Cook: I nearly dropped myself

Wed, 07 Sep 12:31:00 2011

England captain Alastair Cook considered dropping himself when rain curtailed Monday's one-day international against India at Southampton.

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Cook is captain of England's 50-over team, yet thought about standing aside when the match was reduced to 23 overs a side - almost the length of a Twenty20 game.

The batsman is not in England's Twenty20 team, which is captained by fast bowler Stuart Broad.

Cook said the possibility of the captain dropping out "was mentioned in our dressing room."

He added: "We talked about it. But when we're in a one-day competition you're not allowed to bring new players in for Twenty20. You have to adapt, so I captained."

In the event, Cook scored a rapid-fire 80 from 63 balls as England chased down a target of 188 with seven wickets in hand.

"It shows all the work I'm doing is the right work," he said. "There's still a huge amount I can improve on and stay on that upward curve. I'm just desperate to keep improving, so I can do that more often in the one-day side."

Cook reserved praise for Craig Kieswetter, and the groundstaff for the pitch they produced.

"It was a bit frantic (in the field), but we restricted them to a total we could get. It was a decent score, but we thought it was a par score if we played well," he said.

"Craig played brilliantly at the top of the order and left us just having to milk it to get there. That was the best wicket I've batted on for a long time. The bowlers said after a couple of overs that it wasn't doing anything, and it was skidding onto the bat quite nicely under the lights."

Cook's opposite number MS Dhoni said: "It was a tough day. We batted well to put 180-plus on the board. But the first powerplay was crucial - they got 60-odd runs and 100 from 10 overs and then they didn't need to take any risks.

"We have been able to put runs on the board in the ODI series, which is a positive for us, but a bit of improvement is needed in the bowling department."

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