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Cook calls on 'naive' batsmen to bounce back

By Nick Purewal

Published 18/07/2016

Frustrated: Alastair Cook
Frustrated: Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook challenged England's "naive" batsmen to grow up after their 75-run defeat to Pakistan at Lord's and turn the four-Test series on its head.

Cook insisted England would channel the fighting spirit that inspired last summer's 3-2 Ashes series victory following a 405-run thrashing by Australia in the 2015 second Test at Lord's.

The England skipper accepted his side "were 100 runs light" in a disappointing first innings that ultimately handed Pakistan the immediate one-nil series advantage.

Yasir Shah registered Pakistan's best-ever match figures at Lord's with 10 vital wickets, with the England captain admitting his side now have considerable ground to recover.

"It's a good week for some guys growing up and becoming match-hardened Test cricketers," said Cook, with the second Test at Old Trafford starting on Friday.

"Weeks like this do do that to you, and we've got to try to improve. We lost to Australia here far more heavily and we certainly bounced back in the next few games. I think we were 100 runs light in the first innings.

"For a leg spinner to get six-for on that kind of a day too is frustrating. You don't mind on a turning wicket at the end.

"It's disappointing and the beauty of a four-Test series is that you've got chances to come back and that's exactly what we'll aim to do. I just think we had a few poor shot selections to a few certain types of balls.

"We played some naive shots at times to certain angles. That's frustrating. We've got to talk about it, but you can talk all you want: we've got to deliver.

"It is frustrating, we've got three days now to go away and it's never nice losing at Lord's. "We'll use that as motivation and get better."

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