Alastair Cook Admits He Was Running Out of Chances

Alastair Cook said he was quickly running out of time after a string of poor performances, which started with the whitewash against Australia in the Ashes Down Under and a Test defeat at Lord's against India. His fortunes, however, turned around as England won at Southampton and Manchester to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

updated: August 10, 2014 22:01 IST
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All smiles? Alastair Cook couldn't hide his delight after England took a 2-1 lead over India at Manchester


England skipper Alastair Cook conceded he was running out of chances after a dip in form and ten successive Test matches without a win. (James Anderson: The warrior who emerged stronger after Jadeja controversy)

England were then subjected to a crushing defeat at Lord's and it raised immediate questions on Cook's captaincy and even his place in the team. However, riding on luck and some insipid Indian bowling Cook led England's revival with a gritty 95, as the hosts drew level in Southampton. That was followed by another emphatic win at Old Trafford, giving Cook breathing space from the growing list of critics home and away. (India were awful, says Geoffrey Boycott after Manchester disaster)

"That (the defeat at Lord's) was a tough moment for us as a side. You run out of chances in my position but I had a lot of confidence in the guys. It was about hanging in there and it is amazing how quickly it can turn," Cook was quoted saying by the Telegraph. (India flummoxed by Moeen Ali: Lack of intent or dearth of talent?)

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