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'An England turnaround can happen with individual responsibility'

September 01, 2014 10:40 IST

England's captain Alastair Cook leaves the field after India won the third one-day international at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

England captain Alastair Cook has blamed his batsmen, saying that someone in the top order will have to score big for the others to make noteworthy contributions. 

The loss in the third one-dayer at Trent Bridge, Nottingham came close on the heels of the 133-run (D/L) defeat in Cardiff as the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. 

"In one-day cricket, you can turn it around very quickly, but it starts with individual responsibility," said Cook. 

"It will take someone to score that hundred and everyone will jump on the back of that, you get 330 on the board and you win a game of cricket and it changes. That's what we need and we need a top-order batter to do that." 

England's captain Alastair Cook addresses the media. Photograph: Getty Images

England were 82 for no loss at one stage and then collapsed to 227 all out in 50 overs, their 10 wickets falling for just 145 runs.

"With the platform of 80-odd for 0 after 16 or 17 overs you tend to get big scores. If you keep going at that rate and keep wickets in hand, you can catch-up later on. But you have to lay the platform in the right way," Cook said. 

"Everyone keeps talking about more power at the top. We were 50-odd off 10 overs the other day and then we were 50-odd off nine overs. We are getting good starts.

"The problem is that 40 was our top score at Cardiff and 44 was our top score in Nottingham, and you're not winning games of cricket when you do that," he added.