Cook slams England’s "avoidable mistakes" after defeat in second Ashes Test

Sir Alastair Cook has criticised England for making "avoidable mistakes" in the first two Ashes Tests against Australia.

England are 2-0 down in the series after getting beaten by nine wickets in Brisbane and 275 runs in Adelaide.

Speaking on BT Sport after England lost the second Test, Cook said: "Ultimately England are ruing the fact they’ve made too many mistakes in these two games.

"The fielding isn’t as good as the Australians'. The decision-making, I'd say – off the field – hasn't been good enough. And you can't afford, on a tour like this, to make mistakes.

"Hindsight is easy, obviously, and there are some things which have hit them which have been out of their control like the weather around the warm-ups.

"But we've gone into that first Ashes Test with a bowling attack that has never played together before.

"Where is the planning for that? That's the bit I've found frustrating. They are simple but avoidable mistakes.

"Why did Stuart Broad not play at the Gabba? He's got a good record there, you know he can handle big situations but you don't play him.

"Really? How has that decision been made? For me it was a no-brainer."

Cook's former team-mate Matt Prior also criticised England for making "unforced errors", stating that "some of the decisions have put them behind the eight ball before the match has even started."

He told BT Sport: "Before you even look at the batting and bowling on each side, England's unforced errors are what has cost them – dropping seven catches in two Tests is a huge negative.

"It shouldn't happen at this level. Taking wickets with no-balls – the amount of no-balls that have been bowled by this England team is far too much.

"Those elements will be as frustrating to England as things like not leaving as well as Australia's batsmen, or not bowling fuller.

"Some of the decisions have put them behind the eight ball before the match has even started."

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