Underdogs status fits us well, says Alastair Cook

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England captain Alastair Cook, during training at Shaikh Zayed cricket Stadium.
England captain Alastair Cook, during training at Shaikh Zayed cricket Stadium.

Abu Dhabi - The English square off against Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from Tuesday and Cook said that it will be another tough test away from home.

By James Jose

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Published: Tue 13 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 13 Oct 2015, 2:44 PM

 England captain Alastair Cook said that the 'underdogs' status fitted in nicely with his team and said it was up to them to play some amazing cricket over 15 days if they are to win the three-Test series against Pakistan.
The English square off against Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from Tuesday and Cook said that it will be another tough test away from home.
"Every tour seems to be the toughest test, especially away from home. I'm really excited about what's going to happen. There are lots of options to go for and a side who's willing to take on that challenge. We understand the pressures of playing sub-continent cricket as well - a lot slower-paced. You can lose games of cricket in a short space of time, but you have to do a lot of good work over a long period to win games, and the guys are prepared for that," Cook said on the eve of the Test.
"We are as ready as we can be. Everyone's thrown everything into practice. With these modern tours, four days of acclimatization in the middle never seems quite enough. But that's just the way it is. We are probably underdogs. But that's a great position for this side to be in. Not too many people are giving us too much of a chance the day before this series - quite similar to another series we've just played. With the talent and the character of the dressing-room - yes, we've got to play some amazing cricket over the next 15 days to put Pakistan under pressure, we realize that - but I'm very confident of my team," he added.
The last time England were here, they were whitewashed 3-0. But Cook said that this is a different side and they had learnt their lessons from that series in 2012.
"It's a different side. The lessons I thought we learned them a little bit in the one-day series after - when you're forced to play a little bit positively, you can put the pressure back on the opposition. That's the way we want to play - it's not going to be crash, bang, wallop like it was in the summer, because of the natural pace of the game. We'll play positively, but there will be times when you come in, the first 30 or 40 balls, when you have four or five men around the bat - you could have half an hour before tea. You've got to be able to survive and get used to these conditions before you can push on," said the southpaw.
England won't be able to call upon Steven Finn, who has been ruled out of the Test after a bone stress injury.
james@khaleejtimes.com 



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