Alastair Cook: 'Ali-Rashid not as good as Ashwin-Jadeja'

Alastair Cook conceded that his team, despite all its hard work, weren't good enough to compete with India.

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Alastair Cook is distraught after England's fourth defeat in the series.   -  AP

Under the scanner for below-par results, England skipper Alastair Cook admitted that he will take some time-off and assess his position with the England squad. He also graciously conceded India’s overwhelming superiority in a Test series that >the host won 4-0.

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India dominant

It’s been a tough tour. You got to give credit to India. They have played some good cricket on the way. We knew it would be a pressurised day and at some stage we would lose wickets in clusters. We weren’t good enough or skilful enough as players to stop that momentum. I am gutted for the lads, it would have been great to escape with a draw, but ultimately we weren’t good enough. Blood, sweat and tears went into this tour but the bottom line is we weren’t good enough to compete with India.

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Bug-bear Jadeja

I have a good overall record against left-arm spin. My stats have taken a bit of a dent in the last six weeks and yep, I found him (Ravindra Jadeja) hard work. He found a weakness and was relentless. I wasn’t good enough to cope with it.

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Spin-tales

I really don’t want to be disrespectful to Mo (Moeen Ali) and Adil (Rashid) but they are not as good as Ashwin and Jadeja yet. They haven’t quite got the control and consistency. Without being disrespectful, without two gun, world-class spinners, winning in these conditions is going to be hard. In other conditions with our seamers and spinners who are decent without being completely world-class we will compete with anyone.