Australia v England: Alastair Cook reveals ’emotional’ dressing room

Australia v England: Alastair Cook admits the tourists were left "emotional" after a one-wicket loss in their second ODI

England captain Alastair Cook Photo: The Sport Review

Alastair Cook admitted England’s dressing room was left “emotional” after surrendering a commanding position to lose to Australia in the second one-day international.

James Faulkner smashed a brilliant 69 runs from 47 balls as Australia’s final-wicket partnership posted 57 to dash England’s hopes of finally ending their losing run.

It’s an emotional dressing room right now

Alastair Cook

Eoin Morgan’s 106 had helped England post a formidable innings of 300-8 – and Cook conceded that Australia had produced an “astonishing” last-ditch response to deprive their opponents of a long-awaited victory.

“It’s an emotional dressing room right now,” Cook said.

“But when we look at it in the cold light of day, it was an astonishing innings that beat us.”

He added: “We did a lot of good things here. Obviously I’ll have to look at our last few overs but I’m proud of the way we got stuck in. But little things needed to go our way and they didn’t.

“Morgs [Morgan] played exceptionally well and 300 was defendable. And we did everything right until the last wicket.

“It’s obviously tough being a bowler now, but James played an astonishing innings.”

England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles urged his side to “get better at the death” after Faulkner’s match-winning innings in Brisbane.

“We played some good cricket but that innings by Faulkner was just too much. It was brilliant from him, but we have got to be better at the death.

“We have to back our skills, that is why we practise them. From the position we were in, we’d have liked to have gone to Sydney at 1-1.

“Guys are learning out here and sometimes it’s a steep learning curve. We had them 240-9 so I think we got the position pretty right today. Nine-and-a-half times out of 10, you would win from that position.”

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