India v England: Alastair Cook takes heart from second-innings display

India v England: Alastair Cook says the tourists can take heart from their second-innings display for Friday's Mumbai Test

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Alastair Cook was named as England's Test captain in August Photo: Back Page Images

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Alastair Cook believes England can take heart from their second-innings display, despite suffering a nine-wicket defeat by India in the first Test in Ahmedabad.

England capitulated on day five after losing Matt Prior for 91 and skipper Cook for 176 to be all out for 406, but it was a marked improvement on 191 from the first innings.

“We fought hard. We can take a lot from the second half of that game with the batting,” Cook said.

“There was a lot of character showed by the lads. We need to work hard so when we go to Mumbai we can start again.”

The tourists knew they would have to bat for two sessions to pull off an unlikely draw but the quick wickets of Cook and Prior extinguished England’s hopes.

“There was an outside chance,” Cook said of England’s prospects at the start of the day.

“We were in a very tough situation and to get to the last day there is always a glimmer of hope.

“Matty and I knew we would have to do the majority of the work. It had to be something very special – unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.”

Changes will be made for Friday’s Test with Ian Bell returning to Coventry to attend the birth of his child ahead of the second Test.

And Cook insisted every member of England’s Test squad must contribute, with the tourists not being reliant on just one or two players.

“If we’re to win the series out here, we need everyone to contribute,” Cook added.

“The lads who haven’t played as well as they would like in this game will be very disappointed, but that’s cricket, we have to bounce back as a team and come back well on Friday.”

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