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Alastair Cook dishes out cold truth on England loss

Alastair Cook admits England deservedly lost the second Test against Pakistan - because they batted so poorly in the first innings.

Adil Rashid came close to rescuing the tourists with a maiden Test half-century, until he was last out with 6.3 overs remaining in Dubai.

Pakistan therefore won by 178 runs after bowling England out for 312, to go 1-0 up with one to play in Sharjah next week.

"You always have faith and belief in the team... (but) I always thought we were two wickets ahead of where we should have been," Cook said of England's attempted second-innings rearguard.

"When Woody (Mark Wood) walked out with 40 overs to go, it didn't look encouraging. But he can bat... and as that partnership grew, people sat stiller.

"The belief started. But it was a long way back from that third morning - and we didn't deserve to get out of jail, however well Adil played."

Meanwhile, England's leading Test wicket-taker, James Anderson, has signed a new deal with Lancashire.

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