Eng­land to un­wind be­fore fourth Test

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND cap­tain Alas­tair Cook is look­ing for­ward to a rare week-long break in a hec­tic play­ing sched­ule af­ter the heavy third Test de­feat against In­dia in Mo­hali yes­ter­day.

Vi­rat Kohli’s side won by eight wick­ets to take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the five-Test se­ries.

But Eng­land’s play­ers are look­ing to un­wind with some wel­come down time in Dubai be­fore mak­ing the short trip from the Gulf re­sort city to Mumbai for the fourth Test, which be­gins on De­cem­ber 8.

“The break comes at a very good time, ob­vi­ously, af­ter three back-to-back Test matches,” Cook told reporters af­ter the de­feat.

Some of the Eng­land squad have been on duty since land­ing in Bangladesh on Septem­ber 30 for three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als fol­lowed by the 1-1 draw in the Test se­ries there.

Cook him­self has spent just 18 hours with his new-born daugh­ter af­ter dash­ing home from the Bangladesh tour for her birth.

“We have this week off and I think, most peo­ple go­ing to Dubai,” said Cook. “Men­tally it will be break from cricket. We will come back lit­tle bit more re­freshed.”

Cook’s team has en­dured tough cou­ple of months af­ter los­ing a Test to Bangladesh for the first time and are now star­ing at a se­ries de­feat against In­dia.

But Cook re­mem­bered that four years ago in In­dia Eng­land came back from 1-0 down to win the four-Test se­ries 2-1 and said that if they show greater con­sis­tency they can still save the se­ries.

He also said it was dif­fi­cult to com­pare with the 2012 tour, be­cause the two teams have changed char­ac­ter since.

“The In­dia we played in 2012 was dif­fer­ent, prob­a­bly an age­ing team com­pared to now,” Cook said, adding that his cur­rent side were still learn­ing how to tackle un­fa­mil­iar sub-con­ti­nent con­di­tions with low, turn­ing pitches.

“In 2012 we were a lot more ex­pe­ri­enced and had played a lot more in the sub-con­ti­nent over the three years be­fore that.

“This side have played more than one or two games in the sub-con­ti­nent be­fore we played in Bangladesh. That’s prob­a­bly the dif­fer­ence.” – AFP

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