England v India: We have to dust ourselves down, admits Alastair Cook

England v India: Alastair Cook admits his side underperformed after a 133-run loss in the second ODI in Cardiff

By Sam Rogers

Alastair Cook admitted his side will have to ‘dust themselves down’ and improve after their emphatic defeat by India at Cardiff.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl, England had the tourists in trouble at 19-2, but India rallied through Suresh Raina’s fine century to post a formidable 304-6 from their allocation.

We have to dust ourselves down and play better

Alastair Cook

Set a revised target of 295 from 47 overs because of rain, the hosts started steadily in reply, but slipped first from 54-1 to 85-5, before finally being bowled out for 161 in under 39 overs.

Cook was quick to pay credit to his opponents but also noted his side had vastly underperformed.

“We didn’t play well at all. All credit to MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina who took the game away from us and we were slow to react. Even when we batted it wasn’t a 160 wicket,” Cook said.

“Chris Woakes bowled pretty well and it’s nice to see Alex Hales up and running. We have to dust ourselves down and play better.”

A particular concern for England will be the lack of form displayed by Chris Jordan.

The Sussex man struggled in the Test series but improved as it went on but bowled 10 wicket-less overs for 73, including 12 wides with five coming in one over before getting out for a duck.

Captain Cook admitted Jordan’s form is a worry but backed the paceman to bounce back and come back better.

“It is a concern. CJ had a good start to his international career, but it’s not always a smooth ride. He’ll learn and realise you can’t keep bowling wides because it hurts the side,” Cook added.

England will look to bounce back in the third match of the series, which takes place at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

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