue, and that's a skill thing. We're going to work hard on that in the next couple of days.
"We're going to have to do this now in tough conditions, we need to stay very tight, very strong as a team, analyse where we went wrong and put things better."
India captain MS Dhoni, enjoying a much-needed win over England after a dismal tour there earlier this year, admitted the home conditions had suited his team better.
He said: "We got a bit speculative last night and sent someone to see if there was dew on the pitch, so that was one of the reasons we played with three seamers and two spinners.
"I think we batted well and although we lost wickets at some important moments, overall the batting was very good."