England v India: Captain Alastair Cook says the home team need to defend spin better

Last Updated: 30/08/14 11:02pm

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Following India’s victory over England Alastair Cook refused to rule out making changes

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Alastair Cook wants England to get on top of their problems with spin after India took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five one-day series.

England started well and got to 82-0, before crumbling to 227 all out - a total that was never going to give the tourists a stern test.

Spin accounted for six of their wickets, having done for seven of them in defeat in Cardiff earlier in the week.

"(Spin) is something we need to keep trying to work on, we're not doing it right."
Alastair Cook

India's batsmen made a mockery of their opposite numbers' struggles, knocking off an inadequate total with seven overs to spare.

"We got off to another good start, 80 for none, and we expected to make more," Cook told Sky Sports.

"(Spin) is something we need to keep trying to work on, we're not doing it right.

"I think the ball spinned off the pitch more in the morning than it did in the afternoon but I still don't think it was a 230 pitch.

"We need to keep working because if we don't we will keep not getting enough."

India knocked the runs off with six wickets to spare, with England not having the same weapons in their own spin department.


"We are trying to find the quality spinners," he added. "India are blessed with a lot of quality.

"I didn't think Trent Bridge would spin as much as it did but you have to adjust to that.

"The bottom line is we didn't play very well with the bat."

After England's second trouncing in four days - they lost by 133 runs in Cardiff - Cook acknowledges they simply are not producing the cricket they should.

Discounting a one-off win against Scotland in Aberdeen, England have lost four of their last five ODI series'.

He continued: “There are some good players there, who are not showing it. It's something we need to change around.

“Australia [last winter] was after a very tough Test series, and the Sri Lanka series was 2-2 going into the last one - and they played well in that match.

“But it is frustrating we are not playing to standards we know we are capable of, and need.”

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