Cook is looking for a better team performance during the second Test at Mumbai
Fresh off scoring a brilliant 176 against India in the first Test at Ahmedabad, England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that it his team’s performance would have been better if they had been able to face more spin bowlers during the three warm-up matches.
England were completely outplayed in the first Test and as a result lost by nine wickets.
“Clearly we can’t control the standard of the opposition,” Cook said. “We would have liked to have faced more spin in the matches but that hasn’t happened. If anyone has been watching our training sessions while these games have been going on, we’ve had some good spinners bowling to us in the nets. We’d rather them in the middle but they’ve been turning out there and all the lads have been putting in some really good practice.”
Cook stated that it would have been nice to win the first Test in order to put some pressure on the Indians, but refused to continue dwelling on the past.
“Clearly we would have liked to have won a game but sometimes common sense has to be used,” Cook said. “There’s no point busting a gut today on a very flat wicket with a Test match just around the corner and with [the condition of] our fast bowlers at the moment, especially with a few injury concerns as well.”
The England captain also noted that it was great to see Stuart Broad and Steven Finn back bowling, despite Finn almost certainly not playing in the second Test due to a thigh strain that has been troubling him ever since the first day of the first practice match against India A, while Broad picked up a bruised heel in that match as well.
“It’s great to see them back bowling,” Cook added. “The next few days are vital for them and we must go into that game with a fully fit attack. They have to be 100%. You’ve seen how hot it is out here and how flat the wickets are. They won’t be in the ideal state, the preparation period hasn’t quite gone right with those two not playing and getting overs under their belts. We’re going to have to see over the next few days and make a decision on that, but clearly we’ve got to be very careful. In an ideal world, they’d certainly have liked to have more match bowling.”