Following England’s defeat to Pakistan in the first of the four-Test series, Alastair Cook has said that England’s “naïve” batsmen need to grow up. However, he believes that the team can find the fighting spirit that won them the Ashes last summer following their trashing by Australia in the 2015 second Test.
Cook said that the team was “100 runs light” after a disappointing first inning that ultimately led to Pakistan winning the Test. Pakistan’s Yasir Shah registered the country’s best ever match figures at Lord’s with 10 wickets.
After the match Cook said that matches like that can force the team to grow up and become “match hardened Test cricketers”. He went on to say that they must improve but pointed out that the team has “lost to Australia here far more heavily and we certainly bounced back very well in the next few games.”
Cook said that the team will use the three day break before the next Test to motivate themselves and to address some of the issues that became apparent in the match. Furthermore, he was keen to point out that “the beauty of a four-Test series is that you’ve got chances to come back and that’s exactly what we’ll aim to do”.
Following their victory the Pakistan team copied Misbah-ul-Haq’s press-ups celebration that he used to mark his first-innings century. The entire touring squad dropped to the Lord’s turf for 10 press-ups before rising to salute the Pakistan flag.
Cook insisted that the England team were in no way offended by Pakistan’s celebrations and also refused to blame the absence of Jimmy Anderson and Ben Stokes for the defeat. However, he did say that it was “great news” that there is a chance that they will be fit in time for the second test.