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In hindsight, think we got some decisions wrong: Cook

Even as Cook struggled with both his batting and captaincy, a dominant India took an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into the fifth and final Test here.

Published: 15th December 2016 04:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th December 2016 04:58 PM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Beleaguered England captain Alastair Cook today conceded that they may have gone wrong with some of the tactics they employed in what has been a disastrous Test series against India but insisted that there was no lack of effort.

Even as Cook struggled with both his batting and captaincy, a dominant India took an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into the fifth and final Test here, with Virat Kohli leading the home team by example, notching up 640 runs scoring one double hundred and two centuries.

One thing I can't be criticised for is the to getherness and I have no regrets on the effort we have made. We would rather not be 3-0 down. Decisions, in hindsight, we would have certainly changed. We got some decisions wrong, but what happens, happens. I don't think anyone can fault us for how hard we fought,” Cook told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

Questions have been raised about Cook's captaincy in the series, with some saying it is time the baton is passed to Joe Root, but he sought to underplay the debate.

You get judged on your results, don't you? When you lose games you come under criticism. It happens to everyone, when Virat loses games, he will get criticised. When I lose games, I get criticised. That is part and parcel of it. Even Hartley, the England rugby captain, you win some games in cricket, losegames in rugby, his arm goes flying last week. You get criticised.

When you are part of the leadership and stuff, you live and die by those decisions. When everything is going well, it looks good, everything is going badly, it looks terrible. You are probably somewhere in the middle most of the time.”

Asked about the pitch, he said, “It looks a good wicket.

I don't think anyone knows really how it is going to play. I have never seen a wicket dried with coals before. The groundstaff has done a fantastic job looking at it from where it was a couple of days ago. Anyone goes by looks, it is a pretty hard, dry wicket.”

Cook was full of praise for Kohli's batting in the series.

His is a masterclass of batting. Looks like he stepped up. Full credit to him over the last couple of years.

Likewise, Joe's record is fantastic and he is a fantastic batsman. He is English, he is part of this side and it is.”

When asked about Kohli's captaincy and Root, Cook said,”You just never know. A lot of players are spurred when they first take over and then it levels off after a couple of years. You find your genuine level. As I said Joe's handled, the moment he came into the playing XI a couple of years ago(in 2012) as a young looking Joe Root – he hasn't changed too much – he knew he was ready for international cricket, his mind, his game.”

He did not read too much into India exacting revenge after defeats in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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