Cook promises to lead fightback from the front

ENGLAND batsman Alastair Cook insists he and fellow opener Andrew Strauss should be trusted to create a platform from which their side can strike back against Pakistan.

England trail the three-match series 1-0 after last week’s 10-wicket defeat in Dubai which featured two abject batting collapses. The pitch at the Sheikh Zyed Cricket Stadium heavily favours the batsmen and should offer Cook and Strauss the chance to ensure England gain a foothold in the second Test which starts tomorrow.

“It’s our job to lay the platform. We didn’t do that in Dubai,” Cook said. “We can put it right. We made some poor decisions as a unit. To score runs you have to make good decisions over a long period.”