Dhoni fires broadside at counterpart Cook

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Published: Friday, October 21, 2011, 15:36 [IST]
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Dhoni fires Cook broadside

Mohali, Oct 21: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has questioned England's fractious behaviour among themselves and towards their hosts during three successive losses over the past week.

After India clinched the series by beating England in the 3rd ODI at Mohali, with an unassailable 3-0 scoreline, Dhoni made it clear he wants to put an end to their behaviour on the pitch.

England will be playing for pride or ICC cricket rankings in the final two matches in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Several England players earned rebuke from the umpires in Monday's eight-wicket defeat in Delhi, yet have vowed to continue with a policy they believe may knock India "out of their comfort zone".

He said: "I think their strategy is not working. That's what's happening right now. It's not only about 'giving it' to the opposition. You have to be fair.

"If our players are saying something to the opposition, which happens at times, I don't want them to get really personal or say things that are not within the guidelines.

"A bit of chit-chat is fine, because that makes the game interesting. You don't always want a friendly series, as long as things don't get too personal.

"But I think they should change the plan for the next two games."

England skipper Alastair Cook previously declared himself at ease with his team's readiness to 'challenge' the opposition verbally.

But he was simply looking for answers to how England can make sure they avoid a 5-0 whitewash.

"We prepared as well as we could have prepared, but just haven't quite delivered," he said.

"But we've got two more games to go and need to pick ourselves up when we've already lost the series. That is the challenge.

"You saw the desperation out there to try to win, and we've got to keep that desperation for the next two games."

Meanwhile, injured fast bowler Umesh Yadav has been ruled out for India's last two one-dayers against England and will be replaced by seamer Abhimanyu Mithun.

Yadav hurt the webbing of his left hand while fielding in Mohali.


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