Alastair Cook had lost every match of the Ashes series before India arrived in England
England captain Alastair Cook says he needs to push for runs quickly to save the team from losing the Ashes.
Cook is averaging 10 in the three Tests in India – including an innings-low two off 38 balls – but believes his team are not playing as aggressively as they can.
England are 2-0 down with the fourth Test starting in Bengaluru on Friday.
“At this stage of the series you need to go in with an aggressive mindset,” said Cook.
“We can’t feel like we’re safe in the situation we’re in. We’ve got to go in with a mindset to go at them a bit more.
“I suppose maybe there is a bit of pressure as well on my behalf and the batting group, because of the potential of the batting group at this stage.
“But we can’t afford to be soft at this stage. We can’t afford to be too soft in the field, and if we’re really going to lose the game at this stage we’ve got to push, push, push.”
England’s batting top order has been badly undermined by problems with English spin on Indian pitches that have favoured seamers.
However, Cook insists England’s batting has not been affected by unforced errors.
“I think it’s just been a little bit of a disappointment in terms of the way we have gone about our games,” he added.
“We’ve struggled, and from my perspective I haven’t played well enough to be up in the game enough. I’d rather have scored four runs and been 0-0.”
Cook, 30, is nearing the end of a highly successful career with England that has seen him amass 11,028 Test runs in 125 matches, but he has never managed a century in his last 26 innings.
The Essex batsman says he feels no pressure and has never known any team that has dropped the Ashes.
“I’ve not had a game where I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve done with England,” he said.
“I think every time I play it’s a real privilege and it’s one of the highlights of my career. So it’s very difficult to take. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
When asked about his future with England, Cook replied: “The nature of playing international cricket as captain is that you play the end of your career with one side, and then move to the other side.
“I’m very keen to be captain of England again, but that is my decision – how many more Tests do I want to play, and how many more years are there for me to play?”