Cook was keen for his players not to get carried away by their unexpected nine-run win after the first one-day international in Rajkot and will now call on his men to put the series-levelling defeat to one side in the same fashion.
The scale of the loss was a little unfair on a side who set the agenda for around 40 overs before India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61no) dragged the hosts up to 285 for six with a thrilling late stand.
But despite England’s lack of answers in that phase of the game, not to mention their slump to 158 all out, Cook preaches perspective. “Clearly, it’s been tough but you have to remember it’s one game of the series,” he said.
“One of the skills we need is to be able to stay calm. In the dressing room after we won we spoke about that. After we’ve lost we’re going to have to speak about that.
“That is the mentality, like when bowlers get hit for four: it needs to be what can I do next ball rather than what’s gone. We’ve won one and we’ve lost one so it’s set up the series nicely but clearly we’ve got some work to do,” he added.
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