We failed as a batting unit: Cook

Ranchi, Jan 19 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook rued the fact that they failed as a batting unit in the third One-Day International (ODI) against India which they lost by seven wickets here at the JSCA International Stadium Saturday.

"I think as a batting unit we have not scored runs in the last two games. We were not attacking and the batsmen also got out due to poor shot selection. We have to score the runs which are utmost important in any ODI game," said Cook, who himself scored a meagre 17.

"We have to look and see if we are missing a trick or not. It was disappointing that no one performed. We'll be hurt for the day but we should be ready for Mohali."

India elected to field and bowled out the visitors for 155. The hosts then chased down the target with ease in 28.1 overs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

"First of all the damage had already been done at the start. Then we needed early wickets at the start of the Indian innings which did not happen. It is frustrating when you don't play to your potential. If we want to win the series then all of us have to stand up and perform," added Cook.

On being asked about the performance of his team, Cook said: "We have an experimental squad but it is good enough to win a series. We have a couple of guys who are being rested at the moment but this is a good team."

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja clicked again Saturday as he took three wickets in 6.2 overs with an excellent economy rate of three. He was also the man of the match in the second ODI at Kochi for his all-round performance. However, Cook said he performed well but they have also had their days.

"Yeah, Jadeja bowled well. He has had two good days but we have hit him for more than 60 runs in 10 overs in the past as well," Cook told media persons in the post-match press conference.

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