English test skipper Alastair Cook admitted that his side wasbelow par in the second test against Pakistan in Dubai. Cook, who played a stellar knock in the first test, and batted close to 836 minutes, said that the collapse from England on the third morning was criminal.

Cook also stated that the top order batsmen should have contributed more than the lower order batsmen.

“It happens too often at the moment as a side. It’s a real frustration,” Cook said. “You can talk about it all you want. Maybe it’s a realisation of that moment – full credit to Wahab, he bowled really well, 90mph reverse swing from different angles with some short stuff thrown in, so we aren’t saying it’s easy – but it’s a realisation that it’s a tough moment and for 45 minutes I’ve got to suck it up,” Cook said.

Cook spoke about the third day’s play, and said that the collapse from England was unacceptable. “To lose one wicket you are allowed, but not six or seven. You have to try and get through, he’s got 30 balls in this spell, get through that then it gets a bit easier. That starts from the top and goes right down to the bottom. We talk about it, we’ve spoken with Mahela Jayawardene, all that sort of stuff, now we’ve got to do it. And we didn’t. Credit to the way they bowled, but we didn’t bat well in that two hours and it’s cost us.”

“You always have faith and belief in the team,” Cool said, “but I always thought we were two wickets ahead of where we should have been. When Woody walked out with 40 overs to go it didn’t look quite so encouraging but he can bat, so can Jimmy and he’s done it before, and as that partnership grew and grew, people sat stiller and stiller.

“The belief started to happen but it was a long way back from that third morning and we probably didn’t deserve to get out of jail, however well Adil played,” Cook added.

 

Cook however, also said that rash shots from the English batsmen to get out could have been avoided. “A few of us would like our shots back, I was one of them as well,” Cook said. “You never mean to get out or mess up and he would love to have that shot back especially given how well he played the other 170 balls, but that’s cricket, that’s sport. It’s not down to that one ball.”