Cook says England players should learn to take criticism on under-performing

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 07:20 hrs

England captain Alastair Cook has said there is nothing wrong in criticising the players if they under perform, and also advised his players to avoid losing their focus by cricket pundits' negative remarks.

Cook warned his players not to get involved in slanging matches with pundits who have been critical of recent performances.

"You know as players that when you perform well you get praised and if you perform badly there is criticism. Everyone has a right to -criticise when you play badly - that is the pundit's job," the Daily Star quoted Cook, as saying.

"But while every player has slightly different ways of coping with the media and that side of things, we just have to be fully -focused. That's the only way you can do it," he added.

Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott have been in the spotlight for their responses, with Broad hitting back at Ian Botham on Twitter.

Cook said he would rather his players did their talking on the pitch, starting with the second Test in Mumbai.

"All I am concerned about is that we learn from the defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad. I'm concerned that we -improve on the field," Cook said.

"We didn't perform well in the first Test and we have struggled over the last 12 months. But there are a lot of good people in this team who are desperate to help to turn that around," he added.

"We have got a great chance and I am confident. But we need runs in the first innings if we are to do it," he said. (ANI)

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