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Cook defends England’s defensive tactics in Test loss

England’s defensive mindset allowed India to have fielders around the bat England’s defensive mindset allowed India to have fielders around the bat

By: Eastern Eye Staff

England’s defensive batting approach against India was a conscious decision to save the second Test on a wearing track, the touring side’s captain Alastair Cook said after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series on Monday (November 21). Cook and Haseeb Hameed showed exemplary patience and defensive technique during their 75-run opening stand last Sunday to keep India at bay for over 50 overs, facing an unlikely victory target of 405 runs. Both fell before the close of play on the penultimate day, however, and England were bowled out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and…

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