IND vs ENG: Missed chances cost us the Mumbai Test, says Alastair Cook

Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 10:32 IST | Ajit Bezbaruah

England are down and out, and captain Alastair Cook is left to pick up the pieces of a failed campaign


Alastair Cook

England are down and out, and captain Alastair Cook is left to pick up the pieces of a failed campaign. It is the missed opportunities that are killing him as he believed that if those half chances could have been converted, they still stood a chance to compete, not beaten like the way they were yesterday.

"It was a game of missed opportunities again. At 230-2 we had an opportunity to get a bigger total, but I still thought 400 in these conditions was good and just above par. While fielding, at 300-6 and 360-7, we had opportunities to restrict India to a low score. But we missed three good chances to take wickets and they made us pay," said the skipper referring to Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav’s dropped catches and Murali Vijay’s missed stumping. When you are playing in India, you ought to have a good spin attack. Cook said that Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are not in the same league as Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann yet. "No disrespect to Mo and Rash, but Swann and Panesar were world class bowlers in 2012," he said.

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