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Bangladesh defeat 'not the toughest I've had to bear', says Alastair Cook

News Agencies | First published: 31 October 2016, 16:26 IST
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England Test skipper Alastair Cook, who led the side during its first Test defeat against Bangladesh, has said that it is not the "toughest defeat" he had to bear in his career.

England, whose next assignment is in India, slid from 100 for none to 164 all out on the third day in Dhaka - the first time they had lost all 10 wickets in a session since 1938.

Chasing a target of 273, England seemed to be cruising when they reached 100-0 at tea on the third day with Cook unbeaten on 39 alongside Ben Duckett, 56 not out.

"It's very easy sitting back and saying it's just Bangladesh," Cook was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"But on spinning wickets their bowlers are good, they're experienced - I know one of them is only 19 but he is experienced in these conditions and very good. It has been really tough but I don't think this is the toughest defeat I've had to bear," he added.

England have just 10 days to regroup before the first Test in India, which begins in Rajkot from 9 November. It would be a big task for Alastair Cook to re-instate the confidence in his team when they would take on the No.1 Test side, that too in their den.

(ANI)

First published: 31 October 2016, 16:26 IST
 
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