Cook: We beat ourselves
Cook frustrated by defeat, De Villiers points to positives
Last Updated: September 6, 2012 9:49am
Alastair Cook: Accused England of throwing away the series
Alastair Cook accused England of chucking away a series victory after they were hammered by South Africa in the final one-day international.
Cook opted to bat first but saw his side skittled for 182, and South Africa reached their target with seven wickets and more than 15 overs in the bank to secure a 2-2 draw.
The captain top-scored with 51, but even he was guilty of a poor shot to get out, and the vast majority of his colleagues were responsible for their own demise.
He told Sky Sports: "It was a disappointing day, 180 on that wicket was nowhere near enough.
"It's frustrating, we came into the game trying to wrap up the series, and you're not going to do that when you bat like that."
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"We pretty much all gave our wickets away. It's frustrating, we came into the game trying to wrap up the series, and you're not going to do that when you bat like that."
Despite a poor performance, England will go to India this autumn as the top-ranked ODI side, and Cook said: "It has been a good year. We've used a lot of players as well so we're building a squad.
"And we've competed in sub-continental conditions as well, so hopefully we can take that forward to our next tour in India."
AB de Villiers challenged South Africa to produce on a consistent basis after they hammered England.
Asked to bowl first at Trent Bridge the tourists bowled out England for just 182 and, after slumping to 14-3 in reply, a 172 stand between de Villiers and Hashim Amla saw them home with more than 15 overs spare.
It meant a 2-2 draw in the series, and the captain said: "It's been up and down, a bit inconsistent for my liking, but there are a lot of positives we can take.
"We showed a lot of character under pressure, that's the thing I'd like to see going forward. We were disappointing in the middle of the series but 2-2 away from home is a good effort."
De Villiers' 75 was his first half-century all tour, and he said: "I've always felt in good form, just never pushed on. I'm enjoying the challenge of the captaincy."
Amla, meanwhile, finished on 97 not out to average more than 100 in both the Test and one-day series.
Named man of the series, he said: "It's been a good summer for me, and I'm glad we managed to level it up. I think the way we bowled set it up."