Monday, 31 October 2016 - 13:11
England captain Alastair Cook opens up about 10-wicket collapse in defeat to Bangladesh


England captain Alastair Cook blamed inexperience for England's batting collapse during their 108-run defeat by Bangladesh in the second Test in Dhaka.

England, chasing 273 for victory, collapsed from 100-0 to 164 all out as Bangladesh claimed their first Test victory over the visitors.

"With the atmosphere of the crowd and men around the bat, it is really difficult," Cook said.

"To do well here you have to be able to handle and repel that."

Cook put on 100 runs Ben Duckett, who made an aggressive 56 before becoming the first wicket to fall in a frantic evening session.

England's collapse was the third worst by any team who have been 100-0 in Test history.

"Maybe we showed our inexperience, in one sense, in sub-continent conditions in terms of batting," Cook added.

"I was just looking around the dressing room at how much cricket people have played in the sub-continent and it is not a huge amount.

"I don't think we should have been chasing 270. We bowled OK but there were chances that we needed to take."

Cook, who will take the same squad to India for a five-Test series beginning on 9 November, said he has "thinking to do" about the make-up of his side.

"You try and pick a team to win the game and we know we are underdogs going into that India series," he added.

"I'm really glad that we came to Bangladesh and that it was the cricket that's done the talking, not the security. You saw what cricket means to the Bangladeshi people."

Bangladesh had not played a Test since August 2015 before England's arrival after Australia postponed their tour in October 2015 over security concerns.
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