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Coach blames inconsistency and lack of aggression for loss

Rajkot, Nov 14 (UNI) A disappointed England coach Peter Moores blamed his bowlers' inconsistent approach for the 158-run defeat at the hands of India and said a bit more aggression could have saved the visitors from an embarassing loss here today.

India rode on Yuvraj Singh's unbeaten 138 runs to post a massive 387 for five wickets, while the visitors could score only 229 runs to give the home team a 1-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series.

However, Moores defended captain Kvin Pietersen's decision to field first which although backfired as India pile up its highest score against England.

''I believe our bowlers were pretty inconsistent all the way through. They could have been more aggressive with the ball,'' Moores said.

''There are some really quick bowlers who are tall and can generate enough bounce. But they were not aggressive enough to trouble the Indian batsmen,'' he added.

England's four frontline bowlers were cloberred to all parts of the ground with Yuvraj almost toying with the bowling and was hitting sixes at will.

Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff conceded 268 runs in just 38 overs that they bowled between themselves.

''We thought the wicket would do a little bit early on but actually you never know it for sure,'' he stated.

Moores, however, did not take away the credit from Indian batsmen especially left-handed Yuvraj for his 78-ball whirlwind knock.

''They played very well for a 380-plus score and Yuvraj's was a very, very special innings. The ground was small too and he was playing out of skin,'' he added.

The coach also indicated that the left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom would make it to the playing XI at Indore for the scond match which will be played on November 17.

''He did bowl in the practice sessions on Thursday and Friday and is looking better for (the next match in) Indore,'' he said.


Story first published: Friday, November 14, 2008, 19:08 [IST]
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