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The England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that his boys will have to find a way to score runs against the spin bowlers in the ongoing ODI series against India.
In the first two matches of the series so far, the hosts have looked impotent against spin. They have given too many wickets to the Indian spinners from over no. 15 to over no. 35 and have been bowled out for low scores both times.
They, obviously, can’t win the series now as India has gone ahead by 2-0, but, they can equalize it if they bat well especially against spin in the remaining matches.
In the press conference after the Trent Bridge game, Cook was quoted as saying, “The way we had started, there is no doubt we should have got to a big score, but, then it was a spinning pitch and once you are a couple of wickets down on such surface, it’s never easy to get the runs at a quick rate.”
“I know power hitters batting in the top order as they think we are too slow at the start, but, I don’t think that’s the case. In Cardiff as well as here in Nottingham, we were 50 for no loss in about 10 overs and that’s not a bad rate to go against the two new balls.”
“In the ODIs, a platform needs to be set for the lower middle players who can use the long handle, but, if the opposition keeps chipping away with wickets, that doesn’t happen and then, you are restricted to a modest score.”
This might be the third consecutive ODI series that the Poms under Cook. They have already lost series against Sri Lanka (at home) and Australia (away) this year.