Cook optimistic of rapid response
Alastair Cook is taking heart from England’s ability to quickly recover from defeat as they prepare for Monday’s second one-day international with India in Delhi.
Cook’s side suffered a 126-run setback at Hyderabad yesterday and have just two days to get ready for the next instalment of the five-match series.
During this year’s World Cup on the sub-continent, under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss, England followed losses to Ireland and Bangladesh with crucial wins over South Africa and West Indies respectively.
Those turnarounds, plus answering Ashes defeat at Perth with victories at Melbourne and Sydney - results in which Cook was key - are keeping the skipper optimistic of better at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
“We know that always happens in one-day cricket, a quick turnaround in the series,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“It’ll be a test of our character again, but over the last 12 months-18 months when we have been tested in both forms of the game we have responded well.”
India’s imposing 300 for seven yesterday was aided by taking 59 from their five powerplay overs when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina punished Tim Bresnan and Jade Dernbach.
Cook knows his youthful team need to rapidly improve in that area.
“That’s another skill element. We’ve talked about it, we keep working as hard as we are in the nets and we didn’t quite deliver today,” he admitted.
“I think, if we look at it, we’ve got a very young side and it’s a lot of first games in India in these conditions, with this crowd, so we know now really what to expect.
“Experiencing out here is different to talking about it, but we’ve got that one out the way and hopefully we can give a better showing next week.”
Once the batting powerplay was taken in the 35th over, the hosts doubled their score with man of the match Dhoni contributing 87 not out from 70 balls.
“They’re outstanding at the back end of their innings. They did it a lot in England as well. So we’ll have to see if we can improve that area,” Cook added.
“But credit to the way they played; they’re outstanding hitters of a cricket ball and they make it very tough for us but hopefully, as I say, we can improve on what we did today.”
Although India impressed intermittently during the NatWest Series, they lost 3-0 having been whitewashed in the npower Tests and beaten in the one-off Twenty20 international.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who played in all five NatWest Series games and the T20, was pleased to finally beat England.
“It’s always a good start and to win after a long time. We never won in England against the English and it’s pleasant," Ashwin, who took 3-35 to dismiss the tourists inside 37 overs, told ecb.co.uk.
"I wouldn’t say it’s revenge but this is the start. We’d like to make it a bigger one and keep it going."
He added: “The same squad did really well in England and the rub of the green just didn’t go our way.
“Probably the tour just wasn’t the right time but we put on good scores, we put on good fielding performances and bowling performances but at the end of the day we were just short in England. We will try and catch up here and show them what we’ve got."
Like Cook, Ashwin is not perturbed by the short turnaround between games.
“There’s a couple of days, but by now we’re used to it. We know what it is all about. We play around the year; we’re professionals; we can’t keep complaining about it. We’ve got to get on with the job,” he said.