Cook’s century was one of the rare shining moments for England in the first Test
England opening batsman Alastair Cook believes the team still have a chance to salvage their dismal series against South Africa if they perform outstandingly well in the final Test at Lord’s.
After losing the first Test by an innings and 12 runs at The Oval, which has been England’s fifth Test defeat in the past nine, and drawing the second Test at Leeds, Cook stated that the team needed to pull together and beat South Africa in the final Test.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, Cook said: “It would be an amazing achievement to beat a side like South Africa and it is certainly not out of the question, I know it’s all doom and gloom now but we know how things can happen in Test cricket. We have just got to make sure we steel ourselves for fighting for those five days.”
Looking back on the carnage of the first Test, Cook noted that South Africa were just extremely motivated to beat the top Test team in the world.
“We gave our all and were not good enough. South Africa ground us down very well with the bat. It was an incredible batting performance that reminded me of what we did to Australia in Brisbane in 2010,” Cook said.
Even though England were trashed in the first Test and drew the second, the England team management still have faith in the national selectors.
“When we play well we’re probably not as good a side as everyone says, and when we play badly we didn’t just become a bad side, I know that we have some outstanding cricketers in our dressing room but we must play closer to our potential,” Cook added.
Cook made a century in the first innings at The Oval, and explained that it was crucial for England to take advantage of the key moments in the final Test match if they were to have any chance of winning.
“In Test cricket, momentum and pressure ebbs and flows. And if we get a chance we need to put them under some pressure. If you look at the team we have got a lot of people with a lot of experience. We have been through a lot of different situations as a side and we know how to deal with them,” Cook said.