Cook is upbeat despite defeats

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THERE was frustration piled on frustration for Alastair Cook’s England as they were again outplayed by India yesterday.

But while the aggravation of a fourth successive one-day international defeat all got a little too much at times for some - notably Steven Finn, when he finally dismissed Suresh Raina - Cook himself kept smiling through the pain of a fourth successive one-day international defeat.

England’s chances of defending an inadequate 220 all out were always slim and, although fast bowler Finn (three for 45) did his manful best, a century stand between Virat Kohli (86no) and Raina (80) hastened the inevitable.

Cook insisted he is still “enjoying” the experience somehow. “I’ve had better couple of weeks, I won’t lie to you,” he said.

“But you know when you take over a young side it’s never always going to be that straightforward.

“It’s certainly a challenge, and one that I am strangely enjoying. It’s been quite frustrating.

“I can’t fault effort, commitment, desire - in training and out there when we play.”