Following a loss against the Pakistan team in the first Test at Lords, the England captain Alastair Cook blamed the poor shot selection for the defeat against the Pakistan team. The England team was chasing a target of 283 runs which seemed to be an easy one for them but their batting line-up crumbled in front of the Pakistani bowling attack. Only a few of their batsmen could stand in front of the Asian attack and the rest surrendered with both hands up. In the end, the English team found themselves short by a margin of 75 runs and lost the match.
The Pakistani bowling attack led by Yasir Shah took the control over the match right from the start of the game and assured that England team is never in contention of winning the game. Though Chris Woakes and Jimmy Bairstow showed some courage but they could not do anything special.
They just delayed the loss by few overs. After the defeat, the England skipper said, “We are striving to become the best side we can be. I think naive is the word. You can play bad shots but we played too many bad shots. I don’t think we got our angles right.”
“It is frustrating but now we’ve got three days to go and work on it. You don’t take any offence, but certainly, at that emotive time, it’s not pleasant viewing. When you’ve lost a game of cricket for the first 20 minutes or so it’s not pleasant. It’s not nice losing at Lord’s and seeing the opposition like they were at the end (referring to Pakistan’s press-up celebrations). We will use that (Pakistan’s celebration) as motivation and get better,”
Cook pointed out the fact that out that this team is an inexperienced side as the team missed the services if their main bowler James Anderson. Saying on this issue he says “”Some of us have got a bit more experience. In general, this is quite an inexperienced side we played and some of that showed.
“It’s not all doom and gloom and we have to try and improve as a side. If it was easier and easy cricket, you guys (journalists) would be doing it. Some of the guys here have been doing it.”
“Of course, it’s hard. We’ve got a challenge ahead of ourselves now and we have to work really hard as a team. We have to stick together which we will do. We lost heavily to Australia here and bounced back really quickly.” Concludes Cook.