Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook baffled by England’s poor form

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook admits he is baffled by his side's poor form after losing the second Test in Adelaide

By Daniel Jolly

Alastair Cook says that he is baffled by the downturn in his side’s form and is struggling to find any reasons for it.

Australia secured the second Test and 2-0 Ashes series lead in emphatic style as the hosts beat England by 281 runs on day five at the Adelaide Oval.

It represents a swift turnaround in fortunes for England, who comfortably claimed a 3-0 success on home turf earlier this year.

We feel we’re doing the right things but at the moment our skills in the middle are letting us down

Alastair Cook

Seeing the deterioration in form from the summer series will be a huge worry for Andy Flower and the loyal band of supporters who have made the trip Down Under.

After all, this is the side that have claimed three successive Ashes victories, and Cook said that he is at a loss to explain what is going wrong.

“I don’t know what’s quite gone on these couple of games,” Cook told Sky Sports.

“We feel we’re doing the right things but at the moment our skills in the middle are letting us down.

“We’re not scoring enough runs, we’re not taking our chances.

“The only people who can change that are the 16, 17 players in the dressing room.

“I’ve got to step up as a batter and score more runs. Everyone has to.

“You always start asking questions about the side when you lose a couple of games. It happens in every sport.

History suggests that a reversal is unlikely with only the Australia side of 1936/37 coming back from a 2-0 deficit before.

Despite facing a huge task to keep hold of the urn, Cook says they cannot give up.

“We have to look hard into ourselves, deep into the inner soul and drag the performance out of ourselves. A 2-0 lead is not insurmountable.

“We can’t mope about feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to hold our hands up and say we haven’t been good enough.

“What we do know is that side has got a lot of talent, a lot of skill and has proven that over a long period of time. We have to hold on to that.

“We are very good players in that dressing room, but you can only say that for so long and we have to start delivering.”

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