Alastair Cook has said that it was England’s inexperience in sub-continent conditions that cost them victory in the second Test against Bangladesh.
The team were chasing 273 to win before they fell apart in the final session on day three and lost all 10 wickets for 64 runs in succumbing to a 108-run defeat.
At tea they were well placed at 100-0 with Ben Duckett notching a first Test fifty and Cook himself went through to half a century after while the wickets were falling around him.
Speaking after the match he said, “Today we showed our inexperience in these conditions. A lot of these guys have not played many Test matches over here and when that ball got rolling we found it very hard to stop. I was out there for a lot of it as well and I couldn’t stop that ball. I’ve played a bit of cricket in the sub-continent, and I’ve found these two games particularly tough.”
However, he did praise Duckett for the way he played saying that it had been “incredibly tough for him” but that “today you saw the way he’d have loved to have played all series. He probably worked out his method a little bit more, and it was really good to see.”
Cook has also called for improvement from his spinners ahead of the five-match Test series against India which begins on November 9th.
He said that at the moment the team is lacking a world-class spinner so they have to make do with the best they’ve got. He said that the spinners “have to try to hold a length better. Hopefully that can happen with a lot of hard work.”
However, he did praise Safar Ansari, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali saying that there were “glimpses of the right stuff, though there is improvement to be made.”