Halsall: England can bounce back

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 9:13 GMT

England will be looking to make up for a missed opportunity when they take on India in the third one-day international on Saturday.

Halsall: England looking to get back on track

Having defied expectations to win the series opener in Rajkot, the tourists slipped to a 127-run defeat in the Tuesday's follow-up in Kochi.

Yet the margin of that defeat tells a flattering tale for India, who were on the back foot for much of the first innings and only cut loose in the final 10 overs when an inspirational stand between captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja turned the game towards the hosts.

England responded well to that challenge and, with Kevin Pietersen looking fluent, reached 58 for one.

But a collapse followed as nine wickets tumbled for 100 runs.

Assistant coach Richard Halsall admits there is frustration in the camp about the way the game drifted.

"It was a heavy defeat and the lads were disappointed they didn't deliver," he said.

"At one stage they were 119 for four, a great opportunity, and even when they made 285 we got to 60 for one after 10 overs and thinking 'we are going to win this'.

"The disappointment is that we created two very good opportunities to win a game of cricket in India, which is very hard to do, and we didn't take them.

"We didn't hit some of the targets we would hope to, but we have to try and be as objective as possible and take the emotion out of it.

"India is an emotional place (to play cricket) but we have to move forward, provide consistency and go back to our fundamentals."

Tim Bresnan missed Tuesday's match with bruising above the knee but is expected to return to full training on Friday.


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