England in West Indies: Alastair Cook says batsmen must learn to ‘adapt’

Jonny Bairstow is England’s main poke-scorer within the assortment with 108 at an practical of 27

England’s batsmen must study to adapt following the collapses which fetch led to a assortment defeat within the West Indies, says damaged-down captain Alastair Cook.

The vacationers had been bowled out for 77, 246, 187 and 132 to lose the main two Tests.

“There is the expression of ‘right here is the ability I play’, but you can per chance perhaps fetch to adapt,” Cook urged BBC’s The Cricket Social.

“Is it different players? I am not sure it’s. It can per chance perhaps be different mindsets at different times.”

Within the 2nd Check in Antigua, England batted for handiest 103.1 overs all the design in which thru their two innings as they lost by 10 wickets within three days.

On a ground which offered variable leap from the gap day, West Indies survived for 131 overs to produce 306 within the main innings, sooner than finishing the easy job of chasing 14 for victory on Saturday.

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“They didn’t appear to instruct necessary fight. They didn’t appear to instruct that grit,” said Cook, England’s all-time main Check poke-scorer.

“Which you might be ready to’t recount many of the balls England bought out to within the 2nd innings had been unplayable.”

England fetch prolonged been struggling to catch a settled batting line-up. Within the period between the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012 and the discontinuance of his fetch profession final summer, Cook had 12 different opening partners.

Although they beat India 4-1 at home and received 3-0 in Sri Lanka final 365 days, handiest three England batsmen practical extra than 40 in Check cricket for the explanation that starting of 2018.

They are Tom Curran (averaging 62 from one Check), Chris Woakes (44.60 from four) and Ben Foakes (41.50 from 5), none of whom is a specialist batsman.

In Antigua, debutant Joe Denly changed Keaton Jennings to originate alongside Rory Burns, with Jonny Bairstow at three and captain Joe Root at four.

Bairstow, who has spent the extensive majority of his profession batting no greater than amount 5, made 14 within the 2nd innings, bowled for the ninth time in his past 18 Check innings.

“Bairstow batting at three, they’ve a tall choice over that,” said Cook, who scored 12,472 runs in a fable 161 Tests for England.

“For him to work at three, he has to for sure must attain it. He’ll fetch to tighten up. Along with his attacking nature, he’ll be vulnerable when the ball is nipping around.”

Root spent necessary of final summer batting at three, but dropped a space within the fourth Check in opposition to India in Southampton, expressing his preference for amount four.

“It can per chance become a headline, but must quiet Joe Root bat at three?” said Cook.

“I know he doesn’t must bat at three, but within the squad there comparatively about a folks that would possibly per chance bat four, 5, six, seven, but not many who can bat three.

“He’s our world-class batter. If he went to about a, would it substitute the win 22 situation?”

The final Check in St Lucia starts on 9 February.

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