Alastair Cook: 'England were outplayed by India'

Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed early during the second innings on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
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England captain Alastair Cook admits that his side were outplayed by India after they fell to an eight-wicket defeat in the third Test in Mohali.

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that his side were always struggling in the third Test match with India after a poor first day in Mohali.

Despite winning the toss, England only reached 268-8 and that gave India the platform to ease to an emphatic eight-wicket victory with over a day to spare.

After the setback, Cook had no excuses for his team's performance and admitted that England had been outplayed by their hosts.

The 31-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "To get bowled out for 280 in the first innings, we knew we were behind the eight ball. We had a little bit of a sniff at 200-6, but credit to their lower order.

"It's been a frustrating four days. Credit to India - they outplayed us. We've got a few days off to go our separate ways."

England must now win the final two Test matches to save the best-of-five series.

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