Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 06:29am
Cook unhappy with Graves comments
England drew the Wisden Trophy series 1-1 after slipping to a five-wicket defeat late on the third day in the final Test in Barbados.
It was a compelling match, which swung in the hosts' favour on the second evening as England lurched to 39 for five in 21 manic overs.
They were dismissed on Sunday morning for 123, leaving a 192-run target that was knocked off by Darren Bravo (82) and Jermaine Blackwood (47no).
The scenes of West Indian celebrations will not have gone down well with Graves, who starts work as Giles Clarke's successor later this month, and warned Cook's team weeks ago there would be an inquiry should they not win the series.
Asked about the effect those words had, Cook said: "A comment's a comment, it's his right as chairman to say what he wants, but it's never ideal against an opposition you're about to play.
"It gives everyone else a team talk, we know that.
"But we can't control anything about that. So as the players we get on with it. If we'd played to our potential and taken our opportunities it would have been irrelevant.
"Every series we play we try to win so of course it's a failure in that way.
"You can talk the talk but we need to deliver in the middle. For the majority of the series we did a lot of good stuff but when the pressure came on in the third innings we didn't bat very well."
Graves' arrival at Lord's is not the only change due at the top of English cricket, with a new director of cricket still on the agenda.
The likes of Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Alec Stewart have all thrown their hats into the ring, and the successful candidate could yet decide on the future of head coach Peter Moores and Cook himself.
The touring squad have risen above all speculation during the course of the ongoing series but with a busy Test summer due to begin against New Zealand at Lord's on May 21, crunch time is coming.
Cook brushed aside speculation that his former opening partner Strauss was set to be appointed, and concentrated on backing Moores to continue.
"Isn't he (Strauss) the third front-runner we've had in the last five weeks? Let's just wait until the director gets announced, and whoever it is we'll obviously have to have a chat," he said.
"A lot of good stuff from Mooresy, but all these decisions are nothing to do with me, and probably nothing to do with Mooresy either.
"But we've prepared the players well, and they have responded to him. We've had a good tour in that sense."
While England will fly home having lost much of the feelgood factor they built on a thrilling last-day finish in Grenada, Cook was able to identify positives.
He was part of the team who lost 1-0 on their previous Test tour of the West Indies, a defeat preceded a summer Ashes success and contained the building blocks of a side who went to become number one in the world.
"The best England side I played with, we started losing out here 1-0 in 2009," he said.
"We had an amazing run after that and got better and better. There are little similarities.
"I think we've got some really good players, and hopefully we can replicate the journey the other side went on."
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