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Cook says he wanted to drop himself from the second ODI

Alastair CookThe English captain Alastair Cook said that he had considered dropping himself from the side in the second ODI after news filtered in that the game will be reduced to 23 overs instead of the 50 overs. However, in the end, it was Jonathon Trott who had to be dropped and Cook went on to score a huge match-winning innings. Cook was declared the man of the match for his solid, and rather quick 80.

Cook is an ODI captain but he has not been selected in the T20I version of the game. The reduction in the number of overs to 23 would have meant that the game was going to be a near T20 fixture, which would have made it difficult for Cook, the batsman.

Cook, while speaking to a newspaper said that the dropping was spoken about in the dressing room as they wanted players who could be aggressive and that was the reason why even Samit Patel had been called up into the game. However, Cook said that he was desperate improve and hoped that he would be able to continue to play in the way he had in the game.

India had scored 186 in their 23 overs which meant that England needed to score a rather stiff 187 for the win, but England scored those runs in a rather easy, 22.1 overs. Cook was involved with his partner Craig Kieswetter in a 67-run opening stand that lasted six overs.

Cook then went on to take up the mantle of hitting the ball once Kieswetter got out, scoring 80 off 63 deliveries, that included a total five fours and a rare six. Incidentally, this was only his second six in international one-dayers.

Cook admitted that they had won the toss and wanted to bat first because they had thought that it was swing around and with the moisture underneath, it would make batting difficult. However, he said that the pitch was fantastic for batting and said that Kieswetter's innings set the tempo for the English side.

India are now 0-1 down in the series and in the six matches that have gone to their closure, they have not won a single game. They will soon need to start winning or face up to a bundle of queries from their fans and board alike.

Tags:- Alastair Cook   Craig Kieswetter   England   Jonathon Trott   Samit Patel  

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