Alastair Cook: We need everyone to contribute

The England cricket team has lost the first test match against India by 9 wickets played at Ahmedabad. The captain of England team, Alastair Cook, however, played superb cricket, scoring 41 and 176 runs in the two innings but he was unable to get support from any other batsman from the team.

Talking to media after match, Cook said, “If we have to win this series, we need everyone to contribute.”

He added, “The lads have not performed as much as they would have liked in this game and they would be very disappointed. That’s cricket and we have to bat strong as a team.”

He said, “When you get beaten by nine wickets you have to look at a lot of areas. There was a small chance of saving the Test, but we could not take that today and that has cost us.”

The captain is happy with his form, as he scored hundreds in all his three Tests as captain, the first two coming in Bangladesh in 2010

He said, “I am very happy the way I batted, to score any hundred is special for England. To score in that situation made it even more special for me, but the result is really what matters at the end of the day.”

“We were not good enough in the five days to win. We showed a lot of character towards the second half of the game. We got bowled out for 191 in the first innings and it was pretty much there we lost the game,” Alastair Cook said.

Though, he said that not playing Monty Panesar in the first test was a tough decision. He said, “I thought it was a very good wicket. It behaved better than we expected to. There was a bit for the spinners. We thought we did the right thing (by leaving Monty out). Results show we might have got it wrong.”

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