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Cook calls for individual responsibility

England skipper Alastair Cook has called for individuals to take responsibility in a bid to avoid yet another whitewash in India. England failed to win any game in the last five-match ODI series here in 2008-09.


Alastair Cook. Pic/Getty images

Cook's men will take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team in the fifth and final one-dayer at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today. "You can look at all the analysis and talk as much as you want," the England skipper said after his team's fourth successive loss at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

"But it's down to the individual to respond to that responsibility, and deliver. "We're getting a lot of 30s and 40s. They're okay but they don't get you totals of 300. We're just not performing anywhere near to what we can do," he added.

Though the frustration is piling on Cook, the skipper kept smiling through the pain of yet another massive loss. "It's been quite frustrating. I can't (see) fault (in) effort, commitment, desire -- in training and out there when we play.

"We're definitely talking about the right things; it's just executing them out in the middle," he lamented.
England's on-field behaviour has been under the scanner since past few games. Steven Finn was in focus in the fourth one-dayer.

Cook, however, said the team is desperate to win. "I'd much rather play on that sort of edge than sit back and accept fate," he said. "Sometimes on this tour, we might not have always got the balance -- but I didn't see too much wrong today."

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