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Monday, 24 October 2011

Alastair Cook enjoying captaincy despite losing badly against India

England ODI skipper Alastair Cook is still enjoying leading his side despite suffering one defeat after another against India.

England was dismissed for 220 in the fourth one-day international against India, which was played in Mumbai. The Men in Blue then sealed a convincing six-wicket victory to take a 4-0 lead with one game remaining in the five-match series.

Cook said: "You know when you take over a young side, it's never going to be straightforward. It's certainly a challenge, and one that I am strangely enjoying."

England managed to use only 46.1 of their 50 overs and India claimed another easy victory with 10 overs to spare, The BBC reports.

"It's been quite frustrating. I can't fault effort, commitment, desire - in training and out there when we play. We're definitely talking about the right things; it's just executing them out in the middle," he said.

Defending England's on-field behaviour after Steven Finn was criticised for his reactions when he finally dismissed Suresh Raina, Cook said, adding "I'd much rather the side play on that sort of edge than sit back and accept their fate."

"It's desperation to win. I'd much rather the lads be in their faces and aggressive. There is always that balance, as we know, and part of our responsibility as a side is to get that. Sometimes on this tour, we might not have always got that balance - but I didn't see too much wrong today," he added.

India captain Mahendra Dhoni is targeting a 5-0 clean sweep when the teams meet for the final game of the series in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Dhoni said: "We will try our best. We have played good cricket overall and we'd like to end on a good note." (ANI)

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