We got it wrong - Cook

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Alastair Cook admitted England might have picked the wrong side after they lost the first Test to India by nine wickets. File picture.

Alastair Cook admitted England might have picked the wrong side after they lost the first Test to India by nine wickets in Ahmedabad.

The second game starts on Friday in Mumbai, leaving Cook and Andy Flower only three more days to produce a team capable of coming from 1-0 down with three to play.

‘Clearly we’re going to have to look at our selection,’ said the England captain, whose superb 176 proved futile. ‘There are some good people making decisions, and we thought we were doing the right thing. The result showed that we might have got it wrong. There will be a lot to ponder.

‘We showed a lot of character in that second half of the game. But when you get bowled out for 190 in that first innings, on a good wicket, that is where we lost. If we’re going to win a series out here, everyone has to contribute. ‘I’m bitterly disappointed. We had an outside chance in the (final) morning. It was a very small chance, but one we could have taken.’

Perhaps hoping for another seam-heavy English attack on a Wankhede Stadium pitch that is likely to help the spinners, India’s captain MS Dhoni insisted: ‘Seam bowling is their strength. They need to back their strength. I think it was the right decision.’ – Daily Mail


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