England performed very poorly in the third ODI of the series, which carved the path for India’s 2-0 lead in the series. Many of the English batsmen performed ridiculously and this has even angered the skipper, Alastair Cook.
Cook sent a stern message to batsmen and asked them to raise their gameplay after the humiliating defeat by India in the 3rd ODI of the series. England is also on the verge of another ODI series loss ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup. If India wins one of the remaining two ODIs, then it will result in England’s series loss on their home soil.
After the first ODI was washed out in Bristol, India simply outplayed England in both the ODIs that followed the first ODI.
In the third ODI, England did manage to get a brilliant start but could not manage to convert. After the opening partnership was broken, none of the batsmen stood solid at the crease.
England skipper also praised the Indian spinners and said that they performed brilliantly, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, who bowled incredibly well and took 3 wickets in his 10 overs.
Cook also said that things can turn around pretty quickly but it all starts with individual responsibility and clearly England lacked it. He also added that England is not playing according to its standards. He added that there are some brilliant talents in the team but they are not being able to show them at the moment.
Cook also gave a stern reply to Swann’s comment who said that instability in the top-order is causing England to loose. Cook said that the top-order did click well in the third ODI but inspite of that, England were bundled at a score of 227 runs.
Also, some strategic faults did show up immensely yesterday. Many questioned about the team selection and most of the people are surprised to see Moeen Ali being left out from the squad for no reason.