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Cook, whose side came from 1 0 down to win in India last year, believes they can turn things round in time for the second match of the series in Adelaide (Dec 5 9).
"When you only bat for 50 overs in the first innings. The bowlers need time to put their feet up, especially in these conditions. That is the job of the batsmen and we didn't do it."
something we need to work on as a side going into Adelaide. We've faced a lot of him in the past and been successful. There have been times when he's got on top of us, and we've had good times against him as well.
and the banter on the field, it's give and take both ways.
"I think that's great for the game. I certainly understand and respect that there's a line and both teams shouldn't over step that line and I hope that hasn't been the case through this Test match but I think the rivalry D Rose 3.0 Shoes
Cook's opposite number Clarke thinks the on field tension is great for the game even though he was caught on stump microphones telling Anderson to "get ready for a Adidas D Rose Blue broken arm" as he faced Johnson.
"I think the comments were pretty disrespectful to any professional cricketer.
Alastair Cook hits back at 'disrespectful' David Warner as verbal warfare breaks out
"You always talk about trying not to lose wickets in clusters but sometimes talking doesn't really help. It's about trying to do it out in the middle. Credit to Australia, they put us under pressure and we couldn't respond to that.
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Australia claimed a 381 run victory at The Gabba their first win in 10 Tests with Mitchell Johnson's nine wickets leading the way.
had launched a few press conference grenades in the direction of the tourists, particularly Jonathan Trott.
"This side has fought back in the past," said Cook. "This game is going to hurt us but there is plenty of character in this team and we're going to show it again."
Warner labelled Trott's second innings effort a frenetic run a ball nine that ended with him holing out to give Johnson his wicket for the second time in the match "pretty poor and weak".
"On the pitch it's pretty much a war, isn't it anyway? So there's always going to be a few words on the pitch. I think that's the way people want to watch cricket being played. Tough, hard cricket. On the pitch is fine."
"I think I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what any of the Australian players or the England players have said throughout this Test match," Clarke said.
TensionFamiliarity appears to be breeding contempt between the two sets of players. England No.11 James Anderson clashed verbally with Australia's fielders led by skipper Michael Clarke when batting on day four.
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England captain Alastair Cook accepts his batsmen need to step up after their woeful showing in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane but felt Australia opener David Warner had been disrespectful in accusing them of showing fear against the short ball.
Cook wants the verbal sparring to be kept on the field and was unhappy Warner aired his thoughts post match.
"He's bowled very well and put us under some pressure," the England skipper said of Johnson.
Johnson overlooked by the selectors during Australia's 3 0 defeat in England earlier this year finished with figures of 9 103 in the match.
"It's because both teams want to win so badly. I think we all respect the game, the traditions, the history. Australia versus England has always been competitive no matter which team has won.
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